Police Killing Prompts China to Urge France to Protect its Chinese Community

30 March 2017, 01:34 | Kristine Mills

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Police said the man had attacked police with scissors, with local media reporting the man's family had denied this claim.

With candles spelling "violence" lining the road, scores of protesters broke down barricades, threw projectiles and set fire to a auto during violence that lasted several hours.

The Chinese community in France protested Tuesday in northeast Paris in a reasonable manner to demand justice after French police killed a Chinese man at his home on Sunday.

In September previous year, an estimated 1.5 million people of Chinese origin participated in a biggest ever demonstration in central Paris to demand security improvements for Chinese communities in protest over a fatal robbery a month before. The man did not rush towards the officers, and the police "shot without warning", he said. Meanwhile, China has summoned a French diplomat to its embassy in Paris to explain the incident.

Protesters also set fire to a auto.

Calvin Job, a lawyer for the family, said Liu "was not someone undergoing psychiatric treatment, he wasn't an alcoholic, there was no history of family violence", and they do not know who called authorities to the building or why.

A police colleague then opened fire, killing the Chinese man, authorities say.

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The tensions prompted China's Foreign Ministry to express its concern to French authorities about the death of the man, who it says was shot by a plain-clothes officer.

A police source told AFP that Liu attacked the responding officer with a knife "as soon as the door opened" on Sunday, injuring him.

A European Times report said the three police officers involved in the incident are being suspended from their duties for the investigation. They also urged the protesters in Paris to show restraint.

Chinese immigrants pay their respects to a Chinese man killed by the police in his apartment, in Paris, Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

More than 100 people began protesting outside of a police headquarters in the city's Chinatown district on Monday, with some people throwing projectiles and burning cars, according to Shanghaiist.

France is home to Europe's largest Chinese community, estimated at around 600,000.

Shaoyo Liu's family was expected to be interviewed by police on Tuesday afternoon.

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