Some news from Paris:
A transgender woman has spoken out after a video went viral of her being attacked near a rally in central Paris against Algeria’s ailing president.
Julia has described being targeted by three men in the Place de la République.
Julia, 31, was set upon on Sunday as she walked up steps at the metro station in the Place de la République. A big rally was taking place in the square against Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Algeria’s long-ruling 82-year-old president, who has since announced his resignation.
Wearing a black-and-white striped blouse, Julia was blocked by protesters who taunted her in Arabic.
I’m losing count of the number of incidents involving opposing victim classes getting into a confrontation, while ordinary people look on in amazement at what’s become of their country. For what it’s worth, I’m on Julia’s side here: she should be allowed to walk wherever she likes in public, free of harassment. Although it seems some lessons take a while to learn:
Julia later made clear that the attack had nothing to do with the Algerian community but was carried out by ignorant people, regardless of their origin or religion.
Just the facts please, ma’am. Now who attacked you?