In a move sure to horrify wine lovers everywhere, a group of French "wine terrorists" flooded the streets of a town in the southeast of France with hundreds of gallons of wine. On Tuesday night, the roads of the Mediterranean port of Sete were turned into rivers of red, which were caught on camera by French news crews.
The militant group said to be responsible for the ambush is the Comite d'Action Viticole (Regional Action Committee of Winemakers), also known as Crav. This mysterious organization's mission, according to The Telegraph, is to take militant actions to protect local wine producers from foreign imports that could take away their business. Though police have not yet confirmed to the public whether or not the group was behind the actions, it was confirmed by representatives of Crav itself, which has been active in the Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrenees winemaking region since 1970.
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"Why this action? Because we are never listened to," one Crav representative tells France 3 of the spectacle. In addition to the event in Sete, during which large vats of wine were cracked open, Crav has also taken numerous other anti-import actions in recent years. The group has previously hijacked tankers of foreign wine and set off dynamite in supermarkets and government buildings in protest. They are also believed to be behind an attack last April during which five tankers of Spanish wine were hijacked, and 90,000 bottles worth of imported wine were drained.