9. oktober 2011
54-årige Marie-Neige Sardin ejer en boghandel i Seine-Saint-Denis, en af de mere islamiserede Paris-forstæder. I en netop udgivet bog med titlen Celle Qui Dit Non (Hende der sagde nej) fortæller hun, hvorledes hun de seneste syv år er blevet overfaldet hele 26 gange. For et par dage siden blev hun interviewet til Valeurs Actuelles. Herunder en oversættelse fra Islam versus Europe.
“Despite the violence and the intimidation, despite the shop-owners who used to be alongside her leaving, this energetic woman wants to yield nothing to her attackers. “In France an enormous number of people are living through what I live through in my banlieue”, she writes in the book she has just published. In it she denounces the weaknesses of a justice system that is too accommodating to delinquents. A shocking testimony.
Why have you written this book?
To serve witness. To what I’ve gone through and what other victims have lived through and are still living through, those who don’t have the means to make it known.
What have you gone through?
Twenty six attacks in seven years, some with extreme violence. I was raped. Don’t ask me to talk about it.
When was this?
22 June 2004. I had filed a complaint about an initial attack, in January the same year. Two men armed with a pistol and a tear gas canister stole the contents of the till and the scratch card games. I received a blow from the butt of the gun that time, which opened up a wound on my scalp. I was covered in blood. The rape took place a few days before a confrontation that was due to take place within the context of this affair. There were four of them. They said to me: “Withdraw your complaint. If not, we’ll do the same thing to your daughter.”
You recognised some of your attackers?
Yes, the head of the gang, on the police sheet. In my book I designate him with the initial G. He is known to the police for attacks, thefts, damage… I also identified one of the attackers. But it served no purpose.
… there were witnesses… Yes, a father accompanied by his two children. In the end he abandoned his testimony, the two robbers threatened to attack his children … Two years later, G’s sister came for a package in the shop. I asked her why she swore that her brother was sleeping during the robbery. “I cover for him,” she told me. There was a priest in the shop at the time. He testified to what he had heard, but the case wasn’t reopened. …
Why do you stay here?
My father was a gendarme. My mother worked in the police. They instilled certain principles into me. I’m not going to pledge allegiance to gangs who want to impose their laws. I will not submit. If I left, I would feel like I was deserting. I know that some of them are just waiting for that. The other shop-owners left. They’ve been replaced. My shop is in a good position. You can see it from the RER [Rapid Transit Rail System]. Some men I don’t know come almost every month to try and buy it from me. Curiously, their visits often come after a new attack…”
(Marie-Neige Sardin i hendes boghandel, før og nu)
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