An angry mob retaliating over attacks on firefighters and police has ransacked a Muslim prayer house in the French island of Corsica. The crowd set books, including several copies of the Koran on fire.
Tensions mounted in Ajaccio, Corsica’s largest city of some 65,000 residents, after a night of violence in Jardins de L’Empereur. Two firefighters and a police officers were injured in what the authorities described as ambushes by “several hooded youths” in the low-income neighborhood.
On Friday afternoon, some 150 demonstrators gathered in front of the police HQ in a show of support, AFP reported citing officials. But part of that crowd broke off and joined an estimated 600 people, who marched towards the housing estate where violence had occurred the night before. The crowd was shouting slogans in Corsican, such as: “Arabs get out!” and “This is our home!”
The angry demonstrators ransacked a nearby Muslim prayer house, smashing glass and partially burning some 50 books, including copies of the Koran.
Local police put five Muslim prayer houses in Ajaccio under protection and maintained a presence on the housing estate overnight, regional official Francois Lalanne told the news agency.
Traitorous leftist French politicians condemned the violence in Corsica perpetrated by both those who attacked the firefighters and those who ransacked the prayer house. Leftist socialist French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve rushed to accuse the French of “racism and xenophobia” shortly after the attack yet he did not accuse the Muslims who attacked the policeman and the firefighters of anything. Local authorities pledged to arrest those responsible.
Anti-Muslim sentiment is rising in France in the wake of continuous terrorist attacks that killed hundreds of people and left thousands injured. The Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility for the violence in the French capital.
Corsica, a small Mediterranean island, has a long history of nationalistic movements, which occasionally lead to violence. Anti-immigrant and nationalist parties performed well during last month’s regional election, giving the department its first-ever nationalist government.
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