French police fractured skull of teenager as she lay injured on ground after demo

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On Tuesday April 30th 2019, a 19-year-old woman formally lodged a criminal complaint with the Marseilles prosecution services against unnamed persons for attempted murder, aggravated assault and failure to assist a person in danger. This followed an incident on December 8th 2018 when, on the fringes of a demonstration by 'yellow vest' protesters in the southern French port city, 'Maria' – not her real name – was kicked in the head and struck with batons by police officers, according to several witnesses, as she lay injured on the ground. She suffered a skull fracture and brain damage. Pascale Pascariello reports.

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On December 8th 2018 Maria* was seriously injured by police officers in Marseille in the south of France, according to witness accounts. Having already been hit in the thigh by a projectile fired from a non-lethal weapon, the 19-year-old woman, who had collapsed to the ground, was then savagely hit with batons and kicked in the head according to witnesses, medical reports and a complaint filed by her layers.