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Violence against elected officials: “We unite our voices against the rise of hatred” – EXCLUSIVE – The HuffPost


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The 9 group presidents of the National Assembly.

TRIBUNE – We do not belong to the same parties, we oppose in the hemicycle of the National Assembly and in the ballot boxes, but today we unite our voices because it is time to put an end to the indifference to to the rise of hatred.

When it comes to assault, because of their opinions or their votes, the representatives of the people, at home or by death threats, it is the heart of democracy that is under attack. When violence dominates public debate, the Republic will be dead and our democracy will be its first victim.

“No democratic debate can take place under threat”

No democratic debate can take place under threat. Political disagreement does not justify violence. So that all voices can be expressed without fear, we are counting on the justice of our country so that the perpetrators of threats, pressure and violence are quickly condemned.

We trust our fellow citizens to refuse all these unspeakable acts as a single unit: we tell them that we will not give up. We will continue to defend our ideas and bring to life the political pluralism which is the basis of democracy.

This text was signed by all the presidents of groups in the National Assembly: Damien ABAD, president of the Les Républicains group; Olivier BECHT Chairman of the AGIR Ensemble group; Christophe CASTANER Chairman of the La République en Marche group; André CHASSAIGNE president of the Left Democratic and Republican group; Jean-Christophe LAGARDE president of the UDI & Independents group; Patrick MIGNOLA Chairman of the MODEM group; Bertrand PANCHER Chairman of the Libertés et Territoires group; Mathilde PANOT, president of the La France Insoumise group; Valerie RABAULT president of the Socialists and Allies group.

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