In a press release at the Ministry of Interior, Darmanin said that 900 law enforcement officers and firefighters were injured in the events that followed the death of a young man named Nael M. by a police bullet on 27 June in the city of Nanterre.
Stating that the events organized as part of the 14th of July National Day are usually the scene of violence, Darmanin noted that 807 people were detained, 749 vehicles were set on fire and 55 law enforcement officers were injured as part of the feast last year.
Darmanin stated that this year, after the nights of many violent incidents, the National Day will be celebrated and they want to prevent the events from erupting again.
In this context, Darmanin announced that 130,000 law enforcement officers, including special police and gendarmerie teams, and 34 thousand firefighters were assigned on 13 and 14 July due to the National Day, and that helicopters and armored vehicles will be used during the feast.
Minister Darmanin noted that they reduced the use of fireworks as the feast approached and pointed out that many fireworks have been seized since 27 June.
Stating that they will instruct the governors to stop the bus and tram services on 13 and 14 July in big cities after 22:00 local time, Darmanin noted that the demonstration to be held on July 15 for Adama Traore, the black youth who lost his life in the gendarmerie vehicle in 2016, will be banned.
Darmanin stated that the demonstration that was expected to be held for the police officer who killed Nael was also banned.
Due to the events that took place after Nael’s death by a police bullet on 27 June in Nanterre and continued to have a political impact, the official authorities are uneasy about the possibility of the events breaking out again.
Last year, about 125,000 law enforcement officers were deployed within the scope of the 14th of July National Day.
Adama Traore died in the gendarmerie vehicle
Traore died in 2016 in the gendarmerie vehicle, where he was taken to be taken to the police station, after the tension during the identity check. In the first statements made after the incident, it was claimed that Traore became ill and was handed over to the first aid team.
However, it was revealed that Traore died in the gendarmerie vehicle before the doctor’s intervention.