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Saint-Brevin: seven ultra-right activists arrested on the sidelines of a symposium on the reception of exiles

2023-09-23T20:38:50.872Z

Highlights: Seven ultra-right activists arrested on sidelines of a symposium on the reception of exiles. In total, more than 550 vehicles were checked in the vicinity of the site. The symposium took place under high surveillance because of the tensions surrounding the relocation of the reception center for asylum seekers (Cada) of the commune. The city's former mayor, Yannick Morez, resigned in May after facing threats from the far right. The attacks culminated last March with the burning of two of the mayor's vehicles.


In total, more than 550 vehicles were checked in the vicinity of the site where the symposium entitled "Welcoming exiles. What for?


Another day under tension in this small town of Loire-Atlantique. Sixty ultra-right activists who came Saturday to Saint-Brévin-les-Pins (Loire-Atlantique) "for an action against the holding" of a symposium on the reception of exiles were spotted by the gendarmerie, a source close to the case said.

"Six police custody are in progress for carrying a weapon by destination and participating in a gathering for an undeclared demonstration," the source said. The prefecture of Loire-Atlantique reported at the end of the day seven arrests.

The symposium, organized by four associations, took place Saturday under high surveillance because of the tensions surrounding the relocation of the reception center for asylum seekers (Cada) of the commune.

A day under high security

Throughout the day, gendarmerie cars framed access to the site where this symposium, entitled "Welcoming exiles. What for? How? ", and controlled nearby vehicles. The gendarmerie checked more than 550 vehicles, according to the prefecture.

On Friday, the town hall had issued a municipal decree prohibiting demonstrations around the site of the conference, the town hall and the future Cada. The swimming pool and cinema located near the room where the conference was held had been closed for the day, by decision of the prefecture. It had also authorized the use of surveillance drones for the day.

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Far-right demonstrations have followed one another in Saint-Brévin, a quiet seaside resort, since the officialization, at the end of 2021, of the transfer of a reception center for asylum seekers (Cada), which already existed in the commune. The year it opened, in 2016, the center was shot at with rifles.

The city's former mayor, Yannick Morez, resigned in May after facing threats from the far right. The attacks culminated last March with the burning of two of the mayor's vehicles in front of his home, whose facade was also hit by flames.

Source: leparis

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