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Corsica: clashes with the police on the sidelines of a demonstration, two years after the attack on Yvan Colonna

2024-03-02T19:14:02.892Z

Highlights: Corsica: clashes with the police on the sidelines of a demonstration, two years after the attack on Yvan Colonna. 650 people, according to the Haute-Corse prefecture, demonstrated for “the rights of the Corsican people” Young men, dressed in house painter's outfits or hooded, threw several Molotov cocktails at the police. One of the demonstrators was treated by firefighters and transported to the Bastia hospital center for second-degree burns. “Per i diritti di u populu corsu” was one of the slogans of the demonstration.


Some 650 people, according to the Haute-Corse prefecture, demonstrated for “the rights of the Corsican people”.


Molotov cocktails against tear gas grenades.

Clashes broke out in Corsica on Saturday afternoon between around ten hooded people and the police, on the sidelines of a demonstration in Bastia at the call of independence movements, two years after the fatal attack on the independence activist Yvan Colonna in his cell.

The demonstration brought together 650 people, according to the Haute-Corse prefecture.

Young men, dressed in house painter's outfits or hooded, threw several Molotov cocktails at the police, positioned in large numbers near the Haute-Corse prefecture, in the city center of Bastia.

“Stop the repression”

The police responded with tear gas grenades, during incidents which lasted around two hours in two streets adjacent to the prefecture.

One of the demonstrators was treated by firefighters and transported to the Bastia hospital center for second-degree burns, according to the Haute-Corse fire and rescue service.

The demonstration, which started from the courthouse, was organized at the call of the Patriotti collective and the Associu Sulidarità, which campaigns for "Corsican political prisoners", or even the independence party Nazione, which has an elected official in the assembly of Corsica.

“Basta à a ripressione” (

stop the repression

) and “Per i diritti di u populu corsu” (

for the rights of the Corsican people

) were the two slogans of the demonstration.

“Per i diritti di u populu corsu” (Editor’s note: for the rights of the Corsican people) was one of the slogans of the demonstration.

AFP/Pascal POCHARD-CASABIANCA.

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This gathering took place on the second anniversary of the attack on Yvan Colonna in the Arles detention center (Bouches-du-Rhône), where he was serving a sentence for his role in the assassination of prefect Claude Erignac in 1998 in Ajaccio.

The independence activist died 20 days later, an event which provoked violence in Corsica.

During a speech in front of the prefecture, Jean-Philippe Antolini, spokesperson for the Nazione movement, asked for “the end of arbitrary arrests stigmatizing independence activists”, but also “the recognition of the Corsican people on their land” : “On this earth, there is only one people, it is the Corsican people.

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“The murderous French state,” could be read on a photo by Yvan Colonna.

AFP/Pascal POCHARD-CASABIANCA.

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The speech also denounced “the murderous French state, responsible for the death of Yvan Colonna”.

A banner brandished by several young demonstrators also targeted Corsican elected officials who are participating in the Beauvau process, the Ministry of the Interior, on possible autonomy for the island: “We ate tear gas, to see you gorge yourself in Beauvau .

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During a dinner on Monday, a delegation of Corsican elected officials and Gérald Darmanin, the Minister of the Interior, agreed on five proposals to move towards autonomy for Corsica, as part of discussions started since two years.

The next progress update will take place in mid-March, in a similar format.

Source: leparis

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