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Left parties and environmentalists denounced on Monday the "crackdown" against anti-GM activists, especially last weekend in Solomiac, Gers.

José Bové and six other demonstrators were arrested Sunday night by security forces during a demonstration, unceremoniously dispersed by security forces against genetically modified organisms.

The demonstrators, who were about 500, had gathered at the call of the collective "Faucheurs d'OGM" to mow a field of transgenic corn. Several of them were injured.

"The prosecution begins at the same time with the repressive exaggeration that this government has become accustomed to and the arbitrariness it continues to show," said the League of Human Rights in a statement.

For the LDH, "these plantations or trials were not preceded by any democratic debate and were imposed, including neighboring farmers".

It therefore calls on the judiciary, which has prosecuted many "voluntary reapers", including former spokesman of the Peasant Confederation José Bové and the deputy Green Christmas Mamère, "not to yield to the wishes of the government ".

The Communist Party, which calls for a moratorium on outdoor GM culture, has also "condemned the crackdown" against anti-GM militants.

"These men and women defend public health by refusing to cultivate GMOs in an open environment. Basically, they are demanding the strict application of the precautionary principle, "he wrote.

On the environmental side, Greenpeace denounced the "unprecedented repression by law enforcement" in the Gers, without calling for the mowing of fields where GMOs are grown.

The organization prefers to focus its action on the publication of lists of products containing GMOs in order to incite the French not to consume and to "break the market".

The Peasant Confederation also condemned "this debauchery of police violence completely disproportionate".

"While 80% of the population declare themselves against GMOs, the State opposes their concerns only with violence and repression. He chose to protect the financial interests of biotech companies against the wishes of the population"She says.


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