Mil­i­tants con­victed in mosque oc­cu­pa­tion

The Dallas Morning News - - Nation & World -

PARIS — The French far­right group Gen­er­a­tion Identity and five of its mem­bers were con­victed Thurs­day of or­ga­niz­ing and tak­ing part in a 2012 anti-mus­lim demon­stra­tion on the roof of a mosque in the city of Poitiers, near where Arab in­vaders were stopped in the 8th cen­tury.

In an es­pe­cially strong re­sponse to the protest, the court handed down sus­pended prison sen­tences for each of the five and im­posed fines and other penal­ties amount­ing to nearly $47,200.

Gen­er­a­tion Identity, call­ing the de­ci­sion “a scan­dal,” said on its Face­book page that the five would im­me­di­ately lodge an ap­peal and asked for do­na­tions from sym­pa­thiz­ers.

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