Paris police launched tear gas on Saturday to dispel a massive city protest against police violence and racism that had led to outbreaks of confrontation between anti-fascist groups and members of the ultra-nationalist group known as Los Identitarios.
The demonstration, in which around 20,000 people took part, as confirmed by sources from the organization in “Le Figaro”, was called by Assa Traore, whose brother Adama, a young black man, died in 2016 north of the police capital in police custody.
“Today we meet to report police violence. We meet to report social violence. We meet to report racist violence,” Traore told the crowd.
In the meantime, extreme right-wing counter-protesters unfolded a giant banner that denounced the so-called “anti-white racism” from a roof that, according to DPA witnesses, was quickly torn apart by residents of a balcony on one of the lower floors.