Militant French Eco-Activists Protest Deforestation: Fight for the Forest

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Deep in the tranquil Forest of Sivens in the south of France, eco-militant activists and French riot police are fighting a violent battle in woodlands being cut down to make way for a dam, which will spell the end for 41 acres of trees.

The activists are armed with Molotov cocktails and gas canisters; the police are trying to protect workers as they clear the forest. The local council says that the dam will irrigate cornfields in the area, but the activists — and many locals — are against the destruction.

VICE News followed the fight for the forest alongside the group of activists that have previously been hostile to any media approaches.

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20 comments

  1. A couple of month after your report a militant died by a offensive hand grenade throw by the police, this is interessant to know

  2. Et toi pseudo journaliste, tu veux les faire passer pour terroristes ? Mais t’es con, pauvre mec !!!!

  3. These same “activists” light fires, pollute the air and water in protest. Total hypocrites is all they really are. How do they expect people to take them seriously when they cause the very thing they protest?

  4. Funny how EU makes so much noise over palm oil deforestation but takes a blind eye on their own deforestation of farming in europe

  5. Why I have to watch an American documentary for know what’s happening in my country?

  6. This is good that people are protesting about this horrible thing instead of protesting about the stupid things

  7. I am with them , they destroy the forest and the wildlife in there! Birds etc. That’s crazy. Disgusting! The Police is a mafia in the service of the devil. Shame shame shame 😡😡😡😡😡😡😡

  8. They have win the struggle in 2015 after one militant, Rémi Fraisse, has losse his life when an explosif grenade, thrown by one of those cops, has exploded between his neck and backpack.
    The Gendarme responsible of this murder has not been worried by justice and is still on the ground … .

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  10. if you ever find yourself in a similar struggle i suggest you sabotage the machines, throw some sugar down the exhaust pipe