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Loire-Atlantique: an environmental demonstration against a Lafarge site dispersed by the police

2023-12-11T13:29:10.822Z

Highlights: Several dozen environmental demonstrators came with tractors in front of a Lafarge site in Saint-Herblain (Loire-Atlantique) to denounce the climate impact of the concrete sector. The rally was organised in particular by the Earth Uprisings, which initiated several demonstrations over the weekend. The production of cement and concrete accounts for 8% of global CO² emissions, more than air transport and maritime transport combined. The public prosecutor of Évreux, Rémi Coutin, said that "the quantification of the damage should be known within the week"


Environmental activists dressed in white jumpsuits denounce the climate footprint of the concrete sector. Several similar actions


The police had to intervene. Several dozen environmental demonstrators who came with tractors in front of a Lafarge site in Saint-Herblain (Loire-Atlantique) to denounce the climate impact of the concrete sector were dispersed this Monday at midday. After a weekend of similar actions organized throughout France, activists dressed in white hooded jumpsuits, their faces masked, had gathered this Monday morning on a roundabout where they had been surrounded by a large device of the police.

Inscriptions "attention cement factory" and "reinforced concrete" had been written in red paint on road signs. The rally was organised in particular by the Earth Uprisings, which initiated several demonstrations over the weekend, along with the Extinction Rebellion and Youth for Climate movements, on road construction sites or production sites of construction companies, such as Lafarge (Holcim).

MILITANT ACTION AT THE LAFARGE CEMENT PLANT: SEVERAL DEMONSTRATORS ARRESTED

The Lafarge cement plant in Saint-Herblain blocked this morning. The call was launched by several collectives. This action is part of the day of mobilization against concrete. #manifestion pic.twitter.com/64uDqlGNUw

— Télénantes (@telenantesinfo) December 11, 2023

Similar scenario in Eure

Access to a Lafarge site in Val-de-Reuil (Eure) was forced this Sunday in the middle of the day by a hundred people "hooded and masked", according to the sub-prefect of Bernay, Philippe Fournier-Montgieux. According to the sub-prefect, the caretaker of the premises had been "sequestered" in a room until the police intervened about ten minutes later. The demonstrators were dispersed with tear gas, said the sub-prefect, who said an investigation was open.

Read alsoEarth uprisings against Lafarge in Eure: a security guard kidnapped, an investigation opened

The public prosecutor of Évreux, Rémi Coutin, said that "the quantification of the damage should be known within the week" and that the site could "not operate normally" on Monday. "No one was kidnapped during this 10-minute action, watch in hand, which was not aimed at individuals, but at an ecocidal industrial sector," people presenting themselves as participants in the protest said in a statement on Monday.

The production of cement and concrete accounts for 8% of global CO² emissions, more than air transport and maritime transport combined, professionals admit.

Source: leparis

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