Security forces clashed with demonstrators in northern Paris on Wednesday, June 3. Thousands of people gathered for a demonstration in memory of Adama Traoré and in solidarity over recent protests held in the US over the death of George Floyd. Protesters started fires and set up barricades around Avenue de Clichy in the north of the capital. Police responded by firing tear gas to disperse the demonstrators. The protests were held despite a ban on gatherings in place due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Further protests and associated unrest are possible in the coming days.
Adama Traoré died in July 2016 in a police station after losing consciousness in a police vehicle in the suburbs of Paris. The officers who had arrested Traoré were exonerated on Thursday, May 28, 2020.
George Floyd died while being arrested by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. The four arresting police officers were subsequently fired, and one has since been charged with murder. Black Lives Matter (BLM) supporters gathered on May 26 to denounce the death and actions of the police officers. Clashes ensued between protesters and riot police; with demonstrators throwing bricks and projectiles at police and police property, and police responding with tear gas and rubber bullets as they attempted to disperse the crowds. Protests have since spread to a number of cities across the US and internationally.
Individuals in Paris and across metropolitan areas in France are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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