95 French Demonstrators Beaten, Kicked, Punched and Sprayed With Water

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The following video contains scenes of violent attacks on a group of demonstrators during a peaceful sit-in to protest the torture and deaths of bulls in archaic bullfights in France on 8 October 2011.

The pro-bullfighting crowd showed the same callousness and violence towards the activists that they do towards bulls, but at no point did the protesters reciprocate with violence.

Here is a rundown of the events at the times they occur:

At 0:56 seconds: Half of the group unfurl banners whilst half enter the bullring to chain themselves together.

At 1:04 seconds: Pro-bullfighting onlookers grab, remove and destroy the banners held by the protesters in the stands.

At 1:24 seconds: A woman in a green top (bottom left of the screen) scratches and hits a protester.

At 1:45 seconds: The group of protesters, having successfully chained themselves together, set off red smoke.

At 2:21 seconds: A water gun is directed at the protesters.

At 2:40 seconds: A man in white (bottom right of the screen) pulls on one of the chained protesters and then punches him wildly.

At 2:52 seconds: The same man punches another protester, then grabs his hair and pulls him backwards whilst water is being sprayed in his face.

This man is seen to lash out, punch and spray water throughout the video

At 3:10 seconds: The man in white attacks yet another protester, then grabs the water hose and sprays it into another protester’s face.

At: 3:56 seconds: The man in white is joined by a man in black and they lash out at two chained protesters.

At 6:07 seconds: A man in a suit lashes out at protesters in the stands.

At 7:12 seconds: Ironically, the matador steps in to try and stop a water hose being used on the chained group.

At 8:17 seconds: Having managed to break one of the links in the human chain, the angry mob now begin to pick off the protesters one by one.

At 9:16 seconds: The same man in black from earlier punches a protester in the face.

At 9:36 seconds: A protester is violently dragged towards the exit but gets up and walks back towards the chained group, at which point a man shoves her into another protester.

At 10:22 seconds: A section of the protesters is dragged en masse by a crowd towards the exit.

At 11:16 seconds: The group is punched and assaulted by objects as they are dragged out.

At: 12:41 seconds: The last of the protesters is removed from the ring.

Please join these activists, who were willing to endure such abuse in order to highlight the plight of bulls, in spirit by taking action online to help put an end to bullfighting.


  • Xifly commented on October 14, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    You forgot,
    at 4:54 you can see a rather sexual aggression in the bottom right of the circle.

    Corrida Basta !

  • John Carmody commented on October 14, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    OMG! this is sick, ill fight even harder to get rid of this scummy ‘sport’.

  • Ruby commented on October 14, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    This is just disgusting, I agree with John, this kind of behaviour from sick pro bullfighters is wrong. I don’t care if bullfighting is a ‘tradition’, every country has had it’s ‘traditions’ but we’ve got rid of them, it doesn’t mean the amount of tourism in Spain will drop because of an abolition of bullfighting.

  • Ruby commented on October 14, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Sorry, I meant France… I was just thinking of countries in general that supported bullfighting.

  • Brien Comerford commented on October 14, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Bulls are a much higher form of life that the sociopathic humans who enjoy to watch them being tortured. A Matador is a fancy word for sadist.

  • Rachel commented on October 15, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Thanks you so much PETA UK for relaying this info!!!!!
    I’m a Brit living in France and there has been a massive stink going on over here since these events occurred last week-end.
    The protest was a peaceful one and these poor guys got battered by a load of bloodthirsty French sadists!
    2 of girls even got sexually assaulted, one got her t-shirt and bra ripped off her! Another girl had one of the pro-corrida guys grab her between the legs!
    Sick sick people, even the mayor sat there and didn’t budge! He was laughing his head off when these poor guys were getting battered!
    The “Gendarmes” (French military police) didn’t bat an eyelid either!
    Bullfighting is not a French “sport” (sorry I hate the word because it’s not a sport), it’s originally from Spain and even Catalonia has banned it!
    It needs to be banned once and for all!

  • cecile commented on October 15, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I am absolutely ashamed of being french. We really are the most cruel country in the world (toward humans as toward animals).

