Thousands march in France demanding Justice for Adama Traoré

Adama Traoré was killed on his 24th birthday on July 19, 2016, by three police officers from the French National Gendarmerie who used excessive force when arresting him

July 21, 2020 by Peoples Dispatch
Justice and Truth for Adama Committee have organized the march on Saturday.

Thousands of anti-racism activists in France marched in Beaumont-sur-Oise demanding justice for Adama Traoré. Traoré was a Malian French man who was killed in the custody of National Gendarmerie; a section of the French National Police on July 19, 2016. The Justice and Truth for Adama committee organized the march on the anniversary of his murder which would’ve been Traoré’s 28th birthday.

The march was organized in the context of increased mobilizations against racism and to demand justice for victims of police violence, sparked by the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police on May 25, 2020.

At the beginning of the Saturday’s march, Adama Traoré’s sister, Assa Traoré, told media that “We are asking for the indictment of the gendarmes, we are asking for a public trial,” She also called for the reclassification of the facts as “intentional homicide” and the disqualification of an investigating judge in charge of the investigation.

The protests demanding justice for Adama Traoré have intensified in the country after French legal authorities released a report on May 29, 2020, clearing the three officers involved in the killing of Adama. In the first week of June, massive demonstrations were held in Paris, Lyon, Lille, and Marseille demanding Justice for Adama Traoré and George Floyd.