Hundreds of people gathered in peaceful protest on Saturday in the Swiss city of Lausanne to decry the murder of a black man shot by Swiss police earlier in November.
Swiss media outlets reported that a 27-year-old Congolese man, named Hervé, was killed after being shot several times by Swiss police on Nov. 6, on the pretext of rushing towards police officers with a knife despite calls to surrender. The incident took place in Bex, a southwestern Swiss municipality in the French-speaking Vaud canton.
Approximately 600 people, mostly foreigners led by the family members of the deceased, gathered on Saturday in Lausanne to protest in peaceful demonstration and denounce the murder which they consider to be the result of the racial profiling present in different circles of the country.
''We are here to share in the grief of the deceased's family members, in a peaceful gathering,'' said Yannick Lema, spokesperson of the Swiss NGO A qui le tour.
Demonstrators waved placards that say "Justice for Hervé" and "Switzerland, it's also us." His family members think that his skin color had influenced the police officer who shot him dead and complained about racial profiling.
People having African origins often complain about discrimination and abusive identity checks based on their physical traits in the Central European country.
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