Leftist parties and environmentalists denounced the "repression" carried out against anti-GMO activists on Monday, notably last weekend in Solomiac, in the Gers.
José Bové and six other demonstrators were arrested Sunday evening by the police during a demonstration, dispersed unceremoniously by the police, against genetically modified organisms.
The demonstrators, who numbered about 500, gathered at the call of the collective "GM harvesters" to mow a field of transgenic corn. Several of them were injured.
"The prosecutions brought mark both the repressive excess that this government has grown accustomed to and the arbitrariness it continues to demonstrate," said the League for Human Rights in a statement.
For the LDH, "these plantations or trials were not preceded by any democratic debate and were imposed, including on neighboring farmers".
She therefore calls on the judicial institution, which has launched proceedings against numerous "voluntary reapers", including the former spokesman for the Peasant Confederation José Bové and the deputy Vert Noël Mamère, "not to yield to the wishes of the government ".
The Communist Party, which calls for a moratorium on GM cultivation outdoors, also "condemned the muscular crackdown" against anti-GMO activists.
“These men and women defend public health by refusing GMO culture in an open environment. Basically, they are asking for the strict application of the precautionary principle, ”he wrote.
On the side of environmentalists, Greenpeace denounced the "unprecedented repression carried out by the police" in the Gers, without calling for the mowing of fields where GMOs are cultivated.
The organization prefers to focus its action on the publication of lists of products containing GMOs in order to encourage the French not to consume them and to "break the market".
The peasant Confederation also condemned "this debauchery of police violence totally disproportionate".
"While 80% of the population declare themselves against GMOs, the state opposes their concerns only with violence and repression. He chose to protect the financial interests of biotech companies against the wishes of the population"She says.