There was a group of Catholics gathered to quietly protest the closure of a local church. A Muslim man walked by and noticed it.
This is the sickening moment a man ‘peacefully’ protesting the closure of a church knocks a bystander out in a seemingly unprovoked attack.
Footage of the horrific knock-out punch was captured by an apparent sympathiser of the group protesting the demolition of Saint Rita’s Church in Paris, France.
The video shows the Catholic fundamentalists praying in the street when a bystander walks up behind them to watch.
The Muslim who tried to interfere with prayer gets knocked out by a Catholic. He lays there limp until the same guy who landed the punch drags him off the street.
The video maker alleges that the victim of the attack had been disrupting the group by ‘playing loud music on his mobile phone’.
The description adds that the man was then ‘chastised for his rudeness’ by a ‘soldier of Christ’.
It is not clear whether the victim suffered any serious injuries as a result of being attacked. There were also no reports that any arrests had been made.
Saint Rita, built in 1900, had been the sanctuary of Gallicans, traditionalist Catholics who profess to practice the faith as it existed in medieval times, celebrating mass in Latin, but they are not recognised by the Vatican.
The church’s owner, the Association of Catholic and Apostolic Chapels, had decided to replace the structure with a housing development, and it was shut in April 2015.
It was recently the site of chaos after riot police were seen brutally dragging a priest in ceremonial dress outside as he – along with 20 others – protested its demolition.
Police arrived with batons and helmets to forcibly remove the congregation on August 2.
It happened just hours apart from the funeral of Father Jacques Hamel, who was knifed to death by ISIS-inspired attacker in his church in Normandy as he celebrated Mass.
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