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Paris rally planned against police abuse after alleged rape

  • Demontrators hold a placard reading "Justice for Theo" during a protest against alleged police abuse, in Paris Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Anti-racism groups and other activists are gathered in Paris in support of victims of police violence, after a young black man was allegedly raped with a police baton in an incident that prompted violent protests in impoverished suburbs. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    Demontrators hold a placard reading "Justice for Theo" during a protest against alleged police abuse, in Paris Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Anti-racism groups and other activists are gathered in Paris in support of victims of police violence, after a young black man was allegedly raped with a police baton in an incident that prompted violent protests in impoverished suburbs. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)  (The Associated Press)

  • Demontrators hold a placard reading "Cop rapist go to jail" during a protest against alleged police abuse, in Paris Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Anti-racism groups and other activists are gathered in Paris in support of victims of police violence, after a young black man was allegedly raped with a police baton in an incident that prompted violent protests in impoverished suburbs. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    Demontrators hold a placard reading "Cop rapist go to jail" during a protest against alleged police abuse, in Paris Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Anti-racism groups and other activists are gathered in Paris in support of victims of police violence, after a young black man was allegedly raped with a police baton in an incident that prompted violent protests in impoverished suburbs. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)  (The Associated Press)

  • Demontrators hold a placard reading "Justice for Theo" during a protest against alleged police abuse, in Paris Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Anti-racism groups and other activists are gathered in Paris in support of victims of police violence, after a young black man was allegedly raped with a police baton in an incident that prompted violent protests in impoverished suburbs. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    Demontrators hold a placard reading "Justice for Theo" during a protest against alleged police abuse, in Paris Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Anti-racism groups and other activists are gathered in Paris in support of victims of police violence, after a young black man was allegedly raped with a police baton in an incident that prompted violent protests in impoverished suburbs. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)  (The Associated Press)

Anti-racism groups and others plan a rally in Paris in support of victims of police violence, after a young black man was allegedly raped with a police baton in an incident that prompted violent protests in poor suburbs.

Paris police announced a security perimeter in the area of Saturday's rally, and far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen issued a statement urging the government to ban it out of respect for the police.

The 22-year-old man, identified publicly only by his first name Theo, was hospitalized for two weeks. Theo, who worked with local youth in his hometown of Aulnay-sous-Bois northeast of Paris, has become a symbol for minorities who stand up to police violence.

Four officers have been charged in the case, but deny intentional wrongdoing.