Thursday, August 18, 2016

Corsica: “privatization of the beach” behind the brawl Sisco – The Point

The criminal court of Bastia will hear the five men arrested in recent days after the violent brawl Sisco last weekend. Two residents of Sisco and three brothers, of North African origin according to prosecutors, will be immediately tried for their alleged involvement in the overflow. The five men were taken into custody Wednesday for “violence with weapons to North African party” and “group assault for two villagers,” according to prosecutors. Both residents Sisco were released Wednesday night. Aged fifty and twenty years, they have not made any statement on leaving the Borgo military camp south of Bastia, where they were interviewed since Wednesday morning. They were cheered by family members and hundreds of people came to support them.

The three brothers living Furiani, south of Bastia, were still in custody in Wednesday gendarmerie camp evening.

“caïdat logic”

the violent brawl Saturday night in a creek Sisco had required the intervention of a hundred gendarmes and police officers to restore calm. “Obviously, the origin of the incidents are members of the North African family who wanted, in a logic of caïdat, appropriate and privatize the beach,” said Wednesday during a press conference the prosecutor of Bastia Nicolas Bessone. “They have increased [...] incident with a number of people: stone throwing near other people to intimidate, very high tensions, insults, threats,” he said. An “altercation” was then produced between “one of the village youth and male members of this family. [...] From there, the versions are diametrically opposed, “the magistrate said.

It’s” why I asked [...] in the custody in view of the three male members of the family to determine to what extent, to what kind and with what intensity they had carried out acts of violence on this young, “said the magistrate. The prosecution said the prosecutor, would “establish the full responsibility” and “it is to determine whether two people from the village participated in these said violence they have also been placed in custody.”

calls for calm

Nicolas Bessone also asked to “leave the police work calmly” to carry out this investigation, entrusted to the research section. Two of the three brothers were arrested at their home in Furiani, and the third, who knew he was wanted, appeared spontaneously in the gendarmerie. The two people in Sisco were also presented themselves to the police station where they were summoned, according to Nicolas Bessone.

On Wednesday night at Borgo, where several hundred people, the inhabitants of Sisco, elected officials of all stripes and many nationalists, participated in the rally in support of two villagers Sisco, nationalist presidents of the territorial Executive Board, Gilles Simeoni, and the Corsican Assembly, Jean-Guy Talamoni, have launched appeals quiet, before the release of the two in custody Sisco. The rally outside the military compound protected by a large police in riot gear device went off without incident.

intercommunal tensions in Corsica

The Socialist mayor of Sisco, Ange Pierre Vivoni, who took an order Monday against wearing the “burkini” Islamic swimwear covering the body and head, in his commune, also called “for calm and patience.” Witnesses quoted by the media had mentioned a dispute arising out of taking pictures by tourists from Muslim women bathing in Burkini.

The president of SOS Racisme Dominique Sopo questioned him in a statement, “on the role of government who each in their own way showed severe failures” that led to a vision “very racialized” of the case. Dominique Sopo notably blamed Mayor Sisco for its decree banning burkinis on the beaches of the town “while this is not the subject of the brawl on which all shadows will be lifted.”

the incidents of Sisco are the most important since the assault on Christmas Eve of firefighters from extinguishing a fire and stoned and beaten in a sensitive city of the Emperor district of Ajaccio. The next day, rallies were glazed with racist insults and the sacking of a Muslim prayer room.


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