Hundreds of African nationals and activists flocked
to the Libyan Embassy in Paris on Saturday,
outraged at the government’s failure to tackle
human smuggling, after a CCN report unveiled a
network of migrant slave auctions in Libya.
About a thousand people turned up to the protest
following calls by several prominent anti-slavery
groups and a number of celebrities of African origin,
including former Chelsea FC star Didier Drogba and
former Miss France Sonia Rolland.
Carrying signs reading “No to slavery in Libya,” the
demonstrators gathered in front of the Libyan
Embassy on Saturday afternoon, before marching
towards the Champs-Elysees, where they were
stopped by riot police cordons.
Clashes broke out as police moved to disperse the
protest. Some activists began hurling rocks at
police, who responded with tear gas.
The Libyan government launched a probe into slave
auctions operating in the country, including areas
controlled by the UN-backed Government of National
Accord, after CNN showed footage of migrants
being sold at a location outside Tripoli.
CNN claims in the report, that men were priced at as
little as $400, and that auctions are being carried
out at many sites across Libya each month.