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Tension is rising in the the liberated forest of Lejuc, Bure: the blue team has opened the game – reinforcements needed!

Recently we published an emergency call-out concerning the situation of our fresh, small but active forest occupation standing against the nuclear monster Andra and its CIGEO plan. On 24th of november, our eviction threat got concrete. The environmental authority decided to free Andra from carrying out an environmental impact study, opening its way towards the final destruction permit.

That very morning the blue team opened the game.

After the é’th decision, they are attempting to penetrate their way into the forest by any possible means. Sometimes they use excuses like «replanting trees», or civilian cops coming for a walk with their «families» on Sunday afternoons. Today they paid us three consecutive visit at the entrance barricade between 6:30 and 8 AM. Finally, they even tried to take that barricade1 with a comical attempt to appear credible in our eyes. Obviously they are testing our reactions and trying to wear us down so they can plan how to come next.

As the blue team opened the game, come and play with us! We are urgently asking reinforcements to come. The first official squatter of the Lejuc woods, Sven Lindstrom, decided to do his bit in making eviction matters more difficult for Andra by changing his home address in to the woods and throwing a themed birthday party on 13.12. As the first party crashers have now rattled at the gates, we urge our friends to come bounce them out of the forest next time they show up.

« Come in, bring your own beer and plenty of friends!» Sven wishes to add.

While we are taking our stand against the destruction of the living planet in the name of short-term profit, other good people are taking their stand elsewhere. With love, rage and solidarity we wish to encourage those facing the full force of repression in Standing Rock, North Dakota – one struggle!

Route plans and directions for visitors to come here.

1 Luckily, we have many. All over the place. Defend them with us!

Emergency call-out from the Lejuc forest occupation

You know how these occupations often go: bad people start destroying the environment, good people intervene, and in the end the bad people get the papers to favour them and start the bulldozers once more. This is exactly what just happened in the woods of Lejuc, near the village of Bure in France. And that’s why we need you. To come. Here. And resist. Big time.

20161125_160205«Some people re-occupied this forest two months ago. To support them I decided to put myself on the line and officially squat the place. I changed my home address here, there’s a mailbox and everything now, and I’m an official resident. Hopefully I’ll makes destroying all this a bit more difficult for those Andra bastards!» says Sven Lindstrom, the first official squatter of the Lejuc forest. For obvious reasons he’s entitled to have his say in this call-out.

«To make
things even more difficult for Andra, I’ve decided to have my birthday party right here, at this forest occupation. My birthdays on 13.12. and of course it will be a theme party. And as it looks like I need to prepare for party crashers in blue, I think I will start celebrating early. Come in and bring your own beer and plenty of friends!»

On the 1st of August, the nuclear monster Andra was ruled by the court to cease the clear cuts and fencing off the forest with the leftovers of the Berlin wall without legal permits. Today, 24th of November, the environmental authority ruled that Andra is freed from having to carry out an environmental impact study concerning its plans, but can instead simply apply for that final clearing cut permit. The alarming part is that this permit will, besides the clear cuts, also cover the whole of the works in preparation for CIGEO, the gigantic underground repository for highly radioactive nuke wasteSo when they come in the next time with their cops and bulldozers: they’re coming to destroy. Big time.

There will be yet one more court hearing about the forest matter on 15th of December. If they play things by the book, they will wait until 15th of December, maybe even January beyond. If they decide to do what they want, they can come evicting on any morning from this moment on. So yes: this is an emergency call out. To join, prepare and face it – and beyond.

essaiTo support Sven, some people offer the accommodation, food and building materials for the guest to come and walk in the woods. If you cannot come, take a stand of solidarity elsewhere or drop Sven a postcard at: Sven Lindstrom, Le Haut Chemin, 55290 Mandres-En-Barrois, France.

Route plans and directions for visitors to come here.

An open letter to Commandant Dubois

It appears that Commandant Dubois, the chief of the local Gendarmerie and Gendarmerie mobile wishes to return to the woods of Lejuc. Mr. Dubois is the very chief of the operations carried out in and around the forest this year, from the 7th of July eviction to other moments of questionable behaviour. It appear that Mr. Dubois has communicated his wish to, for example, attend one of our open Sunday walks. This wish was communicated onwards to the occupants of the forest, who yet communicated the matter onwards.  

