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Churchgoers pelted with stones

Matthew Warren · 29 May 2012, 07:55

Published: 29 May 2012 07:55 GMT+02:00

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Around 150 people attending a service in a church in the southern city of Carcassonne had to take cover when they were attacked with stones.

Local newspaper Midi Libre reported that around four young men burst into the Saint Joseph church on Saturday evening and started throwing the stones.

There were around 150 people in the church at the time.

The newspaper said the youths were of "north African descent."

Some of the parishioners tried to catch the youths before they fled.

Nobody was injured in the attack although many of the churchgoers were reported to be "deeply shocked."

The Saint Joseph church is in a sensitive neighbourhood of the city with the neighbouring La Conte housing estate close by. 

Matthew Warren (news.france@thelocal.com)

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2012-06-11 16:02:13 by TCaroc
A muslim comments: "But please do not blame Islam for this while poverty and lack of education are the real factors behind this." But has it ever appeared to this muslim, and many others, that poverty and lack of education are themselves products of Islam. People turning their backs to the French community are likely to end in poverty and lack of education.
2012-05-31 12:34:03 by Shocked
As a muslim I am deeply shocked by this savage act. I just wanted to tell the church-goers, who were subjected to this treatment how sorry I am this happened to them. But please do not blame Islam for this while poverty and lack of education are the real factors behind this. As a college student I used to live in a poor neighbourhood of Paris and on several occasions have been witness of youngsters violent behaviour, but those youngsters where from all religious backgrounds. On the other hand, I come from a muslim upper-middle-class family and would never act like this, nor would anybody I know act like this. My deepest sympathy again. It must be horrible to be attacked at a place of worship. Please don't forget we are all children of Abraham.
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