On the site of the Sivens dam project, a tribute to Rémi Fraisse.
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On the night of October 25 to 26, 2014, Rémi Fraisse, an environmental activist, died after being hit by an offensive grenade thrown by a gendarme in Sivens.
This Sunday, six years later, a day of commemoration is organized on the site of his death, in the Testet area.
The organizers want to denounce state violence and oppose the new water retention project.
“Six years ago, in the Sivens wetland, the state killed.
This October 26, Rémi would have been 27 years old ”.
This is how the call to commemorate this Sunday in the Testet area, in the Tarn, begins the sixth anniversary of the death of Rémi Fraisse.
During the night of October 25 to 26, 2014, in full mobilization against the creation of a dam on the Tescou, this young botanist, a volunteer within the Nature Midi-Pyrénées association, was killed by an offensive grenade launched by a gendarme .
Over the past six years, the family of the young activist has embarked on a legal fight for accountability to be established.
But last January, the investigative chamber of the Toulouse Court of Appeal confirmed the dismissal in favor of the soldier behind the grenade fire.
And all hope of a trial for his relatives has faded.
6 years ago, Rémi Fraisse, a volunteer of the @FNEasso movement, died defending the Testet wetland against the destructive project of the #Sivens dam.
Our hearts go out to him and his family, on the eve of this anniversary, to pay tribute to him.https: //t.co/b8p1NLCGvB
- Arnaud Schwartz 🌏 (@Arnaud_Schwartz) October 25, 2020
This Sunday, the collective of "inhabitants of here and elsewhere", which calls for demonstrations on the site, is mobilizing against the violence of the State in general.
But also "to prevent the State from carrying out its project: to dig a dam on the scene of Rémi's death".
A new water retention project
Because if the initial version of the Sivens dam was abandoned, a new, smaller water reservoir was created as part of the Tescou valley territory project.
A project on which farmers and environmental activists still do not agree and which was the subject of a mobilization of both camps a month ago.
“We are also here because the time is no longer to waste water, but to convert agriculture to agroecology.
The territories we inhabit are our common goods!
They do not belong to our elected officials any more than to the water or agribusiness lobbies, ”plead the activists who will meet on the site to picnic and pay tribute to Rémi Fraisse.
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