The oil port of Donges, blocked by strikers, evacuated by the police

The oil port of Donges, blocked by strikers, evacuated by the police

The situation is tense in Donges, in Loire-Atlantique. The police intervened in the night from Monday to Tuesday to unblock the oil terminal occupied for a week by strikers.

According to a source from the CGT to AFP, the oil port was evacuated in less than two hours to facilitate the unloading of a cargo of diesel.

The mobile gendarmes started their intervention around 2 a.m., we learned from the same source. At dawn, they secured the area by extinguishing the fires lit by the demonstrators.

“We are blocked next to it, we cannot pass”

Around 4:30 a.m., no more protesters were present on the site, according to the photographer. A source close to the strikers contacted by AFP before the end of the intervention reported “clashes” during the night.

According to this source, the security forces “started charging” the demonstrators “as soon as they arrived” around 2:05 a.m. According to an AFP photographer, a dozen law enforcement vans were visible on the site around 4:30 a.m.

Contacted by AFP, the prefecture’s on-call duty was unable to confirm whether an intervention by the police had taken place, or the presence of injured people. The prefecture has scheduled a press briefing on the situation in the morning.

“We are blocked next to it, we cannot pass”, told AFP the source close to the strikers, who mentioned the establishment of “harrows” by the gendarmes. “We must have been 200-300 strikers. Donges has been blocked for a week, ”recalled this source.

Among the demonstrators who occupied the site of the Donges refinery: agents of the refinery, dockers, or even employees of the Cordemais thermal power plant.


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