The tension does not fall in Corsica where incidents punctuated the evening of Sunday March 27 in front of the cantonment of the CRS of Furiani (Haute-Corse). For five hours, while 400 to 500 demonstrators were massed around this barracks, targeted by several attacks in the past, the CRS repelled the attacks of young hooded and masked militants, who set tires on fire, threw Molotov cocktails at the gates and burned a French flag in an atmosphere made unbreathable by tear gas. According to police sources, 3,250 grenades were fired during the scuffles to keep the rioters at bay and prevent them from breaching the barracks.
In Ajaccio, at the call of the independence political party Core in fronte, minor incidents also took place around the cantonment of Aspretto, at the northern entrance to the city. The demonstrators – nearly 300 – lit a fire in front of the gates of the building, leading to the response of the police: tear gas canisters and water cannons. The situation was under the control of the police around 8 p.m.
At the origin of the incidents, a video filmed by a mobile phone and which went viral throughout the weekend on the island showed CRS in civilian clothes singing The Marseillaise around a barbecue on Friday. Among white-hot nationalists, this episode, the very day of Yvan Colonna’s burial in Cargèse (Corse-du-Sud) was experienced as a provocation. “Pure colonial hatred”, insisted Femu a Corsica, the party of the president of the Corsican executive, Gilles Simeoni, without however calling for demonstrations. Several union sources, they assure that “the CRS sang the national anthem among other songs, as is very common in this kind of moment of relaxation, without any reference to Yvan Colonna”.
FLNC press release
For three weeks and the deadly attack of the Corsican activist, condemned for the assassination of the prefect Erignac in 1998, in Ajaccio, Corsica has been going through a new period of very high tension, punctuated by clashes between demonstrators and the police in Bastia , Corte or Ajaccio. If the situation remains for the moment limited to street clashes, the authorities as well as the local political staff fear above all an outbreak of clandestine violence. On March 16, the eve of the visit of the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, to the island to open negotiations on a possible autonomy for Corsica, the Corsican National Liberation Front (FLNC) published a press release in which he supported the youth.
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