Paris clashes over police killing of Chinese man; 3 injured

2017-03-28 15:45
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Paris — Violent clashes in Paris between baton-wielding police and protesters outraged at the police killing of a Chinese man in his home injured three police officers and led to the arrest of 35 protesters, authorities said on Tuesday.

The tensions have prompted China's Foreign Ministry to express its concern to French authorities over the killing of the man, who it says was shot by a plainclothes officer.

Demonstrators from the Asian community gathered on Monday night outside the multicultural 19th district's police station in Paris' northeast, said Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre, of the Paris Prosecutor's Office.

They were angry at rumours the man was shot in his home in front of his children while cutting up fish and had not hurt anyone. Police say an officer fired in self-defence during a raid because the victim wounded an officer with a "bladed weapon".

With chants of "murderers" and candles that spelled "opposition to violence" lining the road on Monday night, scores of demonstrators broke down barricades, threw projectiles and set fire to cars during the brutal clashes with police that lasted several hours.

Authorities said 26 demonstrators were held for participating in a group planning violence, six for throwing projectiles, and three others for violence against police that saw a police car damaged by arson.

China's state-run Xinhua News Agency said that, according to witnesses, one man of Chinese origin was injured in the clashes.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said that China had summoned a representative of the French embassy in Beijing on Tuesday and urged French officials to "get to the bottom of the incident as soon as possible".

Hua said Chinese authorities "hope that Chinese nationals in France can express their wishes and demands in a reasonable way".

Chinese targeted in France

France is home to Europe's largest population of ethnic Chinese, a community that routinely accuses police of not doing enough to protect them against racism.

"Chinese are victims of racist attitudes in France - especially from other ethnic groups like Arabs. They are targets for crime because they often carry cash and many don't have residence permits, so can be threatened easily.

They're angry with police for not protecting them enough," said Pierre Picquart, Chinese expert at the University of Paris VIII.

"Chinese people do not like to protest or express themselves publicly, so when we see them like this it means they are very, very angry. They've had enough of discrimination," he added.

He estimated that there are 2 million people living in France of Chinese origin.

Last September, 15 000 people rallied in the French capital to urge an end to violence against the Asian community after the beating to death of Chinese tailor Chaolin Zhangh called new attention to ethnic tensions in Paris suburbs.

The victim's lawyer said the August 2016 attack was ethnically motivated, and the area's Chinese immigrant community says it is routinely targeted by armed robbers and violence.

The recent killing and clashes also come just days after thousands marched in Paris in a show of anger over the alleged rape in February of a young black man by police.

The alleged incident in the Paris suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois turned the 22-year-old, identified only as Theo, into a symbol for minorities standing up to police violence.


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