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Skinheads on trial in Paris in death of teenage anti-fascism activist Clément Méric
From the start, antifa* activists have deemed Méric's death a "political killing" while right-wing extremists have claimed the accused acted in legitimate "self-defence".
The trial is scheduled to span two weeks. The accused, ultra-right-wing activists Esteban Morillo and Samuel Dufour, both 25, are charged with violence leading - involuntarily [?] - to Méric's death, committed in a group and using a weapon, brass knuckles.
What was the question?
The trial will address pressing questions that have hung over the case since that late-spring evening five years [!] ago: Was a weapon used and did the accused intend to kill Méric, or was his death the result of a brawl gone wrong.
India 'assassination' plot reaches Paris, but credibility is lost in translation*
The roots of the case however go back to December 2017 and are centred around India's caste politics, a powder-keg issue in a country where, it's often said, citizens don't cast their vote, they vote their caste [!]. On December 31, 2017, tens of thousands of people - primarily members of India's downtrodden Dalit community - started gathering in the small town of Bhima Koregaon near the western Indian city of Pune for the annual commemoration of the January 1, 1818 Battle of Koregaon.
"The Modi government is veering towards full Erdogan [!], arresting people in the middle of the night, detaining social activists and journalists across the country under very vague provisions of the Unlawful Activities Act merely for the possession of books written by authors deemed leftist and activist pamphlets from as far back as the 1970s. These are taken to constitute active membership in a plot," said Mira Kamdar, a Paris-based author of the book, India in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know
However when a public prosecutor revealed the "terrorist" assassination plotters were part of an "anti-fascist* front", it drew howls of laughter across the country. Wags noted that they had no idea that fighting fascism was a terror offence. The government's critics meanwhile relished the fact that the public prosecutor had inadvertently admitted that the BJP was fascist.

* Last week Jeffrey Toobin, cosmopolitan CNN celebrity, tried a joke at parochial US Americans' expense. He was  derided on Twitter as racist, when he said in part, "Antifa is widely perceived as an African American organization" [since  any "Black bloc" in the USA is a euphemism for African American voters' "widely perceived" uniform preference for and statistical contribution to Democratic Party candidate election]. Bad timing, wrong audience: Network operators were quick to credit "white" Americans for anti-fascist agitation or Mr Trump for "appeals to racism".

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by Cat on Wed Sep 5th, 2018 at 12:21:00 AM EST
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