The shooting death of a Chinese man in his own home in Paris by police has sparked outrage and protests from the city’s Chinese community, as well as from Beijing.
Police arrived at the man’s flat on Sunday night after receiving a call from a neighbor who said that the man had complained to him about noise while carrying a pair of scissors in his hand. According to The Paper, the 57-year-old man was home with his children at the time, and had reportedly been drinking.
The man’s children said that police did not give sufficient warning before breaking down the apartment door and opening fire. Police said that the man had injured an officer with the scissors before he was shot. The man’s family said that he had only been holding scissors because he had been cutting fish.
So far, few details about the police shooting have been released. The Chinese Embassy in Paris issued a statement on Monday confirming that the man had been shot by police, adding that they were working with local authorities to understand the situation.
Meanwhile, members of the Chinese community of Paris began demanding answers. On Monday night over 100 people began protesting outside of a police headquarters in the city’s Chinatown district. Some protesters threw projectiles and burned vehicles outside of the station. Officers used batons and tear gas to disperse the protesters, injuring one man of Chinese descent. Three officers were also injured in the clashes. Police later arrested and questioned 35 people over the riots.
Videos of the clashes between protesters and police have gone viral on Chinese social media with netizens demanding justice for their fellow countryman.
On Tuesday, China’s foreign ministry said that it had summoned a French diplomat to explain what had taken place, and asked that a thorough investigation into the matter be pursued. French police have since opened an inquiry into the man’s death.
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