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    News for Anarchists & Activists: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo French protesters rally at McDonald s site Monday, August 13, 2001 By Reuters MILLAU,
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 13, 2001
      News for Anarchists & Activists:

      French protesters rally at McDonald's site

      Monday, August 13, 2001
      By Reuters

      MILLAU, France — French farmer leader Jose Bove and 2,000
      supporters gathered on Sunday outside the McDonald's
      fast-food hut he trashed two years ago as a symbol of the
      wrongs of globalisation.

      The walrus-moustachioed Bove, still fighting a jail sentence
      for the act that launched him as a star of the international
      protest movement, drove by tractor to the restaurant in the
      southern town of Millau sucking on his trademark drooping

      "This is not an anniversary, unfortunately, because the
      fight continues," he told reporters of punitive U.S. tariffs
      on roquefort cheese and other luxury food items which
      sparked the original attack, carried out with nine others.

      Local authorities described the mood of the protesters, who
      carried banners insisting "The world is not a product," as
      relaxed. Debates and live music were planned in the evening,
      with some participants expecting the event to last a few

      Its doors closed, the McDonald's hut was guarded by a dozen
      riot police.

      The U.S. tariffs, which French producers say threaten their
      livelihood by preventing them from selling profitably to the
      U.S. market, were imposed after the European Union refused
      to lift a ban on North American hormone-treated beef.

      Aside from the pungent blue-veined roquefort made from ewe's
      milk, foie gras and truffles are also hit by the levies.

      Bove, whose campaign against "la malbouffe" (lousy food) has
      tapped into French concern that its gastronomic traditions
      could be swept aside by multinational food giants, also used
      the event to demand a complete ban on gene-modified crops in

      "From midnight tonight, all open air experiments with GMOs
      (genetically modified organisms) must stop," he said,
      warning that his Confederation Paysanne farmers union would
      destroy such crops if the government did not intervene.

      French food safety agency AFSSA raised concern last month
      about the production of GMOs, currently only permitted here
      for experimental purposes, after it found traces of such
      organisms that had entered fields of conventional crops.

      A French appeals court in March ordered Bove to serve three
      months in jail for the "dismantling" of the Millau
      McDonald's in 1999, a ruling he has said he will appeal to
      France's highest court. He said the action was in the
      public's interest.

      Dan Clore

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