BASTIA. Around 500 people demonstrated Sunday morning in the prefecture of French Bastia against excessive violence of several Muslim family members of North African heritage. "To arms, because we are at home," shouted the demonstrators according to the daily Le Monde, as the police broke the demonstration.
This demonstration was triggered by an attack by several North African family member against a group of young people. This took place in the town of Sisco on Cap Corse, a peninsula in north Corsica. because the youth shot photos of bathing women on Saturday night. The men of the three Muslim families then attacked the young people with harpoons, knives, bottles and stones.
The conflict had further deteriorated, as associates of the injured youths arrived at the beach and attacked the Muslims. They also set fire to three of the familys' cars. Around 100 policemen dispersed the brawl eventually.
Among the five injured was also a pregnant woman, the French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told news agency AFP. The dispute arose because the youth had shot photos of the women, said a young girl, who is said to have witnessed the scene, told Le Monde.
The municipality of Sisco has baned the wearing of burkinis in response to the violent confrontation on Sunday evening by a temporary injunction on the beach. Because the community fears further clashes, the police have been entrusted with the investigation. (Ls)
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