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Society: Thousands demonstrate against police violence in France

Society: Thousands demonstrate against police violence in France

In 2022, 38 people died in French police operations; The death of a 17-year-old during a traffic stop led to serious unrest in June. Protesters complain about systemic racism.

In France today several thousand people took to the streets against police violence. There were around 100 protest events across the country. At the rally in Paris, a police car was attacked by demonstrators with iron bars, French news channel BFTMV reported, citing police. Officials are said to have been injured.

Numerous organizations have called for demonstrations three months after the death of a teenager during a police check near Paris. They complain about systemic racism, police violence and growing social inequality, from which residents of the suburbs in particular suffer.

After the death of 17-year-old Nahel in a police shot at the end of June, there were days of serious unrest in the suburbs of France. Video images showed that the teenager did not try to avoid the officers during the police check, as they had initially stated.

Since then, President Emmanuel Macron’s government has neither presented a concept for improving the situation in the socially disadvantaged suburbs, nor has the police behavior been critically analyzed. According to a report by the Inspectorate General of the National Police (IGPN), a total of 38 people died and 66 were injured in police operations in 2022 (compared to 37 dead and 79 injured in 2021).

Source: Stern

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