Naturally, we didn’t like Mr. Dubois’s idea very much. Thus, different people with different relations, opinions and experiences concerning the Lejuc woods felt that an open letter in hopes of answers to clear the confusement and worries this communication woke would be the best way to communicate something back to Mr. Dubois.

An open letter to Commandant Dubois

We realise this would not be an easy visit, so we decided to put some thought onto the matter you have presented.

We have been thinking about a place to discuss the modalities of your visit, and as this is all about trust building and as you have already visited this forest, we propose that we meet in your living room or another place in your home wich you deem suitable.

There are some further concerns that you and your friends have shown threatening attitudes and physical harassment to people in this very forest.

We are sure that you understand that, like most people, it is hard for us to be welcoming under these circumstances.

In addition, we are certain that you do not want to give the impression that this could be seen as a provocation by the general public, as we are talking about an agent of the police force visiting a place of struggle, especially since the events of October 2014 in Sivens.

We are very much looking forward to your invitation, as we are keen on discussing all these points with you, and of coming to an agreement.

New call from the forest of Mandres

New call from the forest of Mandres

Autumn has arrived – and as nights grow longer, we keep on keeping Andra out and off from destroying these woodlands. After nearly 5 months of demonstrations, occupations, forest walks, evictions, reoccupations, fights, legal actions, leaflet distributions, (wall) sabotages and new constructions from treehouses to watch towers rising in the forest – we continue to settle in. Our forest family is small, but active and growing, welcoming new residents and visitors to walk the woods with us.

Since the 1st of August, Andra was ruled by the court of Bar-le-Duc to cease the clear cuts and fencing off the forest with the leftovers of the late Berlin wall it had started without legal permissions.The company was ruled into the process of either getting the authorization for its works or, in the best scenario, be ruled to recultivate the destruction it had caused.

To encourage the court system for once to do the right thing and the forest to keep on standing strong, 500 of us seized the moment on 14th August and took down the entire 1,2km long concrete wall. After this, the new forest occupation started, and built itself up calmly, without call-outs, in-a-matter-of-factly: when you know what’s the right thing to do, it’s easy to get going.

Unfortunately, Andra is still searching ways to get back in. The company appealed the 1st August court decision, and the matter was scheduled to go to court on 3rd of November. Unsurprisingly enough, the session was postponed, giving Andra yet more time to find legal loopholes for its needs. The procedure to authorize the clear cuts is advancing. Since October, the bailiff’s and security guards have tried to have their forest walks with varying success and police controls taken place in nearby villages. Some artistic comrades were given a 2 month suspended prison sentence for a graffiti on a ruined Andra building, another person got a ban from the area of Meuse for two years and free auditions are piling up for the fall of the Andra wall. A new prefect took the office in Meuse and CIGEO (the planned disposal facility for highly radioactive nuke waste) has a brand new director. Andra has also recruited a new public law expert to avoid its past mistakes.

To put it short: they are reorganizing, and threat of a forest eviction and resumption of the drilling works are growing on an alarming rate. And since the forest cannot stand up and fight for itself: it’s up to us to stand up for it.

As the history of anti-nuclear struggles shows, in the end the bad guys will get the permits to favour them. This is how the system is built: but luckily we don’t have to humbly accept it. With this new call we’re not only giving an update to old friends and supporters. First and foremost, we’re inviting all of you to come or take a stand of solidarity elsewhere. From Calais to Notre-Dame-des-Landes active people are not giving in for repression, but finding hope from action. We respect the diversity of tactics: whether your thing is to summon up the clown army, get creative with your friends or arrange a Sunday fiesta of roasted chestnuts for local supporters, you’re welcomed here.

More info on en.vmc.camp (And should they be able to chase us out of the woods, remember that in a case of an eviction, there’s a steady call to converge to Bure on the following Saturday at 11AM)

What else?

*every sunday afternoon, starting at 14:00, we offer autumn walks, climbing workshops, hut constructions and discussions in the liberated forest! Bring whatever you want to share; a cake, coffee, a skill, a smile or a rant against Andra and other globe destroyers

*to support financially and materially the liberation of the forest, feel free to donate what you can: food, finances, tools – expecially pallets and planks are always treasured!

