Chinese Man Shot Dead In Paris By Police, Sparking Riot, Beijing Protest
A fresh diplomatic scandal has erupted after a Chinese man was shot dead by police at his Paris home, triggering rioting in the French capital by members of the Chinese community and an angry reaction from Beijing. The shooting which took place on Sunday brought 150 members of the French-Chinese community on to the streets in Paris’s main Chinatown district on Monday night, resulted in the detention of 35 people, and led China’s foreign ministry to summon in a French diplomat.
Local media said the police were called to solve a domestic dispute on Sunday night and a Chinese man was shot dead by the police after he stabbed a policeman. A staff member of the police station in Paris’ 19th District told reporters that the policeman would have been killed in the attack if the officer had not been wearing a bullet-proof vest. A second policeman on scene who witnessed the stabbing is said to have fired the fatal shot.
However, reporters from Chinanews.com got a different story from one of the man’s daughters who was at the site when her 56-year-old father was shot dead. She said that the police broke into their home and immediately opened fire after seeing her father holding scissors. She said her father was using the scissors to prepare fish. Moreover, she added that her father, being only about 160 cm (5.2 feet) in height, was almost knocked over by the police after they broke into their house.
After the shooting, some Chinese protesters threw projectiles outside the district’s police headquarters and a number of vehicles were torched in a confrontation with riot police.
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