Aggression of Yuriy: The video of the assault of this teenager, on January 15 in the Beaugrenelle district, had caused a stir -

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The teenager Yuriy, whose beating in mid-January in Paris had aroused a national stir, spoke publicly Tuesday evening for the first time by assuring that he was "not part of a gang".

The schoolboy had been taken to hospital in serious condition after being severely beaten on the evening of January 15, while he was with friends on the slab of Beaugrenelle, the roof of a shopping center in the 15th arrondissement of Paris.

His assault, documented on video, has been largely attributed to a settling of accounts between rival gangs.

"I didn't feel in danger"

"I would say that I'm not part of a gang, it's just a group of friends who are on this slab, we have fun, we play football sometimes, no it's not a story of bands, ”Yuriy said during an interview with host Cyril Hanouna broadcast Tuesday night on C8.

"I was living my life, it often happened to me to be on this slab, I did not feel in danger", he added by affirming not to know his attackers and by wishing "to return to the life of before ".

"I'm not part of a gang but of a group of friends"

After his beating in mid-January in Paris, #Yuriy comes out of silence for #TPMP!

- TPMP (@TPMP) March 9, 2021

"I felt the fear of death, because what happened to me was not nothing and I saw the reactions around me (...) the open skull, blood everywhere", described the teenager with long hair, who still has a scar on his forehead, referring to the injuries he suffered in January.

Eleven indictments

The broadcast on social networks on January 22 of twenty seconds of images of his attack had aroused many reactions, both from President Emmanuel Macron and from footballer Antoine Griezmann.

Eleven young people were indicted in this case, in particular for "attempted murder" or "participation in a criminal association".

Most of them are minors and live in Vanves (Hauts-de-Seine), south of Paris.

This affair shone the spotlight on the phenomenon of violent brawls and rivalries between gangs of young people, which have been increasing since then, especially in the Paris region.

On Monday, a 14-year-old was seriously injured in Essonne, where two college students had already been fatally stabbed in February.


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