A civil disturbance developed on a beach in Corsica yesterday when the cultural sensitivities of Maghrebins — immigrants from North Africa — led to a violent attack against Corsican natives. The trouble reportedly began when a non-Muslim took photos of a Muslim woman in a burkini. The Muslims took umbrage, and the encounter escalated from there.
The locals were unwilling to suffer such violence without a response, and took their quarrel en masse to the local Maghrebin “neighborhood”. I admit to a certain sense of satisfaction — despite all my conscientious efforts to remain high-minded and not give in to vengeful thoughts — when I saw those migrants’ cars ablaze. After the tens of thousands of carbecues at the hands of “youths”, the torching of culture-enrichers’ vehicles was possibly a unique event in all of Europe.
Below are two videos about what happened. The first one features mostly discussion, but the second one shows some action. Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translations, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
The following three articles describe yesterday’s events on Corsica. First, from The Telegraph:
Man ‘Injured by Harpoon’ During Riot on Corsica Beach After Tourist Takes Photo of Woman in Burkini
Riot police were summoned and a man was injured by a harpoon when a mass brawl broke out on a beach in Corsica, apparently triggered by a tourist taking a photo of women in “burkinis”.
The incident came after the mayor of Cannes banned women from wearing the full-body, head-covering swimsuits on beaches of his Riviera town.
The riot in Corsica took place on Saturday in a cove near the village of Sisco in the north of the French Mediterranean island.
“It happened because a tourist was taking photos,” said Ange-Pierre Vivoni, the local mayor, on TF1 television. “And the Maghrebins (North Africans) didn’t want to have their photos taken. It was quite a trivial matter to begin with.”
Things got out of hand when young men of North African origin harangued the tourist who took the pictures, prompting local youngsters to intervene in defence of the visitor.
Violent Corsica Brawl: 4 Injured: Cars Burnt in Clashes Between Locals & N. Africans
At least four people, including a pregnant woman, were injured in a violent brawl between locals and “foreigners,” presumably from North Africa, on the island of Corsica, French media reports. Some 100 police officers had to be deployed to calm the situation.
The brawl broke out in the Sisco commune of France’s Haute-Corse department on Saturday evening, France 3 Corsica reported.
France 3 Corsica cited local witnesses who claimed that a spat began when some tourists took a picture of a group of ten North Africans, including a pregnant woman and children, who were sitting on a beach. The North Africans made it clear that they didn’t want to be photographed, but then a group of Corsicans arrived and also started a discussion that escalated into a confrontation.
And from the BBC:
Corsica Brawl: Five Hurt in Clashes on French Beach
beach brawl on the French island of Corsica between three families of North African descent and local youths has left five people injured and three cars burnt out, regional prosecutors say.
The brawl on Saturday began after the families objected to photos being taken, witnesses say. Stones and bottles were thrown.
Reports say some of the brawlers were armed with hatchets and harpoons.
Unrest continued on Sunday at a protest in the regional capital.
Tension has grown this summer between local communities and Muslims of North African origin in the south of France, especially following the massacre of 85 people by a lorry-driver in the city of Nice on 14 July.
Transcript Video 1:
|0:00||On Sunday, August 13th, there was a rally in Bastia.|
|0:14||I was saying, anyway, they did the right thing; they went in the neighborhoods.|
|0:18||We will go up there. Right now we’re not in a hurry, we’ll go up there|
|0:39||So we saw a tourist taking a picture of the landscape [at the beach],|
|0:43||then we saw the Maghrebins who started insulting them,|
|0:47||then a naked woman, who was bathing|
|0:53||had rocks thrown at her by those Maghrebins,|
|0:58||and after that a friend of mine took a picture,|
|1:04||and they said: “They will come, they will come”|
|1:09||Soon after that we saw them arrive|
|1:12||below the creek. They didn’t even say anything.|
|1:18||They attacked right away.|
|1:22||Then a friend of mine tried to defend|
|1:26||the person who was being attacked,|
|1:29||and hit with a machete [wind in the mic]|
|1:32||he broke [wind in the mic] the machete and then, all right, I’ll to explain to you|
|1:38||what happened next. A teenager from the village, non-violent, I have to point out,|
|1:43||he had three grown-ups pounce on him,|
|1:46||in their forties, he received a stroke from the machete on his head|
|1:49||and a punch in the face. The young one was taken to the hospital.|
|1:52||after that [unintelligible] when they called us|
|1:55||we went down there, I arrived there first, with the father of the young one.|
|1:59||we didn’t even have time to […] when they hit us with a harpoon and kicked us.|
|2:03||The father was hit! Yes, the father received two harpoon barbs.|
|2:06||We had to retreat, retreat, we couldn’t do anything. We were not armed, they had axes in their car|
|2:11||they had bludgeons, they had a lot of […]|
|2:14||and they yelled “Allahu Akhbar!” “We’re at home!” Anyway, in Ajaccio […] they were in the neighborhood.|
|2:19||TEXT: The crowd then went to the neighborhood where one of the gangs lives that started the riot.|
|2:38||[the crowd shouting] “We’re at home!”|
|3:00||Hey, we did nothing wrong!
Transcript Video 2:
|0:00||The paramedics are evacuating the injured|
|0:03||in the middle of an angry mob.|
|0:08||Further away, on the cliff, the cars belonging to a group of friends, originally from the Maghreb,|
|0:12||are still on fire. The firefighters are trying to gain control over the fire,|
|0:16||started, according to the witnesses, by the villagers|
|0:19||of Sisco in retaliation for the first attack.|
|0:23||It was Maghrebins, I know for a fact,|
|0:28||who hit a 15-year-old local kid|
|0:31||and who followed him up the hill; and he was hurt|
|0:35||slightly, I suppose, but still, he was hurt with a blade;|
|0:38||and as result, his parents and all the villagers gathered.|
|0:43||I was scared, I was scared for everybody.|
|0:46||For the ones, my people, and for the others.|
|0:50||“The others” were a group of friends who came from Lupino,|
|0:53||a working-class neighborhood of Bastia. The riot allegedly started|
|0:57||when some individuals were taking pictures of the females of the group, wearing burkinis.|
|1:01||Community tensions or neighborhood rivalry.|
|1:05||This morning, while 500 people rallied in Bastia to denounce the violence,|
|1:09||several individuals threatened they would go to Lupino to retaliate.|
|1:13||The police blocked access to the neighborhood for several hours.
Hat tips for the articles: Fjordman and Vlad Tepes.