Six held over vegan militant attacks in Lille

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Six people have been detained in the north-east French city of Lille in connection with a series of recent attacks on nine commercial businesses there, including against a butchers shop and a McDonald's fast-food branch, when windows were smashed and fake blood was daubed on walls.

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Six people have been held this week over a string of vegan activist attacks in the city of Lille, officials said, reports BBC News.

Nine businesses, including a butcher, fishmonger, cheese shop and a McDonald's, have had windows smashed and fake blood thrown on their walls in recent months.

Activists also spray-painted the slogan "Stop Speciesism", a term denouncing unethical treatment of other species.

Five of the six detained people have since been, or will now be, released.

However, the Lille prosecutor's office set a court date in December for a detained 21-year-old woman.

Tensions are high in the region after the port city of Calais reportedly cancelled a planned vegan festival on September 8th after learning of "a series of operations" by meat-eaters "aimed at stirring up trouble".

A court in Lille ordered for it to go ahead, however, after complaints by organisers.

The vast majority of French people eat meat, with vegans representing a tiny percentage of the population.

According to a 2016 survey, only around 3% of French people are vegetarian.

But a number of recent incidents have sparked debate in a country that has a long culinary tradition of eating meat.

Read more of this report from BBC News.

 

 

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