Football players come out of their silence and denounce police violence

We usually advise them to keep quiet, because they are football players and we want them to unite, good behind the ball, but not divisive. This time, and it is an unprecedented fact, they have departed from the imposed silence. The lynching of Michel by police officers who entered his home in Paris on November 21 sparked outrage among French internationals. Antoine Griezman hurts France, and directly calls on the Minister of the Interior, Gérard Darmanin, on his Twitter account.

For Benjamin Mendy, the business of this beating revealed by journalist David Perrotin on the Loopsider site, clearly reveals the probative force of the images to face the false allegations of the police officers, which too often prevail. The international posted this evening on Twitter an image which asks “who protects us from the police?” “

It is, without naming it, article 24 of the bill on comprehensive security which is in fact targeted by footballers. Jules Koundé, a Sevilla FC player, affirms that cameras and videos are the best weapons to fight the impunity of “this fringe of police officers” who go beyond their rights, sometimes even killing them.

Words are strong and committed when it comes to denouncing “inhuman” acts committed by human beings. Like those of Alexandre Lacazette who displays three emojis red with anger, Samuel Umtiti breaks the approach in turn.

Kylian Mbappé also denounces on Twitter “inadmissible violence” in the “unbearable images” of the beating of Michel, which lasted twenty minutes.

These public outings by international footballers are a first in France on the theme of police violence. They could mark the acceleration of a movement started in June by the actor Omar Sy, who called for unity and courage in a text published by Obs.

Omar Sy: “Police violence is everyone’s business”

For Assa Traoré, Adama’s sister, who died in July 2016 on the asphalt of the Persian gendarmerie, the words of the personalities, “And footballers in particular are precious and necessary, because they carry weight, because they are young people who also defend a future, that of our children. The question that arises is that of justice and equality for all. We must put an end to police impunity ”.

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