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In Bure, the prefecture chose a strategy of agression that led to a number of injured people. Let’s keep supporting the struggle !

Common press release from the medic, legal and DIY media team following the demo on the 15 August 2017

In Bure on the 15 August 2017, around 800 people set off on a demo (numbers like this had never been seen before for a non-declared demo in Bure). The prefecture deliberately chose a strategy of aggression and asphyxiation that led to a number of injured people. The police deployed were twice the number deployed for the demo of the 18 February 2017, 15 riot cop vans and a water cannon were counted.

The route of the demo headed towards Saudron and not the “laboratory”, chosen to avoid the fortified red zone and all the blue team. The objective was to arrive in a big field between the village of Saudron the “Espace Technologique” (an Andra Building) to highlight a very important Neolithic site discovered by archaeologists and ignored by Andra

Blocking the exit of Bure

Meanwhile the prefecture deliberately attempted to provoke people in the middle of Bure, 100m after the start of the demo. Many riot cop vans were posted at the edge of the village. Instead of falling into this trap, protesters intelligently decided to avoid confrontation and to go on a 4km detour across fields to get to the field that they wanted to go to. Just before reaching this field on the edge of Saudronm riot cop vans and the water canon were deployed followed by the firing of tear gas which of course led to clashes in the middle of the village….

The police and barricades at the exit of Saudron

The police operation

The police operation apart from lots of tear gas and the water cannon being used, police also used lanceurs de balle de défense (small hard rubber balls fired from a police weapon), fired above the waist (which is not “legally” authorised) injuring people. They also used the diffrent grenades (stun grenades and flash bang grenades) thrown by hand but also using launchers that fired the grenades tens of metres behind the clashes that were taking place, causing serious injuries.

Fights in the field

From a small part of the clashes at the end of the demo the following police weapons were found (at least) 15 stun grenades, 12 small hard rubber balls fired from lanceurs de balle de défense, 4 flash bang grenades. This gives you an overall idea for the day list of injured people.

What the gendarmes used : we picked them up in Saudron and the fields around  on the day after :

Up to the left : tear gas

Down the to left : hornet’s Nest

Up to the right : stun grenade or flashbang

Down to the right : balls and bushings of flash balls

List of injured people

The medic teams counted more than 30 injured people, including a couple with serious injuries and 3 people were hosplitalised. If we take a look at one person hospitalised with a serious injury one person had their foot torn apart after the explosion of a flash bang grenade causing a triple open fracture on the bones of the foot. Surgeons that looked at the victim (after the first aid done by the medic teams) are now talking about the risk of amputating the toes because of the presence of plastic melted from the shoe into the tissue. A photo is available here but is very gruesome to look at: http://vmc.camp/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/DSCN0124.jpg

While injured people were being evacuated, police targeted people that were helping the injured, causing panic and more injuries.

For the more seriously injured people, the state ambulance/fire crews were called but we could see their difficulties in dealing with these kind of injuries for which they didn’t seem trained to deal with. Should these crews be trained to treat “war” injuries ou should these so called “non lethal arms” that mutilate and kill people stopped being used? This record of events is very heavy and adds to the previous demo on the 18 February 2017 where 20 people were injured and 2 hospitalised.

Potential repression for the hospitalised people

Potential repression for the hospitalised people not only did the police injure, mutilate and maybe cause amputations, they even went to hassle the injured in the hospitals, sometimes before they had even been treated to interview them or even conviscate personal items

  • One person hospitalied in Neufchateau saw the police come into their bedroom to control their ID.
  •  In the hospital in Nancy, police interviewed the person with a severe foot injury, in the afternoon of the 16 August. One and a half hours of tiring interrogation done by the people responsible for a possible amputation. One out of two questions concerned the other people present at the demo. “I’ll accept the interrogation but I have nothing to say, you’ve ruined my life” the reply of the kind cop “we are here for you, not against you, here to help you”. 90 minutes later the police came back with orders to check the person’s clothes. “I’m tired, you’re pressuring me and it’s the second time that you’ve come into my bedroom!” Answer “I was kind, I didn’t have to be”

A strategy of repression that is more and more brutal

It’s far away from the times when Andra and the Prefecture decided not to make a fuss, to avoid showing that people were contesting the project. Since a few months the police strategy has started to be more and more aggressive: daily provocations and intimidation, stopping demos, serious injuries. Instead of protecting the laboratory and the other infrastructures which was the case in the past, the riot cops received orders to target protesters in the middle of villages, favouring division, injuring, mutilating…just how far will they go?

