source: Free Speech Radio News
published: 2 August 2016
Angry protests in the Parisian suburbs followed last month’s death of a 24-year-old black man who apparently was suffocated in the back of a police van. As FSRN’s Khaled Sid Mohand reports, that’s not the only parallel with the Baltimore Freddie Gray case and the Black Lives Matter movement in general.
Thirty-one-year-old Assa Traoré is grieving. Last month her brother, Adama Traoré, died on his 24th birthday – in police custody here in the Parisian suburb where he lived.
The young man from the suburb of Beaumont Sur Oise had been arrested after confronting police over their arrest of his brother. The brother was released without charge, but his older brother was never again seen alive. Adama Traoré was a French citizen born in France. But his sister says the family decided to send his body to their father’s village in Mali.
“If he was buried in France, it would have been easier for us to visit him in a nearby cemetery,” Traoré explains. “But after a certain amount of soul searching, we decided that, as he was killed on French soil by French police, burying him in France would be like a gift to this country. So he won’t be buried here.”