Another angry Sunday in Corsica. The demonstration for Yvan Colonna, an independence activist who was fatally attacked in prison, degenerated in violent clashes with police in Ajaccio this Sunday.
These clashes between more than a hundred youths, usually wearing hoodies and gas masks, and the police began at around 4 pm in front of the province, just after the arrival of the demonstrators, which, according to the province, gathered 4,000 people. , 14,000, according to the organizers. Far from dispersing, many demonstrators observed him encouraging the bandits. Others sang the Corsican anthem “Dio vi salvi Regina”.
Police responded to the dropping of Molotov cocktails and agricultural bombs with water cannons and tear gas canisters. About 30 people were injured, at least one seriously, according to firefighters. According to a firefighter, no reports were made by the police, which has its own rescue service.
Police station targeted
Many vehicles were set on fire from the same source. In the afternoon, clashes continued near the town hall, about 500 meters from the province, and smoke came out of a building with a burning gas pipe. As shown in a video taken by Corset-MorningMolotov cocktails were also thrown at the Provincial Police Department.
Clashes were also recorded near the CRS barracks in Furiani, near Bastia, which had already been targeted by protesters on Sunday.
Faced with risks of overflow, the police force was more important this Sunday in Ajaccio than in the past few weeks, especially in front of the prefecture and the courthouse. Pre-show preventive checks had resulted in the seizure of several dozen shells, including dozens of petanque cannons.
Has the discussion about Corsica’s possible autonomy been delayed?
The Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, during his visit to Corsica from 16-18 March, committed to launching negotiations “from the first week of April” on “all Corsica’s issues”. remaining autonomy to be specified ».
Time will tell whether this new violence will disrupt this scenario. In a document they signed together on March 18, Gérald Darmanin and Gilles Simeoni (autonomous head of the Corsican executive council) indeed agreed that “the implementation of this historic process” “cannot be considered only in general”. a peaceful and calm environment”.