Asian Protesters take to the streets of Paris against Police brutaility and racism
Mar 30,Paris: Heated protests has raged on for a third consecutive night after French police killed a Chinese man in Paris last weekend, with police brutality and racism prompting France’s two million Chinese residents to question whether they’ve really found a second home.
The Protesters have gathered in Paris for the third night in a row last night in response to last weekend’s killing of a Chinese man named Shaoyo Liu as they seek to draw attention to the police brutality and insecurity they say France’s Chinese community suffers from on a daily basis.
“Where’s the state? Where’s the quality for the Asian people? We have to ask the state. We have not heard anything from the government. We feel that it’s racism,” a young Chinese man said. “We fear police coming to our home and killing us, like it’s happened. We thought France was our second home, but did they accept us? We don’t know. We’re scared.”“We’re here to commemorate our compatriot, and we do not want to die from police violence,” a protesters said.
Around 200 mostly Asian protesters pulled barricades across the central Rivoli street late Wednesday, crying out “police, assassins” and tossing projectiles at riot officers. There were no arrests and no serious injuries.Police called to Liu’s building over reports of a man with a knife broke down the door of his apartment and shot him to death. Police say he attacked an officer with scissors. His daughter disputes the account, and says he was merely cooking when the family heard pounding on the door. The family has appealed for calm.
Meanwhile, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that China had summoned a representative of the French embassy in Beijing Tuesday and urged French officials to "get to the bottom of the incident as soon as possible". "Paris needs to guarantee the safety and legal rights and interests of Chinese citizens in France and to treat the reaction of Chinese people to this incident in a rational way", Chunying told a press briefing."We hope that our citizens... in France can express their wishes and demands in a lawful and reasonable way," the spokeswoman added.
Meanwhile,France's Foreign Ministry responded Tuesday by calling the security of Chinese in France "a priority".The ministry confirmed that an inquiry has started to shed light on the circumstances of the shooting.
The move has not calmed demonstrators who gathered in central Paris on Wednesday, including families and friends of people detained the night before."Justice must be done, the killer must be punished!" the protesters shouted.
According to various sources, France is home to Europe's largest population of ethnic Chinese as an estimated 2 million people of Chinese origin live in France. But sadly this community has kept facing Police brutality. In September, 15,000 people rallied in the French capital to urge an end to violence against the Asian community after the beating to death of Chinese tailor Chaolin Zhang drew attention to ethnic tensions in Paris’s immigrant-rich suburbs.
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