Abdullah Zekri, Vice President of the French Islamic Council (CFCM) and Head of the National Observatory for Combating Islamophobia, made statements regarding the events that broke out in France on June 27, after 17-year-old Nael M died as a result of the fire opened by the police.
Zekri stated that if there were no footage of Nael’s murder, the incident would have been covered up. said.
“Muslim youth in France are exposed to racism in their daily lives, especially about housing while employed, and are victims of racial profiling by the police,” Zekri said. he said.
“We are against violence”
Criticizing the donation campaign launched by the far-right Jean Messiha for the family of the policeman who killed Nael and reaching 1.6 million euros as of today, Zekri described the situation as a “disgrace” and said that it was to reward the murderer.
Emphasizing that they do not approve of the violence, Zekri said, “We also condemn this attitude of young people who damage and burn down public buildings and commercial enterprises. We are against violence and we want to state that the perpetrators of such acts are minorities.” used the phrases.
Pointing out that some politicians also benefited from these acts of violence, Zekri emphasized that these people further fueled the problems related to immigration.
Zekri called on all parties to support Nael’s family and called for those who damage public property to obey the law and remain calm.
Zekri also called on politicians, “I invite those in power to remain silent and stop escalating tensions in similar situations.” said.
Violent protests in France
The French police opened fire on a car with 3 people in Nanterre on 27 June, killing the driver, Nael M.
Those who reacted to Nael’s death took to the streets in different cities across the country and clashed with the police.
The police officer who killed the young man was suspended and sentenced to pre-trial detention.
In addition, pillaging and looting occurred during the protests held in many cities including Paris, Marseille and Lyon, and curfews were declared in 10 cities as of 21:00.