France: Thousands flood Nantes city centre for BLM march

An estimated 3,000 people joined the Black Lives Matter march in Nantes on Monday to protest against police brutality and racism. The protesters gathered by the Place de la Republique, where some demonstrators were seen climbing up a statue as they set up flares and chanted anti-racist slogans. «Today, there are seemingly very young people gathered to protest against racism, and following what is happening in the United States, showing that we are struggling with the same issues in France, and that the problem is not only in the United States, we are living through the same thing here,» said Soukaina, one of the protesters. The march moved towards to the Memorial for the Abolition of Slavery as they waved banners and chanted «I can't breathe,» the last words of George Floyd, the 46-year-old black man who was killed on May 25 in Minneapolis, when a police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes. Protests in France have also been focusing on the case of Adama Traore, a young black man who died in police custody in 2016. Floyd's death has reignited a massive wave of protests in the US and around the world, denouncing a pattern of unarmed black men and women being killed by police.

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