Thursday , April 22 2021

Yellow jackets Feluy and Tertre: the blockade will continue Monday (photos)


A hundred citizens were still present this Sunday night in Feluy.

Wearing their yellow vests, citizens are still blocking the entrances on Monday mornings for the Total Feluy site and the Hainaut Tanking Tertre center. The move that began Thursday night was originally scheduled to end on Sunday.

Demonstrators do not wear out and absolutely want to be heard. "I slept about ten o'clock from Thursday night", confided this afternoon of Sunday Philippe, one of the citizens present before the grid of the refinery of Feluy. "But it has to change, if the government does not want to hear us, let's go to the end, and if it is not this blockade, it will be something else. They know our demands, so we are waiting for their reaction."

These citizens, who were still present at Feluy on Sunday, protest against rising fuel prices but also against various government measures. "Our goal is to make the government react"Philippe continues. "More and more citizens are struggling to finish the month while politicians make money, and it is these politicians who have been imposing on us measures to save money.

Specifically, these yellow vests block the site's access to trucks carrying fuel so they can not refuel the various gas stations in the region. "We're just letting the trucks that carry the heating oil come in. We're not going to stop people from getting hot, and what we want to block is the trucks of big companies, because every liter of fuel that is not sold is money that does not go to state via taxes ".

But what are the real consequences of this action? The gas pumps in the area have significant reserves. Direct impact is therefore hardly quantifiable at the moment. But several stations in Hainaut already suffer from a lack of supply. Alternatives, including the exterior or the railroad installed at the refinery site, must take control.

Police could take action on Monday

The demonstrators are totally pacifist. Around the braziers, they talk to each other to pass the time while blocking the entrances. "Everything happens in a very serene climate", commented the mayor of Seneffe Bénédicte Poll (MR). "There are no impediments to traffic, from time to time they slow down the cars to hand out leaflets, but that's all."

Police Haute Senne was present Friday and Saturday to avoid possible overflows. On Sunday, observing pacisfismo, the police were no longer present. But how long will it last? "At the moment, there is no decision to force them to leave"in any case, guarantees the bourgmestre. "But let's take a new point this morning with the police and Total's management as the situation evolves."

S. Ha.

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