Thousands of members of the Chinese community of Paris took to the street again over the weekend to protest against the killing of a Chinese man who was shot by police in his own home last week.
About 6,000 people took part in the downtown Paris rally on Sunday that was organized by several different Chinese associations in France and led by several crying relatives who held up portraits of 56-year-old Liu Shaoyao. Other demonstrators held up white flowers and smartphones.
As has been the case throughout the week, the demonstration eventually turned violent with sporadic clashes between young protesters and police at the end of the rally which went on for about an hour. Some of the demonstrators threw bottles, eggs and fruit at security forces, and police responded with tear gas, the AP reports.
Watch video of the clashes below:
Police arrived at Liu’s flat last Sunday night after receiving a call from a neighbor who said that Liu had complained to him about noise while carrying a pair of scissors in his hand. Liu’s children said that police did not give sufficient warning before breaking down their apartment door and opening fire. Police said that Liu, a father of five, had injured an officer with a pair of scissors and another officer had shot him in self-defense. However, his daughter told the media that her father had only been holding scissors because he had been cutting fish.
On the following night over 100 members of the Chinese community of Paris began protesting outside of a police headquarters in the city’s Chinatown district. The protest quickly turned violent with some protesters throwing projectiles and setting vehicles on fire outside 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 35 people over the riots.
Paris police are currently investigating the killing and three officers involved have been suspended.
[Images via NetEase // Video via AP]
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