A French bus driver has died five days after being viciously beaten during a dispute over wearing face masks.
Last Sunday in Bayonne in south-west France, Philippe Monguillot, confronted a group of passengers who were not complying with a rule that requires face masks on public transportation.
The passengers dragged him off the bus and onto the platform, where he they kicked and beat him. Then they fled.
Monguillot’s family and care providers took him off life support. His daughter Marie told AFP news agency,
“We decided to let him go.”
According to the BBC, five male suspects face charges in the attack, two men, ages 22 and 23, have been charged with attempted murder, two others with non-assistance to a person in danger and another with attempting to hide a suspect.
Monguillot was attacked after he asked three of the men to put on face masks. France has instituted a nationwide face-covering mandated for public transit.
The mayor of Bayonne condemned the “barbaric act,” which sparked a huge protest where thousands marched for the driver.
As Monguillot clung to life, his wife, Veronique, said the couple’s lives have been “destroyed” by the tragedy. She told Le Parisien,
“He can’t leave us like this, he was going to be 59 years old soon. No, you don’t do this over a bus ticket. You don’t kill for free like this.”
Bus driver dies in France, five days after he was attacked by passengers who reportedly refused to wear face masks https://t.co/Jh8ufR6I4B— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) July 10, 2020
(via NY Post)