Five men – two residents of Sisco (Haute-Corse) and three brothers living near Bastia and “of North African origin” according to prosecutors – will be tried Thursday in immediate appearance before the criminal court Bastia for their alleged involvement in a brawl Saturday Sisco having made five minor injuries.
the five men were placed on Wednesday custody for “violence with weapons to North African portion” and “group assault for both villagers” , according to prosecutors.
the two inhabitants of 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.
The violent brawl Saturday night in a creek Sisco had required the intervention hundred gendarmes and police officers to restore calm. “obviously, originally incidents are members of the North African family who wanted, in a logic of caïdat, own beach and privatize “, said Wednesday at a press conference the prosecutor of Bastia Nicolas Bessone.
” They have multiplied (…) incidents with a number of people: nearby stone throwing others to intimidate, very high tensions, insults, threats “, he said. A “altercation” is then produced between “one of the village youth and male members of the family. (…) From there, the versions are diametrically opposed” , said the magistrate.
that’s “why I asked (…) placement in custody of three male members of the family to what extent, to what kind and with what intensity they had carried out acts of violence on this young person “, said the magistrate.
the prosecution said the prosecutor, wants to “establish all responsibilities” and “is to determine whether two people from the village participated in the violence say they have also been taken into custody view “.
Mr. Bessone also called “leave the police work calmly” to carry out this investigation, entrusted to the Research section.
Two of the three brothers were arrested in home Furiani, and the third, who knew he was wanted, appeared spontaneously in the gendarmerie. Both residents Sisco were also presented themselves to the police station where they were summoned, says Bessone.
Calls for calm
After a tense rally Sunday morning at Bastia, several hundred people, the inhabitants of Sisco, politicians of all stripes and many nationalists, participated Wednesday in Borgo a new rally in support of two Sisco villagers.
the nationalist presidents of the territorial Executive Board, Gilles Simeoni, and the Corsican Assembly, Jean-Guy Talamoni, have appealed for calm, before the release of the two in custody Sisco.
the rally outside the military compound protected by an important police device in riot gear took place without incident.
the Socialist mayor of Sisco, Ange-Pierre Vivoni, who took on Monday a decree against wearing the “burkini” Islamic swimwear covering the body and head, in his commune, also called ” for calm and patience “.
Some witnesses called by the media had mentioned a dispute of taking pictures by tourists from Muslim women bathing in Burkini.
The president of SOS Racisme Dominique Sopo s’ 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” the case.
Mr. Sopo notably blamed Mayor Sisco for its decree banning burkinis on the beaches of its common “while there is not the subject of the brawl on which all gray areas 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’s neighborhood Ajaccio. The next day, rallies were glazed with racist insults and the sacking of a Muslim prayer room.