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Violent riots in Nantes after death of festival goer

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In the western French town of Nantes, riots have broken out between hundreds of protesters and the police. The protesters had taken to the streets to protest against police violence and the inexplicable death of a festival goer in June. The police used tear gas and a water cannon to get the situation under control.

The crowd gathered on Saturday morning on the banks of the Loire, where the body of 24-year-old Steve Maia Canico was found this week. His body was not far from where he was last seen alive. That was during a nightly event on 21 and 22 June. The police then used tear gas to end the party. At least ten partygoers fell in the Loire River.

Later Saturday, around 1700 demonstrators went to the city, throwing barricades and smashing windows. The police responded with tear gas and water cannons when projectiles were thrown and a fire broke out.

At a portrait of the man now known throughout France as “Steve,” the demonstrators threw flowers in the river while others held up signs with the slogans. Who killed Steve? and “Where is Steve justice?

Later Saturday, around 1700 demonstrators went to the city, throwing barricades and smashing windows. The police responded with tear gas and water cannons when projectiles were thrown and a fire broke out.

The police arrested forty demonstrators for violence and possession of weapons. A police officer and a demonstrator were injured.

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