The largely silent protest was led by the families of two teenagers whose death sparked three weeks of rioting a year ago. The two young boys of African descent, were electrocuted in a power substation in the town, north of Paris, while hiding from police. The protestors including families and friends of Zyed Benna and Bouna Traore walked from the town hall to the electricity substation.
Many young people wore t-shirts printed with the slogan “Dead for nothing”. The police union says more than 500 extra riot police have been deployed in the outskirts of Paris. The riots raged for three weeks through the multi-ethnic sink estates of the French suburbs, fuelled by anger over racial discrimination.
Families and friends of Zyed Benna and Bouna Traore gathered Friday with Clichy-under-Wood for a walk with the memory of young deaths electrocuted in a transformer EDF where they had taken refuge to escape from the police force. Their death, one year ago day for day, had been the starting point of a wave of violence’s in the suburbs. Nearly 500 people left the town hall in middle of morning. Their quiet walk must make it tower of the city, located at the north of Paris. Many young people wore the Tee-shirts printed as of the days which followed death of Zyed and Bouna and on which one can read “Dead for nothing”.