France: Thousands mark one year since young man drowned during Nantes police raid

Thousands of protesters marched in Nantes on Sunday on the anniversary of the death of Steve Canico, a 24-year old man who drowned in the Loire river during a police raid in June 2019. Demonstrators were seen marching, dancing and holding placards in the memory of Canico. «Justice will take place when they will tell us who is responsible and when they will recognise that the use of force was disproportionate, that they should not have intervened in that way,» said Vanessa, a protester. Canico, 24, was one of 14 people who fell in the river during a concert on the night of the Fete de la Musique, where the Anti-Crime Brigade known as the BAC conducted a raid. His body was found 38 days later. His death and the subsequent finding by an internal police inquiry, which «could not establish a link between the police intervention and the disappearance of Mr Steve Maia Canico,» as French PM Edouard Philippe said in July 2019, caused an outcry in France.

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