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Monday, February 27, 2006

A march for Ilan

Not that you'd know it from reading Little Green Pajamas Media, but yesterday in Paris, at least 100,000 people marched to protest the horrifying murder of Ilan Halimi, a young French Jew who was kidnapped, tortured for three weeks, and then thrown from a train.

Police patrolled the crowd in Paris, where an array of ministers, including Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, joined the march. Opposition Socialists, including former prime minister Lionel Jospin, as well as members of other parties, were also present. They made their way from the Place de la Republique to the Place de la Nation, in eastern Paris, in a chilling cold.

"Today, we must march, we must stand up, to say that in France each of us has the right to live in dignity whatever his God, his religion, the color of his skin," said Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy.

With punches and boos, a crowd ejected right-wing politician Philippe de Villiers from the march. De Villiers' Movement for France blames immigration for France's social ills - like the extreme-right National Front which was banned by the organizers from the demonstration.

Which may explain Green Media Pajama Footballs' editorial decision to feature the Brussels Journal's coverage of a Carnival celebration in a small town in Belgium instead.

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