Six men, arrested on the night of March 22 to 23 in Boulogne-sur-Mer during tensions between demonstrators mobilized against the pension reform and the police, were sentenced on Tuesday, June 6 to six months in prison suspended for participation with a weapon in a "gathering".
The six defendants, three of whom are unionized at the CFDT, were prosecuted for participation with a weapon in a gathering and intentional violence without disability on police officers.
Insults and throwing projectiles
The court finally acquitted them of the violence, in this case stone throwing, the court considering that "at the times specified in the commissioner's report, the defendants were not on the scene". The six men were also ordered to pay €500 in damages and €300 in procedural compensation to each of the seven BAC officials who were civil parties. They had been arrested at the port, where the police intervened to lift roadblocks of protesters against the pension reform.
That night, dozens of people with their faces covered had gathered at three o'clock in the morning to block the various accesses to the port economic zone. When they arrived around four o'clock, the police were insulted and projectiled. A company of CRS had been called in as reinforcements, and seven people arrested. One of them, hospitalized, was not prosecuted.
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Employees in companies of the port, the defendants all denied the violence at the bar. "We work at night, and that day we finished at 4 a.m.," said one of them, aged 56. "When we arrived, there was (a charge) of CRS. Our movement was peaceful." At the time of his arrest, another 44-year-old defendant was in possession of a stone. "In the adrenaline, I picked up a pebble, but it stayed in my pocket," he said. "We are not going to say that these are scenes of war, but they are fires everywhere, Molotov cocktails and stone throwing," said Catherine Pfeffer, a lawyer for the police. Lawyer of the youngest defendants, aged 28 and 32, Isabelle Pauwels regretted "the absence of on-board cameras at the CRS" or video surveillance available.