Police on Tuesday night (June 2) fired tear gas on demonstrators protesting the killing of black Frenchman Adama Traore, who died in a 2016 police operation.
Earlier on Tuesday Paris police banned the gathering in memory of Traore, a 24-year old black Frenchman, which some have likened to the death of George Floyd in the United States.
The Paris police department said in a statement that there were risks of social disorder and health dangers from large gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The demonstration had drawn attention on social media in France from those supporting the “Black Lives Matter” movement and backing protests in the United States.
Unrest has broken out across the United States after the killing of Floyd, a 46-year-old African American who died after a white policeman pinned his neck under a knee for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis on May 25.
“What’s happening in the United States has today brought to light what’s happening in France,” Adama Traore’s sister, Assa Traore, said as she addressed the crowd. “Today, we need to be the spokespeople of what’s happening in France.”
Floyd’s killing has also sparked angry protests from Amsterdam to Nairobi, exposing deeper grievances among demonstrators over strained race relations in their own countries.