In Brest, construction professionals remain united, trucks circulate at the oil depot – Brest



The police arrive. Alerted in the morning, the 150 construction professionals who had been taking turns in front of the Brest oil depot since Tuesday morning, blocked by the cramped parking spaces of dozens of trucks, backhoe loaders and other construction equipment, were ready to receive the order forces, Thursday morning. Shortly after 11 am, some twenty mobile gendarmes approached the barricade set on fire by the inhabitants of rue Alain-Colas, who took refuge a few meters behind them. “We’re not going to fight. Our job is navy, not a breaker,” François Calvez, president of CNATP-29, instructed the troops. The fire service was able to put out the flames without worry.

Protesters and law enforcement officers avoided provocations and kept their distance from each other throughout the day. (Photo Le Telegramme/Yann Le Gall)

Oil is flowing again. The number of gendarmerie was not reduced to the number that had been deployed for the demonstrators. Soldiers also occupied the roundabouts around rue Alain-Colas and, as the protesters pointed out, around 11:30 am, the site of the oil depot itself. The three tankers detained since Tuesday could escape full to gas stations by taking a secondary exit. Other vehicles followed.

PHOTOGRAPH Lionel Le Saux / THE TELEGRAM.  BREST (29): On the third day of the blockage of the oil depot in the port of Brest by construction companies, firefighters intervened to extinguish the fire inside
The encirclement of the construction workers at their roadblock allowed the gendarmerie to take control of the oil depot and re-establish tanker traffic from the construction site to the tanks of the gas stations. (Photo The Telegram / Lionel Le Saux)

“It’s good that people are recovering diesel.” The demonstrators were unable to interrupt the resumption of traffic at the depot: “The gendarmes prevented us from leaving,” explains Bruno Corre. However, the deputy director of a company with 26 employees is not too offended by the police’s ruse. “It’s good that people collect diesel to go to work. We have not created a total shortage, but people know we are there and why. This movement is vital to me.”

They stay. “We’re staying”, warned François Calvez at the end of the afternoon. The day offered no progress in construction workers’ claims, “forgotten” measures to cut fuel costs announced Wednesday night. “We are waiting for proposals,” the chairman of the CNATP-29 slipped evasively. The professionals therefore prepared to spend another night in front of the oil depot.

Video conference with Marine Le Pen. In the late afternoon, protesters spoke to Marine Le Pen by video conference for 30 minutes. “The Rassemblement national team was the most responsive. We heard his proposals for crisis-friendly fuel prices. We are now waiting for what the other presidential candidates support to solve it,” explains Bruno Corre. On Friday through Brest Nicolas Dupont-Aignan was able to come to the dam. Talks are underway with Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s campaign team.

PHOTOGRAPH Lionel Le Saux / THE TELEGRAM.  BREST (29): On the third day of the blockage of the oil depot in the port of Brest by construction companies, firefighters intervened to extinguish the fire inside
Protesters exchanged video conference calls with Marine Le Pen for thirty minutes. They are to receive Nicols Dupont-Aignan on site this Friday and will be in contact with Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s campaign team. “Our profession has no political affiliation, but all means to make our demands are good,” explains François Calvez, president of the CNATP-29. (Photo The Telegram / Lionel Le Saux)

A boss in court for refusing to requisition his tow truck. He had refused the prefectural claim of his heavy-duty tow truck to evacuate the machinery from the dam in front of the oil depot: “These construction professionals are my customers,” justified Dominique Tanguy, boss of a towage company in Plouzané. A position that first earned him a subpoena with the gendarmerie for police custody was eventually reduced to two hours of free interrogation. Pursued by his wife, Valérie, fellow tugs from all over northern Finistère put the pressure on by occupying the Pen-ar-C’hleuz roundabout around 4:30 p.m. Dominique Tanguy nevertheless has to respond to a summons before the court of Brest on 25 May.

Dominique Tanguy (right) was greeted with relief by his associates and his wife, on the edge of the Pen-ar-C'hleuz roundabout, as he left the seat of the gendarmerie.  Many colleagues from the North
Dominique Tanguy (right) was greeted with relief by his associates and his wife, on the edge of the Pen-ar-C’hleuz roundabout, as he left the seat of the gendarmerie. Many colleagues from Nord-Finistère reacted to the solidarity mobilization. (Photo Le Telegramme/Yann Le Gall)

Solidarity. Builders are not alone. This Thursday they received reinforcements from a house builder in North Finistère: “Without a navy, there is no house. We’re all in this together.” At the end of the afternoon there was a noisy procession of tow trucks that tried in vain to reach the dam. Just outside his audience with the gendarmerie, Dominique Tanguy was able to shake hands with the demonstrators. “This interprofessional solidarity warms the heart”.