Added to that their production and tyrannical selling of GMOs, their obstruction of measures to label products containing them, and hard core lobbying, Monsanto obviously puts profits before people, the environment and health, so we demonstrated to tell them and the Powers That Be that we don't want their poison, we want healthy food for all.
Our demo started off in the Peyrou gardens at 2pm. Not quite 2pm, obviously as this is the south of France and things never start on time. We eventually headed off half an hour or so later to the sound of drums, a flute, and chants of "Mon-san-to, A-ssass-in".
|"With Monsanto, eat 5 poisoned fruit and veg per day"|
|From the Arc de Triomphe, down rue Foch|
|View looking down rue Foch from Place du Marché aux Fleurs towards Arc de Triomphe|
|Ambiance guaranteed with the piper and drummers on rue Saint-Guilhem|
We handed out leaflets to passers-by who were generally happy to take them and took lots of pictures of us too.
|We held up the trams... oops|
|Trams blocked on boulevard Jeu de Paume|
|MacDo got a collective "BOOO" from demonstrators.|
|So did Quick. Most customers took it well...|
We didn't get our message across to the media either. No one from the tele was there, and there were just brief articles in the newspapers. All played down the numbers and therefore the importance of the issues, and the degree of feeling among the demonstrators. I think they lumped us into the loony-lefty-minority-Occupy box, as though everyone else is delighted at the idea of eating toxic food and drinking poisoned water.
Still, hundreds of people saw us demonstrate and got the message, and every person outraged at what Monsanto does is a victory. I expect Monsanto bosses eat 100% organic and wouldn't touch GMO corn if you paid them. Hypocrisy among big bosses and politicians is well established.