France: Protesters rally against police brutality as lockdown restrictions eased *PARTNER CONTENT*

Protesters rallied in L'Ile-Saint-Denis, a commune in the northern suburbs of Paris, to protest against police brutality, as coronavirus restrictions were eased throughout the country on Monday. Some of the demonstrators were heard shouting «[Minister of the Interior of France] Castaner out» and banners with messages such as «Our neighbourhoods are not shooting ranges» were seen in the crowd... Еще. «We wanted this gathering here to pay tribute to all the victims of the police brutality, especially to the killed, the mutilated ones, the ones wounded in their dignity,» said one of the protesters addressing the crowd of demonstrators. «We're fed up with being a lab for police officers, we want to tell them that we will continue to denounce them as long as it will be possible to do so,» said another protester. Tensions have been on the rise in recent weeks in suburbs north of Paris following several incidents that left some residents injured and during which police were accused of racism and using excessive force. After eight weeks in lockdown and more than 26,000 deaths related to the virus, France started gradually easing the restrictions on Monday, with phase one set to last until June 2. Shops, businesses and small cultural places will be able to reopen, while restaurants and bars will remain closed until further notice.

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