The mayor of Romans-sur-Isère (Drôme), Marie-Hélène Thoraval, filed a complaint on Wednesday, November 29, after receiving threats by telephone and on social networks, the elected representative of Les Républicains said on Thursday.
These threats came after his public stances the day after the death of young Thomas, mortally wounded on the sidelines of a village ball in Crépol, on the night of November 18 to 19, a tragedy which sparked tensions in the community. region and in particular in Romans-sur-Isère where this 16-year-old high school student was studying.
After this death, Mme Thoraval had notably called on BFM-TV for a “awareness” of the State in the face of the situation in sensitive areas of the country, and in particular in its city, by evoking “a level of delinquency, the roots of which can be found in radicalization” where the ” drug traffic “.
Two calls to demonstrate on Saturday
At the center of attention since Thomas’ death, residents of the Cité de la Monnaie, a sensitive district of Romans-sur-Isère, called for a demonstration on Saturday in the city center to protest against these comments. The ultra-right called for demonstrations the same day in Valencia to demand “justice for Thomas” and protest against the convictions of identity activists for violence committed during a show of force in Romans-sur-Isère last weekend.
The investigation for “organized gang murder” opened by the Valencia public prosecutor’s office after Thomas’ death resulted in the indictment of nine young people, including three minors. Photos with identity presented as those of the Crépol attackers were distributed on social networks by ultra-right accounts which for several days have been targeting the sensitive district of La Monnaie, in Romans-sur-Isère and calling for revenge.
Mme Thoraval says he received threats ” in two times “. On Wednesday, two anonymous calls to the town hall and messages which treated her as “fascist” asked her if she “was subject to protection” and if she was armed to defend herself, she explained to Agence France-Presse confirming information from BFM-TV. “Then early in the afternoon, I received a private message on my Instagram account”with “a death threat telling me that I was going to be decapitated and that my skull would be juggled”did she say.
The violence that occurred in Drôme, during the Crépol ball and then the following days, in Romans-sur-Isère, pushed the authorities to increase calls for calm. The Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, announced Tuesday that he would request the dissolution of three small ultra-right groups, after last weekend’s punitive expedition to Romans-sur-Isère, a reaction ” farm “ according to him intended to avoid “a civil war scenario”.
The World with AFP