*pass on and sign the call against the repression in Bure, to support to all forms and means of action repressed

CONTACT FOREST : +33 (0)7 54 22 18 80

sauvonslaforet@riseup.net

Agricultural Barricades Against Nuclear Dump and ”Reclaim The Fields” Meeting, from 11th to 13th of November

Agricultural Barricades Against Nuclear Dump and ”Reclaim The Fields” Meeting, from 11th to 13th of November

Since the end of the summer in Bure, the forest of Mandres-en-Barrois is freed from ANDRA. The sections of the wall are lying on the ground, the cops have withdrawn and cabins are rebuilt in the trees. The undertakers of nuclear power have suffered a memorable defeat.

But the ANDRA empire does not stop at the edge of the forest. In ten years, the agency has monopolized more than 3000 hectars of land, including 1000 hectares of farming land, harassing many farmers, increasing the price of land and complicating farm facilities.

In these fields, the work began more than a year ago. Because of the first drillings and excavations, more than 300 hectares have been removed from agricultural use, deprived of their food value. After having been covered in trenches, they are now left uncultivated, before giving way to a huge area of waste conditioning on the surface.

 

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From inhabitated trees to occupied fields!

To strengthen the blocking of the works, we call to continue the occupation of farmland. Last November we planted one hectare of cereals right underneath the windows of the lab. In April, we had planted 500 m2 of potatoes in place of a future railway. With the 300 kilos that we have collected, we will continue to mash ANDRA, tear down walls and build cabins: our squatted crops are the breeding ground of a widespread resistance.

Since the beginning of autumn, we have extended this patch of potatoes to take over 3 hectares of ANDRA’s land. Ancient wheat varieties have been settled in, rye and wheat bread have been sown, and soon a bakery will be built, to laugh (loaf) in the face of nucleocrats!

On Sunday 13th of November we invite everyone to take care of this field and to build barricades and hedges all around. As from 10:30, we’ll see you at the old train station of Lumeville to work all together: mulching, massive planting of fruit tree barricades and of hedges, ditching, making Andra-scarecrows, winter sowing, making mounds of soil. Let’s feed the resistance, block their works and affirm desirable futures instead of their nuclear desert! Please bring some drinks and snacks, but also shovels, pitchforks, pickaxes, as many shrubs and other plants as possible…and most of all, bring yourself!

As from Friday 11th afternoon, The House of Resistance in Bure will host the francophone meetings of the network of farmers and anticapitalist collectives “Reclaim the Fields” to take time for reflection and to root rebellions in the “Great East”, in France and elsewhere. Everybody is invited to take part!

From the liberated forest of Mandes-en-Barrois to the rebellious fields: we shall never be atomized! ANDRA, get lost! Seeds, b(l)ockades, and wild sowing!

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Info: http://vmc.camp/2016/10/19/dimanche… / Contact: terresdebure@riseup.net / phone (media): +33 (0)7 58 65 48 89

See you SOON!

From the 24th of October, construction works will start in the liberated Lejuc forest of Mandres-en-Barrois

Here, Bure’s owls resist Cigéo and defend the Lejuc forest of Mandres-en-Barrois against a megalomaniac project of nuclear dump.

There, the newts resist an airport and occupy the grove of the ZAD (Zone to Defend) of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, against another useless and imposed mega project.

Elsewhere, the marmots of Haute-Durance gnaw some high voltage pylons (1).

On the 14th of August 2016, the collective destruction of ANDRA’s “wall of shame” was the culmination of a mad summer of emergency dedicated to the defense of the Lejuc forest, threatened with destruction by the preliminary work of the Cigéo project. Since then, the forest of Mandres is freed from the yoke of nucleocrats. The work of clearing the forest, sentenced by the high court of Bar-le-Duc on August 1st, is suspended. A thousand steles of concrete are lying on the ground, and the militarization of the territory has diminished. On the ruins of the new world, cabins were rebuilt again discreetly in majestic beeches and oaks.

