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Corsican protesters clash with police angry at jailed nationalist

PARIS, March 13 (Reuters) – Protesters in the northern Corsica town of Bastia attacked public buildings and threw projectiles at police on Sunday in the latest protest against an attack on a jailed nationalist in a prison in mainland France.

A protest that gathered 7,000 people in mid-afternoon turned violent as around 300 hooded individuals used Molotov cocktails and other projectiles to target police and state institutions, setting fire to an office taxes, the local prefecture said in a statement.

There were 38 injured in the ongoing clashes, including 24 police officers, the prefecture said in a point at 8:00 p.m. local time (19:00 GMT).

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There have been a number of protests on the island of Corsica in the past week, including clashes with police angry at the strangulation of Yvan Colonna by a fellow inmate at a prison in southern France.

The attack sent the Corsican activist into a coma and sparked new calls for Nationalist prisoners to be transferred from mainland France to the island. L5N2V62VV

Colonna is serving a life sentence for the 1998 murder of Claude Erignac, who, as prefect of Corsica, embodied the power of the French state on an island with a history of separatist violence.

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Reporting by Gus Trompiz

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