Thousands protest in France over racism, police brutality


Thousands of demonstrators gathered in different major cities of France on Saturday to protest against racism and the brutality of French security forces.

The French Interior ministry figures put the turnout out at 2,100, but the march organisers estimated 8,000-10,000 have gathered for the event.

In Paris, protesters paraded through the city centre behind a banner condemning “state crimes”. Other demonstrators carried “Black Lives Matter” banners.

Several people spoke at the rally to tell the stories of members of their families who had died at the hands of the police.

The interior ministry said another 11 protests took place elsewhere in France, saying the total turnout for these protests was 1,400.

Other protests took place in Bordeaux and Toulouse in the southwest, and Lyon in the southeast.

Saturday’s demonstration comes two days ahead of International Day for the Elimination of Racism.

It is held on Mar 21 to mark the day, in 1960, when police in apartheid South Africa opened fire on a peaceful demonstration, killing 69 people. (Source: CNA)