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In Sainte-Soline, the shock after an "unleashing of violence"


REPORT - Saturday's clashes around a "mega-basin" left many injured. A protester is between life and death.


An outburst of violence

," said Gérald Darmanin, the Minister of the Interior.

“A massive repression operation”

, retort the anti-basin activists.

If each camp now sends faults and responsibilities to each other, all agree on the incredible intensity of the clashes that pitted several hundred demonstrators against the police on Saturday, in Sainte-Soline.

Nearly 30,000 people - 6,000 according to the state - took over this village in Deux-Sèvres at the call of the Bassines Non Merci (BNM) collective, the Peasant Confederation and the Earth Uprisings movement.

Their target?

A substitution reserve under construction, sized to accommodate 628,000 m3 of water pumped from the water table in winter.

Fifteen other similar structures are to be erected in the department.

Never have the anti-bassines, mobilized since 2017, had gathered so much support.

Never had clashes with the gendarmes and police experienced this level of extreme intensity, nor generated...

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Source: lefigaro

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