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By Rick Kelly:
France: Police assault leaves protesting worker in coma
22 March 2006
A 39-year-old French telecommunications worker is in a coma as a result of a brutal beating by riot police last Saturday evening.
Cyril Ferez was attacked during the mass demonstration against the Gaullist government’s “First Job Contract” (CPE), which permits companies to sack young workers without cause during the first two years of employment.
More than a million workers and students marched against the measure last Saturday, including 350,000 in Paris.
Ferez was assaulted by the police while demonstrating at the Place de la Nation, the end-point of Saturday’s protest march in Paris.
Ferez, a member of the Sud-PTT union, is in critical condition.
He is at the neurological unit of Paris’s Henri-Mondor de Créteil Hospital, suffering what the hospital described as “severe cranial trauma and intra-cerebral traumatic lesions.”
Union official Bernard Allaire told Reuters, “His situation is worse than alarming.
No one is allowed to see him except his immediate family.”
Witnesses report that the worker sustained the injuries after riot police (gardes-mobiles) charged a section of the demonstration at the Place de la Nation.
They say Ferez was stomped on the head by the police.
Onlookers have also reported that police refused to call for medical assistance, even as the injured man lay prostrate on the ground for 20 minutes.
Other demonstrators appealed to firefighters in the area, who drove Ferez to the hospital.
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