Bus driver is brain dead after being beat up for refusing to allow a group of passengers without masks to board in France
- Attackers tried to get on the bus in Bayonne on Sunday evening without masks
- The driver in his fifties was repeatedly hit in the head while trying to stop them
- One person has been arrested and other suspects are being sought, police say
A bus driver in France was declared brain dead today after being attacked by several people he refused to let on board for not wearing masks.
The alleged attackers attempted to board a bus last night in Bayonne without tickets or masks, which are mandatory for public transport throughout France.
When the driver, in his fifties, tried to prevent him from entering, he was repeatedly beaten in an attack that caused him a serious head injury.
A police source in Bayonne, near the Atlantic resort of Biarritz in southwestern France, said one person was in custody and other suspects were being sought.
A bus driver was attacked in Bayonne after trying to prevent passengers from boarding without wearing face masks (file photo)
A police source in Bayonne, near the Atlantic resort of Biarritz in southwestern France, said one person was in custody and other suspects were being sought
The driver was unconscious when he was taken to hospital and doctors declared him brain dead on Monday, the police source said.
Regional bus services were disrupted on Monday after several of the driver’s colleagues refused to work in protest of the brutal attack.
The bus company expressed support for the protest, saying the impromptu strike was “completely legitimate,” French media said.
Another group of drivers walked to the hospital to show their support for the man, who is being treated in a serious condition.
Fellow bus drivers said they were shocked, but not surprised by the attack after a wave of attacks in recent days, according to Sud Ouest.
The drivers said there were “daily tensions” with passengers in recent days and we blame the lack of safety on public transport.
Masks became mandatory on public transport because France came out of the lockout in May and June.