Thousands of protesters gathered outside the town hall in
Rabia, a young woman who wears the hijab, had been beaten by the fascists, but the mayor and police pressured her not to file a complaint. A second woman was violently arrested for wearing a niqab. People who defended her were also taken into custody.
The assaults went further last weekend when a pregnant woman wearing the hijab was beaten in the stomach. Her attacker also cut her hair. There are reports that she has since miscarried as a result of the beating.
The demonstration was the biggest expression of determination and action against Islamophobia in
We urgently need to build an anti-fascist and anti-racist movement that is clear against Islamophobia—and what is happening in
Unity march planned
A number of trade union federations and left wing and anti racist organisations are supporting a united national demonstration against fascism in
It was called in response to the killing of student Clément Méric by fascist thugs earlier this month.
Meanwhile the fascist Front National pushed the ruling Socialist Party into third place in the first round of a by-election near
This brings the government’s majority down to just three MPs. The Front National is now set to face the Tory UMP in the second round.