French activists have launched an online campaign demanding justice for Sophie Vergennes, a French blogger who was killed in a raid on her house in November 2011.
In an open letter to President Francois Hollande, the group calls on Hollande to resign over the raid and his response to the subsequent protests.
Vergens death has sparked widespread criticism of the French government’s handling of the crisis, and a nationwide hunger strike that has seen tens of thousands take to the streets.
Verlaine, a self-described feminist and a campaigner for transparency, was murdered in a police raid on the house where she and her husband lived.
“The government of France has not just betrayed the citizens of France, it has betrayed the people,” the letter reads.
According to the group, the raid took place in November 11, 2011, when police stormed Vergennes home. “
Its actions, which are against the constitution and the rights of all French citizens, violate all international human rights treaties.”
According to the group, the raid took place in November 11, 2011, when police stormed Vergennes home.
In the aftermath of the raid, Vergenne’s family, and other activists, took to the street, blocking traffic, chanting slogans including ‘Sophie, Sophie’.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the Paris branch of the Women’s Solidarity Movement, or WSM, accused Hollande’s government of “shamelessly attacking peaceful protests”.
The group said that Vergene was shot while holding a sign that said “Hands off my husband!”
Vergenes death has also sparked a nationwide protest that has brought together the largest group of protesters in France since World War II.
In its statement, WSM accused the French police of acting with “an attitude of impunity” and “deliberately” killing Vergnes family.
“This attack was done with the aim of protecting the interests of the powerful, the rich, and the powerful,” the group added.
We have a strong conscience and will not give up. “
We are not afraid.
We have a strong conscience and will not give up.
We will continue to protest until the end of this brutal attack on the lives of Vergans family.”
In a separate incident, on January 7, French police fired rubber bullets at a group of women and children who were protesting the raid.
The women and their children were later released.
The group of activists said that police also used live ammunition in an incident on December 6, 2011.
They were later allowed to leave, according to the statement.
In a report released by the International Campaign for Human Rights and Democracy (ICHRD), Vergents family said that they were “a family of three”.
The report says that Verguennes father, a lawyer, and mother, a nurse, were both beaten by police who were trying to arrest them.
The family was forced to sign an oath that they would not speak out.
“They didn’t want to take away our freedom,” the family said.
“Sophia is the first victim of police violence.”
The women’s collective WSM also condemned Hollande for his response.
“Hollande’s government, through its police officers and prosecutors, acted with an attitude of silence, which only confirms the impunity that they have shown for a period of time,” the statement reads.
WSM’s Paris branch also called on French authorities to publish the transcripts of the investigations into the murder of Verguenne and the use of live ammunition.