Thousands of people took part in an anti-racist march in Paris this Saturday, despite the government’s explicit ban on the risk of coronavirus infection.
The participants gathered in front of the American embassy on Place de la Concorde and later on the Champs de Mars next to the Eiffel Tower with banners with slogans such as “The life of the black is important” or called for justice for Adama Traoré. The 24-year-old son of Malian immigrants died in police custody in Paris four years ago.
The Paris prefecture had banned the demonstration, and the American embassy was actually protected by a powerful riot.
“The French state has to recognize that some police officers are racist,” said one of the protesters, Eftimia, in statements to BFMTV. “We are fed up and hope that the state will take responsibility on this matter,” he added.