Tear gas was fired near the La Crémade ZAD site in Saïx (Tarn). At the beginning of the afternoon, the Tarn prefecture counted “one hundred people”, “most of them in the process of leaving”.
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The police once again used tear gas in the immediate vicinity of a camp of opponents of the A69 motorway, mobilized for the third day in a row in Saïx (Tarn), Sunday February 11. “One hundred people still on site in total, in the process of leaving for the major part”, specified the Tarn prefecture in a message at the beginning of the afternoon.
“The gendarmes cleared the barricades on the Chemin de la Gascarié”, on the outskirts of the ZAD (zone to defend) of Crém’arbre, at the exit of Castres. An AFP journalist and photographer witnessed clashes between the gendarmes, who fired at least ten tear gas shots, saturating the air with irritating white smoke, and around a hundred opponents of the motorway under construction between Toulouse and Castres.
The railway between Toulouse and Castres still blocked
Like Friday and Saturday, the opponents occupied a railway line running along the wooded and private land where Zadists are trying to prevent the continuation of the A69 construction site, the route of which passes through this land whose owner is in the process of being expropriated. . The SNCF has set up a bus system to compensate for the interruption of traffic on this line.
The prefect of Tarn announced on Friday that he “issued an order prohibiting demonstrations and gatherings” in public spaces Saturday and Sunday in Saïx. Since Friday, the police have systematically cleared the makeshift barricades that the demonstrators subsequently reconstructed. The gendarmerie made two arrests on Friday and two on Saturday, according to the prefecture.