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Thousands march against racism, police violence in France

September 24, 2023 at 3:02 pm

People stage a demonstration against racism and police brutality. More than 100 organisations, including labor unions and political parties, called for protests in different cities across, France on September 23, 2023 [Esra Taşkın/Anadolu Agency]

Thousands of demonstrators take to the streets Saturday across France to denounce police violence, systemic racism and support for public freedoms, reports Anadolu Agency.

The protests came three months after the death of Nahel M., 17, who was killed in a police shooting in Nanterre in late June.

The appeal to protest was launched by dozens of collectives, associations, trade unions and political organisations, to encourage the French to participate in a united march.

Collectives of families marched behind the banner of “national coordination against police violence.”

The risk of fighting is feared in Nice, where an anti-drug rally near a unitary march is organised by the ultra-right, according to a territorial intelligence note.

More than 1,000 police officers and gendarmes are mobilised in Paris, according to the police prefect.

The Interior minister ordered authorities to “be extremely vigilant.”

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