Leftist parties and environmentalists on Monday denounced the "crackdown" against anti-GMO activists, including last weekend in Solomiac, in the Gers.
José Bové and six other demonstrators were arrested Sunday night by security forces during a demonstration, unceremoniously dispersed by security forces against genetically modified organisms.
The protesters, who were about 500, had gathered at the call of the collective "Reaper GMO" to cut a field of transgenic corn. Several of them were injured.
"The prosecutions involved mark both the repressive excesses that this government has become accustomed to and the arbitrariness that it continues to show," said the League of Human Rights in a statement.
For the LDH, "these plantations or trials were preceded by no democratic debate and were imposed, including on neighboring farmers".
It therefore calls on the judiciary, which has prosecuted many "voluntary mowers", including former spokesman José Bové and Green 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 open genetically grown crops. Basically, they demand the strict application of the precautionary principle, "he writes.
On the side of environmentalists, Greenpeace denounced the "unprecedented repression carried out by the police" in the Gers, without calling for the cutting of fields where GMO crops are grown.
The organization prefers to focus on the publication of lists of products containing GMOs to encourage the French not to consume and "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 violence and repression. He chose to protect the financial interests of biotech companies against the wishes of the population"She says.