This Tuesday April 6 was marked in Dijon by a regional demonstration of farmers from Burgundy-Franche-Comté. It brought together nearly 200 tractors and hundreds of demonstrators who had met in the morning in front of the premises of the DREAL (Regional Directorate of Environment, Planning and Housing) of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. Among them, 60 to 70 farmers had made the trip from Haute-Saône and about fifty from the Doubs.
Manure was dumped in front of the building and protesters spotted the gates surrounding it
“Save your peasant“; “Farmers in danger“; “Macron, don’t be stupid. It’s soon the elections“, could one read on the signs brandished by the demonstrators or hung on the tractors parading in the Burgundy capital. Some 300 tractors and 400 demonstrators first stopped in front of the regional Direction of the environment, the planning and the housing (Dréal), driving through the entrance gate with a backhoe loader and covering the access with piles of manure, tires and straw which were then set on fire.
“I condemn the degradations which have taken place at DREAL, and which are the fruit of a minority” explained the prefect by starting his press briefing, while ensuring that “The government’s objective is to defend the agricultural world”.
Three arrests and an injured policeman.
During these clashes, the police proceeded to three arrests, announced the prefect, including the head of the Young Farmers of Côte-d’Or, Antoine Carré. Fabien Sudry also certified that a police officer was injured by demonstrators.
In a press release, the prefect wrote:
“On the occasion of the preparatory meetings organized with the organizers, they had undertaken not to degrade street furniture and not to show any violence against people. It must be noted that several demonstrators exonerated themselves from this commitment and degraded the DREAL premises located on Boulevard Voltaire, set fire to numerous waste (fences, pallets, tires, etc.), demonstrates violence against the police and gendarmerie _engaged to ensure the safety of the event. Thus, a policeman was injured during the operation and d_many others have been subjected to projectile jets, even blank shots, and one police roadblock was forced by an agricultural machine which struck vehicles positioned across the road. “
Scattered with tear gas, the demonstrators subsequently wanted to go to Place de la République, in the center of Dijon, but were prevented from doing so by the police, again using tear gas. On the sidelines of the demonstration, un AFP photographer was taken to task by a group of participants who stole a memory card from him.
What does the CAP represent in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté?
Fabien Sudry clarified that in Burgundy-Franche-Comté, the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) represents aid of 600 million euros for nearly 16,800 farms.