Liam Deacon, Breitbart, December 27, 2015
Tensions are rising on the Mediterranean Island of Corsica, a province of France, where authorities have banned all public protest after a series of anti-Muslim demonstrations were triggered by attacks on police and Firemen in a primarily Muslim neighbourhood.
The unrest comes little more that a week after the “For Corsica” nationalistic coalition of parties swept to power in the Island’s local elections.
On Friday, a crowd of 600 gathered by a fire station in a show of support with the authorities, after two firefighters and a police officer were “ambushed” by “several hooded youths” in the low-income, primarily Arab, Jardins de l’Empereur housing estate in the capital of Ajaccio.
One of the firefighters at the scene had claimed the youths who attacked them shouted: “Scram, Corsicans, you’re not at home here!”
The protesters who gathered later that day chanted slogans in Corsican meaning “Arabs get out!” and “This is our home!” with a small break away group ransacking a local Muslim prayer room and burning copies of the Koran.
The French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, wrote on Twitter that the attack on the prayer room was “an unacceptable desecration”, while also condemning the “intolerable attack” on the wounded firefighters.
Undeterred, protestors gathered on Christmas day and again last night at the spot where the fire fighters were injured.
Windows were smashed and property was damaged in the Jardins de l’Empereur housing estate. A garage was broken into, which was thought to belong to a drug dealer. “We’ve come to talk, to understand why they behave in this way,” one angry protestor told local reporters.
Today, AFP reported that security forces have now cordoned off the entire Jardins de l’Empereur estate, with Corsica’s administrator Christophe Mirmand confirming a ban on “all protests and gatherings”, which will be in effect until at least January 4th.
Defiant, hundreds of protestors ignored the decree and threats of criminal prosecution and took to the streets once more today.
The majority of foreign immigrants in Corsica are North African, primarily Moroccans, who made up 33.5 per cent of all immigrants in Corsica at the 2011 census.