Protesters against the COVID-19 vaccine pass attacked French member of parliament (MP) Stéphane Claireaux on Jan. 9 with seaweed and pebbles outside his home in the French archipelago of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon.
“There was a car loaded with seaweed… and people started chucking it at me. It was like being stoned,” Claireaux told broadcaster France Info.
Claireaux, who is from the ruling party of French President Emmanuel Macron, said that he was waiting for the demonstrators “to speak to them.”
“Everyone knows each other in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, and you have in front of you people you know but whose face is so distorted by hatred you can’t recognize them anymore. It’s surreal,” Claireaux said.
Claireaux added he would file criminal charges against those responsible.
“People are free to think that we’re not making the right decisions. We’re all getting death threats by email. At some point this has to stop,” Claireaux said.
French public broadcaster La 1ere reported that about 600 protesters gathered outside Claireaux’s home.
According to reports, local police launched an investigation into the attack, which came a few days after France introduced the health pass in the North Atlantic overseas territory.
Macron condemned the attack as “unacceptable” and “intolerable,” pointing out “an intensification of violence” against elected officials.
French Overseas Minister Annick Girardin also condemned the attack, calling it deeply shocking.
“I have already contacted the prefect so that republican order is maintained and the protection of elected officials in the territory is better assured,” Girardin said.
Last week, Macron said he planned to “piss off” those who are unvaccinated until they get the shots, which prompted anger from those who oppose COVID-19 health measures.
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