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Monday 24 July 2017

Paris rally planned against police abuse after alleged rape

The alleged incident has sparked several protests against police brutality (AP)
The alleged incident has sparked several protests against police brutality (AP)

Protesters including anti-racism groups are planning a rally in Paris in support of victims of police violence.

The demonstration comes after a young black man was allegedly raped with a police baton in a town north-east of the capital in an incident that prompted violent protests in poor suburbs.

Paris police announced a security perimeter in the area for Saturday's rally, while far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen urged the government to ban it out of respect for the police.

A 22-year-old youth worker was left in hospital for two weeks after the attack in his hometown of Aulnay-sous-Bois, north-east of Paris. He has become a symbol for minorities who stand up to police violence.

Four police officers have been charged in connection with the case, but deny intentional wrongdoing.

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