Paris (AP) — Violent clashes in Paris between baton-wielding police and protesters outraged at the police killing of a Chinese man in his home have seen three police officers injured and 35 protesters arrested, authorities said Tuesday.
Demonstrators, who were from the Asian community, gathered Monday night outside the multicultural 19th district’s police station in the northeast of the French capital, said Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre, of the Paris Prosecutor’s Office.
The crowds of protesters gathered in homage to a Chinese man killed Sunday by a police officer, angry at reports that he was shot in his home in front of his children while he was cutting up fish and didn’t attack. Police say the officer fired in self-defense during a raid because the victim, whom Chinese media say is Chinese, wounded an officer with a “bladed weapon.”
With chants of “murderers” and candles that spelled “opposition to violence” lining the road Monday night, scores of demonstrators broke down barricades, threw projectiles and set fire to a car during the brutal clashes with myriad police that lasted several hours.
A parked car was set on fire, with firefighters rushing to extinguish the blaze.
Authorities said that 26 demonstrators were held for participating in a group planning violence, six for throwing projectiles, and three others for violence against police that saw a police car damaged by arson.
China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency says that, according to witnesses, one man of Chinese origin was injured in the clashes.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry, meanwhile, has said it registered its concerns with the French authorities over Sunday’s incident in which the man was shot by plainclothes police at his home.
Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said that China had summoned a representative of the French embassy in Beijing Tuesday and urged French officials to “get to the bottom of the incident as soon as possible.”
Hua said Chinese authorities “hope that Chinese nationals in France can express their wishes and demands in a reasonable way.”
The latest tensions in France comes just days after several thousand people marched in Paris against police violence, in a show of anger sparked by the alleged rape in February of a young black man with a police baton, and other police abuse. Anarchists faced off with riot police at the end of that march, and tear gas was fired.
The alleged police sodomizing of Theo in the Paris suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois turned the 22-year-old into a symbol for minorities standing up to police violence. His last name hasn’t been publicly released.
Associated Press writer Louise Watt in Beijing contributed to this report.