Lyon: Conference on Palestine targeted by far-right extremists, three slightly injured

A man was arrested in the ranks of the far-right, the province said in a statement that it “strongly condemns the violence carried out”.

At 8:00 p.m., an AFP reporter at the site said a large number of CRS vehicles, fire engines and a large number of police officers were surrounding the targeted compound.

Christoph Oberlin, a surgeon familiar with Gaza who came to present his last two books, described to AFP people who were “knocked with sticks” because they were unable to enter the room where the conference was held.

Several participants described a “full” room with “120 seats,” including children and the elderly. A window was broken, they said.

Jérôme Faÿner, president of Collectif Palestine 69, organizer of the event, said he wanted to file a complaint. “It’s the extreme right,” they attacked with mortars, “and I have one in my hand,” he said by phone, citing “iron bars” and “glass bottles.”

“We were in a rat trap,” described one very distressed participant contacted by AFP. “We put a lot of stuff to block the door.”

1,200 people marched against the far-right in Lyon in the afternoon, on a joint call backed by France Inzomis and the anti-fascist movements.

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