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18-Year-Old Gay Rights Activist Brain Dead After Attack by Neo Nazi Skinheads in Paris: VIDEO

Meric

Clément Méric, an 18-year-old student at Sciences Po in Paris,and a well-known progressive activist, was beaten by a group of three skinheads near the Saint-Lazare train station in Paris on Wednesday night and is now brain dead, the Guardian reports:

2_mericNo suspects have been arrested, and Valls told reporters at the scene of the attack – a crowded, pedestrianised area with cafes and chain stores – that finding them is the top priority. It was unclear how the fight developed and how many people were involved. Political tensions are high in France after months of protests against legalising gay marriage, that sometimes ended with troublemakers from the extreme right clashing with police.

The Local reports:

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.

3_mericMeric's activism for The Party of the Left encompassed a range of progressive causes, including, apparently, gay rights.

The Local adds:

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."

Watch a Euronews report on the murder, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. What the F is going on with Paris????

    Posted by: David C. | Jun 6, 2013 9:24:17 AM


  2. More than accepting the skinheads, Manif pour tous probably feared but tolerated their presence.

    That's the thing about hatred & bigotry; you don't really get to say, my hatred is just right & yours is too much.

    Hatred & bigotry over extending freedoms to another individual??? These people all need psychological help, big time.

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Jun 6, 2013 9:34:37 AM


  3. Hope Brian Brown is happy that this innocent boy is brain-dead because of the evil anti-gay terrorism he incites. He has blood on his disgusting hands.

    Posted by: RMc | Jun 6, 2013 9:38:50 AM


  4. Oh my, horrible. I am really worried, how far right movement is rising around Europe.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jun 6, 2013 9:54:37 AM


  5. Well this is a very upbeat thing to read first thing in the morning...

    Posted by: Will | Jun 6, 2013 9:56:00 AM


  6. I'm in Paris right now. Police arrested 4 suspects, probably the 4 skinheads that were in the appartement where it happened. There is a big "manifestation" (I don't know the word in english) in memory of Clément tonight. I guess that the image of France you have in the States those days isn't so nice, but trust me, we're not all like that, some of us still have a sense of sanity..

    Posted by: Kylian | Jun 6, 2013 10:21:58 AM


  7. Another thing manif pour tours can be proud of

    Posted by: Steve | Jun 6, 2013 10:22:15 AM


  8. Fights and violence between far right and far left advocates and agitators are common on the continent.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 6, 2013 10:25:06 AM


  9. Fights and violence between far right and far left advocates and agitators are common on the continent.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 6, 2013 10:25:09 AM


  10. Manif pour tous unlaeshed a sem-dormant French right, and now things are totally out of control -- to the delight o Brian Brown and ratbastard

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jun 6, 2013 10:45:45 AM


  11. @ratbastard

    No, they're not, but I know you're not one for letting facts get in the way of your xenophobia.

    Posted by: Brian1 | Jun 6, 2013 10:46:54 AM


  12. As previously mentioned by Kylian, the police have already arrested four people -- three men and one woman, ages 20-30 -- who are clearly skinheads with tattoos of swastikas. Besides numerous witnesses, that street is covered by video surveillance, so the police have pictures and videos of the event.

    Clement Meric had not yet begun to fight when he received a "violent blow," according to witnesses. He fell and struck his head on a post. One of the four arrested is the alleged attacker.

    Posted by: Ninong | Jun 6, 2013 10:53:20 AM


  13. "Oh my, horrible. I am really worried, how far right movement is rising around Europe."

    The rise of the Far Right in Europe is due to the irresponsibility of the Establishment elite and their touting of "multi-culturalism," as well as its cousins, such as feminism and "gender-non-conformity."

    All the while, they ignore the ongoing plight of the white middle class and their ever-dropping standard of living. Unemployment rates of 12+% in the EU as a whole and over 25% in Spain and Greece.

    You push people to the limit and deny them ANY sense of security--economic, social, and otherwise--and they will explode.

