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Antifascist killed in Paris

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  1. ungovernable

    ungovernableAutonome Staff Member Admin Team Experienced member


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    An antifascist activist was killed by boneheads from JNR in Paris around 1 hour ago. More details will follow..
     

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  3. ungovernable

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    There has been widespread horror and condemnation in France on Thursday, after an 18-year-old student activist was left brain dead in an attack by far-right skinheads in Paris. One politician has called for far-right groups to be disbanded.

    Clément Méric, an 18-year-old student at Sciences Po in Paris, was “violently attacked” by a group of three skinheads, including one woman, near Saint-Lazare train station on Wednesday evening, it emerged on Thursday.

    Méric, known for his radical left-wing activism, was left brain dead by the beating, which has provoked a flood of horrified and angry reactions from many different quarters in France.

    French President François Hollande, speaking on an official visit to Japan, said he "condemned the attack in the strongest possible terms."

    "I have given the most rigorous possible instructions so that the authors of the odious act can be arrested at the earliest possible juncture," he said in a statement.

    The Parti de Gauche (Left Party) reflected the mood of many, especially on the Left, in France.

    "The horror of fascism has just killed right in the middle of Paris,” they said in a statement.

    “Violently beaten to the ground by a group of activists from the extreme right, manifestly from the group JNR (Jeune Nationaliste Revolutionnaire), left motionless, he was declared this evening to be in a state of brain death at Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris,” the statement added.

    For his part, the leader of JNR, Serge Ayoub, also known as 'Batskin', has denied his group's involvement in the attack.

    "That's absolutely false," he said.

    An attacker 'wearing knuckle dusters'

    A number of eyewitness reports, as well as a police source quoted by TF1 television, indicate that a group of left-wing activists had gone clothes shopping on Wednesday evening on rue Caumartin in the 9th arrondissement of Paris.

    After far-right activists entered the same shop, there was an angry exchange of words and insults. When the group including Meric left the store, the extreme-right group had "brought reinforcements."

    The victim was hit by a man wearing what appeared to be knuckle dusters, according to initial reports.

    One eyewitness, named only as Aurelia, described to French reporters the horrifying scenes she witnessed.

    "I was out doing some shopping, when I found myself face to face with the attackers," who she told reporters had shaved heads and wore leather jackets.

    "I saw the young man falling, and his head hitting a bollard. There was blood coming out of his ears and nose, and then he went into convulsions."

    "He had a huge lump at the back of his head, and his face was covered in blood," she added.

    Condemnation on all sides

    There has been widespread anger and condemnation in France, from all sides of the political spectrum.

    Bertrand Delanoe, the Socialist mayor of Paris described his "horror" at hearing about the attack, while French Interior Minister Manuel Valls had vowed to "eradicate this kind of violence, which bears the mark of the extreme right."

    Harlem Désir, president of the governing Socialist Party has announced a rally in honour of Meric, to take place in Paris this evening.

    For his part, Front Gauche (Left Front) leader Jean-Luc Mélénchon has called on Valls "to disband groups on the extreme right who, in the last few weeks, have committed numerous acts of violence in Paris and across the country."

    Pierre Laurent, president of the French Communist Party has announced a rally in Paris this evening, along with the Parti Gauche, with whom his party forms the Left Front.

    On the other side of the political spectrum, main centre-right opposition UMP leader Jean-François Copé took to Twitter to strongly condemn what he called a "barbaric attack."

    Labeling the assault "an exercise in hatred," newly-selected UMP candidate for Paris mayor, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, told her Twitter followers, "such violence is a cancer on democracy."

    Calls for civility amid recriminations

    As well as condemnation of the attack on Méric, there have been recriminations and counter-accusations between some ideological opponents in France.
    Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front, made sure to distance her party from the violence.

    She called the attack on the young student repulsive and detestable but said far-right groups such as the JNR had no ties with her party.

    Le Pen reacted angrily when it was put to her that one of the three aggressors was seen wearing a t-shirt with her party's logo.

    "Making this kind of association is scandalous, I'd like very much to know who this witness is," Le Pen told RTL radio. "You have no proof at all."

    French industrialist and pro-gay marriage activist Pierre Bergé has caused a stir by implicating the anti-gay marriage movement, known as 'Manif Pour Tous' (Demo for all) in the
    attack on Méric.

    "Despite everyone who's insulting me, I say again: the Manif pour tous accepted into their ranks these fascists who killed Clément. For them to reflect on."
    Leader of the Manif pour tous, comedian Frigide Barjot, has already vowed to sue Bergé, the former partner of the late Yves Saint Laurent, for defamation.

    In an effort to prevent and calm such poisonous arguments, French housing minister Cécile Duflot, from the Europe Ecology the Greens party urged her Twitter followers to proceed "without hatred", and "remember against whom, and why you're fighting."

    http://www.thelocal.fr/20130606/paris-s ... ght-attack
     
  4. ungovernable

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    An 18 years old left wing anti-fascist activist, Clément Méric, a student at Sciences Po, was declared brain-dead this morning. He was attacked in the heart of Paris by skinheads.

