Limiting Impact: Dissolving Far-Right & Far-Left Radicals

This is perhaps proof of the limits of an old practice. It has now been more than two months since Gérald Darmanin, the Minister of the Interior, declared to the National Assembly that the de facto group Les Uprisings of the Earth was going to be dissolved. However, since that date, nothing has happened. The file remains blocked at Matignon. “There will be no dissolution,” believes Aïnoha Pascual, one of the lawyers for the environmentalist collective. There is a fear of censorship by the Council of State.” A procedure which is part of a general trend, for around ten years, where the fight against political radicalism is carried out through the dissolution of militant groups.

Mr. Darmanin’s announcement followed the clashes in Sainte-Soline (Deux-Sèvres) on March 25, during an unauthorized demonstration against megabasins, called for by Les Uprisings of the Earth. That day, the clashes between demonstrators and the police were very violent. In her letter of grievances dated March 29, Pascale Léglise, director of legal affairs at Place Beauvau, explains why the government intends to initiate the dissolution of the Uprisings of the Earth, and cites in particular the incitement and participation “to the commission of sabotage and material damage”. A “provocation followed by effects”, we can read, since “the actions of sabotage and violence against the forces of order” would demonstrate “the impact of the discourse carried by SLT [The Earth Uprisings ] among its members”.

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In response, lawyers Aïnoha Pascual and Raphaël Kempf sent long written observations – around thirty pages – dismantling the Ministry of the Interior’s argument point by point. “A large number of the alleged elements actually constitute criminal offenses punishable by law,” write the two lawyers. The dissolution procedure (…) is therefore only a diversion from a criminal procedure which would be more respectful of the rights of the defense. »

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