The #BlackLivesMatter movement originally started in the United States in reaction to institutional racism, police brutality and the countless deaths of black people by the hands of the police. Now, the movement has begun in Paris, as thousands of activists hit the streets to protest the suspicious death of Adama Traore, a 24-year-old black man who died in police custody. Traore was a construction worker who lived in a suburb of Paris.
While police claim Traore’s death was from a heart attack due to illness and past drug use, a report showed that there were no drugs in his system, and his parents, family-members and friends claim that he died from a severe beating by police.
For Americans, the events of Adama Traore’s death are very similar to the many black men who have died in police custody, such as Freddie Gray in Baltimore. The U.S. #BlackLivesMatter movement has spoken out in support on Twitter for the movement to spread in both France and the UK and many supporters have been using the hashtag #JusticePourAdama.
Watch the recent #BlackLivesMatter Paris protests and hear from protesters demanding justice: