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Black Lives Matter reaches Paris as thousands join banned protest

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Thousands of people in Paris on Tuesday evening defied a ban to protest about the 2016 death of a young black man in police custody and alleged racism by security forces.

Many of the overwhelmingly young, racially mixed crowd bore slogans linked to the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S., which has seen large protests in recent days after George Floyd, a black man, was killed by police last week.

The protest near the main Paris courts complex was called by the sister of Adama Traore, who died in 2016 after his arrest by gendarmerie police in a town north of Paris, and supporters.

The demonstration was at first overwhelmingly peaceful and good-humoured, but BFMTV television reported that some demonstrators later blocked the nearby Paris motorway ring road and lit fires before being dispersed by police.

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Police spokeswoman Laetitia Vallar told BFMTV that about 20,000 people took part in the protest.

Police wrote on Twitter that they were intervening because of “incidents on the margin of the #ForbiddenProtest#” and that demonstrators had been asked to disperse.

However, prominent human rights lawyer Arie Alimi, speaking on BFMTV, accused the police of provoking trouble by firing tear gas on peaceful protesters.

In the crowd, before trouble started, one protester, who gave his name as Cyril, said he was there because of the mistreatment of black people worldwide, “notably in the U.S. with the George Floyd case and in France with the Adama Traore case.”

According to Adama Traore’s sister Assa Traore and French media reports, forensic reports ordered by judges and by the Traore family have reached differing conclusions as to whether Adama Traore died because he was asphyxiated by three gendarmes forcing him to the ground or as a result of a pre-existing heart condition.

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Paris police forbid the protest citing coronavirus restrictions that ban gatherings of more than 10 people.

They also argued that the “tone” of the protest call aroused fears of trouble in a sensitive location.

But as large numbers of young people headed towards the location, they appeared to content themselves with monitoring the crowd.

The protest comes amid ongoing controversy about alleged racist discrimination by French security forces, notably a series of alleged acts of police violence in poor suburbs during the country’s recent coronavirus lockdown.

Cyril told DPA that, as a black resident of a public housing estate in the Paris suburb of Boulogne, he had not personally suffered police violence but was frequently subjected to discriminatory checks and insults from police.

“The media won’t be able to close their eyes any more because there are more and more people who are aware of what’s going on,” the 30-year-old agency manager said, predicting a “snowball effect” from the protest.

Marches against police violence, racism and social injustice have gripped U.S. cities for the past week, with solidarity protests held in Britain, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, among other places.

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Around 2,500 people peacefully marched through the northern German city of Bremen on Tuesday evening, according to police at the event entitled “Justice for George Floyd.”

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Kano Hisbah confiscates 100 cartons of alcohol

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The Kano State Hisbah Board has confiscated a tricycle loaded with 100 cartons of alcohol trying to smuggle it into the state.

The Commander General of the Board, Dr. Harun Ibn-Sina, made the disclosure in a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the board, Malam Lawan Ibrahim, in Kano on Sunday.

The Commander made the disclosure while inspecting the intercepted consignment at the board’s Headquarters in Sharada Kano.

“As a result of co-ordinated exercise,  the tricycle loaded with hundred cartons of alcohol was successfully intercepted while the tricyclist is at large,” he said.

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According to him, investigation reveals unscrupulous persons among the tricycle operators were being hired to smuggle alcoholic substance into the state.

Ibn-Sina urged tricyclist, owners and their associations in the state to pay attention to the activities of its members.

He said the state would not tolerate any operator who hides under the name of the business to engage in crime.

The Commander called on security agencies in the state to put more efforts to curtail such illicit trade.

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He advised various stakeholders to collaborate with the board in fishing out erring individuals among tricycle operators.

“Tricyclists should expose those behind the smuggling of alcohols, Indian hemp, and other dangerous drugs in the state in order to protect their integrity,” he said.

He emphasized that the government would deal decisively with anybody that was found in such activities.

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He, however, enjoined the people of the state to report any suspicious move either by group or individuals to the nearest authority, to protect lives and property.

According to him, all hands must be on deck to ensure adequate security in the state.

Ibn-Sina commended the public for the cordial relationship with the board.

He added that the positive move would assist in reducing the rate of immoral acts and crimes among youths in the state.

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Kano CJ directs reopening of courts

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Kano State Chief Judge, Justice Nura Sagir, has directed Magistrate Courts to reopen for normal activities on Monday, July 6.

The Public Relations Officer of the state’s Judiciary, Mr. Baba Ibrahim, made the disclosure in a statement on Sunday in Kano.

Sagir said that the directives followed easing of the COVID-19 lockdown by the state government.

“All Magistrates’ in the state should resume court sitting immediately,” Sagir was quoted as saying in the statement.

The Newsmen reports that Sagir had on March 25, directed for the suspension of the court sitting, in compliance with the COVID-19 lockdown imposed to stem further spread of the pandemic in the state

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Reports have it also that Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje, on Thursday announced a total eased of restrictions in view of the successes recorded in the campaign against the pandemic.

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If your fiancee’s family are poor and want a flamboyant wedding, they are gold diggers- Reno Omokri

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Popular political critic and writer, Reno Omokri in his nugget on Sunday has issued a piece of advice to young unmarried men.

Reno Omokri in his statement advised them never to go into debt to give a girl’s family the wedding they want.

He said,

“Dear single men, Never go into debt to give a girl’s family the wedding they want. If that is the price for marrying their daughter, then she’s not the right girl for you. A poor family, with a rich taste, is the surest sign of troublesome in-laws.”

Reno Omokri added that if the girl’s family wants a millionaire society wedding, and they are poor, they are gold diggers, he claimed.

“Dear men, If the girl’s family wants a millionaire society wedding, and they are poor, you are dealing with a gold-digging clan. They are many. You are one. If you go ahead with that marriage, you are attempting to break a coconut with your head!” He said.

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