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Introduction:

This Friday, April 19, 2019 in Paris, more than 2,000 climate activists, invaded the Parvis at la Defense for the largest civil disobedience action ever organized in France. It was directed against four polluting companies: EDF, Total, Societe Generale, Areva-now Orano (the latter only decorated with posters and yellow paint) as well as against the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition whose antenna is located in the Sequoia tower. Protestors blocked the entrances and pasted posters of the French president "Macron president of the polluters" on facades of the buildings. The operation was conceived and organized by Greenpeace France, Friends of the Earth, Alternatiba - ANV-COP21 (Nonviolent Action COP21) and was entitled "Block the Republic of Polluters."

It was part of the "Week of International Rebellion." The "Extinction Rebellion" movement has a message to convey to our governments: "We are facing an unprecedented global emergency. Science is clear; we have entered a period of severe climate crisis and we are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction: an extinction that we ourselves have precipitated." (1)

"Civil disobedience movements are stepping up their actions. In Paris and London,* thousands of activists have carried out shock initiatives, targeting large companies accused of polluting and governments for their inaction." (2)* Climate activists blocked the Oxford Circus crossroads in London, the shopping temple of the capital. April 18, 2019, In Paris, "This action involving volunteers throughout France had been prepared under the utmost secrecy, (ACTION LONDON APRIL 18, ACTION PARIS APRIL 19) the militants were obliged to follow a training course in civil disobedience and were informed of meeting points by SMS shortly beforehand." (3) April 19 being a Friday, they were joined by some young activists (Fridays For Future) responding to the global call for school climate strikes.


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