Several hundred people gathered Thursday evening on the Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, in Paris, in support of the injured during the prohibited demonstration against the megabasins in Sainte-Soline (Deux-Sèvres), last Saturday. “I’m afraid of being in the street, I’m afraid to give my opinion, I’m afraid to demonstrate”, testifies Léa, a student at Sciences-Po, who also came to denounce “the police violence to which (s) Friends have been confronted” in recent weeks during protests against pension reform.
Like her, other demonstrators also express their “fear”. This is the case of Gabriel, an activist in the collective “Uprisings of the Earth”, who recounts having been injured in 2016 in the calf during the “Night standing” movement. “You’re scared when you hear a firecracker in the street, you’re scared when you see cops… Such violence is unacceptable! thunders the young man into a microphone, facing the crowd.
Léna, also an activist in the “Uprisings of the Earth” collective, whose dissolution procedure Gérald Darmanin initiated on March 28, believes that “the policy of maintaining order in Sainte-Soline was to terrorize the protesters. The dissolution (of the collective) is a diversion”. Watch our report at the top of the article.