Sporadic protests and blockades across Brittany this afternoon

A round-up of some of this afternoon's events in Brittany, where like across France, high school and university students have been protesting against the CPE.

Submitted by alibi on March 30, 2006

Earlier blockades and protests have been reported already.

Teargas used as 400 high school students occupy Lorient station
Incidents between high-school pupils and police officers in the station of Lorient this afternoon. Around 400 high-school pupils occupied the railway tracks in the station of Lorient from around 2.30pm. The SNCF rail authority stopped its trains on both directions of the Quimper-Paris line. At 4.15pm, after negotiations failed, the police force,in relatively significant numbers, made use of teargas grenades which the demonstrators, answered with insults and the throwing of projectiles. By 5pm the tracks had been cleared.

Airport temporarily shut down in Brest
The sports students blocked the airport of Guipavas today. After having thrown many dustbins in front of the doors of the police station at the end of the morning, 200 of them invaded the airport of Brest-Guipavas for one hour, at the beginning of the afternoon. They went on the runway and disturbed the traffic.

Meanwhile across town, several hundred high-school pupils and students blocked the access to the bridges of Harteloire and Recouvrance and the roundabout of Pen ar Chleuz.

Police break up occupation of offices in Nantes
Protesters who had been barricaded since the beginning of afternoon in the buildings of the Regional Management of Cultural Affairs of Nante, were dislodged towards 4.30pm by the police force. "During this muscular eviction, a caméraman was said to have been slapped by a police officer" say Ouest France.

Roads blocked in Caen
Several hundreds of students and high-school pupils block two entries of the ring-road from around 3.30pm. Earlier in the afternoon, 150 teachers gathered in front of the vice-chancellorship.

200 high-school pupils in the streets of Château-Gontier
After having blocked the entries of the agricultural college of Château-Gontier this morning, the pupils of the establishment involved in their mobilization against the CPE were joined by the pupils of Victor-Hugo HS, Pierre-and-Marie-Curie and Schuman High Schools.

Several hundred school students protest in Angers, Dinan and Lamballe
200 school pupils, joined by over a hundred others, marched to the prefecture in Angers where they demanded to be met, according to Ouest France. Several hundred students of the Fontaine-des-Eaux High School gathered in Dinan, and 200 gathered in Lamballe.

Meanwhile later this evening, between 1,500 to 3,000 took to the streets of Lyon this evening in spontaneous demonstration against CPE, tf1 report.