Local Woman Among 35 Irish Activists Held by French Police
A bus carrying 35 Irish climate activists was stopped by French police in the port of Cherbourg for almost three hours on Thursday.
The group included Grace O’Sullivan from Tramore, who was a crew member of the Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior, and was on board in July 1985 when it was bombed by the French secret service amid protests about nuclear testing underway in Polynesia. Ms O’Sullivan was the Green Party candidate in the European elections last yeas. She may also be a candidate in the General Election for Waterford.
The bus carrying 32 people ranging in age from 20 to 72 years were stopped at the Port of Cherbourg at 5.30pm local time because they carried a banner proclaimning ‘Stop Climate Chaos’ They were travelling to Paris to take part in a protest organised to coincide with COP21 the global summit on climate change involving political leaders from almost 200 countries
A spokeswoman for the campaign group Ciara Kinnane said they initially thought they were being stopped by police because they were a group. But they learned later that police had orders before their arrival to stop them.
An officer with the French border police in Cherbourg told The Irish Times the group had been stopped under the state-of-emergency legislation which currently banned demonstrations in France.The group were allowed leave shortly after 8pm following interventions from the Irish ambassador to France, and a request for help from the French Embassy in Dublin.
Tune into ‘The Hub’ at 12 Midday on Saturday 12th December where Garrett Will be talking to TCRfm’s own Grace O’Sullivan about her experience