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Mass march held in Paris to protest racism

Mass march held in Paris to protest racism

Thousands of people have attended a rally in the French capital, Paris, to protest against continued discrimination and social harassment of minorities and ethnic groups. The Saturday march saw people from across France coming to Paris to call for "dignity" and mark a decade since the deaths of two youths sparked nationwide riots.

Participants descended on northern Parisian district of Barbes and called for “justice, reparation, unity.” They said that they want to bring into light the “increasingly deplorable social conditions and the harassment and humiliation of local people (which) constitute daily life for black people, Arabs, Roma and working class white people.”

In 2005 riots broke out after the two youths were electrocuted at a power substation on October 27 in the northern Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois, which has a considerable population of migrants.

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Activists, Family Members of Inmates Protest What They Say Are Inhumane Conditions at Rikers

Activists, Family Members of Inmates Protest What They Say Are Inhumane Conditions at Rikers

Activists and family members of inmates marched to Rikers Island Saturday to protest what they say are inhumane conditions at the prison. Organizers are calling on the city to shut down Rikers. They're also demanding an end to solitary confinement and youth incarceration.

They say they condemn Mayor Bill de Blasio's proposed reforms because they believe they ignore the structural violence against prisoners.

"Reforms like those only distract us from our goal, which is closing these institutions all together," said one protester. "We don't want to make it a little better so that more people can get thrown in jail and, like, rot away, but maybe in a little more socially acceptable way."

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