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Youths clash with police after demonstration in western France honouring slain protester

PARIS (NEWS1130) – Projectile-throwing youths are clashing with police in western France on the sidelines of a demonstration honouring a protester who was killed during a dam project rally last week.

Riot police bearing shields have fired tear-gas canisters in the city Nantes to disperse the masked protesters, some of whom lit fires, chucked back the canisters and tore down street signs to use as projectiles.

One protester’s sign decried “murderous capitalism,” and a spray-painted wall read: “The mood is napalm; no return to calm.”

The clashes came after hundreds of people participated Saturday in a demonstration to honour a 21-year-old protester who died last week in clashes between police and protesters near the southwestern town of Lisle-sur-Tarn. That demonstration was called by environmental activists over a dam project in the region.