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Anti-Gay Marriage Violence In France As Man Brutally Beaten And LGBT Fair Attacked

homophobic-attack-franceA man was brutally beaten in Paris over the weekend in an anti-gay attack he says shows the “face of homophobia in France.” Gay rights activists say ongoing sentiment against same-sex marriage has turned into homophobic violence.

According to Wilfred de Brujin, he and his boyfriend were attacked Saturday night in the 19th arrondissement in Paris. Hours after the beating he posted the photo of his bloodied face on Facebook, where it quickly went viral:

Sorry to show you this. It’s the face of homophobia. Last night 19th arrondissement, Paris, Olivier and I were badly beaten just for walking arm in arm. I woke up in an ambulance covered in blood, missing tooth and broken bones around the eye. I’m home now. Very sad.

As the country’s senate debates the bill seeking to legalize same-sex marriage and adoption, rising antagonism has led to other violent incidents in France. Also over the weekend, vandals were filmed attacking an LGBT fair. The Local reports:

At the weekend, the annual Inter LGBT fair, held in the famous Marais district of the capital’s fourth arrondissement was targeted by vandals, who are opposing gay-marriage.

Responsibility for the “homophobic attack” (see video, below) was claimed by “Le Printemps Francais” (French spring), a collective of dissidents who split from the mainstream “Manif pour Tous” anti-gay marriage movement led by French comic Frigide Barjot.

The group published a video of themselves engaging in the vandalism, but later deleted it, though not before a pro-gay marriage activist had been able to republish it.

Manif pour Tous has denounced the act of vandalism as well as the attack against Wilfred de Bruijn, while also denying that their movement is responsible for provoking anti-gay violence.

“We strongly condemn this act of violence but there is no link whatsoever to the Manif pour Tous. We have said since the beginning that we are not against homosexuals, we are simply against the government’s legislation,” said one of the movement’s leaders, Xavier Bongibault, who is — twist —  gay.

Gay rights groups will hold demonstrations on Wednesday, April 10 in response to the attack on De Brujin and Manif pour Tous has expressed interest in joining them…soooooo, we’ll see how that goes.

    • BiL

      This is what you get when God “loving” extremist are let out of their caves.

      Apr 9, 2013 at 12:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ruhlmann

      As a Frenchman, je suis embarrassé.

      Apr 9, 2013 at 1:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Darling Nikki

      It seems assh**e is a universal language too.

      Apr 9, 2013 at 1:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 2eo

      This is what ALL* anti gay marriage sentiment is actually about.

      *I say ALL meaning literally the word ALL in it’s absolute terms.

      Apr 9, 2013 at 2:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Derek Williams

      Religion – the scourge of the homosexual, and the scourge of humanity.

      Apr 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tardis

      These are the people that are going to heaven.

      Apr 9, 2013 at 6:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 2eo

      @tardis: Yup, when you see the kind, smart, educated, moral and fundamentally better people who are going to hell I can’t wait to arrive in the firey depths.

      Sit down with Christopher Hitchens, Douglas Adams, Albert Einstein and countless other great people. Can’t wait, well I’ll wait my whole life as it were.

      Apr 9, 2013 at 6:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sweet Boy

      Liberté, Fraternité et Brutalité

      Apr 9, 2013 at 7:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • LeMagnifique

      That’s what France is all about : arrogance, homophobia and racism. As a Frenchman I avoid it like the plague.

      Apr 9, 2013 at 7:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cee

      I didn’t know the French were so bigoted. I thought they were better than the U.S. about gay issues. Guess not.

      Apr 10, 2013 at 12:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DOFEK

      Ho well! the fucking (frogs) France, are Catholic, motherfucker. AdamHomo

      Apr 11, 2013 at 9:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ruhlmann

      @DOFEK: Idiot!

      Apr 11, 2013 at 1:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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