On September 17th, 2018, French police and demonstrators clashed during a peaceful anti-reservoir protest at the commune of Jarizi near Brest. Dozens were injured, many critically. The French government has stated that it will not tolerate further violence and people across the nation are rallying to demand an end to this unprecedented event.
violence in France between protesters and police; anti-reservoir protest
France has witnessed violent clashes between protesters and police in recent weeks, as tensions escalate over a proposed reservoir project. The project aims to construct a reservoir in the Sivens forest, in the Tarn region of southwestern France, to irrigate nearby farmland. However, environmental activists and local farmers have opposed the project, arguing that it will harm delicate ecosystems and displace farmers. The clash between protesters and police is a manifestation of the wider conflict between environmentalists and the French government over development projects.
The ongoing escalation in violence has seen protesters use various tactics to express their discontent. For instance, they have blocked roads, set up barricades, and even lit fires. On the other hand, police have deployed tear gas, rubber bullets, and stun grenades to disperse protesters. Reports indicate that some protesters have suffered injuries, and one protester was killed in the recent clashes. These developments have generated a heated public discourse, with some criticizing the government for ignoring the protesters’ concerns, while others have accused protesters of being violent and disruptive.
- Protests are ongoing in France over a proposed reservoir project in the Sivens forest, in the Tarn region of southwestern France.
- Environmental activists and local farmers oppose the project, arguing that it will harm delicate ecosystems and displace farmers.
- The ongoing conflict between protesters and police highlights the wider conflict between environmentalists and the French government over development projects.
- Protesters have blocked roads, set up barricades, and lit fires, while police have deployed tear gas, rubber bullets, and stun grenades to disperse protesters.
- Public discourse on the issue is heated, with some criticizing the government’s response, while others have accused protesters of being violent and disruptive.
Dozens people are injured as a violent clash breaks out between French police and demonstrators at an anti-reservoir protest in the Essonne region on Saturday. Police say that the demonstrators threw petrol bombs and fireworks at officers, while the demonstrators responded with pepper spray and tear gas. The clashes continue until 2 a.m. local time.