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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.

W/S Protesters with banner and placards commemorating Steve Canico, the 24-year old man who fell in the Loire river in Nantes during a police action in June

C/U Protester with placard and the picture of Steve Canico

C/U Banner detail

SOT, Jerome, protester (French): "I'm here today first of all to protest against the police's violence during the 'Fete de la Musique' and to commemorate Steve's death."

C/U Flowers and candles

M/S Placard

W/S Protesters

SOT, Pierre-Alexandre, protester (French): "We have a government that uses the most violent and most extremist policemen who can do whatever they want. The risk is that the people equate the police to these violent elements which are clearly a minority."

C/U Placard

C/U Man photographing placard

M/S Banners laid on the ground

SOT, Nora, protester (French): "I don't accept anymore the police's violence. For 20 years, the 'Fete de la Musique' took place, which included partying until five or six o'clock in the morning without any repression. This is not tolerable."

W/S Protesters with banners

M/S Protester with banner

SOT, Nora, protester (French): "I'm attending as a victim. I have been a victim of police violence during the 11th Act [of Yellow Vest protests]. They threw a flashbang at me and it was my telephone that protected my face."

C/U Protesters marching

M/S Protesters marching with flare

M/S Protesters marching

SOT, Rejane, protester (French): "All the people are wondering what the police is doing but at the same time I'm asking 'Who made the police?' It's like, 'Who makes the justice?' 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."

W/S Protesters marching with banners

W/S Protesters marching

M/S Protesters marching, chanting "Castaner assassin"

M/S Protesters and poster reading (French): "Where is steve?"

W/S Protesters marching

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