Posted on February 4, 2016

Six French Protesters Fined €3000 After Hoisting ‘Expel Islamists’ Banner

Chris Tomlinson, Breitbart, February 3, 2016

Six French youth activists have been fined 500 euros each after they displaying a banner requesting the French government expel Islamists from the country.

The incident, which occurred in August of last year, saw the activists belonging to the Identitarians hold a banner over Arras train station that read “expel Islamists” after they had scaled the building. The members held up smoke sticks and their signature Lambda flags until police and firefighters were called in to remove them.

French state-owned SNCF railway company brought about the charges which the Identitarian lawyer Jerome Triomphe tried to have dropped. The judge sided with SNCF and brought about charges which some activists plead guilty to and some did not. {snip}

The state company then said they were looking for 5,000 euros in damages for the demonstration which the judge also ruled against. Instead the judge ordered six of the activists to pay 500 euros each for a total of 3000 euros to be paid to SNCF. The judge also returned the banner and flags to the Identitarians which had been confiscated in August.

The initial protest was in reaction to the Thalys Islamist attack in which 25-year-old Moroccan man Ayoub El Khazzani brought an ak-47 rifle on board a train but was subdued by three American men, two of whom were off duty military personnel, after the attacker opened fire injuring passengers on board. {snip}