France: 19 Year Old Gay Activist Killed in Attack, Vigils Held

Written by scott on June 7th, 2013

Clement VigilA young gay marriage activist was attacked by a group of neo-Nazis, and was declared brain-dead. Towleroad.com reports:

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: No 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.

Clement died later in the day. GayWebSource reports:

Clément Méric, an 18-year-old student and well known gay rights activist in Paris has died after he was was violently attacked by a group of three ‘far-right skinheads’, including one women near the Saint-Lazare train station on Wednesday evening. Four arrests have been made in connection to the attack including the individual suspected of delivering the final blow to Méric’s head in Wednesday’s attack. The Local also reports that at least one of the attackers wore knuckle-dusters according to initial reports.

A bystander describes the vicious attack:

“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.”

The leader of the opposition to marriage ewquality, Frigide Barjot, blamed the victim and marriage equality supporters. I can’t tell you how vile and inhumane this seems to me. Joe.My.God reports:

The President has caused extremism to grow by passing a law that the French didn’t want, and in a manner that was authoritarian and undemocratic. When we refuse to act like a democracy, extremism grows. In a way, you could say that there was a death because of this denial of democracy.

What kind of a vile, despicable, excuse for a human being do you have to be to react to such tragedy by seeking to turn it to your own political gain? You disgust me, Ms. Barjot – you have no soul.

Vigils and rallies were held across the country in memory of Clement. Joe.My.God reports:

Memorial vigils and rallies were held across France last night for murdered 19 year-old pro-gay activist Clement Vigil, who died yesterday after being attacked by neo-Nazis outside a Paris clothing shop. Many have blamed France’s anti-gay marriage movement for spurring the attack, an allegation hotly denied by former leader Fridige Barjot, who has vowed to sue a prominent marriage activist for making that claim.

Our hearts go out to Clement’s family and friends. Violence, on either side, is never the answer.

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2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Steve says:

    Such a tragedy. We must all be aware that hate groups are growing everywhere, even here in the US. We must all stand up for the rights of everyone.

  2. John Rondeau says:

    These “skinheads” are mere xenophobes and misanthropes! What a courageous young man Clement Meric was as it’s not easy to stand up for what you believe in. This incident makes me think of the gay bashing that “Torch Song Trilogy” brought to life. We have to eradicate extremism in all of it’s forms as it is based on hate and fear. It has been said ” There are two emotions love and fear”. Clement Meric and his work will live on in the hearts and minds of others as ” You cannot extinguish the human spirit” Wherever you are Clement you are now free to “be” sans violence.

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