France: MP assaulted by anti-vaccination pass protesters (video)

The deputy Romain Grau and a parliamentary adviser to the Minister of Justice were violently arrested by demonstrations against the health pass, in Perpignan.

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Lhe LREM deputy Romain Grau, as well as a parliamentary adviser to the Minister of Justice and one of the parliamentarian’s neighbors, were “violently” attacked on Saturday in Perpignan by demonstrators against the health pass who “attacked” his office.

“I was working with Guillem Gervilla, parliamentary adviser to Eric Dupond-Moretti, when all of a sudden we heard a horde of people heading towards the office and then banging on the windows,” Grau told AFP. , estimating their number at more than 250.

“We went out to talk to them and there we were attacked very violently. They clearly wanted to crack us up with some pretty heavy-handed insults,” he added.

“One of my neighbors intervened and got slapped. I received a punch on the chin, ”said the deputy.

On a video posted on Twitter by Mr. Gervilla, we see a man screaming “to death” and another shouting “did you vote for the pass? “.

“We finally managed to sneak upstairs and they dispersed after breaking a window,” Grau said.

He informed AFP of his desire to file a complaint on Sunday.

The prefect of Pyrénées-Orientale Etienne Stoskopf condemned on Twitter “these unacceptable acts in democracy”, assuring that “everything will be done to identify their perpetrators”.

“Once again, once too often, an elected representative of the Nation has been attacked on the sidelines of a demonstration. (…). These behaviors are unacceptable and call for unity, ”tweeted the Minister of National Education Jean-Michel Blanquer.

“No physical aggression against elected officials of the Republic can be tolerated,” Foreign Minister Sébastien Lecornu wrote on the same social network.

The Ministry of the Interior counted nearly 38,000 demonstrators across France on Saturday against the vaccination pass, two days before it came into force.

On Wednesday, the Paris prosecutor’s office opened an investigation for “aggravated intentional violence” after the January 15 attack on a team of AFP journalists covering an anti-pass rally.

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