The objective of this kind of press release is not to fall into a counter propaganda of a victim, a sad summary or warrior overkill. It is to better record the attacks of police on protests and to offer an account on the continuing repression in Bure. We’ve taken note of this strategy and in the months and years to come, we’ll look at how to continue in lots of different ways.

Testimony from Robin, with a seriously injured foot

Robin wrote this testimony on the 16 August, from his hospital bedroom to share with everybody:

“I am Robin, the person that got a foot injury from one of the number of flash bang grenades that the riot cops fired onto protesters, near Bure on Tuesday 15 August 2017. I’m in the hospital of Nancy. My foot is in a terrible state, the grenade dug 3 cm into my foot with a diameter of 13 cm. Most of the bones are broken. Some have even disappeared, pulverised. The shoe exploded, the plastic melted into the wound, so much that an infection is likely which would mean the amputation of 5 toes. Added to that are 30 pieces of shrapnel in the other leg. The riot cops fired around 15 flash bang grenades, they were not in danger. Just before my foot was hit, I saw a grenade explode at head height. For me the objective of the police force at that time was clearly to injure or kill, with the goal of terrorising those who fight and those who are not fighting yet. On the medic team stretcher that I want to underline their courage and efficiency, I heard more grenades explosing. Despite the brutal change in my life that this injury has caused in my life as a father to 2 very young children, I call out more than ever to continue in this struggle, to get active or get back into it for some.”

 

Write to Robin and other injured people: to write and show your support to Robin and other people injured during the demo, don’t hestitate to write to:

Maison de résistance à Bure, 2 rue de l’Église, 55290 BURE, France.

Correspondence and support messages will be forwarded to them.

Press contact : +337 53 54 07 31

email : sauvonslaforet@riseup.net / for the anti-répression arr@riseup.net

Neolithic, when Andra hits a snag

In October, November and December 2015 we did stand against the preventative excavations the Andra made on the 300 hectares around nowaday’s Lab. at this time we were only a derisory handful of people facing the machines stripping the fields with large ditches in the prospected fields…

A few months later, in spring 2016, more detailed plans began to draw the project of settling a complex of buildings in the explored areas, characterized as “area to urbanize”. to put it in a nutshell,  the settling of stores meant to get the neighbors used to come buy theres bare necessities products to the nearer supply point in a 15 to 20 km radius. becoming unavoidable, that’s what andra calls “social suitablity”

It’s without a doubt after they took knowledge of the excavations results, in the current of 2016, that the agency may told itself that they had a sizeable thorn in the side of their area to urbanise: those bloody Neolithic era humans have had the bad taste of installing their living places in this very place, 5 000 years ago! and, true to its use of turning to its advantage what can harm it, there you see Andra releasing from the 8th of october 2016 to the 2nd of july 2017 an exposure for children on archeology, cunningly entitled “Archeo, an expo to be dug”… as Cigeo is, in the end.

As such we read in the flyer of the expo thrown out by the communication and dialog service: ” preventative archeology allows to ensure the preservation of the archeological patrimony when under a threat from construction projects, such as a railway…” or a nuclear Dump…

Preservation? That’s a point our archeologist friends that mobilised in 2008 to denounce the threats on their profession doesn’t quite agree with, as they are more and more obliged to dig holes before the construction market Giants machines, without being given neither the time nor the means to analyse them: “get out, we layout!”. Three weeks ago a petition coming from archeologists was released to denounce the recommendation from the ministry of culture’s subdirection for archeology (SDA), which juged excessive the excavations planned for the neolithic ruins  discovered around today’s technical center.

Still, according to the petition signatories, it would be nothing less but one of the Biggest closed neolithic site dug out in France, one that could give new elements of information of this era. Andra is hiding behind the recommendation the SDA and is very careful not to advertise on an Archeologic treasure that could have well been in its exposition, instead of the preventative excavations of 1999, which are the only mentioned in their expo flyer. that being said,given the spread of the discovered site, one can’t keep her/himself from asking if the 1999 excavations could have been a little expeditous and how many bones and anphorae has whisked away.

Archeo, a past to recover

Another manifestation of this sudden and subjective passion Andra had for archeology, this conférence of last 11th of may in Joinville, about the conservation of wood objects using radioactivity, organized together by Andra and the Nucle-Art workshop (attached to… the Atomic and alternative energies commisision!) out of the fact that it was the occasion to link archeology and nuclear power, with this elliptical shortcut skill proper to nuclear industry, the event was also a good exemple of social suitablity aiming the locals. In a town suffering from the non-recognition of its medieval patrimony, desertification and pauperization, Andra does not fail, organizing conferences in the splendide hall of Joinville’s auditorium,to remember to the people from where comes the money flowing opportunely on Meuse and Haute-Marne’s cultural programs (176 318 euros from the Meuse/ Haute-Marne site as direct patronage for 2016, from which 15500 for Joinville only).

