Burn in hell: French monks set fire to 5G masts


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  • Wednesday, 22 Sep 2021

Telecoms operators, promising ultra-fast mobile technology, have faced fierce local protest in parts of France against 5G antennae amid claims that they are a health hazard. — AFP

LYON: Two Catholic monks in southeastern France have been charged with setting fire to 5G mobile network masts to draw attention to the new technology's alleged health risks, prosecutors said.

Confessing to police, the monks from an ultra-conservative Capuchin monastery in the Rhone region, said they set out in the dead of night last week to burn down the first of two masts they planned to destroy.

The following night, they ventured out for the second target mast, in a neighbouring village.

This time police were waiting and took them into custody just as they started the arson.

The actual damage done to either was negligible, prosecutors told AFP Monday, but the monks were charged with "damage and attempted damage with an incendiary device".

The men told an investigating magistrate they had wanted "to warn the population against the harmful effects of 5G", Villefranche city prosecutor Laetitia Francart told AFP.

Telecoms operators, promising ultra-fast mobile technology, have faced fierce local protest in parts of France against 5G antennae amid claims that they are a health hazard.

The monastery seemed to back the two monks' assessment, if not their acts of zealotry.

"The waves are very harmful for health, and they wanted to act for the well-being of humanity," a spokeswoman for the monks told regional newspaper Le Progres.

But she said the arson was "an isolated act and an error of youth".

The pair are 39 and 40 years old. – AFP

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