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Skinhead Attack on French Gay Rights Activist Clément Meric Caught on Video: REPORT

Though none were initially thought to exist, French police reportedly have surveillance video which documents the fight with skinheads that killed gay rights activist Clément Meric in Paris three weeks ago. A radio station, RTL, reported on the existence of the video, The Local reports.

MericMeric was killed after an angry exchange of words between left-wing activists and right-wing skinheads when they met by chance at a private clothing sale in an apartment on Rue Caumartin in the 9th arrondissement of Paris on June 5th.

As the confrontation escalated, Meric was punched unconscious. He was pronounced brain dead in hospital the following day.

It was initially believed that there were no CCTV images of the attack, but now it has emerged that a street surveillance camera belonging to transport company RATP, captured the fatal clash.

According to RTL, the video appears to show that Meric confronted his attacker, apparently intending to strike him. As he approached, the alleged attacker turned and threw a punch, striking Meric in the face. The blow knocked him unconscious.

He immediately fell to the ground but did not receive further punches and kicks as he lay on the ground as was initially believed, RTL claims.

Listen to the RTL claims (in French), AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. His activism was not limited to gay rights. He was a leftist.

    Posted by: gwyneth cornrow | Jun 25, 2013 9:09:21 AM

  2. Defense will use this to claim self defense. Possible manslaughter conviction. At least that's how it would work out in the U.S.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 25, 2013 9:10:46 AM

  3. @gwyneth cornow: which means.....what? He was murdered. By right-wing extremists. In cold blood.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 25, 2013 11:51:16 AM

  4. sad-looks like he was as much to blame for his death as the guy who hit him...

    Posted by: Nathan | Jun 25, 2013 12:04:31 PM

  5. So... it might not have been a hate crime? We have to wonder about what they were arguing over at a clothing sale. Also, it is tragic that one punch killed him... if it was just one punch, I have a hard time reconciling that the attacker intended fatal or even severe harm. This is heartbreaking, he was a strong young activist. But now my judgment is suspended.

    Posted by: Lucas H | Jun 25, 2013 12:12:02 PM

  6. To qualify that, I just want to add that the last two paragraphs in this story - if accurate - are pretty significant details.

    Posted by: Lucas H | Jun 25, 2013 12:13:09 PM

  7. @gwyneth cornrow: Do "leftists" deserve, as meted out by skinheads in the street, the death penalty? Maybe leftists do now, in GWBush/Obama's Surveillance-State America....

    Posted by: David | Jun 25, 2013 12:13:50 PM

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