Thousands Protest Police Violence in Paris

More than 20,000 demonstrators defied a police protest ban in Paris on June 2 and attended a rally to denounce the death of Adama Traoré, a 24-year-old French black man who died in police custody in 2016, according to Radio France International.

Protesters chanted “Justice for Adama Traoré” and “Justice for George Floyd," mirroring recent demonstrations that have taken place in the US against police violence. RFI reported that Traoré’s sister Assa said, "Both of them used the same words before dying: I can’t breathe.”

This video shows protesters applauding during the demonstration in front of the Paris courthouse in Porte de Clichy.

Protesters later blocked traffic and police fired tear gas to disperse crowds, local reports said. Credit: a_nn_e via Storyful