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


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. @Brian1,


    Nice try,Brian.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 6, 2013 1:51:55 PM

  2. You must be proud you pieces of scum.And we have people like this in the US,don't forget.

    Posted by: greenfuzz | Jun 6, 2013 1:56:20 PM

  3. @Ratbastard,

    rather than your kindergarten level response, why don't you list all these violent confrontations if they're so common?

    @David Hearne

    I thought I was immune to all the racist bile that flows out of you/ratbastard and the various permutations of Rick, but you still managed to shock with that last post. I didn't think anyone outside the trashiest of white supremacist trash spoke of minorities polluting the white nation anymore.

    Posted by: Brian1 | Jun 6, 2013 2:02:21 PM

  4. My prayers are with his family.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 6, 2013 2:02:28 PM

  5. Simple!!! the world in going crazy, no respect for life. *period*, what a loss, at 18 yo my sympathy to his family and friends

    Posted by: bructer | Jun 6, 2013 2:10:21 PM

  6. Every gay man should have a concealed carry permit and carry a weapon. Then the headlines would read "Gay Bashers Dead after Attempted Attack."

    Posted by: Steve | Jun 6, 2013 2:13:40 PM

  7. Ernie - What countries would that be?

    Posted by: David Hearne | Jun 6, 2013 3:16:27 PM

  8. Brian1 - Between us, who said anything about a "white nation"? I said "European nations" you idiot. White is a color, European is a family of interrelated cultures which does not include Islam.

    There are negroid, mongoloid, caucasoid, and australoid Americans. There are no Muslim Americans. Americans do not pray for the destruction of this nation or our mother country.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Jun 6, 2013 3:21:09 PM

  9. @David,

    Every time we have an argument you just lie about your previous posts and count that as a win. When you say we (Europe, Canada, and Australia) need to recollect as a European people to stop the pollution of our nation (an exact quote, not your misleading summary) do you think anybody reads that to include people of color? That exact language can be found in any white supremacist literature. With your background as a neverending source of racist commentary, you must really think we're all idiots if we think you mean to include non-whites in your purified European people. And if your intent really wasn't racist but merely anti-islamic, then why didn't you include Asia, where the largest contingent of non-Islamists live? Oh, that's right, they're not Islamic but they also pollute your vision of a lily white America.

    Posted by: Brian1 | Jun 6, 2013 3:30:03 PM

  10. American Republicans sure do vote for the destruction of their own country.....

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 6, 2013 3:44:31 PM

  11. Brian1 -

    I'm not sure what you are asking so I will try to address both possible scenarios:

    I didn't "include Asia" as being invaded by Islam, because Asia is Islam's continent of origin.

    I did include "asians" in my list of Americans. Mongoloids are Orientals, and many western and southern Asians are Caucasians.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Jun 6, 2013 3:56:03 PM

  12. "Orientals"? I didn't even know people still used this term in the modern age.

    Posted by: MateoM | Jun 6, 2013 4:58:17 PM

  13. @David--ever heard of Eastern Europe?

    Posted by: Ernie | Jun 6, 2013 5:44:38 PM

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

    And yet that is exactly what has been going on with anyone who is not a white heterosexual man for dgenerations....

    Posted by: FakeOutrage | Jun 6, 2013 9:09:15 PM

  15. what a waste of life

    Posted by: m | Jun 6, 2013 11:56:17 PM

  16. @David, I wasn't asking anything, the question was rhetorical.

    Posted by: Brian1 | Jun 7, 2013 12:24:27 AM

  17. So much abjectly brain dead commentary by a few of the usual suspects here on Towleroad, namely Hearne and ratbastard in this instance, it still perplexes me why Andy Towle does not exert some editorial discretion herein! Every great publication has always screened out the floating feces from the floated ideas. Please, Mr. Towle, learn just a bit more about journalism and rid intelligent discourse on your website from pointless, vulgar and moronic commenters like those aforementioned! Also, as a plea to all other Towleroad readers, join me by inundating Andy and his staff with pleas to exercise responsible editorial control over the vulgarity repeatedly exhibited by a poignant few on this website, so the bulk of us do not continue to avoid checking in for days and weeks at a time because of the senselessly hurtful and always irrelevant hate-speech that seems to have free license herein, as opposed to the Serious Websites that protect their sense of journalistic integrity!

    Posted by: Tom Cardellino | Jun 7, 2013 1:27:12 AM

  18. Even if Frigide Barjot's Manif Pour Tous hate group aren't directly involved, the hateful rhetoric she and her gang of religious loons are colletively responsible along with the Catholic hierarchy in Paris who gave the nod to the demonstrations.

    Thank goodness we never had any of that in London during the Equal Marriage debate, no demonstrations except for a paltry 150 opposing religious loons outside of Parliament last Monday and Tuesday, no violence either and no gay bashings ensued as a result.

    My heart goes out to this young man and to his family and friends. An abominable crime of barbarity.

    Posted by: alexoloughlin | Jun 7, 2013 7:00:07 AM

  19. Horrible. My heart aches for this young man and his family and friends.

    Posted by: grego | Jun 8, 2013 9:51:29 AM

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