Apparently French citizens opposed to marriage equality are listening to the Catholic Archbishop’s and the movement leader’s calls for violence. Four people were arrested yesterday in an attack on a gay bar in Paris, just the latest incident against gay organizations and individuals. The Washington Post reports:
Four people have been detained on suspicion of carrying out an attack at a Lille gay bar, the Interior Ministry said Thursday, amid nationwide tensions over a bill that would legalize gay marriage. Several other people were detained in Paris late Wednesday after a protest against gay marriage that ended with some demonstrators fighting police and damaging cars along the Champs-Elysees avenue.
Which side is looking unreasonable now? Turning to violence when you don’t get your way – who does that? Children.
French president Francois Hollande condemned the violence. Pink News reports:
“Homophobic acts, violent acts have been committed. The right to protest is recognised by our constitution and accepted by the French. But no protest must degenerate,” President Hollande said on Thursday. He was speaking after France’s Interior Ministry confirmed that four people had been detained on suspicion of carrying out an attack at a gay bar in Lille. The owner linked the incident to “tensions” over the country’s proposed same-sex marriage bill, which is close to final approval.
France’s prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, also called for column. Pink News reports:
The French Prime Minister has called for calm as violent protests marred the start of the National Assembly’s fast tracked final debate on the marriage equality bill… On Wednesday thousands of protesters swarmed in Paris to voice their opposition to the bill, with some attacking cars and public property, and lashing out at police and journalists, reports France24. 11 people from the protest were detained for questioning, while 24 pro-equal marriage counter-protesters were arrested, according to police.
Violence should have no part in the political process.