But in recent weeks ANDRA began a counter-attack. An offensive communication campaign was started, and open doors of the laboratory. The police has made targeted controls, while ANDRA´s security guards are back prowling the roads, with sticks in their hands. In the morning of October 11th, as we are writing this call, the bailiff came with ANDRA´s guards and filmed some existing constructions in the forest. On October 20th there will be the trial concerning the appeal ANDRA has made against the decision from August 1st to suspend their work: at best, they would get more time to get authorizations for their work in the forest, in the worst case the previous judgment could get canceled and then everything could proceed very fast. While eviction threats hang over the ZAD of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, Bure also faces a threat of potentially imminent destruction of huts and the forest, and the restart of the work: clearing, excavations, “geotechnical surveys” perimeter, concrete wall… The destructive devices could resume their deadly ballet, even during winter.

We must be ready: the machines are ready to dig, let´s block them!

On the ground, behind the barricades! In the air perched in the trees, let’s protect the Lejuc forest!

While the threatened ZAD calls “the friends of trees” (2), we support them and create echo: Here too, in Bure, we want to continue to root the resistance, and we launch an call to weave together the branches of trees, building nests, cabins for the struggle and sharing. Whether or not you have some experience or knowledge in construction or light and ephemeral habitats in climbing techniques, blocking and other ways of jamming destructive machines, come and learn or share your knowledge of how to protect forests, groves and threatened pieces of live.

Let’s create arches and travel from tree to tree, from resistance to resistance:

Join us in Meuse from the 24th of October for a new building season in the forest (and more if we hit it off!).

All experiences and wills are welcome in the months to come, and will be critical for the fight against Cigéo and its world!

Let’s spread this call massively from network to network, and together signify ANDRA that its return in the Lejuc forest will not be easy and we will be numerous waiting for them!

“Whose forest is it? It is ours! “(3)

The Owls of Bure

Logistical questions:
!Important! List of our material needs: click here. We have little means of transport, so you can drop us the material directly, we will treasure
it! If you can’t bring it, let us know a few days before so that we can organize ourselves. Thank you.

Accommodation: It is important to plan your autonomy as much as possible, knowing that those two places can accommodate: The House of Resistance in Bure and another battleground close to Luméville-en-Ornois. These places have their own limitations, so it is best to contact us before your arrival. It is also possible to immediately move into the forest and even settle in tents!

Food: Again, the inhabitants of the forest are trying to be as independent as possible, even if our various places of life are related and interdependent for food matters. If you bring food (preferably vegan!), it won’t be too much.

To contact us:

Email: sauvonslaforet [at] riseup [dot] net

Info number of the forest: +33 (0) 7 54 22 18 80

Press: +33 (0) 7 53 54 07 31

House of Resistance (Bure Zone Libre): +33 (0) 3 29 45 41 77

 

(1) A high voltage line bodes an even more massive sale of nuclear disaster in Italy, destroying the Alps on their way (week of action and decentralized support from 10 to 17: now !!! https: // notht05.noblogs.org/post/2016/09/22/10-1710-france-appel-du-lac-de-rama/).

(2) Call to the friends of trees and climbing for the defense of the zad of Notre Dame des Landes on the 9th of October http://zad.nadir.org/spip.php?article4066

(3) Rallying cry of the owls of Bure

What happens next… the dates in October/November !!

Tuesday 18th October – Call for support for friends’ trial, tribunal of Bar-le-Duc

Two painter friends are accused by the ANDRA, let’s go and support them! Meeting at 9 am at the tribunal of Bar-le-Duc with something to eat, and (french??) Bure fries at lunch!

Monday 24th to Sunday 30th October – Construction and climbing workshops

lejucAfter the destruction of the wall, the police did not come back into the forest. On the 20th of October, at the request of the ANDRA, the  appeal hearing on the decision by the court to declare the forest clearing illegal and ask for the rehabilitation will be held. Between the 24th to the 31th of October, whatever the decision is, we invite you to join us for the construction of structures in the trees of the Lejuc forest and climbing workshops! ’cause the forest is ours!!

Contact: sauvonslaforet@riseup.net

Saturday 29th October – Assembly of the movement against the nuclear dump

At 2pm at the house of resistance, let’s all meet to keep imagining prospects for the struggle against the nuclear dustbin (and its shitty world!!). After the summer occupation of the forest and the blockades of the works,  let us find some new ways to stop this steamroller!

