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.......On October 27 2005, during their half-term holiday, Zyed Benna, 17, and Bouna Traoré, 15, had been playing in a football match and were walking home for the evening Ramadan meal. When a police van, which had been called to a local building site, crossed their path, they ran. An inquiry concluded that they had not committed any crime, but that they had fled simply because they had seen police. The families’ lawyers pointed to the “absurdity” of kids running just because of the police, and police chasing just because they were running. The boys and their friend Muhittin Altun, 17, hid in an electricity substation. Zyed and Bouna were killed by tens of thousands of volts. Muhittin survived with severe burns.
The deaths triggered riots on the boys’ run-down estates in Clichy-sous-Bois, north of Paris, which soon spread across the country.........