Mélenchon, Obono and two journalists seize justice after threats from neo-Nazis

After an investigation by Streetpress denouncing the acts of support of Eric Zemmour, a small far-right group threatened with death the LFI leader, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the deputy Danièle Obono, as well as the journalists Taha Bouhafs and Mathieu Molard, l author of the article.

Their faces sported gun targets. The rebellious presidential candidate, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, and the journalist of the Average Taha Bouhafs filed a complaint against X on Monday for “threat of death” and “provocation to commit unsuccessful offenses”, after the publication of a photomontage by a small neo-Nazi group. LFI MP Danièle Obono also lodged a complaint for “provocation of racial hatred”. The editor of the independent site Streetpress, Mathieu Molard, for his part seized the public prosecutor.

The publication in question, posted on November 5 on the Telegram channel of the far-right group “Les Vilains Fachos”, and revealed this Monday by Streetpress, shows nine images marked with a viewfinder, including those of the two politicians and journalists. Alongside them, are also “targeted” a black person, a Jewish man, Anne Frank or even the front page of the so-called “survivors” issue of the newspaper. Charlie Hebdo published the day after the January 2015 attack.

“The main issue is the identification of the perpetrators”, explains Me Xavier Sauvignet, the lawyer of the deputy LFI, contacted by Release. “Danièle Obono is a personality regularly targeted by acts of hatred. We have already had classifications without further complaints because the people concerned live abroad for example ”, says Mr. Sauvignet. The latter also denounces a certain impunity, “Until the day it goes badly. […] The far-right threat is real, it can escalate. This should make people think beyond the political family of rebellious France. The government must also position itself ”.

“Inaction of the Ministry of the Interior”

Also interviewed by Release, the lawyer Arié Alimi, representing Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Taha Bouhafs in this case, castigates “The inaction of the prosecution and the interior ministry in these physical and racist threats [qui] is particularly worrying. The absence of reaction favors the passage to the act ”.

The entourage of Jean-Luc Mélenchon also confirms with StreetPress take this matter very seriously, claiming that “Other activists or executives have also been threatened by the extreme right in recent days and they will file a complaint”.

“We can see that these groups have a real feeling of impunity and are no longer even hiding. Threats are spreading on YouTube, on messaging services, on social networks… We can legitimately fear that the actions will multiply. […] It is time for the government to take this threat seriously and finally react! ” explain by email to StreetPress the rebellious leader.

The photomontage is presented as a “Democratic and participatory darts game” : each caricatured person has a certain number of points. The score often displays 88, a thinly veiled neo-Nazi reference: the 8 refers to the eighth letter of the alphabet – the H – and both signifying “Heil Hitler”. At the end of the post, a final message calls for “Support the Z”,in barely veiled support for Eric Zemmour. A link in the article also sends to a site that allows you to buy weapons.

This “Explicit murder call”, as it qualifies StreetPress , echoes a previous publication of the independent news site. A survey published on November 2 showed that a small far-right group, active support of Eric Zemmour – the Gallicane family -, was training to shoot at targets with “Racist caricatures of Jews, Muslims and blacks”,videos and messages posted on Telegram in support.

If the Telegram channel “Les Vilains Fachos” currently has a little less than 1,500 subscribers, it is actually a replica of a first Telegram channel, followed by 10,000 people, and deleted at the end of September after the revelations of Taha Bouhafs about its directors, who were a “Large list of all Jews involved in the Covid crisis”.

Source: Libération by www.liberation.fr.

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