Jose Bove, you destroyed a field of genetically improved crops! What are you going to do now?”

“I’m going to jail!”

Bove, the French anti-technology militant who led attacks on a field of genetically improved rice, and who rallied radical activists to rip apart a McDonald’s restaurant in 1999, has been sentenced to six months in jail. There were tears in the eyes of many of Bove’s supporters, but not just because their hero is going to the slammer. Over 100 Bove-ites crammed into the courtroom and caused such a disturbance that riot police were forced to fire teargas into the building.

Despite his possible incarceration (he could still appeal), Bove warned that his followers would continue their violent actions: “For us, this combat will not stop.”