Parisians march against racism, police violence after ban on protest is overturned

More than a thousand Parisians took to the streets on Sunday to protest against racism, Islamophobia, and to show support for Gaza.

This demonstration occurred after a ban imposed by Paris police — citing concerns about potential violence and antisemitic statements — was overturned by the Paris administrative court, which called it “a serious and manifestly illegal infringement of the freedom to demonstrate.”

The protest was organized by 51 groups and dedicated to the memory of all young people who have been “victims of police, judicial, and prison crimes,” and also spotlighted the suffering of children in Gaza.

According to Palestinian health officials, Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip has resulted in over 34,000 deaths, with UNICEF reporting that approximately half of the victims are children.

The date of the protest was specifically chosen to honor Amine Bentounsi, a young man who was fatally shot in the back by a police officer on April 22, 2012, in Noisy-le-Sec, a suburb of Paris.