Monday, May 23

“Nantes revolted”: all about this far-left group about to be dissolved by the authorities

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin announced on Tuesday the launch of a dissolution procedure against “Nantes revolted”. The far-left group is implicated for having called last Friday for an undeclared demonstration.

“Once things are built and we are unassailable, I will propose to the President of the Republic” the dissolution of “Nantes Révoltée”, specified the resident of Place Beauvau.

What is “Nantes revolted”?

This far-left outlet emerged from a Facebook page created in 2012, reported West France. On the social network are shared “committed and militant information on social and environmental struggles” and police violence is denounced, added the regional daily.

The page, which currently has more than 215,000 subscribers, grew during the evacuation of the ZAD of Notre-Dame-des-Landes in October 2012. The movement of yellow vests then further amplified the movement. The day after the music festival, “Nantes Révoltée” also published images of the police charge that led to the death of Steve Maia Canico.

Today, the media also distributes paper magazines and broadcasts calls to demonstrate on social networks.

Who are the members ?

During demonstrations, its members are often dressed in black and hooded. “I wouldn’t be able to say who Nantes Révoltée is and how they work,” a journalist accustomed to the demonstrations in Nantes told AFP. We know that people are close to it but no one claims to be Nantes Révoltée ”.

According to him, the group is like an “aggregation of activists, a protean system and a little opportunistic depending on the causes”.

What do we blame them for?

Incidents occurred in Nantes on Friday evening on the sidelines of an “antifa” demonstration. “Nantes Révoltée” had launched an appeal. The torchlight march began around 7 p.m. “against fascism, capitalism, authoritarianism”, with smoke bombs and fireworks.

“Down with the state, the cops and the fachos”, in particular chanted demonstrators, according to videos posted on Twitter.

Following these incidents, “three people were arrested and one was sentenced to prison following an immediate appearance,” said Gérald Darmanin.

What next?

After the Interior Minister’s announcement, the group now has a period of fifteen days to present its arguments to the government, after which the minister will make his decision. If he demands dissolution, he will present a decree to this effect to the Council of Ministers.

Gérald Darmanin argued that “since the El Khomri law (Labour law in 2016), this de facto group constantly repeats calls for violence and this weekend against the State and the police”.

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