Tens of thousands rally in France against racism and police violence

Xinhua | Updated: 2020-06-07 07:59
People attend a protest against police violence and racial inequality in the aftermath of the death in police custody of George Floyd, near the US Embassy in Paris, France, June 6, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

PARIS - Tens of thousands of people rallied on Saturday in Paris and several other French cities to pay tribute to Georges Floyd, an African American who died from police brutality in the United States and the victims of police violence in France.

Despite the ban on gatherings of more than 10 people in Paris due to coronavirus sanitary concerns, people turned out massively at Place de la concorde and the Champ de Mars near the Eiffel Tower to show their solidarity with widespread demonstrations in the United States.

Many protesters, knee on the ground, chanting "I cannot breathe," in homage to Floyd, 46, who died ten days ago after a white US police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes until he stopped breathing.

In Lyon, Rennes, Marseille, Bordeaux, Lille and Rouen, people also defied the sanitary ban to join the rally against racism and police violence.

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