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The metropolis’s mayor, Eric Straumann, accused Extinction Rebellion activists of killing fish by dumping inexperienced dye throughout an motion.

By Valentin Dechambre for Le Point

The Extinction Rebellion Strasbourg collective symbolically colored La Lauch in fluorescent green in Colmar.  (Illustrative photo).
The Extinction Rebellion Strasbourg collective symbolically coloured the Lauch in fluorescent inexperienced in Colmar. (Illustrative photograph).

Dneon inexperienced dye in Lauch on the coronary heart of the controversy. Extinction Rebellion activists are within the sights of the city corridor of Colmar (Haut-Rhin), after an motion carried out on Saturday September 16 within the Alsatian metropolis. They wished to denounce the Stocamine mission, which permits the creation of a landfill web site for poisonous waste, resembling asbestos for instance, below an previous mine in Wittelsheim, one other commune within the division, studies The Parisian.

To elevate consciousness amongst residents, activists poured fluorescent inexperienced dye into the Lauch, a river flowing via Colmar. “This waste threatens the Rhine water table, i.e. the drinking water of 7 million French, Swiss and German Europeans as well as local plant and animal species,” signifies the native Extinction Rebellion group in a press launch to justify their motion .

A person recognized

But the dye would have had penalties on the native river fauna. Éric Straumann, the mayor (LR) of Colmar, claims to have been capable of “observe the impact on aquatic fauna of this dye which was dispersed in large quantities and which remains very visible more than 24 hours after its dispersion”. On Facebook, the councilor posted a photograph of a lifeless fish as a result of product dumped into the watercourse, in keeping with him. Éric Straumann specifies {that a} man, “perpetrator of the facts”, was “identified” by the town’s “Green Brigades”.

Environmental activists responded after the mayor of Colmar was accused. Extinction Rebellion assured that the dye used, fluorescein, is “completely harmless to living beings”. Other civil disobedience actions of the identical sort have been carried out with this identical product with out influence on the setting, the group added.