Omar Sy: “If the death penalty is still in France, please tell me”

Omar Sy: “If the death penalty is still in France, please tell me”
Omar Sy: “If the death penalty is still in France, please tell me”

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Omar Sy at a press conference in Berlin on February 28, 2020.

POLICE VIOLENCE – Omar Sy, featured in season 2 of Arsène Lupine broadcast on June 11 on Netflix, was the guest of France Inter this Tuesday June 1st. The favorite actor of the French has returned to his letter against police violence.

In this open letter published on the website of L’Obs, almost a year ago to the day, the 43-year-old actor compared the deaths of George Floyd and Adama Traoré, recalling on this occasion the names of other deceased such as Malik Oussekine, Makomé or Lamine Dieng.

He called on the public authorities to react to discrimination and police violence in France. “Our leaders need to hear, understand, act to change this course of events. It is a disease that is eating away at our country, and it does not bode well for our future, ”he wrote.

“What I regret is not the letter and my words, what I regret is the reaction it provoked (…) people did not want to understand what I said and I’m not responsible for how people will react to what I say, ”the actor says on France Inter this Tuesday morning.

“Things are always put in opposition, notes Omar Sy. I am not against the police and I am not saying that the police are racist, I am saying that there are racist police officers. I am not saying that all the police are violent, I am saying that there is violence ”.

“Do you think I dance when a policeman gets killed?”

And to add: “When I see police officers killed, you think that it makes me happy? (…) It’s madness, even to think that (…) You think that I dance when a policeman is killed? ”

The French actor also said that all he cares about is justice. “If the death penalty is still in France, you have to tell me (…) we are talking about dead people. For me, a dead policeman or a dead Adama Traoré, there is something that bothers me in the same way ”.

And to conclude: “What I learned with France, it is this notion of justice and this facility to be outraged when things are unfair”.

See also on The HuffPost: Omar Sy on the loose in ‘Lupine’ part 2 trailer on Netflix

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