82 graves covered with tags in Dordogne – Libération

82 graves covered with tags in Dordogne – Libération
82 graves covered with tags in Dordogne – Libération

Inscriptions in black paint were discovered in a cemetery in Dordogne, France Bleu Périgord revealed this Tuesday, May 7. After similar precedents in the department, the Périgueux public prosecutor’s office is adding these new elements to an investigation already opened for “aggravated damage” for five months.

82 tombs, two calvaries and a portal tagged with black paint. This Tuesday, May 7, France Bleu Périgord reported the inscription of hate messages in the cemetery of the commune of Tourtoirac (Dordogne). “It was a craftsman who came to work on the gate who made the discovery this Monday, around 2 p.m., says Dominique Durand, the mayor of the commune of Périgord Vert. Then the gendarmes came to see the damage.” In a press release, the prosecutor of Périgueux, Jacques-Edouard Andrault, announces that an investigation has been opened “for aggravated damage” and was entrusted to the Périgueux research brigade. He also specifies that “several of these inscriptions referred to Islam.”

Allah“, “Cowards”, “I hate you”, “Martel will not come back”. In the photos published by local radio, different inscriptions can be read. Some tags refer to political figures or news items. They announce the dates of death of Jean-Luc Mélenchon (qualified as “traitor Freemason”), Marine Le Pen (from “fascist”) or Jordan Bardella (from “racist”) or even Pascal Praud. “Others refer to Mila” adds the mayor of the town whose phone has not stopped ringing since the discovery of the damage. “It’s quite normal, believes Dominique Durand. Local residents who are sometimes still in mourning seek to report damage.”

For now, if the mayor finds the gesture “lamentable”he does not wish to shoot “no hasty conclusions”. Between anti-Semitic remarks “tagged on the graves of non-Jews” or anti-extreme right or anti-left inscriptions, “everything seems deliberately confusing” notes the city councilor. “Let the police do their job.” Without making any further comments, Dominique Durand is content to centralize all reports and all attempts to file a complaint “which will be handed over to the police”.

A series of tags for five months

The Périgueux public prosecutor’s office makes the link between the damage in Tourtoirac and the series of tags recorded in five municipalities in the department over the past five months. Since December 19, several similar inscriptions have been noted in the cemeteries of the surrounding villages. The latest dates back to March 11, at the Clermont-d’Excideuil cemetery, 13 kilometers from Tourtoirac. Following these previous damages, an investigation was opened. These different facts are included in the same investigation opened to “aggravated damage», Specifies the prosecution. It is entrusted to the Périgueux research brigade which is still seeking to “identify the perpetrator(s) of the acts.”

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