Man’s finger bitten off during US healthcare rally
Reprinted from this morning’s GAURDIAN.CO.UK – “A 65-year-old man who opposes Barack Obama’s plans for healthcare reform had one of his fingers bitten off during a pro-reform rally organized by the liberal political action group MoveOn.org.
After 100 protesters supporting a healthcare overhaul assembled for a vigil in Thousands Oaks, California yesterday, a group of people who opposed reform showed up.
A confrontation ensued between a man who supported healthcare reform and one of the members of the anti-reform group, police said.
The two men yelled at each other and then got into a fist fight. As the brawl escalated, the pro-reform protester bit a finger off of the 65-year-old.
The injured man walked to a nearby hospital where his finger was reattatched. A hospital spokeswoman said the man had Medicare, the US government-run insurance programme for older citizens.
A MoveOn spokeswoman expressed regret for the incident and said the organization “condemns violence in all forms,” according to Politico.
She said: “While we don’t know if either party involved was a MoveOn member, we regret any violence that may have occurred yesterday, and we support the Ventura county sheriff’s investigation into the situation.”
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