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Demontrators hold a placard reading "Cop rapist go to jail" during a protest against alleged police abuse, Paris, Feb. 18, 2017 (AP photo by Francois Mori).

Are France's Protests Against Police Brutality the Start of a New Movement?

Friday, Feb. 24, 2017

Earlier this month, protests broke out in Aulnay-sous-Bois, a northern suburb of Paris, after police allegedly raped a 22-year-old black man, known only as “Theo L.,” with a baton during an I.D. check. One police officer was charged with rape, and two with assault.

Despite a visit by French President Francois Hollande to Theo's hospital bedside in an effort to calm the situation, rallies and riots, some violent, spread across the suburbs of Paris where immigrant and immigrant-origin communities are concentrated. The protests soon made their way to central Paris, drawing thousands to Place de la Republique by the end of last week. On Thursday, riot police were deployed to some 16 high schools in Paris, where students protested and blocked entrances by setting trashcans on fire. ...

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