Family values thugs rioted in Paris yesterday, throwing objects at police, storming police lines, and intentionally putting their children in danger, enraged that their government is in the process of giving full civil rights to their gay and lesbian citizens via the right to marry.
A second video we just obtained shows that violence was not the exception at the “pro family” march, it was the rule. There was violence in at least three different locations in Paris yesterday.
No word from lead anti-gay-marriage group NOM, that is closely allied with the violent anti-gay movement in France, on yesterday’s violence. NOM is today trying to raise money off of France’s violent riots. They certainly aren’t distancing themselves from the violence.
It should be noted that, like in the US, the religious right extremists in France are nothing more than a vocal minority. A majority of the French support gay marriage. Which is probably why the anti-gay thugs have now chosen violence. Here’s a recent poll from Radio France International, which shows widespread support for same-sex marriage, though less support for adoption. Thus, French anti-gay protesters are trying, more and more, to use their children as political and human shields as they grow in desperation.
Much like their American counterparts, they prefer smoke-and-mirrors tactics to scare public officials into thinking the opposition is greater than it really is.
Here’s a shot from that second, video which you can find below.
In the video we posted yesterday, you can see throngs of religious right protesters pushing against police lines and ignoring the police’s admonitions to back up. The police are finally forced to tear gas the mob, and use their batons, and what happens next? A family values thug yells to the mob, repeatedly, to “put the children up front!” He then went right up to the police barricade, where he was ordered not to go, and challenged the police using his two-year-old child as a human shield against the police.
Mind you, moments before there was tear gas and violence in this same spot. Rather than take his child and leave, this family values advocate, fighting for “the children,” intentionally injected his child into a violent situation as some kind of political prop.
The new video, posted below (h/t JoeMyGod), confirms that the violence was widespread. First, here’s the video, then I walk you through it – there are quite a few nuggets in there:
About 25 seconds in to the new video, you can see the religious right mob start to rush the police in a show of brute force. And anyone who says this was just a few kids, these were grown men:
Also quite telling – this was an entirely different location than the other tear gas episode that happened in the other video I posted.
Note location 1 where the violent mob was teargassed in my earlier post:
Now note location two, below.
Not only has the position of the Arc de Triomphe changed, but in the first photo, the Arc is behind the police. In the second photo, below, the Arc is behind the mob, not the police. These were two different incidents. Just how many incidents of mob violence did we have at yesterday’s “pro-family” protest in Paris? Clearly violence was not “isolated.”
At one point, you see a family values rioter throw a large solid object at the police. Initially, you think it’s a plastic bag – but when you slow the video down, you can see it’s a dark object that almost looks like a pick axe, and oddly it”s covered in plastic, possibly to hide the perps fingerprints. Note the object, circled below in yellow:
Then about 45 seconds in, you see a group of men surge against the police. These people were not peaceful protesters. You can hear someone saying “s’abitue, s’abitue” – “you’ll get used to it,” seemingly referring to the tear gas the police were now using to stop the mob, and seemingly suggesting that people should continue to rush the police.
Then at 57 seconds in, you can see, in a third location, an actual mob rioting on the streets of Paris.
The police were again forced to tear gas the “peaceful” family values anarchists. News reports say 33 policemen were injured by the family values rioters.
Now look at the pro-gay-marriage march in Paris:
Notice a difference?