“Steve, we miss you.” Nearly a thousand people marched in the streets of Nantes on Monday, June 21 in the evening, in tribute to Steve Maia Caniço. This 24-year-old extracurricular animator had died after falling in the Loire during a police intervention, during the 2019 Music Festival. “We are there to pay tribute to him, for a peaceful purpose, and not for any political demands. We do not want him to fall into oblivion and [on veut] justice be done“, explained at the beginning of the demonstration” Moune “, 23 years old, a friend of the victim.
“No justice, no peace”, “we do not forget, we do not forgive”, chanted the protesters, many of whom wore white T-shirts with the slogan “justice for Steve”. La crowd marched from the prefecture to the island of Nantes, without being able to access the Quai Wilson, where the young man had been last seen. Law enforcement refused to allow participants to pass, arguing that the protest had not been declared in the prefecture. Only a few family members were able to gather at the scene of the drama.
A few people left roses and a sign “Police state, murderous state” on another dock, near where Steve Maia Caniço’s body was found. The prosecution had announced, a week earlier, that the investigation had established that the twenty-something had fallen in the Loire “in the time of the intervention of the police” during the 2019 music festival. Several people, including police officials and the mayor of Nantes, were summoned by the investigating judge for a possible indictment.