rallies all over France to denounce police violence in Sainte-Soline

rallies all over France to denounce police violence in Sainte-Soline

One of the seriously injured demonstrators in Sainte-Soline (Deux-Sèvres), Saturday March 25, during violent clashes with the police, is still between life and death. On Thursday, his mother paid tribute to him, in front of the Vienne prefecture, in Poitiers, where at least 1,200 people had gathered to denounce police violence. “Yes, Serge participated in many anti-capitalist rallies, like millions of young people around the world who think that a good revolution would not be too much”she said, standing on a concrete block, facing participants who wore blue ribbons on their arms, the color of water, in support of protesters injured last weekend.

In Toulouse, where Serge is from, his friends also spoke. At a rally attended by 2,000 people, they demanded « justice pour [leur] indoor soccer buddy. One of the most respectful and nice guys we know”.

Several dozen rallies organized in front of prefectures and sub-prefectures took place all over France on Thursday evening, “in support of the wounded in Sainte-Soline, the movement against pension reform and for the end of police violence”. Clashes sometimes broke out at the end of the evening, especially in Lyon, where a nervous procession crossed the city center, overturning glass dumpsters in the process and throwing projectiles, before the police used gas. tear gas.

Seven arrests in Paris

In Paris, wild demonstrations also quickly formed after the speeches that took place on the Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville. Small groups scattered in the streets burned garbage cans, bicycles, and broke some windows of luxury cars. Seven arrests took place in the capital.

These gatherings responded to the call made by the three associations at the origin of the Sainte-Soline demonstration – Les bassines non merci, the Confédération paysanne and the environmental collective Les Uprisings of the Earth. The latter is the subject of a dissolution procedure initiated by the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, who held his activists responsible for the violence of the day of March 25.

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That day, while several thousand people gathered to oppose the mega-basin project underway in the town of Deux-Sèvres, 200 injured were counted on the side of the demonstrators, and 47 on the side of the gendarmes. Earlier this week, Mr. Darmanin pointed the finger “the extreme violence of small groups on file by the intelligence services sometimes for very many years, such as the de facto group Uprisings of the Earth”.

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