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Ransacking of the Lafarge factory in Bouc-Bel-Air: three executives of the Earth Uprisings in police custody

2023-11-29T12:11:05.332Z

Highlights: Three executives of the radical environmental movement were placed in police custody this Wednesday morning in Lyon. They are suspected of having participated in the sabotage of the Lafarge cement plant in Bouc-Bel-Air (Bouches-du-Rhône), on December 10, 2022. The Earth Uprisings had given their support to "disarmament", according to the semantics of the movement, of the cement factory, without claiming violent action. Two people have already been indicted in this sensitive case.


INFO LE PARISIEN. Activists from the radical environmental movement have been taken into custody as part of the investigation into the ransacking of the


Far from the debates at the Council of State which annulled the dissolution of the Earth Uprisings on November 10, three executives of the radical environmental movement were placed in police custody this Wednesday morning in Lyon.

According to our information, these ultra-left activists were arrested in the Rhône-Alpes region, near Grenoble, by police officers from the Anti-Terrorist Sub-Directorate (SDAT) on a rogatory commission issued by judges of the Aix-en-Provence court as part of the judicial investigation opened for criminal association and damage to an organized gang. These environmental activists are suspected of having participated in the sabotage of the Lafarge cement plant in Bouc-Bel-Air (Bouches-du-Rhône), on December 10, 2022. They were reportedly identified at the site during the operation through videos and analysis of telephone data. They are 28, 31 and 35 years old.

Two people already indicted

In this extremely sensitive case, two people have already been indicted. One is a historical member of the Earth Uprisings (SLT), the other is part of the hard core of the movement. Less than three weeks after Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin requested the dissolution of the radical ecologist collective, Marta B., 32, and Yoan S., 40, two SLT figures, were indicted on July 11, notably for damage to an organized gang and criminal association. also as part of the investigation into the ransacking of the Lafarge cement plant.

The judiciary suspects these two ultra-left activists of having played an active role in the preparation and organization of the sabotage of the company. The two suspects were placed under judicial supervision and forbidden to appear in certain places and to have contact with certain persons implicated in the case.

On Saturday, December 10, 2022, nearly a hundred activists dressed in white hooded jumpsuits with a blue triangle on the back targeted the cement plant, causing 800,000 euros in material damage and causing the site to shut down and a significant loss of business, estimated at 400,000 euros per day, or a loss equivalent to 6 million euros. The Earth Uprisings had given their support to "disarmament", according to the semantics of the movement, of the cement factory, without claiming violent action.

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But, very quickly, in view of the personality of the owner of the site, the modus operandi and the tags (Lafarge = Daesh) found on site, suspicion fell on the Earth Uprisings movement, created in early 2021 by members of the ultra-left on the ashes of the former zone to be defended (ZAD) of Notre-Dame-des-Landes (Loire-Atlantique).

The police custody on Wednesday morning is not the first in this sensitive common law case. At the beginning of June, fifteen suspected activists had already been arrested. At the end of their police custody, all were released without charge. On 23 June, 17 other suspects were arrested again throughout France. Among them were leaders of the Earth Uprisings, arrested in the ZAD Notre-Dame-des-Landes in Nantes but also in Tours, Lyon and the Marseille region. But again, all of these activists were released without immediate prosecution. This led some political leaders, associations and defence lawyers to speak of "arbitrary arrests" and an "empty judicial file".

But since then, the judiciary thinks it has enough evidence to go further, including the indictment of the two figures of the movement in July. The judges are convinced that these two suspects were present in Bouc-Bel-Air on December 10, 2022, during the ransacking of the factory, even though their DNA had not been found on the spot, unlike other protagonists. According to our information, five pieces of DNA were taken at the scene by the investigators, two of which were identified.

Source: leparis

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