He continued: “The French state exploits its own people. So can you imagine what they are doing in Africa?” But slavery is alive and well on the continent of Africa. In Mali, for example, it exists even today, with as many as 200 000 people held in direct servitude to a master.
On Place de la Concorde, another member delivered a hate-filled rant over the loudspeaker, according to images relayed by journalist Jonathan Moadab. An activist attacked the famous minister of Louis XIV, Jean-Baptiste Colbert: “In front of the National Assembly, there is the statue of Colbert; that fat son of a bitch who wrote the Black Code, who said that black people were not human beings,” he told the crowd. The demonstrators then tried to break through the security barriers put in place by the police.
They wanted to “unbolt the statue of Colbert”.
In another place on this same square, the crowd, made up mainly of LDNA militants, did not hesitate to repeat that “France” is an “assassin”. According to the images, most had their fists raised, symbols of black nationalism in the United States. The racist group also shouted “France is negrophobic”.
The LDNA has a dark history. The race collective was mobilized in September 2019 in front of the Embassy of South Africa on September 6, calling for the murder of “whites”.
“If you want to be xenophobic, okay. Start by killing the white people, start by killing the Chinese, start by killing the Indians. Do not kill your brothers (…) we have the same skin colour.”
A year earlier, the LDNA called on Africans to plunder France, during a demonstration organised in Lyon. Two of them were also sentenced in November 2019 to six months in prison for intimidating the mayor of Levallois-Perret (Haut-de-Seine).
Another rally for Adama Traore, in front of the Palais de justice de Paris, also attracted protesters, according to figures from the Interior Ministry relayed by Franceinfo. In total, 23 300 demonstrators marched throughout France to protest against “police violence”.
In Lille, clashes broke out between activists and the police on the Place de la République. Targeted by projectiles, the police had to use tear gas to disperse the troublemakers.
In Lyon, the demonstration, which was authorized, attracted more than 5 000 people. But at the end of the afternoon, a group of fifty people tried to attack the police stations of the 3rd and 6th arrondissements. The windows were smashed and police cars damaged. Other demonstrations also took place in Marseille, Bordeaux, Rennes, Poitiers, but also in Metz, where activists forced a door to the courthouse and injured the city prosecutor with a rock.
While these rallies were supposed to “denounce” police violence, a video shows the sad reality facing the police: On Twitter, gendarmes march in line along a wall on the Place de la Concorde. We see excited black demonstrators insulting and booing them: “Fuck the police! Fuck your mothers!”