Violent clashes in France after protester killed ‘by police grenade’

Riot police spray tear gas onto a protester's face on November 1, 2014 in Nantes, western France, during a demonstration against police violence and in memory of Remi Fraisse, an environmental activist killed in clashes between security forces and protesters of the Sivens dam project. (AFP Photo / Georges Gobet)RT

Riot police have clashed with protesters as crowds rallied against police brutality in several French cities after the death of an ecology protester, apparently caused by a police stun grenade.

Following the death of 21-year-old ecology protester Rémi Fraisse, rallies took place in Nantes, Toulouse, Lille, Bordeaux and Avignon on Saturday.

The Nantes and Toulouse demos turned violent, with masked and hooded protesters throwing projectiles and tearing down street signs. Security forces retaliated by firing tear gas and rubber bullets at the crowds.  

Police clash with protesters on November 1, 2014 in Nantes, western France (AFP Photo / Georges Gobet)

Police clash with protesters on November 1, 2014 in Nantes, western France (AFP Photo / Georges Gobet)

At least nine people – including four police officers – were injured in the confrontations, and 34 arrested, according to the interior ministry. Demonstrators hurled acid-filled bottles and stones at security forces, wounding an officer, Henri-Michel Comet, the regional governor, told Reuters.

“These are groups who have come in search of violent altercations with the police,” Comet said on BFM Television.

Police officers spray tear gas on November 1, 2014 in Nantes (AFP Photo / Georges Gobet)

Police officers spray tear gas on November 1, 2014 in Nantes (AFP Photo / Georges Gobet)

Rémi Fraisse was killed while he was taking part in a protest over a dam project in the Testet wetlands, near the southwestern town of Lisle-sur-Tarn on October 26. After a tense standoff between security forces and protesters, he was discovered dead with a wound in his back. Fraisse’s death was the first during a protest in mainland France since 1986, AFP reported.

French President Francois Hollande has urged an investigation. The initial results announced on Tuesday by a state prosecutor showed that Fraisse had been killed by a so-called “stun grenade.” This type of device is used by police to crack down on serious riots, and was previously considered non-lethal.

Protesters carry a gate on November 1, 2014 in Nantes, western France (AFP Photo / Georges Gobet)

Protesters carry a gate on November 1, 2014 in Nantes, western France (AFP Photo / Georges Gobet)

Protesters across France have demanded the resignation of the country’s interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, but he dismissed the calls.

French Premier Manuel Valls described the latest riots as “an insult to the memory of Remi Fraisse” and condemned any deliberate acts of violence.

Protesters stand as flaming objects hit the ground during clashes with police on November 1, 2014 in Nantes, western France (AFP Photo / Georges Gobet)

Protesters stand as flaming objects hit the ground during clashes with police on November 1, 2014 in Nantes, western France (AFP Photo / Georges Gobet)

Police officers face protesters on November 1, 2014 in Nantes, western France (AFP Photo / Georges Gobet)

Police officers face protesters on November 1, 2014 in Nantes, western France (AFP Photo / Georges Gobet)

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Protesters throw stones on November 1, 2014 in Nantes, western France (AFP Photo / Georges Gobet)

Protesters throw stones on November 1, 2014 in Nantes, western France (AFP Photo / Georges Gobet)

Police officers and gendarmes walks with their shields on November 1, 2014 in Nantes, western France (AFP Photo / Georges Gobet)

Police officers and gendarmes walks with their shields on November 1, 2014 in Nantes, western France (AFP Photo / Georges Gobet)

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2 thoughts on “Violent clashes in France after protester killed ‘by police grenade’

  1. “French Premier Manuel Valls described the latest riots as “an insult to the memory of Remi Fraisse” and condemned any deliberate acts of violence.”

    Let ’em eat cake, right?

  2. So when are we going to see this shit happening in America? Oh yea, that’s right, we are a “civilized” country. This “civilness” is the reason why we aren’t doing anything and is going to be our downfall. Bigtime!

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