Chinese community in Paris protests growing violence
Thousands of people from the Chinese community in Paris took to the streets on Sunday to protest against growing levels of violence, according to an AFP journalist.
Police put the number of protesters who massed in the streets of the Belleville district at 8,500.
According to organisers from French-Chinese organisations, who distributed 5,000 T-shirts and stickers saying "Security For All", it was the largest demonstration by the Chinese community on record in France.
The crowd dispersed peacefully.
In the last few months, Chinese in the French capital have been subjected to attacks and violent robberies by youths in Belleville and other parts of eastern Paris.
Organisers called for "coordinated and concerted" actions from authorities to improve security.
© 2010 AFP