SAINTE-SOLINE: A number of individuals have been injured on Saturday following clashes between French police and protesters against a big water reservoir for farm irrigation, regardless of a ban on gatherings within the space.
Police fired tear gasoline to repel some protesters who threw fireworks and different projectiles as they crossed fields to method the development space within the western rural district of Sainte-Soline.
At the very least three police automobiles have been set alight, tv footage confirmed.
Two protesters have been severely harm, together with one who’s in a vital situation after struggling a head harm, in addition to 16 cops, the native prefecture stated. One officer was evacuated by helicopter. 1000’s of protesters had converged on the location of the deliberate reservoir, the place an identical protest final October additionally turned violent.
Emmanuelle Dubee, the prefect of the encircling area, stated round 1,000 radical people have been anticipated amongst an estimated 6,000 protesters.
Round 3,200 police have been deployed for the demonstration, stated Inside Minister Gerald Darmanin stated, who blamed far-left teams for the violence.
The heavy police presence included helicopters and squads driving quads.