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France: Thousands march to commemorate anniversary of festival-goer's death

France, Nantes
August 03, 2019 at 23:52 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of protesters marched in Nantes on Saturday, to commemorate Steve Canico, the 24-year old man who died after falling into the Loire river in Nantes during a police action in June.

The protesters exhibited numerous placards and banners in Canico's memory, as well as many calling for resignations of French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner. During the march, the protesters were filmed chanting "Castaner assassin."

"We know well that the one that compiles the police is Castaner, he's the one who is giving the orders to police to hit protesters and people who are partying. There's no more the right to protest nor the right to say anything. They want us silent but we won't," said Rejane, a protester.

Canico's body was recovered from the Loire river on Monday, hundreds of metres from the spot where he was seen for the last time on the night between 21 and 22 June, when the police forcefully dispersed the revellers allegedly forcing some into the river in the process. According to many participants, police deployed tear gas and used batons during the action.

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Thousands of protesters marched in Nantes on Saturday, to commemorate Steve Canico, the 24-year old man who died after falling into the Loire river in Nantes during a police action in June.

The protesters exhibited numerous placards and banners in Canico's memory, as well as many calling for resignations of French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner. During the march, the protesters were filmed chanting "Castaner assassin."

"We know well that the one that compiles the police is Castaner, he's the one who is giving the orders to police to hit protesters and people who are partying. There's no more the right to protest nor the right to say anything. They want us silent but we won't," said Rejane, a protester.

Canico's body was recovered from the Loire river on Monday, hundreds of metres from the spot where he was seen for the last time on the night between 21 and 22 June, when the police forcefully dispersed the revellers allegedly forcing some into the river in the process. According to many participants, police deployed tear gas and used batons during the action.

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