It all started when a tourist took a picture of a muslim woman wearing a “burkini” at the beach.
When relatives of the muslim woman objected, a group of local teenagers came to the photographer’s defence.
Local reports said that a group of North African men armed themselves and took on the young Corsicans.
After bottles & stones were thrown by both sides, the fight escalated when the teenagers’ parents rushed from their village to the beach where one of them, a man of Czech origin but resident in Sisco, was wounded by a harpoon while defending his son. A pregnant woman was also reported to be injured. In retaliation, villagers then set fire to cars belonging to the muslims.
But it wasn’t over yet. A crowd of around 500 gathered in the nearby town of Bastia and tried to enter a housing estate with a high immigrant population. They chanted: “To arms, this is our place and we will go where we want!”
Clashes were reported between the outraged Corsicans & the riot police who were protecting the invading North African hordes.
In the end, three more people were hospitalized, but it is unclear at this time exactly who they are.
The mayor of Bastia has also announced a ban on further wearing of the burkini in public.
It is unclear at this time in the FLNC, a militant Corsican nationalist group, will retaliate against these attacks. They released a video last month warning of severe retaliation in the event of terrorist attacks on the island.