On Wednesday the French government formally announced that it was shutting down the environmental protest group Les Soulèvements de la Terre (SLT), which has been involved in a number of high-profile demonstrations, in particular against large agricultural irrigation reservoirs. Since that announcement the country's powerful farming union, the FNSEA, has been keeping a curiously low profile. Its president Arnaud Rousseau avoided giving interviews while its leaders at county or département level around France were under instructions to “make no comment” on the action taken against the protest group. Yet it was this very union which had been leading the calls for Les Soulèvements de la Terre to be shut down.
Since January 7, 2023 our colleague and friend Mortaza Behboudi has been imprisoned in Afghanistan, in the Taliban prisons.
We do not forget him and call for his release.