Corsicans rally after 5 injured in clashes
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. –