Police in Paris shown using tear gas to disperse protesters (VIDEOS)

Jun 3 2020, 3:16 pm

A Black Lives Matter demonstration turned violent in Paris, France, on Tuesday as protesters took to the streets to express their outrage regarding racial injustice and police brutality.

The protest, inspired by the deaths of George Floyd, Adama Traoré, and other victims of police violence, was organized on various social media pages, urging those who were able to come out and raise their voices.

A decree by French police on May 31 described the June 2 protest as an “undeclared” and unauthorized event that went against the current COVID-19-related restrictions, which include the banning of all public gatherings with 10 or more people.

The announcement, issued by Chief of Police Didier Lallement in French, says that the demonstration would be “conducive to the spread of [the] COVID-19 virus” and that the “tone of the call to protest relayed by social networks leaves fear that overflows will occur on a sensitive site.”

Still, protesters congregated, and police issued a tweet in the early afternoon with an image showing how officers requested they disperse due to the public order.

However, that evening and night, matters escalated, and videos have since emerged across social media of officers using tear gas and pepper spray to combat the increasing number of demonstrators.

Images of electric scooters being used as barriers lit on fire have circulated, giving way to the public outcries for justice.

Here’s what others have captured from the protests:

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