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Angry over deaths in France? You’re banned

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2515

Assa Traore, whose brother Adama died in custody last month

Assa Traore, whose brother Adama died in custody last month (Pic: SihameAssbague/Twitter)


French cops kettled 1,000 people in Paris last Saturday to stop them marching for justice for a black man who died in police custody.

Adama Traore died after being arrested for trying to escape an identity check on 19 July in the town of Beaumont-sur-Oise to the north of Paris.

The authorities claimed that they hadn’t received notification of the march. Yet Liberation newspaper reports seeing documents proving that they had.

The state prosecutor initially said Traore had died of a heart attack. But the autopsy said the cause of death was asphyxia—suffocation.

A second autopsy pointed to infection, but again with asphyxia as cause of death.

The authorities have ruled out a third autopsy, but other medical tests are being run to establish his health before he died.

Blood

The family believe this is a cover up. Adama’s brother Baguy said that at the police station, “He was on the floor, hands cuffed behind his back. He had blood on his face.

“I saw one of the officers who had arrested us. He had been wearing a white T-shirt, and I saw him come back with a T-shirt full of blood—my brother’s.

“Adama didn’t have a heart attack, he was beaten.”

His sister Assa Traore told the demonstration, “It’s my brother who is dead, tomorrow it could be your brother, your uncle, your mother.”

She pledged that they would come back to march “even if it takes a month”.

The police action follows a ban on a vigil on Tuesday of last week for an Ethiopian refugee killed at Britain’s border in Calais the day before.

One supporter was arrested.Organisations there now say they will call a vigil whenever a migrant is killed.

A Sudanese man run over on Tuesday of last week became the fourth death in two weeks.


Australian immigration officials say disabled migrant can’t stay

Australian officials have denied a Bangladeshi family permanent residence because their son is autistic.

Lecturer Biswajit Banik and doctor Sarmin Sayeed have lived in Australia since 2007.

But because their son Arkojeet has “mild autism”, he “would be likely to require care” from the state, according to the response to their application.

The family are calling for the government to intervene. Banik said, “We are now facing discrimination because of a disability.” He added, “It’s just not right.”

The ruling could set a chilling precedent.

Many politicians in Britain and the European Union want to copy Australia’s draconian immigration system.

 


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