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A69 project: several thousand activists gathered in Tarn, a gendarme injured after Molotov cocktail shots

Despite following the ban by the authorities, several thousand demonstrators gathered on the future site of the A69 which will link Castres to Paris. Toulouse. Clashes broke out between law enforcement and environmental activists. An officer was arrested. injured and two gendarmerie vehicles set on fire.

Thousands of people against the A69 motorway. Despite Following the ban formulated by the authorities, several thousand demonstrators gathered in Tarn on Saturday June 8, the call of several local environmentalist collectives and Earth Uprisings to protest against the A69 project linking the city of Castres to Paris. Toulouse. Coming from Spain, and even Germany for some, there were between 4,500 and 5,000 according to the organizers, 2 ;500 à 3,000 according to the Tarn prefecture, reports Le Figaro.

While many couples with children participated in the event. at the gathering, others, & Conversely, they had come to fight it out. Depending on the prefecture, between 300 and 400 people “hooded and dressed in black” were present among the demonstrators. According to the gendarmerie, "700 à 800 radical activists were divided into several groups to attack the police. Thus, several incidents have occurred. the day. Two gendarmerie vehicles were attacked. set on fire after Molotov cocktails were fired, and an agent was killed. injured, reports franceinfo.

"Our only weapon is our determination"

Present in numbers to make their opposition to the project heard, the demonstrators insisted on midday a conference. "Everything is at stake here, the A69 represents the management of a deadly policy", explained" one of the members of La Voie Est Libre, one of the many associations opposed to the new route. highway. “Our only weapon is our determination,” another.

If the demonstrators were gathered on the A69 site, the protest slogans were not only aimed at the future project of the authorities; s, but indeed the fight against "the'Écapitalist state" in its entirety. "If we have to go through illegality, we will do it because we are legitimate," one of the demonstrators.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116