Protest held for fourth straight night in Paris over police killing

PARIS • More than 200 people in Paris have staged a fresh protest over the killing of a Chinese father of five by police, an incident that has caused tensions with Beijing.

The protesters, including many from the Chinese immigrant community, gathered at the central Place de la Republique on Thursday, waving banners with slogans such as "colonialist police" and "Wake up, French Asians! You are still oppressed in this country".

The demonstrations were triggered by the police shooting and killing of a Chinese man named as Mr Liu Shaoyo, 56, on Sunday after officers responded to a complaint about a domestic dispute.

Thursday's protest was the fourth straight night of demonstrations in the city over the death. The unrest has seen some violent incidents, with 45 people, including minors, being arrested.

France urged its citizens in China to be extra vigilant following a "violent" knife attack on a French national in Shanghai this week, the country's embassy said yesterday.

A statement from the French Embassy in China did not specify the severity of the injuries sustained by the man attacked in Shanghai on Wednesday, but said his attacker was detained after a Chinese colleague intervened.

It said that although the assault seemed to be an isolated incident, French nationals should "in the current context" take note of its advice on vigilance and security. The message did not directly mention the incident in Paris, which has been heavily covered in Chinese media.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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