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By Cheng Guangjin (China Daily)|
Jin Chunlei, press counselor with the Chinese embassy in France, told China Daily that the underlying cause of the demonstration is poor public order in French society, and "the most recent trigger is the Zhong Shaowu incident," Jin said.
On the night of June 1, when a group of local gangsters cornered and robbed some Chinese nationals who were leaving Chinatown Belleville after a wedding, Zhong grabbed a gun and wounded a gangster, reported Nouvelles D'Europe, a Chinese language daily newspaper in Europe.
Zhong, a Wenzhou businessman, was later taken away by police and is still under arrest, according to the newspaper.
Paris police said the problem was not Zhong shooting in self defense, but illegally possessing guns, the newspaper said.
Jin said embassy staff visited Zhong, and he has a lawyer.
March organizer Chen praised Zhong's bravery and said he has become a model for the overseas Chinese in France who are relatively indifferent to others' misfortunes - which does nothing to improve the situation.
"Chinese people are well known for their habit of taking lots of cash with them, taking bags of luxury brands, and they don't have enough awareness of self-defense," Chen said, adding that Chinese do not always stand up to help others who are being robbed like Zhong did.
Chen also criticized the French legal system, which has very mild punishment for robbery.
"Only a few days in prison and then they're out. Who would take it so seriously?"
After Chinese embassy officials spoke to French police on June 15, police promised to improve security by increasing patrols around Belleville and installing surveillance cameras in the block.
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