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Anti-police riots spill over from Paris suburbs into city centre

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Anti-police riots spill over from Paris suburbs into city centre
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The riots rocking the suburbs of Paris since early February spilled over onto the streets of the French capital on Wednesday evening.

In the northern neighborhood of Barbes – a short walk from the Eurostar hub of Gare du Nord – hundreds gathered to protest against police brutality and demand justice for a 22-year-old black man who says he was raped with an officer’s baton.

Youths set trash cans on fire and hurled bottles at police, who used tear gas to disperse them.

The Barbes metro station was temporarily closed, before calm returned later in the evening.

The unrest started in the Paris suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois and quickly spread to Lille, Marseille and other cities, carrying echoes of riots that rocked France in 2005.