Paris protest gets violent as police use tear gas to break up demo over Chinese man shooting

Paris protest gets violent as police use tear gas to break up demonstration

Tension over the shooting of an Asian man in Paris has resulted in nightly riots (Stock photo)

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A protest in Paris turned violent when police used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse demonstrators on Wednesday night. 

Hundreds of people had gathered in the French capital, outside an unspecified police station, to protest against the killing of 56-year-old Shaoyu Liu. 

The Chinese man was shot dead by a policeman during an intervention on a family dispute at his family home in the city's 19th arrondissement. 

Officers claim he attacked them with a pair of scissors, and was shot as a result.

Since the news broke, there have been three consecutive protests against the police, who have been called "murderers" by the demonstrators. 

Last night's protest was the third, and the tension quickly escalated into clashes with riot police.

An inquiry into Liu's death is ongoing, and the officers involved in Sunday's incident have been suspended pending the results of the inquiry.