Several thousand people marched Sunday in Paris to pay tribute to the young student and anti-fascist activist Clément Méric, killed 10 years ago under the blows of ultra-right skinheads. This mobilization is the culmination of a series of mobilizations organized this weekend by antifascist organizations and relatives of the young man, in a context of renewed activities of ultra-right movements.
Shouts of "Clement, Clement, antifa" or "Siamo tutti antifascisti", the procession - 5000 people according to the organizers - started around noon from the Barbès metro station to the Place de la République, behind a banner covered with the words of Louis Aragon "death does not dazzle the eyes of the partisans".
Under the flags, militants of Action antifasciste Paris Banlieue (AFAPB), entirely dressed in black and with their faces masked, and others from Toulouse, Caen or Ireland, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain or Greece.
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We do not forget that fascism kills, that the far right is not trivial and that their ideas as their words are a danger to our social body, "said in the middle of the crowd Aude, the girlfriend of the time of Clement.
The ultra-right is the visible part of a trivialization of the far right (...) which results in street attacks on demonstrators and even mayors, "said Mathieu, a 43-year-old railway worker, member of the Sud-Rail union, who preferred to keep his surname quiet.
The fascist thugs are again coming out of everywhere to practice their ratonnades, "added on condition of anonymity Mireille, 57, a regular at antifa demonstrations.
What is important is to make a show of force. We want to occupy the streets, meet with all the comrades from abroad and allow the visibility of our struggles," said Nargesse Bibimoune, a member of the Action antifasciste Paris-banlieue group. "The idea is to align with other struggles, for Palestine, against police violence," she added.
Ten years after his death, the memory of Clément Méric remains omnipresent in the mobilizations of the radical left.