Scenes of battle in Sainte-Soline (Deux Sèvres)


Violent confrontations opposed demonstrators and police forces this Saturday afternoon. The toll is heavy: 24 gendarmes had been injured in addition to about thirty opponents to the extremely contested mega-pond undertaking. A number of autos had been set on fireplace.

Massive combat, this Saturday March 25, 2023 in Sainte-Soline, within the Deux-Sèvres. A thousand opponents to the development of an enormous water reservoir meant to irrigate crops have clashed with the police who blocked their manner after they had been heading in direction of this mega-pond.

Molotov cocktails towards tear fuel

In a short time clashes broke out. The demonstrators, a few of whom had been outfitted with helmets and guerrilla warfare gear, threw Molotov cocktails on the gendarmes and their autos, in addition to incendiary units and fireworks. The gendarmes responded by firing tear fuel grenades.
After two assaults, one firstly of the afternoon, the opposite on the finish of the afternoon, the toll is especially heavy. Twenty-four gendarmes had been injured, certainly one of whom needed to be airlifted to hospital in an absolute emergency, in addition to round thirty injured demonstrators, two of whom had been in absolute emergency.
As well as, 5 gendarmerie autos had been set on fireplace.

Darmanin: “inexcusable violence”

The Minister of the Inside, Gerald Darmanin, denounced “inexcusable violence” on the a part of “extraordinarily radicalized, extraordinarily violent individuals, together with black-blocks, individuals of the acute left, the ultra-left (…) this violence is inexcusable.”
For his half, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, chief of France Insoumise, accused: “Sufficient police violence in Sainte-Soline (…) With out the BRAV (motorized police brigades), with out this circus, completely nothing would occur aside from a march within the fields.

The water battle

The Sainte-Soline mega-basin, within the Deux-Sèvres division, is an agricultural water storage undertaking (about 10 ha) meant for crop irrigation. It’s stuffed by pumping water from groundwater. That’s the reason it’s extremely controversial each by ”small” farmers against this agricultural gigantism and by scientists, together with IPCC consultants in its 6ᵉ report of March 2023 or Greenpeace.
It’s opposed by some 150 organizations which are holding conferences and mobilizations on the web site. The mega-pools deprive the encircling ecosystems of a significant useful resource and stop the groundwater from replenishing. In brief, it’s not an answer to the drought.
On the name of the collective ”Bassines, non merci”, of the motion ”Soulèvements de la Terre” and of the Confédération Paysanne, and of political representatives, a gathering is organized, from March 24 to 26, 2023, the place almost 20,000 individuals from a dozen nations are anticipated to oppose these initiatives and to tell the populations concerning the long-term injury of those water reservoirs.




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