Oil depot Lorient: relive the third day of blockade – Rise in fuel prices in the country of Lorient



9:30 p.m. From the Blitzkrieg to the Fake War

A look back at this third day of blockage of the oil depot in Lorient. Friday could be decisive as state services do not want the blockades to continue. [Lire notre synthèse]

8 p.m. The silence before dark

After the exciting delivery of the crane truck, calm returned. The protesters gather in front of cafe Chez Finette. The CRS are still around.

This Thursday evening, around 8 p.m., the blockage of the oil depot will continue quietly. The police surround the protesters. (The Telegram / François Destoc)

19:20 New mood of the fishermen this Friday morning

After unanimously voting the end of the movement on Wednesday evening, Lorient’s fishermen retreated in Guilvinec this Thursday morning. Out of solidarity. A decision that, in Keroman, does not satisfy all professions. At around 10am on Friday morning, there is another vote to establish a common position on whether or not to maintain the strike movement. [Lire l’article de Stéphane Guihéneuf]

19:05 The Balancing Excavator Tactic

To delay the removal of their construction equipment, the protesters used a clever ruse. At each end of rue de Seignelay is a tank carrier with a backhoe. Before removing the keys, the excavator operator made sure to extend his arm and place it firmly on the ground. “If they move the dump truck, the excavator will inevitably tip over and fall. And they can’t get out of the inn there’, a man in the company laughs. [Lire l’article de Yann Le Scornet et Dominique Morvan]

A crane installed on a truck blocked the police at the entrance to rue Seignelay, where Lorient's oil depot is located.
A crane installed on a truck blocked the police at the entrance to rue Seignelay, where Lorient’s oil depot is located. (The Telegram/Yann Le Scornet)

6.49 pm The crane left the avenue de la Perrière

The crane left the avenue de la Perrière. It was installed on the other side of the neighborhood to access blocking devices from another street.

Oil depot Lorient: relive the third day of clogging
(The Telegram / François Destoc)

18:20 Employees of the claimed company shouted down

The workers working to remove the construction equipment are booed by the protesters and treated as “collaborators”. The situation has become tense. The intervention of the CRS was necessary to allow the crane to maneuver and turn around. The protesters are angry with the claimed employees.

18:15 A crane truck has just arrived on site

To remove construction equipment, a crane from Meslé Levage, was advanced. She just got there.

6:00 pm The Pigeon Company demands to remove the equipment

The Pigeon Company was requisitioned to attempt to remove the equipment from the harbor. It has mobilized a single bulldozer so far. Not really enough to convince the protesters. “They send a worn-out bull without chains. What are they going to do with it? Nothing. It’s just provocation. All year round we have the pressure to run our businesses, so that doesn’t impress us. We have nothing left to lose,” said Bruno Le Gallo, CEO of the company BLGT.

The blockade at the Lorient oil depot will continue next Thursday, March 17.
The blockade at the Lorient oil depot will continue next Thursday, March 17. (The Telegram / François Destoc)

5.30 p.m. “They will never be able to move the slightest machine! †

It is determined which public works professionals are present on site. “We were told about a 40 tonne crane coming to get our attachments. It makes me laugh, says Eric, one of the protesters. They will never be able to move the slightest gear. What happened Wednesday evening (Editor’s note: the intervention of the mobile gendarmes), it is just a big publicity stunt to say that the State is acting. See the result: not a single tractor moved. No truck can enter or leave the depot.” [L’article complet de Yann Le Scornet]

Blocking of the oil depot, in Lorient, this Thursday 17 March.
This Thursday afternoon, the police are confronted with the blockers at the blockage of the oil depot, in Lorient. (The Telegram / François Destoc)

16:55 Confused situation on the part of the fishermen

In the fishing port, the situation is a bit confused. Lorient’s fishermen should meet next Friday around 10am to adopt a common position through a vote on whether or not to maintain the strike movement. While the decision had been unanimously taken on Wednesday evening to return to sea, the Lorient fishermen who attended the meeting organized this Thursday morning in Guilvinec played the solidarity card by resuming the movement. A decision that, according to our information, is not unanimous in the ranks. In addition, several boats, including trawlers, had been back at sea since this Thursday morning.

