Ethnic Chinese demand ‘security for all’ in Paris protest

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PARIS: Thousands of ethnic Chinese staged a protest march in Paris on Sunday over the fatal mugging of a Chinese tailor last month, as crime against community members has spiraled. The protesters, almost all wearing white T-shirts reading “Security for All” and many waving French flags, rallied at the Place de la Republique in central Paris. Zhang Chaolin, who was 49, was set upon on August 7 by three thieves who tried to snatch a bag belonging to a friend of his. He died a few days later from his injuries. Zhang’s image appeared on a giant banner in the middle of the square, under the words, splattered with red paint: “Zhang Chaolin, dead for nothing. Who will be next?” “He came to France in search of a better life… he found violence and insecurity,” a spokesman of France’s 300,000-strong Chinese community told the crowd. “These hooligans have destroyed our faith in France. Let our voice be heard,” he said in Chinese. “Stop violence, aggression, insecurity”, one placard read amid the sea of white T-shirts worn by the protestors, who later marched towards nearby Place de la Bastille.

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