The French government announced yesterday that its services were examining legal ways to disband Generation Identity following the group’s latest action in the family benefits agency of Seine-Saint-Denis, which also announced that charges would be pressed against all 19 participants.
In line with their traditional operating methods, GI activists occupied last Friday, the family benefits agency of Seine-Saint-Denis ( CAF ), home to the largest foreign population in metropolitan France. Activists climbed on the rooftop where they deployed a giant banner displaying the slogan « benefits for the French, not for foreigners ». The agency was subsequently closed during the entire duration of GI’s occupation. The action lasted for a few hours until the police arrived and forcibly evacuated all activists.
The secretary of state for the health ministry denounced the action as « a hostage-taking situation » despite its entirely non-violent nature, and announced that she would meet with interior minister Christophe Castaner and justice minister Nicole Belloubet in order to « explore legal ways to disband Generation Identity ».
The 19 activists arrested last Friday are facing charges for « obstructing freedom of work » which is punishable by 3 years in jail and a 45’000 € fine.