ARREST: Jean-Luc Mélenchon denounces the arrest of Eric Drouet as an “abuse of power” …
Eric Drouet was arrested in Paris in the evening, report Franceinfo and BFMTV. This figure of “yellow vests” called on Facebook to go to place candles, Place de la Concorde, in tribute to the injured “yellow vests”. He was arrested for “verification of identity” and “participation in an undeclared event”.
Ça chauffe, des CRS tentent d’arrêter Eric Drouet parmi les manifestants pic.twitter.com/93xlaKmxZM
— Benjamin Mathieu (@BenjMathieu) 2 January 2019
A little earlier in the afternoon, this driver had called in a video on Facebook to conduct an “action” on the famous Parisian artery. “Tonight, we will not do a big action but we want to shock public opinion. I do not know if there will be any with us on the “Champs” (…) We’ll all go without vests, “he said.
“It’s an unjustified arrest, a practice from another country and from another time”, denounces his lawyer on BFMTV, while Benajmin Cauchy, considers that there is “a systematic relentlessness on all that touches on “yellow vests” “.
Already arrested on December 22nd
His arrest has also reacted to the leader of France Insoumise Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who is at the heart of the controversy for a text published on social networks in which he evokes his “fascination” for Eric Drouet .
The deputy from Bouches-du-Rhône denounced an “abuse of power”. “A target political police and now harass the animators of the movement of yellow vests,” he denounced on Twitter.
De nouveau Éric Drouet interpellé. Pourquoi ? Abus de pouvoir. Une Police politique cible et harcèle désormais les animateurs du mouvement gilet jaune. #GiletsJaunes
— Jean-Luc Mélenchon (@JLMelenchon) 2 January 2019
Eric Drouet had already been arrested Saturday, December 22 in Paris for carrying prohibited weapons, he will be tried on June 5. The leader of “yellow vests” is also targeted by a preliminary investigation for “provocation to the commission of a crime or offense” after calling to walk on the Elysee on December 5 during a debate on BFMTV .