After the first conference has been interrupted by us, a second one happened the last 15th of June, this time directly inside the lab, with Laurent Flutsch, a humorist and archeologist, director of the roman Museum of Lausanne, that tries to imagine, in his humoristic conference, what would be the archeology in the future, in 2000 years. Certainly not what Andra makes people imagine by some art competitions It organized the past few years about the preservation of the memory of burried nuclear wastes : on the contrary, It is very likely that the future archeologists will diagnose leukemia and some irradiated scandals when searching in Its contaminated holes willed to posterity !

Not satisfied with writing the future of a territory, Andra would like to practise the favourite activity of hardened politician and partisan historians : changing the past by spotlighting what is the best for It, for truncating what is bad for Its reputation. But the historian of tomorrow will remember one thing : when searching under the irradiated vestiges of a project with a sad historical memory, he will realize that a breathtaking neolithic site could have been discovered 2000 years before, if some unscrupulous and corrupt nucleocrats of the 21th century would have not mortgaged the historical patrimony of the humanity for a giant and shameful garbage.

On the 14th and 15th of August 2017, past and future will protest together against the CIGEO project : we’ll reinforce our determination to preserve the Lejuc wood against the ANDRA by spending all together the 14th of August there ; but also by showing symbolically our support to the archeologists, whose discovery work usually ends drowned under the construction industry’s giant projects.

 

 

15th of August 2017 – En marche ! Against the nuclear tomb…

“En marche” refers to Macron’s slogan for the last presidential elections

Andra is loosing ground, but we keep standing guard !

 

Since the fall of the wall, the ANDRA falters… Because of the legal remerdies, the owls of Lejuc wood’s resistance and the opponents mobilization, the ANDRA has to deal with serious issues : 1/3 of the inhabitants of Mandres-en-Barrois appealed to contest the Lejuc wood property ; It has to make impact assessment before clearing Its field and drilling ; some archeologists started an online petition against the demolition of a neolithic walled enclosure on Bure-Saudron site, and the ASN (Nuclear Safety Authority) and IRSN (Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety) are questionning Its security measures…  This probably explains why the request for authorizing the CIGEO project is postponed by one year.

But If the colossus with feet of clay is shaking, the nuclear world and Its police team are still growing.

On the 14th of August 2016, almost 500 people demolished all together the wall the ANDRA built around the Lejuc wood. One year after this beautiful day, we should celebrate the future defeat of the nuclear ! Let’s show we’re still determined to struggle and that we’ll keep being here so that no construction work begin !

On the agenda :

Monday 14 – a day in the Lejuc wood : walking and playing games, having good meals (free price) in the forest, enjoying the evening around a fire, camping (bring all you need to sleep)

Tuesday 15 – Demo : Departure at 2 PM in Bure – dinner and music in the evening

Info thread July 2017

July 25th: Music has charms to soothe the savage breast

July 25th, all is so quiet and peaceful in Bure, except the regular and endless healthy walk of the police. Therefore, a friend decided to sit on the road to play accordion and sing for us and the drivers passing by, offering a scene where our proud gendarmes, to make sure they will still be able to drive in front of our house as many times as before, came with percussions with 3 cars to deal with this very difficult situation.

Our happy friend keeps singing and playing, disregarding them. Nevertheless, the police keeps insisting : as the lady has to get out of the road for her own safety, they won’t move until she does first. This road does not seem to be anything else but a private road for mass police transit, watched by the so familiar helicopter.

As they don’t get any other answer but beautiful songs, they decide to take the musician to the police station in order to check her identity.

Well… It seems that for the police, “public road” means “military road reserved to the gendarmes”.

July 23th: Ring around the rosy (first experiment).

The love for science thus have no limit. after he yesterday mesured the exact frequency of police rotations, professor Marie-Pierre Abidou and his team watched all day long for viable experiment subjects. the aime of the day? studying their reaction facing a visual swinging stimulus, in this case a merry-go-round pompom.

To try and make them participate more willingly to the experiment, the protocol foresaw the attribution of a free tour to those who would catch the toy. without success. police once again distinguished itself with a boorish clumsiness that recalls the one of the prefecture. militarize more and more, day after day, a territory already sickened by the contempt they’ve treated with since the beginnings of CIgéo, is it objectively a good idea. that is to be seen.

From there, the Professor and his colleagues doesn’t throw in the sponge and will restart their experiments tomorrow.

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