Christophe Castaner wants explanations on the controversial evacuation in Paris of an environmental demonstration during which activists were sprayed with tear gas
Christophe Castaner asked a report to the Paris police chief on the “modalities” of the controversial evacuation in Paris of an environmental demonstration during which activists were sprayed with tear gas (Twitter screenshot), said yesterday the Ministry of the Interior.
The blockage and evacuation took place Friday on the bridge of Sully. Images of the intervention of the police were widely shared on Twitter: they show police splashing tear gas at militants peacefully participating in a sit-in during the occupation of this bridge in central Paris. the organization Extinction Rebellion.
Born in the United Kingdom, this movement advocates “civil disobedience” to fight against climate change. These images sparked a wave of indignation on social networks. The director and environmental activist Cyril Dion said Saturday that he refused his promotion in the Order of Merit, because of these “violence”. “The disproportion of the police response is crazy,” he said.
“When I saw that, I asked myself questions and watched the video as a whole,” Ecology Minister François de Rugy said on the episode yesterday on BFMTV. “At first the CRS call the protesters to unblock […] These are very radical protesters […] It ends with the use of gas that is intended for people to go away,” he added .