Two monks from a fundamentalist Catholic convent in the Rhône were indicted last week for attacking relay antennas out of hostility to the deployment of 5G, we learned Monday from a judicial source.
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According to the Villefranche-sur-Saône prosecutor's office, confirming information from the regional daily Le Progrès, the two men, aged 39 and 40, admitted to having set fire to a first telephone pylon, on the night of September 14 to 15 in Saint-Forgeux, north-west of Lyon.
The damage had been limited.
The following night, the two monks, members of a convent located in Beaujolais, were arrested in flagrante delicto by the gendarmes, while they were trying to set fire to an antenna in another town, in Ancy.
Indictment for "criminal association"
Placed in police custody and then presented to an examining magistrate, they acknowledged the facts, explaining that they had acted "
to protect the population from the harmful effects
" of 5G, Villefranche prosecutor Laëtitia Francart told AFP.
Indicted for "
destruction and attempted destruction by incendiary means
" and "
", the two monks were placed under judicial supervision.
They are part of a Capuchin community based at the Saint-François convent in Villié-Morgon, attached to the fundamentalist movement of the Fraternity Sacerdotale Saint-Pie X, according to its website.
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According to Le Progrès, a spokesperson for the convent spoke of "
an isolated act and a youthful mistake
The waves are very harmful to health and they wanted to act for the well-being of mankind,
" she told the newspaper.