    “ Clément Méric, a student at the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Science Po) known for his anti-fascist commitment, was killed yesterday in Paris, near the Saint-Lazare train station, by a group of right-wing extremists,” the national secretary of the Parti de Gauche, Alexis Corbiere has written on his blog.

    Three young people of a “skinhead appearance”, including a woman, were involved in jostling, exchanges of insults, two groups of young people, according to preliminary results of the investigation by the 1st District - Judicial – Police (DPJ) based on ”eyewitness accounts.”

    According to the first elements of the investigation, the skinheads came out and waited “with reinforcements” out in front of the store. The groups of young people then had a very violent altercation.” The victim, Clément, “was struck by one of the skinheads armed with a knuckle-duster. He dropped on the floor, hitting a bonding pad in passing.” (Nouvel Observateur)

    The Parti de gauche has declared that,

    “l’horreur fasciste vient de tuer en plein Paris”.

    The horrors of fascism have just come and killed in the middle of Paris.

    They have put responsibility on the Groupe JNR (Jeunesses nationalistes révolutionnaires).

    Witnesses say that one of the gang had a Swastika tattoo and another had a Front National T-Shirt.

    Links between the murderers and the FN have been vigorously denied by Marine Le Pen this morning on the radio station, RTL.

    The FN leader then launched into what the Nouvel Observateur calls a “hallucinatory” defence of the far-right intellectual Dominique Venner who recently committed suicide outside Notre-Dame de Paris in protest at gay marriage.

    The JNR have also denied any responsibility (see Libération for latest).

    There have been calls to ban the far-right’s street-fighting groups.

    Communiqué Solidaires (Hat-Tip Enty) Un militant syndicaliste et antifasciste tué à Paris par l’extrême-droite !

    Extract,

    Our anger and pain are compounded by the certainty that there remain many – anti-fascist activists, people exposed to homophobia and / or racism – who could and can still be victims.

    Today all our thoughts are with his family and his family and his comrade students in Solidaires Etudiant-e-s.

    We express our solidarity to all of them.

    This heinous act is inseparable from the surge in racist and homophobic attacks over the last months by right-wing extremists. This is the result of a climate of hatred spread, principally, though not exclusively, by the Front National and fascist factions.
     
  5. Rebellious twit

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    Fascist pigs, fuck these Boneheads! :ecouteurs:, rest in peace anti fascist comrade.
     
  6. punkmar77

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    Un «skinhead» español es el presunto culpable de la muerte de Clément Méric, el joven francés de izquierdas
    El fallecimiento en una pelea callejera del estudiante de Ciencias Políticas de 19 años ha conmocionado al país galo

    Fernando Iturribarría / Colpisa
    Corresponsal / París 07 de junio de 2013 01:56


    Un cabeza rapada español, Esteban M. de 21 años, es el presunto autor material de la muerte en una pelea callejera en París de un joven antifascista bretón, estudiante de Ciencias Políticas, que ha conmocionado a Francia.

    El Gobierno socialista de François Hollande estudia la ilegalización de los grupos violentos de extrema derecha reclamada tanto por partidos de izquierda como conservadores y a la que no se opone el «ultra» Frente Nacional, que denunció un «acto espantoso e inadmisible».

    Los hechos se produjeron el miércoles por la tarde en una calle peatonal de una céntrica zona comercial de París donde se encuentran los más célebres grandes almacenes de la capital francesa. La víctima, Clément Méric, militante libertario de 19 años, se encontraba con tres de sus amigos en un piso en el que se celebraba una venta privada de ropa a la que también acudieron tres hombres y una mujer de tipo cabezas rapadas vestidos con prendas y calzado de estilo militar.

    Tras un intercambio de insultos y amenazas, los dos grupos bajaron por separado a la calle y se enfrentaron cuatro contra cuatro en una pelea que no duró mucho tiempo. Según testigos oculares, Méric recibió un fuerte puñetazo que le hizo perder el equilibrio y se desplomó con la mala suerte de que la cabeza golpeó en un poste metálico. Trasladado inconsciente al hospital Pitié-Salpêtrière, falleció a media tarde de ayer sin haber recuperado el conocimiento.

    La policía detuvo a cuatro personas de edades comprendidas entre los 21 y los 37 años en la localidad de Saint-Ouen, limítrofe con París, cuando acudían a la comisaría local a rendirse. Entre ellos figura Esteban M., un español nacido en 1992 y fichado por llevar armas ilegales hace dos años, quien admitió su implicación en el golpe mortal pero declaró que no había tenido intención de matar a la víctima, según fuentes de la investigación.

    Poco más tarde otros tres sospechosos se entregaron a las autoridades que vincularon a varios arrestados con el núcleo duro de las Juventudes Nacionalistas Revolucionarias, grupúsculo de skinheads. «El Frente Nacional no tiene ninguna relación ni de cerca ni de lejos con esta agresión», declaró su presidenta, Marine Le Pen, quien contempló la disolución de «esos grupos si se demuestra que dan instrucciones de violencia a sus miembros».

