Bus Filled with Catholic Pilgrims Attacked by Masked Protesters

Country: France

Date of incident: January 19, 2020

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

A bus filled with Catholics bound for Pontmain was prevented from leaving the diocesan house in Caen by approximately twenty masked people in black holding a banner and shooting paintball pellets at the windshield. A spokesman for the diocese explained that the protestors likely confused the pilgrimage bus for one bound for Paris for a Manif pour Tous demonstration. This was the second time in a few months that a pilgrimage bus was attacked after being mistaken for a Manif pour Tous bus.

Around fifty people, including elderly passengers and children, had taken their places on the bus when the attack occurred. According to the diocese, the passengers seated at the front of the bus were shocked by this attack, as was the driver.

Source: France 3
Photo: Alizé Voyages