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€100 fine for Pézenas anti-pesticides activists

France 3/Scoop, Jul 4

In 2016, activists damaged dozens of cans of herbicides containing glyphosate, rendering them unfit for sale. It was a protest about the controversial herbicides which have been classified since 20 March 2015 as “probably carcinogenic” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an agency of the WHO (World Health Organisation).

The shop keeper was demanding compensation of more than €12,500, and the prosecutor was calling for one month prison sentences for the 12 activists.

At the hearing, the court had reclassified the charges against them as “mildly degrading" when they were called to appear for "destruction of property".

Supported by dozens of anti-GMO and anti-pesticide activists, the defendants had claimed this action, according to them “non-violent”, was because they wanted to “inform the public about the harmfulness of glyphosate.”

The judge ordered a much lighter penalty than expected, of €100 fine for each activist.

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