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Music Festival: two years after Steve's drowning in Nantes, the Quai Wilson cordoned off by the police


This Tuesday, June 22 will mark the two-year anniversary of the drowning of Steve Maia Caniço, during a police intervention on the island of Nantes. The authorities absolutely want to avoid any festive or commemorative gathering on the spot.

From our correspondent in Nantes

A kilometer-long no-man's land of concrete and fences, guarded by dozens of CRS and police trucks. Since this Friday 8 a.m. and until Tuesday at 7 a.m., it is impossible to access the Quai du Président-Wilson, precisely where Steve Maia Caniço, 24, fell in the Loire before drowning on the night of June 21 to 22 2019,

“in the time of the intervention of the national police”

according to the Rennes prosecutor's office. As the Music Festival approaches on Monday, the Loire-Atlantique prefecture has severely locked the entire sector

“in order to avoid any regrouping”

 : police roadblocks, unusable parking lots, service by river shuttle or suspended bus. Without wishing to indicate to


the number of civil servants mobilized.

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Steve's friends and supporters are organizing this Monday at 6 p.m. a white march starting from the Loire-Atlantique prefecture to end with a release of roses to mark

“two years of struggle and forgetting”

and denounce

“a justice complicit in the police that gnaw at us ”


"Our appeals are peaceful, we invite commemoration and not political rage or against any constabulary,"

they indicate.

More militant groups, close to the ultra-left, call to go there and organize a second rally at 8:30 p.m. Place du Bouffay, still in downtown Nantes


The tension rose a notch this weekend with the holding of a "Teknival of forbidden music" in tribute to Steve Maia Caniço.

It brought together 1,500 revelers 80 kilometers further north, on the Redon racecourse.

His evacuation, operated by 400 gendarmes this Saturday, took place at the cost of seven hours of confrontation

"of extreme violence"

according to the prefect of Ille-et-Vilaine.

Five men, aged 19 to 36, have been taken into police custody.

Five soldiers were injured as well as two “chirps”, including a 22-year-old boy from Rennes who had his hand torn off.

An investigation was opened by the Rennes prosecutor's office into the circumstances of this injury, while the videos of destruction of the sound equipment by the gendarmes are widely shared on social networks.

Serial invitations

The Rennes public prosecutor Philippe Astruc announced Thursday, June 17 that the final technical analysis of Steve's phone determines that the demarcation ceased at 4:33 am on June 22, 2019

"in the time of the intervention of the national police" being carried out in several phases of confrontations between 4:24 and 4:52 ”

. A refutation of the IGPN report for the summer of 2019, presented by the then Prime Minister Édouard Philippe, who concluded that the telephone had triggered a final relay at 3:16 am and that we could not

"establish [r] de link between police intervention and disappearance ”. "Finally. It's the only word that comes to mind, ”reacts Anne-Claire, a friend of the extracurricular facilitator. “We knew that from the start. Now itis proven ",

the young woman advances.

Judicial information, disoriented in Rennes at the same time as two others (for violence suffered by ten police officers and endangering the lives of others on the side of 85 revelers), now enters

"the phase of analysis of criminal responsibilities may or may not be retained under the qualification of manslaughter ”


No custody or indictment has been pronounced yet.

But serial hearings begin: the prefect of Loire-Atlantique in post two years ago, Claude d'Harcourt, the former departmental director of public security by interim Thierry Palermo, the field commissioner Grégoire Chassaing, transferred to Bordeaux then in the Puy-de-Dôme.

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The mayor of Nantes Johanna Rolland (PS) and his ex-deputy for security also.

“I am determined to help bring the truth to light quickly.

It is in this state of mind that I will naturally respond with diligence to all the questions asked by the courts, ”

comments the elected official, put under pressure by her opposition.

"This place [property of the Nantes-Saint-Nazaire autonomous port unlike the

neighboring banana shed

, communal, Editor's note] is dangerous and it already had too many deaths [six in twenty years, Editor's note] at the time of the facts",

regrets Foulques Chombart de Lauwe, municipal councilor LR.

Source: lefigaro

All news articles on 2021-06-25

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