After the violence committed against the participants of a religious procession in May, an accused, in his thirties, was summoned by the prosecution to the criminal court on September 15. He will be judged for acts of“Concerted obstacle by violence to the freedom of demonstration”, “Violation of freedom of worship”, “Aggravated violence”, “Degradation in meeting” and « vol ».

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On May 29, a pilgrimage organized by the diocese for the 150e anniversary of the executions of religious and faithful during the Paris Commune had been attacked by hostile people in the east of the capital, causing two minor injuries.

Events which had made the Catholics react

“A group threw insults at us ‘down with Versaillais’ and uttered death threats and then launched projectiles”, had told AFP Stéphane Mayor, parish priest of Notre-Dame-des-Otages, whose name refers to about fifty of them killed on rue Haxo on May 26, 1871.

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From a police source, “It was about a small group which had just dispersed at the end of the demonstration” at the wall of the Federates of the Père Lachaise cemetery, where combatants of the Commune were shot during the repression by the army of the government of Versailles. The Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit and Stéphane Mayor then lodged a complaint.

These events had provoked many reactions within the Catholic world, in the media and on social networks, some disapproving of the principle of such “March of the martyrs”. This initiative was intended “Spiritual and not militant” the archbishop replied, as were other events planned for the previous days by the diocese.


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