Julien Coupat of the Tarnac 9 (see http://www.archive.lasthours.org.uk/news/the-story-of-the-tarnac-9/) was finally released last week after being held for more than 6 months. The investigation against him for sabotaging high-speed train lines and organised, terrorism-related destruction of property continues.
Julien’s arrest in November 2008 was part of a wider swoop on members of what Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie described as an “anarcho-autonomous” movement that had been under surveillance by domestic intelligence services for months beforehand. However, no convictions have been secured so far, whilst the over the top methods and massive police deployment in connection with the arrests is starting to be embarrassing to the government.
A wide support campaign has been mobilising around the defendants. At the end of April, a very active member of a support committee was arrested on the streets of Paris under allegations of affiliation to the ‘terrorists’, in an attempt to inditimidate this movement.