A thousand people demonstrated in calm Saturday afternoon in Paris in memory of the anti-fascist activist Clément Méric, killed in 2013 following a fight with skinheads, noted an AFP journalist.
8 years later, Clément lives in our struggles, let's fight fascism
", could we read on the head banner of the procession in which appeared anti-fascist sections of Paris, activists of the CGT Paris, the NPA, the Union libertarian communist (UCL), the Solidaires union, the National Confederation of Labor (CNT) or the UNEF.
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The procession set off shortly after 2:00 p.m. from Place de la République in the direction of Place Gambetta (20th century).
Beyond the memory of Clément Méric, you have to be there because we see a spread of far-right ideas at a lot of levels,
" said a higher education teacher, who wished to remain anonymous.
Accompanied by slogans ("
we are all anti-fascists
we are all children of Gaza
"), this demonstration takes place the day after the appeal trial at the end of which two ex-skinheads were sentenced to 5 and 8 years in prison for the death of Clément Méric, after a brief brawl between far left and far right activists, on the sidelines of a private sale of clothing from the Fred Perry brand.
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A trial is better than nothing but it is not enough given the climate of the current rise of fascism, especially in higher education and the recent calls for coups d'etat launched by former soldiers
", launched Emma, a student who did not wish to reveal her last name.