China Warn on France to protect citizens after police shoot man in Paris
China Warn on France to better protect the “security and rights” of its citizens after police shot dead a father of five at his home in Paris, sparking riots in which 35 people were arrested and three officers hurt.
The clashes on Sunday night were the latest in a string of angry demonstrations against police violence in France. They also come only months after thousands of Chinese residents in France took to the streets to demand police protection from muggers who they say prey on them because they are seen as easy targets.
Members of the Asian community launched the protest in the multicultural 19th district on the French capital’s northeastern edge on Monday night to pay tribute to Shaoyo Liu, a Chinese man killed on Sunday by a police officer.
They were furious at reports that he was shot in his home in front of his children while he was cutting up fish with scissors.
Police said the officer fired in self-defence during a raid because the Mr Liu wounded an officer with a bladed weapon.
China has issued an “official complaint” to French embassy officials in Beijing over the incident, according to a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, who called for authorities “get to the bottom of the incident as soon as possible”.
France must protect the “security and rights” of Chinese citizens, she added. Calling for calm, she said: “We hope that our compatriots in France will make their complaints known in a reasonable and legal manner.”