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Ten held after second night of clashes over killing of Chinese man in Paris

ALLEGED BRUTALITYThe dead man’s family said he was trimming fish with scissors when police burst into their home and fired without warning. Police claim self-defense

AFP, PARIS

Fireworks are shot at the police during a protest in front of the police headquarters in Paris on Tuesday.

Photo: AFP

Ten people were arrested overnight on Tuesday during a second night of protests in Paris over the killing by police of a Chinese father of five, 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 northeast of the capital to again denounce the fatal shooting of Liu Shaoyo (劉少堯), 56, in his home two days earlier.

Those who were arrested had thrown projectiles, 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 say three officers were called to the man’s home in the multiethnic 19th district of Paris on Sunday evening after reports of a domestic dispute.

They say the man attacked a policeman with a knife, causing injuries, and that another officer then opened fire in self-defense, killing the man.

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

“He didn’t injure anyone,” said Calvin Job, the family’s lawyer, adding that the man was “trimming fish with a pair of scissors” when the police burst down his door and “fired without warning.”

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

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

Newly appointed French Minister of the Interior Matthias Fekl condemned the violence that occurred during Monday’s protest, where clashes broke out between the police and demonstrators who chanted: “Police murderers.”

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

Estimates put the size of the Chinese community in Paris at between 200,000 and 300,000. Many of the first-generation Chinese nationals who live in the French capital arrived in the 1980s and work in the textile industry.

French police have repeatedly come under fire for alleged brutality during operations in deprived neighborhoods.

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