  • Norma commented on October 15, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Eine großartige aktion! danke an die aktuere für ihren mut!

    liebe grüße
    norma 🙂

  • Norma commented on October 15, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Ihr helden, wenn ihr wieder sowas macht, postier eine gruppe mit megaphonen draußen. der stiermörder soll sich nicht auf das abschlachten des stieres konzentrieren können. vielleicht nimmt ihn der stier dann mit in den tod.

    liebe grüße
    norma 🙂

  • D.Davies commented on October 16, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Come on Sarkozy.do something useful,for a change,and stop this barbaric activity. I cannot beleive that this still goes on ,in a supposidly civilised society>

  • Francoise Phipps commented on October 17, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    In keeping with the French government trying to pass corridas for a cultural heritage…
    Collusion between the authorities and a mob of aroused inbred morons!
    The Office of Cultural Affairs has some supporters indeed!

    Boycott Southern France. I am French and I do.

  • georgie commented on October 18, 2011 at 3:58 am

    Testerone is responsible for male aggression. In other species that aggression is used to proved to be the fittest so that male can pass on his genes. The human male cannot exercise aggression towards another human male. We arrest and jail him for that. So the human male exercise his aggression towards other males species; it usally the poor bull, boar, bear, tiger, wolf. etc.

    But the human male is a COWARD in exercising his aggression, he does not do his own WORK like other male animals. He conspired with other humans to form a MAFIA, A HUGH GANG to torture, subdued and domainated and always KILL. another male animal to PROVE HIS PATHETIC PITIFUL MANHOOD.

    When it comes to the female species; HE RAPES THEM, and impregrnant them. And Usually it the bovine specie again, the dairy cow who enslaved and raped and “breast” sucked the shit out of for milk, or the cow for calves for “meat”, or the sow for piglets for bacon.


  • Gareth Eddy commented on October 18, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Hopefully they will now push for charges to be brought against every person that was shown assaulting a protester. They clearly had no idea they were being filmed just as they probably have no idea that they are thinking primitively. Yet further evidence that violence towards non-human animals is intrinsically linked to violence towards humans.

    • Melissa commented on October 19, 2011 at 4:40 am

      I concur. I”m watching this from the U.S. and feel so helpless.

  • Muriel Servaege commented on October 18, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I really thank the demonstrators for their courageous behaviour. I hope it will finalle result in the end of corrida in France.
    Merci aux manifestants français. J’espère qu’ils finiront par obtenir gain de cause.

  • Nuno Quintelas commented on October 19, 2011 at 1:14 am

    Next time, i think that if some of those pro-bullfight people get caught, do the same thing that they do to the bulls to make them see how it hurts.

  • kkg2xxxxxxxxxx commented on October 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    animal fighting is wrong, just wrong, if you want to see a fight, just go down to the pub at 2am on a saturday morning, not animals!! what have they ever done to you?!!!
    i mean jeez, those people were just doing a kind, moral HUMAN thing, and they get SEXUALLY ASSAULTED- which is a statuary offence and everyone gets attacked- just plain rude.

    i dont wanna seem racist or xenophobic or woteva but the french are so rude and, like, weird.

    where are the bloody police when you need em, eh?

  • Angela commented on October 26, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Well, the it`s the same idiocy the pro-bullfight people are displaying here as in any arena: violating the weaker ones. Attacking peaceful activists is just as self-deceiving and stupid as “fighting” bulls that are already half dead when the so-called “brave” fighters come in.

  • eco commented on November 25, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Please please prosecute the abusers and torturers of both humans and animals!!!

  • camel commented on February 11, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    If i went in there i would’nt have went by a peaceful protest i would actually fight back rather than take abuse, i would have knocked out all those people wathcing this cruel sport, but at least the protesters tried and sopped the sport from continueing

  • camel commented on February 11, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    well for a day

  • Wallace commented on March 14, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    My hat is off to the protesters, And what a shamefull display by the crowd

  • Pete Ozanne commented on July 27, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    I think it is time that the pro cruelty groups shuold be assessed by professionals and then decide if they should be allowed to be free in the community.

  • Wooffy commented on November 2, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Wish i was there would of liked to have given those blood sport supporters a little bit of there own medicine! Must say the only thing animal rights groups seem to lack is a little muscle to combat these cowardly thugs. Rrady willing and able.

    • ray commented on July 10, 2014 at 6:16 am

      Could that be because they are vegan whimps that couldn’t fight their way out of a wet paper sack?

  • Nadine bauld commented on January 7, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    These people disgust me, they should have their balls cut off bastards!!

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