BENJAMIN GIRETTE FOR “THE WORLD”
ReportageNearly 15,000 people, according to the police headquarters, answered the call of the Adama committee on Saturday by taking part in the national “truth and justice” march.
So far, the “Demonstrations in Paris”, it wasn’t their thing. ” What’s the point ?, they said to each other. Nothing ever changes. “ Saturday June 13, Mamadou Marega, 29, Job Dorvilma, 27, and Baba Dabo, 27, were there at 2:30 p.m. Place de la République in Paris. The three friends, who grew up in Clichy-sous-Bois (93), answered the call of the Adama committee, the first name of the young man who died following a muscular arrest in the Val-d’Oise in July 2016. They came to participate in the national “truth and justice” march, which brought together 15,000 people according to the police headquarters. While other parades took place across France, such as in Marseille (2,200 according to the police, 4,000 to 5,000 according to the organizers), Bordeaux (about 500 people), Lyon (2,000 people) or Nantes ( 1,000 people).
Protesters wearing a black flocked T-shirt asking for “Justice” for Adama Traoré, or the jersey of Colin Kaepernick, the former American quarterback, blacklisted by the NFL for kneeling during the American national anthem in protest against racism and police violence; signs and signs in French and English, asking for justice for Adama, for Babacar, for Sabri, Larami, Ibrahima, Mushin, Malik Oussekine and many others, “Victims of police violence” ; anonymous or stars, faithful to the Adama committee and “yellow vests”, young and old, black and white, activists of workers’ struggle, anti-fascists, old and new militants in the fight against police violence … Place de la République was crowded, reasoning for the sound of drums, sometimes preventing you from hearing successive speakers at the microphone.
A rally in continuity with that of June 2
This gathering, Assa Traoré, the charismatic big sister and spokesperson for the family, wanted him to “In the continuity of that of June 2 [qui avait réuni 20 000 personnes selon la préfecture, plus de 60 000 selon les organisateurs, devant le tribunal de grande instance de Paris], to denounce police violence, to denounce social violence, to denounce racial violence “. “There was the death of George Floyd, this death directly echoed the death of my little brother in France. What is happening in the United States, exactly the same thing is happening in France. Our brothers die “, launched the young woman at the microphone, perched on a truck facing the crowd.
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