Written by Staff Writer
02 Nov, 2014 | 7:15 am
Violent protests broke out on Saturday in two French cities against alleged police brutality, leaving several people injured.
Officers fired rubber bullets and tear gas as demonstrators hurled bottles of acid and stones in the northwestern city of Nantes, injuring at least five protesters and three police officers.
Police made 21 arrests in Nantes, while in the southwestern city of Toulouse, where clashes also erupted, 13 people were detained.
The protests were held over the death of environmental activist Remi Fraisse, 21, who was killed last Sunday during clashes between security forces and demonstrators at the site of a contested dam in southwestern France.
Initial investigations showed traces of TNT on his clothes and skin, suggesting he may have been killed by a police stun grenade.
“This is a young man who was killed by the police, by the State, and we can not let this go,” said one demonstrator, Annaik, 23, as other protesters chanted slogans such as “pigs!” and “murderers!”.
Protests were also held in other French cities including Lille, Bordeaux and Avignon.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls condemned the violence, calling it an “insult to the memory” of Fraisse, while Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve slammed the “unacceptable outburst”.
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