Cor­si­cans rally after 5 in­jured in clashes

The Myanmar Times - - World -

COR­SI­CANS ral­lied as ten­sions re­mained high on the French Mediter­ranean is­land after five peo­ple were in­jured and three cars burned in clashes be­tween young lo­cals and fam­i­lies of North African ori­gin.

Around 500 peo­ple gath­ered in the French Mediter­ranean is­land’s sec­ond city Bas­tia a day after the clashes in Sisco, in the north­ern part of the is­land.

The dis­pute erupted on Au­gust 13 be­tween mem­bers of “three fam­i­lies of North African ori­gin and young lo­cals”, pros­e­cu­tors said in a state­ment, adding that stones and bot­tles were thrown and three cars went up in flames be­fore po­lice man­aged to re­store calm.

A girl who witnessed the clashes, speak­ing at the Au­gust 14 rally through a mega­phone, said they be­gan after tourists took photos of sev­eral women bathing in burqi­nis.

Ac­cord­ing to the girl, whose ac­count could not be verified, a group of im­mi­grant-ori­gin youths shouted in­sults, be­fore sev­eral older North African men ar­rived, car­ry­ing hatch­ets, in sup­port of the fam­i­lies on the beach.

They at­tacked a group of young Cor­si­cans aged 15 to 18, whose role in the in­ci­dents was not im­me­di­ately clear.

The girl said the young Cor­si­cans’ fam­i­lies then took to the streets and clashed with the North Africans. Two of the lo­cals were in­jured by a har­poon, she said.

North African women slashed sev­eral car tyres, while lo­cals set fire to two cars and over­turned an­other that be­longed to im­mi­grant fam­i­lies.

The clashes in­jured at least five peo­ple. –

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