Tens of thousands of racial justice protesters took to the streets Paris on Saturday, some of whom were heard chanting anti-Israel and anti-Jewish slogans as well as holding up sings criticizing Israeli government.
The demonstrations across France started following similar protests in the United States after the death George Floyd, who was unjustly killed last month by a police officer.
Some protesters at the Paris rally were seen holding up banners, reading, “Israel, laboratory of police violence,” and waving Palestinian flags. Some were shouting racial slurs such as "dirty Jews."
Protests began in the afternoon hours on the Place de la République in Paris, where thousands began marching toward the Place l'Opéra under the banner of "Adama Traoré," a young black man who died in custody in July 2016 after he was arrested by police.
Assa Traoré, the young man’s sister, called to “denounce the denial of justice, to denounce social, racial and police violence," demanding the indictment of the officers involved in the arrest of her brother.
“The death of George Floyd - this African-American killed on May 25 in Minneapolis by a white police officer - directly echoed the death of my brother. It is the same thing in France, our brothers die…” she said, promising to “continue the fight” for justice.