Riot Breaks Out in Paris After Police Kill Chinese Man

Riot Breaks Out in Paris After Police Kill Chinese Man
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Witnesses say the police used batons and tear gas to break up the group.

Around 200 people have demonstrated in front of a police station in Paris, France, to protest against the killing of a Chinese man on Sunday.

Shaoyo Liu, 56, was killed on March 26 after being shot by police at his family home around 8 p.m. The police were called due to reports of a family disagreement.

Most of the protesters are from the Asian community in the city, reports London-based Express. The group gathered in front of the local police station around 9 p.m., local time. They set up candles on the ground, forming French words for "opposition to violence" and Chinese characters for "dying with injustice unredressed," before reportedly attacking police, including throwing projectiles.

Witnesses say police used batons and tear gas to break up the group. Three protesters were arrested, at least one was injured and three police officers “slightly injured,” Chinese state-media reports.

According to police, Liu was killed after he tried to assault a police officer with scissors “as soon as the door was opened," Express reports. However, one of Liu’s five children says the police burst through the door, “the shot was gone and my father found himself on the ground." The daughter says her father was holding a pair of scissors because he had been preparing fish for cooking at the time the police arrived.

China's embassy in France said in a statement yesterday French judicial police and inspectorate are investigating Liu’s case, and the embassy would keep close contact with French officials.

The hashtag #mortdeLiuShaoyo is circulating social media platforms along with photos and videos of the protest.

Since early this year, Paris has been reported to see a decline of Chinese tourists due to rising levels of violent street crime and fears of terror attacks.

Jean-François Zhou, president of the Chinese Association of Travel Agencies in France, said to Le Parisien, “In 2016, there were 1.6 million Chinese tourists compared to 2.2 million in 2015. The number of Japanese tourists dropped 39 percent, and Koreans 27 percent. Our tourists have turned to Russia, which is less attractive but at least it is a safe country.”

“For a number of Chinese tourists, the dream of visiting France and Paris has turned into a nightmare [...] In high season, not a day goes by without tourists being assaulted,” Zhou said.

On Sept. 18, 2016, a Taiwanese tourist was assaulted and dragged alongside a moving train in Paris, suffering serious injuries. The man was traveling with two other Taiwanese and had been involved in an argument with a group of four Eastern European men on a metro train.

Editor: Edward White


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