    Sadly, the gay movement has aligned itself with the Far Left, rather than trying to make the elimination of homophobia a non-political matter.....and so the result is that gay people will become collateral in the process.


    Posted by: Rick | Jun 6, 2013 10:55:51 AM


  14. Its always darkest before the dawn. The right is losing big time and they know it. Ta ta bigots!

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Jun 6, 2013 10:55:59 AM


  15. Sadly, Rick has dedicated his life to trolling Towleroad with anti-gay, anti-democrat, misogynistic and racist comments under several different names.

    What a waste of a life. Nobody will miss him when he's gone.

    Posted by: MateoM | Jun 6, 2013 11:05:28 AM


  16. This is a disgusting act of hatred. RIP young man.

    Posted by: reality | Jun 6, 2013 11:17:49 AM


  17. Just when I thought Rick couldn't get any more idiotic....

    Posted by: Dan E | Jun 6, 2013 11:19:36 AM


  18. There would be no neo-nazis if the European government leaders would have prevented all the Islamic migration and illegal immigration into Europe.

    It's a shame that the young man is ruined and possibly dead, however Europe will not be saved by candle light vigils and progressives wringing their wrists over "global warming". European countries (including America, Canada, and Australia) must recollect as a European people and stop the pollution of our nations.

    Gay rights will be a tool to expel Islam from the civilized world. But the Nazis don't understand that yet. Probably because people are too busy trying to label people as Nazis who aren't nazis.

    Gay rights can be a weapon against Islam, we need to show people the weapons grade aspect of our existence.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Jun 6, 2013 11:29:33 AM


  19. "There would be no neo-nazis if the European government leaders would have prevented all the Islamic migration and illegal immigration into Europe."

    Did Muslims and Africans create the original Nazis?

    David Hagatha Hearne/Rick, you are ridiculous.

    And where is Sean to comment on this anti-Gay violence? Oh, the perpetrators aren't Black or Latino, and so this savage violence doesn't interest Sean.

    I pray the young Frenchman, Mr Meric, somehow comes through. This is horrible.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 6, 2013 11:38:06 AM


  20. Thank you, NOM.

    Posted by: jomicur | Jun 6, 2013 11:48:38 AM


  21. He was not a "gay rights activist". I quote Le Monde: "The only thing we know about him is that he was member of the "Action Antifasciste",a far-left group at his faculty. He was also very close to the National Confederation of Trade Unions.

    http://www.lemonde.fr/societe/article/2013/06/06/clement-meric-eleve-modele-tue-pour-ses-idees_3425609_3224.html

    As member of this far-left group he did take part in picketing some of the recent homophobic demonstrations (see here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0G9wsToQzM&feature=youtu.be&t=1m58s) but to call him a "gay-rights activist" is a bit of a misrepresentation.

    Posted by: ct | Jun 6, 2013 12:01:51 PM


  22. My heart breaks for this young man. All those who sponsor hate are guilty of the violence they help drive onto others. May God watch over Clément Méric.

    Posted by: jay | Jun 6, 2013 1:05:08 PM


  23. My heart breaks for this young man. All those who sponsor hate are guilty of the violence they help drive onto others. May God watch over Clément Méric.

    Posted by: jay | Jun 6, 2013 1:05:09 PM


  24. There is no shortage of neo-Nazi and nationalist thugs in countries with no Islamic migration.

    And, yes, this is a very sad story; may justice serve the actual skinheads responsible for this atrocity.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jun 6, 2013 1:13:51 PM


  25. He has died:
    http://www.lemonde.fr/societe/article/2013/06/06/l-auteur-presume-de-l-agression-contre-clement-meric-interpelle_3425537_3224.html

    @ ct: you are correct. The headline is misleading. He was not a single-issue activist.
    RIP, Clément Méric.

    Posted by: gwynethcornrow | Jun 6, 2013 1:39:45 PM


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