    Nacido hace 19 años en Brest, Clément Méric se matriculó en septiembre en primer curso en la facultad de Ciencias Políticas de París donde se afilió al sindicato estudiantil de izquierdas Solidaires. Militante durante su etapa en el liceo de la sección bretona de la CNT, en la capital francesa se incorporó al grupo Acción Antifascista que se ha movilizado en los últimos meses a favor de la legalización de las bodas gay. En un vídeo colgado en Internet, se le ve con la mitad inferior del rostro cubierta por un pañuelo rojo portar una pancarta con el lema «La homofobia mata» y desafiar a manifestantes contrarios al matrimonio homosexual el 17 de abril en París.

    En sintonía con la indignación unánime de la clase política, Hollande condenó la agresión «con la mayor firmeza». El primer ministro, Jean-Marc Ayrault, proclamó en el Senado su voluntad de «despiezar de manera democrática y sobre la base del derecho a estos movimientos de inspiración fascista y neonazi». Concentraciones de repulsa se celebraron en París y numerosas ciudades de Francia.
     
  7. ungovernable

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    Thousands of enraged protesters gathered across France on Thursday in homage to a teenage activist who died after being attacked by skinheads. Police have arrested seven suspects in connection with an attack deemed “politically motivated.”

    (FILES) This photo taken on April 17, 2013, in Paris, shows Clement Meric. (AFP Photo / Jaques Demarthon)

    (FILES) This photo taken on April 17, 2013, in Paris, shows Clement Meric. (AFP Photo / Jaques Demarthon)

    More than 15,000 people took to the streets across France following the death of 18-year-old left-wing activist Clement Meric.

    At least 6,000 demonstrated in Paris, calling on the government to ban extreme right-wing groups that have become bolder following the legalization of same-sex marriage in the country.

    Protesters carried banners emblazoned with “Don’t forget, don’t forgive,” and chanted anti-fascist slogans in the French capital’s 5th and 6th districts, near Notre Dame Cathedral.

    “Fascism is gangrene, we either destroy it or it will destroy us,” chanted members of Action Antifasciste Paris-Banlieue, a group in which Clement had been a member.

    In Toulouse, demonstrators held banners that read “As some protest, others kill” and “Where is the humanity?”

    After the demonstrations, French authorities banned a far-right youth rally against what the protesters called “fascists” set for Saturday in Toulouse. Police said they feared a "serious risk of public disorder" if the rally went ahead.

    The city mayor also expressed concern about a planned torchlight march Saturday evening to commemorate the victory of a Christian army in 721 over Muslims besieging the city in the Battle of Toulouse.

    Clement Meric was severely beaten by a group of skinheads on Wednesday afternoon and was subsequently rushed to hospital with serious injuries. He passed away on Thursday after being declared brain dead by doctors.

    Conflicting reports regarding the attack have emerged, but police said that a group of skinheads exchanged insults and jostled with Meric and a few of his friends in a Paris clothes shop.

    The skinheads then waited outside the shop and waylaid the 18-year-old and his compatriots; some reports claimed that the assailants were armed with brass knuckles.

    A demonstrator holds up a poster reading, "Clement Meric, 18 years old, forever in our hearts, neither forget, nor forgive" during a demonstration on June 6, 2013. (AFP Photo / Pascal Pavani)

    A demonstrator holds up a poster reading, "Clement Meric, 18 years old, forever in our hearts, neither forget, nor forgive" during a demonstration on June 6, 2013. (AFP Photo / Pascal Pavani)

    Meric’s death was decried as a “despicable act” by the French government. Several left-wing French parties called for the “dissolution of ultra-violent far-right groups.” Leftist groups also urged French citizens to take action and protest the “horrendous” murder.

    In response to allegations that the incident was “politically motivated,” Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far-right National Front, issued a statement saying there was “no link” between her party and the skinhead attack.

    French political left-wing members hold a banner at the Saint-Michel fountain in Paris to pay homage to Clement Meric on June 6, 2013. (Reuters / Charles Platiau)

    French political left-wing members hold a banner at the Saint-Michel fountain in Paris to pay homage to Clement Meric on June 6, 2013. (Reuters / Charles Platiau)

    http://rt.com/news/clement-meric-protests-fascism-351/
     
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    IN THAT PIC WE CANT SEE ALL HIS FACE . CAN YOU SEND LINK SO WE CAN SEE IT PROPER ... GOOD NIGHT WHITE PRIDE
     
  10. dmol

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    Thanks for the post, ungovernable.

    I happened to be in Paris at the time and I had no internet access to comment on what was going on.

    I took part in both demonstrations on Thursday and on Saturday. People (definitely not only anarchists), at least, are determined and furious.

    I've taken a few pictures I'd like to upload, but I only see the image URL option here - anyone knows how/if I can upload my stuff?
     
  11. Spike one of many

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    dmol, you'll have to upload your images to an image hosting site such as photobucket first http://www.photobucket.com and link them from there.
     
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