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Riots erupt in Southern France over death of eco-activist killed by police grenade

Riots erupt in Southern France over death of eco-activist killed by police grenade

Riots have broken out in southern France over the death of 21 year old activist Remi Fraisse who was  killed by a police stun grenade.

The Mail Online reports: At least 16 people were arrested in Toulouse as rubbish bins were torched and bus shelters smashed during a demonstration in the French city.

The riots unfolded on the margins of an otherwise peaceful march where protesters carried placards reading ‘End to the licence to kill’.

At one point during the stand-off, demonstrators were dispersed by powerful jets of water.’

It was the latest clash in a series of demonstrations which have embarrassed the Socialist government.

The chaotic scenes came just weeks after Remi Fraisse, 21, was killed by a so-called ‘offensive grenade’ during a standoff between police and opponents of a dam project in wetlands near Toulouse.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve later ordered these devices banned.

Around 600 to 1,000 protesters later marched in Toulouse and 1,200 in the western city of Nantes, where 14 were arrested.

Riots erupt in Southern France over death of eco-activist killed by police grenade