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Water convoy protest arrives in Paris to denounce mega water basins

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The Water Convoy, which arrived in Paris on Saturday, introduced collectively a thousand folks on the Champ de Mars after which in a procession by means of Paris to denounce authorities plans to construct mega water reservoirs used for agricultural irrigation.

Over 1,000 folks marched throughout the French capital to protest the environmental impression of mega water basins utilized by the agricultural {industry}.

“Grille by grille, tarpaulin by tarpaulin, we’ll destroy all of the reservoirs”, sang the demonstrators, who arrived within the early afternoon from Orléans, the place they’d been stationed since Thursday in entrance of the headquarters of the Loire-Bretagne water company.

A delegation had been obtained for greater than 5 hours the day before today by Sophie Brocas, the prefect of the Centre-Val de Loire area and basin coordinator, to name for an unsuccessful moratorium on present basin tasks.

“We’re very upset as a result of we did not get the moratorium we got here for. We will must proceed our actions to dismantle the development websites”, stated Benoît Feuillu, spokesman for the Soulèvements de la terre motion, to applause on Saturday.

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He didn’t give any dates for these actions, however stated that “the following assembly would happen in Niort on 8 September, for the trial of 9 representatives” of environmental and commerce union actions “accused of organising banned demonstrations”. 

The procession gathered on the Champ de Mars, earlier than making its approach to the Eiffel Tower. The protestors moved with the purpose of reaching the city of Montreuil, east of Paris, for a “festive night” as a part of an environmental pageant. 

Nevertheless, the police blocked the bridges, their buses channelled the move of demonstrators, who set off on the quays of the capital, to the sounds of musicians.

 In the meantime, site visitors was finally severely disrupted.

Some demonstrators unfurled a banner on a bus filled with vacationers, stunned however amused by the scene. 

Mega-basins retailer water drawn from the water desk in winter, within the open air, as a way to irrigate crops in summer time when rainfall is scarce. 

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Their supporters see it as a situation for the survival of farms within the face of the specter of recurring droughts.

Opponents, then again, denounce a “monopolisation” of water by the “agro-industry” in a time of local weather change.

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