4.45 pm How to evacuate the devices blocking the oil depot?

For the police, one of the problems is the evacuation of construction equipment, backhoe loaders and other bulldozers – around 60 – that are blocking the oil depot. On Wednesday evening, as the protesters were evacuated, the vehicles remained at the scene. This morning a local towage company has been called in to try to move the machines. But on the one hand, it would require cranes and vehicles much larger than a simple flatbed trailer. And on the other hand, the convenience store itself declared “solidarity with the movement.” In Brest the problem is the same. A gendarmerie boss was even called in after he refused to intervene at the oil depot.

Blocking of the Lorient oil depot, this Thursday 17 March.
Around the oil depot are about sixty construction machines, backhoe loaders and other bulldozers. (The Telegram / François Destoc)

4.25 pm The commercial port area is completely closed off

The police surround the blockades at the commercial port of Lorient, where the oil depot is located. So they filter entries within this perimeter. For example, a mechanical shovel was blocked on a truck at the entrance to the area.

4 p.m. Protesters and police face each other

Unlike Wednesday evening, when the police quickly evacuated the blockers, this Thursday afternoon the police are standing in front of the demonstrators without intervening. At this time…

Unlike Wednesday evening, when the police quickly evacuated the blockers, this Thursday afternoon the police are standing in front of the demonstrators without intervening.
Unlike Wednesday evening, when the police quickly evacuated the blockers, this Thursday afternoon the police are standing in front of the demonstrators without intervening. (The Telegram / François Destoc)

3.25 pm Cleaning at the entrance to the fishing port

While the two camps observe each other, a stone’s throw away, we are busy at the entrance to Keroman harbour. The staff is working to remove the remains of charred and still smoking pallets that testify to the blockade by the fishermen of the port of Lorient.

In the fishing port, workers are working to remove the remains of charred and still smoking pallets that testify to the blockade by the fishermen of the port of Lorient.
In the fishing port, workers are working to remove the remains of charred and still smoking pallets that testify to the blockade by the fishermen of the port of Lorient. (The Telegram/Stephane Guiheneuf)

15:05 Status quo

The situation remains frozen at the Lorient oil depot. Law enforcement officers and professionals are waiting. Rue de la Perriere is blocked. “Another new com-operation”, observes Hervé, agricultural contractor. They try to impress us, but that doesn’t change our problems.”

The situation remains frozen at the Lorient oil depot.  Law enforcement officers and professionals are waiting.  Rue de la Perriere is blocked.
The situation remains frozen at the Lorient oil depot. Law enforcement officers and professionals are waiting. Rue de la Perriere is blocked. (Francois Destoc)

3 a.m. The fishermen of southern Brittany maintain their strike movement

While they had suspended their movement last night, the professional fishermen from Guilvinec and Lorient met this Thursday morning at the Guilvinec fish auction. At the end of the debates, they felt that the support announced by the government was not sufficient and did not meet their expectations. “The continuation of the strike was therefore voted by a majority,” the regional fisheries commission said in a statement. The movement – ​​which was suspended in Lorient on Wednesday evening – is therefore also resumed in the port of Morbihan.

14.30 Conversation with a bailiff

Norbert Guillou exchanges with a bailiff he’s called to check the condition of the machines, before any police intervention. For the time being, he assures that he has not been asked to evacuate the property. It’s the status quo.

Norbert Guillou, the spokesman for the movement in Lorient and the boss of the public works company TPSL, in Caudan, exchanges with the police and a bailiff about the blockage of the oil depot
Norbert Guillou, the spokesman for the movement in Lorient and the boss of the public works company TPSL, in Caudan, discusses with the police and a bailiff the blocking of the Lorient oil depot. (Francois Destoc)

2.20 pm The CRS are on site

After a quiet morning, when the blockades resumed their positions around the oil depot, the CRS are back at the bottom of avenue de la Perrière. Just like the day before, on the other hand, there are not many people. “There are fewer than yesterday. They are going to dispose of the 24 tons”. At Finette, the bar by the blocked oil depot, the metal curtain goes down.

2 a.m. The oil depot is still blocked this Thursday