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    French Anti-Fascists Threaten to Beat Up RT Reporter for Paris Coverage

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    An RT France reporter who was broadcasting live from the scene of protests over labor law on Paris Republic Square via Periscope has been threatened by the Blocus Paris (Siege of Paris) movement via Facebook with bodily harm; the post however was later removed.

    On April 14, the journalist was broadcasting live from the scene of anti-labor law protests on Republic Square via Periscope.

    One of the participants of the movement Blocus Paris (Siege of Paris), Helana Berkane, took a picture of the correspondent and published it on the group's Facebook page calling for other members of the movement to physically assault him.

    The post was later removed, but the RT team had already made a screenshot of the message.


    “He is filming for his Periscope here, and hides behind the police when we speak to him. Let’s beat the mother****r,” the post reads.

    According to the RT website, comments on the post “took the threats even further, with calls to “catch this Putinist cretin”, “make the poor scum miserable” and “send him to the Gulag.”

    The picture was shared by the Mouvement Inter Lutte Indépendant (Independent movement for internal fight) with similar assaults.

    The work of the journalist was also criticized by a photojournalist Louis Witter, who tweeted that while filming a “mere protest,” some journalists are dressed as if for battle.

    ​RT France filed a complaint to the French police for “threats submitted in writing, picture or other form”, after which the posts were removed.

    The channel says this is not the first time that RT France reporters have been confronted by individuals from the anti-fascist movement. Ten days ago, another member of the RT team was the subject of an attempted assault during the ongoing protests.

    ​It should be mentioned that during the “mere protests”, which have been going on in the country since March 31, protesters have been using fireworks and stones while police have resorted to using tear gas to disperse the crowd.


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