As shoppers and church goers walked through the square, they were greeted by veganactivists handing out flyers on how to adopt a healthy, non-violent diet. As the church bells rang, activists chanted "Thou shalt not kill."
Other activists stood in formation, wearing chrome masks and held tablets showing scenes from a recent undercover investigation by French animal rights organization l214, in which "food" animals are being brutalized and killed. At certain times during the two and a half hour event they called a Rally For Food Without Violence, they chanted in unison, "It's not food! It's violence!"
"The vegan diet is the only ethical diet, good for health and for the planet," said Cédric Paquet, president of GALA. "Let these violent habits and traditions disappear to where they belong-in the pages of history."
Restaurant employees stood outside shaking their heads, arms crossed. Several restaurant owners asked the police to disperse the crowd. Tables remained mostly empty-one woman was observed in an outdoor café, pushing her plate of ham omelet aside as she winced, hearing the blood-curdling screams of a pig being slaughtered.