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(en) France, Nice: unbelievable act of political violence (it)

From Nestor McNab <nestor_mcnab@yahoo.co.uk>
Date Wed, 20 Dec 2000 07:56:46 -0500 (EST)

      A - I N F O S  N E W S  S E R V I C E

Unbelievable act of political violence in Nice,
yesterday evening.

Around 6.00pm in the vicinità of the Nice Town Hall,
around 50 comrades from the 
Association pour la Democracie a Nice, the Italian
Rifondazione Comunista and LA SCiNTiLLA from
Ventimiglia were organizing a protest against the
police violence of recent days and against the
unjustified arrest of two Basque comrades. The protest
took place in a lively and peaceful atmosphere and
indeed was planned as a party. A French group was
actually about to start off a small concert.  

Suddenly, about ten cars with dark windows came
screaming along, stopping only a few metres from the
protesters. Out of the first car stepped the Mayor of
Nice in person (who, it should be remembered is a
member of the National Front), who literally threw
himself on one old comrade and began hitting him until
he pulled back and ordered his thugs (about 40
National Front skinheads serving as a “bodyguard”) to
“kill the communists” and “destroy everything”. In
just a few seconds this squadrista attack began –
punches, elbows in faces, and kicks directed at the
comrades and the destruction of the musical

It should be noted that the vast majority of the
comrades present who were viciously beaten were either
old men, women or children.
The raid lasted around 20 minutes, 20 minutes in which
the police, “strangely”, seem to have disappeared
(particularly strange, given that the fact that until
now the city has been practically under martial law,
and that even in front of the Town Hall there was not
even one police officer!).

It should also be added that at the time, a television
crew from FRANCE 3 was filming and recorded the entire
brutal incident. However, their camera was taken from
them by the Nice mayor’s fascists and the cassette was
destroyed underfoot in front of the journalists.

Jospin and Chirac’s France was last night transformed
into Pinochet’s Chile.

c y b e r g o n z o

(translation by Nestor McNab)

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