VIDEO. Young Yuriy, who was beaten in January, makes sure he’s not part of a gang

The essentials The 15-year-old boy, who was beaten up by a gang in Paris in mid-January, testified this Tuesday evening in C8 in “Touche pas à mon poste”. In particular, Yuriy assured that he was not part of any gang.

The teenager Yuriy, whose beating caused a national stir in Paris in mid-January, spoke publicly for the first time this Tuesday evening, assuring him that he was “not part of a gang”.

The student was hospitalized in severe condition after being badly beaten on the evening of January 15 while out with friends on the Beaugrenelle slab, the roof of a shopping center in the capital’s 15th arrondissement. His video-documented attack was largely attributed to a settlement between rival gangs.

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“I would say that I’m not part of a gang, it’s just a group of friends that are on this record, we have fun, we play football sometimes, no, it’s not a story of bands,” Yuriy said in one Interview with moderator Cyril Hanouna broadcast this Tuesday evening on C8. “I’ve lived my life, it has happened to me many times that I was on this record, I didn’t feel in danger,” he added, assuring that he did not know his attackers and “going back to life from before want”.

“I felt the fear of death because what happened to me was nothing and I saw the reactions around me (…) the open skull, the blood everywhere,” said the teenager with long hair who is still one Scar has on his forehead, related to the injuries he sustained in January.

The broadcast of images of his attack on social networks on January 22nd in twenty seconds had generated a lot of reactions, both from President Emmanuel Macron and from footballer Antoine Griezmann.

In this case, 11 young people were charged, particularly with “attempted murder” or “involvement in a criminal organization”. Most of them are minors and live in Vanves (Hauts-de-Seine) south of Paris.

This affair highlighted the phenomenon of violent brawls and rivalries between gangs of young people, which have since increased, particularly in the Paris region. A 14-year-old was seriously injured on Monday in Essonne, where two college students were fatally stabbed to death in February.