Several arrests were held on Saturday afternoon in the sensitive neighborhood of L'Ariane, in Nice, on the sidelines of the shooting of a rap clip where some of the participants wore masks and replicas of weapons of war, said Sunday a police source. These arrests, five at first on the grounds of "participation in an armed crowd", were followed by a "beginning of urban violence" and new arrests, said this source, confirming information from Nice-Matin.
A total of nine people were still in custody Sunday morning on the basis of an investigation entrusted to the Departmental Security by the Nice public prosecutor. The author of the rap video itself is one of those held in police custody. "It was the inhabitants of the neighborhood who alerted us around 4 pm when they saw on the street about fifty young people, some of whom had their faces concealed by masks like Anonymous or Casa del Papel, with in their possession very beautiful replicas. Kalashnikov-type war weapons that could be reminiscent of real weapons, "said the police source.
Police forces wiped projectiles
In subsequent clashes, police forces sporadically sprayed projectiles such as glass bottles or pieces of concrete on their vehicles, without lamenting any casualties in their ranks. The services of the road intervened to clear bins reversed on the roadway.
Among those arrested were three minors, who were also in custody, with the exception of one of them who, because of his young age, received only a reminder of the law. by a judicial police officer. Another individual was also taken into custody after coming to insult the police station in this sensitive area in the east of the city. Calm returned fairly quickly, around 18h, indicates the police, which however maintained the securing of the sector until late evening.