21st Century Wire says…
Tensions continue to boil over in Paris tonight as the Asian community come face to face with French police for a consecutive third night where reports are breaking of further violence.
56 year old Shaoyo Liu was shot dead at his home on Sunday after French police claim Liu attacked officers with a pair of scissors. The victims family continue to refute this explanation saying that Liu was using the scissors to cut fish for cooking. The police were called to Liu’s home on Sunday due to a family argument.
Hundreds of members of the Asian community have been protesting in the Paris’ 19th arrondissement now for three nights where violence has escalated from both sides, with protestors hurling molotov cocktails whilst police retaliated with teargas.
Paris suburbs have seen violence steadily increasing, although some would say its always been this way. In early February police were accused of sexually assaulting a 22 year old man with a baton, which resulted in a night of clashes in the Seine-Saint-Denis district.
More on this report from RT…
Paris’ Asian community is demanding an explanation for the unjustified brutality it has been subject to at the hands of French police, as well as the truth about why officers recently killed a Chinese man in France’s capital, the victim’s nephew said.
“You have the violence of the police that strikes our Asian community. I have no idea about the reason, but we are here to demand an explanation,” Lulu Zheng, the nephew of Shaoyo Liu, who was shot dead by police on Sunday, told RT’s Ruptly news video agency on Tuesday.
The officers were called to Shaoyo Liu’s home on Sunday following a family argument and eventually ended up killing the Chinese father of five.
The police said the 56-year-old attacked the officers with a pair of scissors.
The victim’s family refutes this explanation, however, saying he was using the scissors to cut the fish he was cooking.
“We want the truth. [We want to find out] why a policeman comes into someone’s home, breaks the door, and pulls the trigger,” Zheng said in perfect French.
News of the incident led to two days of violent protests against police brutality in Paris’ 19th arrondissement, which saw hundreds of members of the Asian community participating.
Police used teargas to break up the crowd during the riots, which resulted in dozens of arrests and injuries to several officers.
French police officer Eddy Sid told Ruptly that using “legitimate violence” to stop the Chinese man was “sadly the only option.”
“He (Liu) had psychological problems. He rushed against the police and tried to attack them with large scissors,” he explained.
According to the policeman, Liu tried to stab an officer three times before his colleagues opened fire.
During his interview, the officer was interrupted by a woman, who said that the police’s new self-defense law was “a killing permit.”
“I’m outraged to have this situation in France… We are equal citizens: Chinese, Arabs, Jews, Muslims,” she said.
While the woman doubted that Liu had been aggressive, she pointed out that, even if they really had been acting in self-defense, “police had other weapons: a taser, other things.”
“I say that we must purge the police; we must clean the police. It has degenerated. I can understand the fact of burning cars; we have to understand our cause too,” she stressed…
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