The event was reportedly dedicated to the memory of Steve Maia Caniço, a festival attendee who was found dead in the Loire river in 2019 when French police tried to disperse a music party in Nantes. His tragic death led to a series of investigations in three possible cases of police brutality.
Mass unrest hit the French city of Redon overnight, as more than 1,000 ravers gathered to organize a huge party that resulted in clashes with police. According to a Sputnik correspondent at the scene, ravers were throwing Molotov cocktails at the police, while officers used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the crowd. However, techno fans were seen on the streets even after dawn, and music could be heard again, as they refused to submit and leave the rave.
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The prefect of Ille-et-Vilaine Emmanuel Berthier said that five officers and two protesters were injured overnight. One of the protesters, a 22-year old man was hospitalized after losing his hand amid the clashes.
The festival was purportedly dedicated to Steve Caniço, who disappeared during a police crackdown at a Fête de la Musique party in June 2019, after falling into the Loire river with other attendees. The young man drowned, with his body only discovered a month later. Since the man’s tragic death, “Justice for Steve” has become one of the main slogans in protests held against police brutality in northern France.