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10 July, Friday

French police ban holding protests in central Paris

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Anti-police violence protests around the Eiffel Tower have been banned due to coronavirus restrictions, Paris authorities have said, reports citing Independent.

In addition to this, demonstrations outside the US embassy – also planned for Saturday afternoon - have been barred from going ahead over public health concerns.

In a statement banning the planned demonstration along the Champs-de-Mars, the park around the Eiffel Tower, police said: “Any large gathering could be a breeding ground for Covid-19 infections in an area where it continues to spread."

Police said they also feared public disorder following protests earlier in the week.

An estimated 20,000 people defied a virus-related ban and protested against racial injustice and heavy-handed police tactics in the French capital on Tuesday as global outrage over the death of George Floyd in the US has kindled frustrations in other countries.

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