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Sainte-Soline: the organizers welcome a “historic” mobilization


The day of opposition to mega-basins mobilized four times more people than the previous one, according to the organizers meeting on Sunday at a press conference, who denounced the "terrorism" of the police.

The prohibited demonstration against the "mega-basin" of Sainte-Soline gathered no less than 30,000 people on Saturday according to its organizers.

A figure "

absolutely historic in this fight

", they welcomed Sunday during a press conference, indicating that it was four times higher than that of October 29, the last appointment of opponents of this restraint. Water from Deux-Sèvres has become the symbol of a new environmental “



But as with the banned protest in the fall, the clashes have largely overshadowed the substantive debate over water sharing in the face of climate change.

Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne denounced, on Twitter, an "

intolerable surge of violence

", questioning "

the irresponsibility of the radical speeches which encourage these actions



Sainte-Soline, the ultra left and the far left are extremely violent against our gendarmes.

Unspeakable, unbearable

”, also reacted in a tweet the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin.

It was a scenario written in advance with an excessive positioning of the police

”, lamented on the contrary the senator EELV of Ille-et-Vilaine Daniel Salmon, who came to demonstrate with other elected environmentalists and LFI.

Trade union, association and elected representatives at the initiative of this undeclared demonstration have established their version of the course of the day enamelled with violence.

Everyone has their own testimonies,

declared Benoît Biteau, MEP EELV and Charentais peasant, long-standing against the basins,

but it was the police who fired the first, and that, I have it. seen with my eyes

, “he said, lamenting real”

scenes of war


“LBD Shot in the Throat”

The police fired grenades on sight without distinction

,” added Nicolas Girod, of the peasant confederation, insisting on the pacifism of the demonstrators.

While a photographer from

Sud Ouest

was burned on the hands by a Molotov cocktail, the breeder lamented that media professionals "

preferred to side with the police so as not to expose themselves to the threat of the demonstrators

", rather than the reverse, when the levels of violence were "

out of all proportion


And to condemn the “

monstrous terrorism

” of a State which “

assumes to throw 4000 bombs on kids

”, in reference to the 4000 de-encirclement grenades and tear gas canisters thrown by the gendarmes on the gathering of all ages.

These reacted after a hundred demonstrators attacked them by flooding them with projectiles, according to the account of our journalist on the spot.

During these assaults, five gendarmerie vehicles were completely burned.

The clashes quickly generated injuries among the demonstrators and the police.

The first counted 200 "

which do not count minor injuries

", including a serious case with a life-threatening condition.


The person took a LBD shot

in the throat, she had her carotid artery cut open"

, reports a representative of the organization "

Uprisings of the Earth


Still according to the demonstrators, the gendarmes would have blocked any passage of help.

Protesters made him a tourniquet.

The first vehicle able to defy the ban of the gendarmes was a vehicle from our country”,

he continues in front of the journalists.

Finally, “

it was the Samu from Charentes who came, not the one from Deux-Sèvres.

I let you imagine why

, ”squealed MEP Benoît Biteau.

Source: lefigaro

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