In Paris, thousands defy police orders to protest death of George Floyd
Earlier in the day, the Paris Police Prefecture declared the protest illegal on the grounds that it violated government guidelines restricting large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic that remain in place even as the country has begun its de-confinement process.
Protesters turned out in droves anyway in the capital — the crowd estimate of 15,000 came from police sources cited in French media — and in a number of smaller cities.
Within Europe, France has the most vocal and developed movement against police tactics that activists say disproportionately affect black and Arab citizens. That perceived disparity is among the most explosive issues in a country with a distinct post-colonial history that preaches universal equality but is also home to one of Europe’s most ethnically diverse societies.
But while protests against police violence and racial discrimination are common in France, community organizers say they have struggled to achieve the sort of recognition and outcry of support that U.S. activists have gotten.
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[Source: Washington Post]