Fatal Paris shooting: 10 held as protests continue

PARIS • Ten people were arrested in a second night of protests in Paris over the killing of a Chinese father of five by police, an incident that has caused tensions with Beijing.

About 400 members of the Asian community and supporters of anti-racism groups gathered outside a police station in the north-east of the capital to again denounce the fatal shooting of Liu Shaoyo, 56, in his home two days earlier.

Those who were arrested had thrown projectiles, the police said, bringing to 45 the number of protesters detained since the killing, which led the Chinese government to file an official complaint.

The police said three officers were called to the man's home in the multi-ethnic 19th district of Paris on Sunday evening, after reports of a domestic dispute.

They said the man had attacked a cop with a knife, causing injuries, and that another officer then opened fire in self-defence, killing the man.

The dead man's family was present at the time of the shooting and dispute the police version of events, denying that there was a domestic row.

"He didn't injure anyone," the family's lawyer Calvin Job said, adding that Liu was "trimming fish with a pair of scissors", when the police burst through his door and "fired without warning".

The incident has prompted a heated exchange between the Chinese and French governments.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday called on France to protect its citizens and said Beijing had filed a complaint.

Newly appointed French Interior Minister Matthias Fekl condemned the violence that occurred during Monday's protest, where clashes broke out between the police and demonstrators who chanted "police murderers".

Mr Fekl said the officers had his "full support" and he appealed for calm, while a police oversight body investigates the killing.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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