Eco-protester had 'hands in air' when killed by French gendarme's grenade

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Mediapart can reveal new evidence from witnesses that puts a different perspective on the death of botany student Rémi Fraisse during a protest against the building of a new dam at Sivens in south-west France in October 2014. Statements from several eye witnesses show that Rémi, 21, had his hands in the air and was calling on gendarmes to stop firing when he was struck and killed by an offensive grenade. Their accounts also cast some doubts over the version of events given by the authorities about the student's death. Mediapart's legal affairs correspondent Michel Deléan reports.

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New witnesses have come forward who shed fresh light on the death of botany student Rémi Fraisse who died when he was struck by an offensive grenade thrown by a gendarme during a protest in south-west France in October 2014. The new statements show that Rémi, 21, who was at a protest against the building of a dam at Sivens, had his hands in the air and was shouting “stop” to gendarmes when he was hit and killed by the grenade. They also challenge some details in the gendarmes' version of events at the violent confrontations at the site.