Contact: sauvonslaforet@riseup.net

Week-end of the 11th to 14th November – Francophone meeting of the Reclaim the Fields network in Bure !

carrotWe are really happy to host the francophone meeting of the friends from the peasants-without-lands and Reclaim the Fields networks, to discuss peasant agriculture and anti-capitalist autonomy prospects, in France and elsewhere, and still occupy in many ways the lands around, against the dispossession organized by the ANDRA!!

Contact: terresdebure@riseup.net

Sunday 13th November – Collective gardening on occupied lands

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Almost one year after the first action of agricultural land reoccupation (on the 15th November 2015), let’s do it again on the squatted lands of the Luméville station! On Sunday the 13th November, come for a joyful afternoon of cultivation to feed our rebellion!

More info on en.vmc.camp very soon! / Contact: terresdebure@riseup.net

Info: en.vmc.camp / Contact: sauvonslaforet@riseup.net / +33 (0)7 58 65 58 89

Recap of the summer

Here is a small recap of what you missed this summer !

2013

The Andra fixed its choice for the ventilation pits area on the “bois lejuc”, a small forest owned by the commune of Mandres-en-barrois, where inhabitands used to go for a walk, hunt, fetch their firewood for the cold winters or just mushrooms for the supper. They said no when the agency offered money and job offers, prefering to preserve their memories, habits, secrets and the growing trees.

2015

The Andra comes back, and at 6AM, the municipal council vote the exchange of the wood, 7 votes in favour and 4 against. The inhabitants, in conjunction with associations, lodged an appeal to the administrative tribunal.

2016

May The Andra starts to work in the forest : broadening access routes, clearing a platform…

June 6– the access to the bois Lejuc is closed. The following week, demonstrations are organised to block the works. Police, private security, helicopter are all mobilised. The clearing works continue.

19- A picnic in the forest turns into a sabotage, 200 people, locals, associations, activists… all came colorfully (black is a color), birdy-masked, and took off the fences, set up barricades before the gaze of the security. It’s the beginning of the forest occupation !

A complaint on the illegality of the clearing is lodged.

During the following weeks, life is organised around walks, constructions, songs, bonfires…

But threats arrives, the Andra files a complaint, a bailiff comes to visit, an expulsion order is published.

July 7– The forest and its inhabitants are violently expulsed.

Works are starting over.

16- More than 350 people come to re-occupy the forest, joyfully successfully. The battle was hard, the Andra militia was particularly violent. Friends were arrested, others injured. The forest will be occupied again for a few days.

A wall is being build.

August 1- Tha Andra is sentenced by the court to stop all the works and asked to restore the forest within 6 months- if nothing comes to authorise the forest clearing.

10- Farewell drink for Mr Baillet, removed at the head of the Andra !

14-15-16- The wall is falling ! 500 people helped the Andra in its restoring task, demolishing the wall around the forest

Now the summer is gone, autums brings trials, wood houses on the top of the trees in the forest, cleaning, demos, the return of the security and a lot more !

 

Press Release of the medical and legal teams at the occupation of the forest on the violence’s suffered by the protesters

This Saturday, July 16, 2016, the local residents, the local farmers, the militants, families and international supporters, attended the reoccupation event  in the forest of Mandres-en-Barrois. This tercentenary forest, having already suffered damage from the first illegal work of the ANDRA, is doomed to disappear to make way for a senseless landfill project, Cigéo, consisting of burying nuclear waste.

The protest of 400 people, gathered in a desire to defend the wood and prevent the continuation of this project and these illegal works, had converged towards the forest. This cheerful and determined event ended with a great meal and a night in the wood of Lejuc.

In the aftermath of this event, the medical and legal teams of the movement, who treated the wounded and collected numerous testimonies, derived an alarming report.

Throughout the day of July 16, the participants reported countless assaults by the private security service of the ANDRA. Equipped with transparent shields, helmets, batons, tear gas sprays, sleeves picks and slings, these so-called “security guards” in charge the security of the site were actually constituted into a true mobile militia, searching violent contact and chasing after protesters in the fields and in the woods, to beat them and steal their personal belongings.

The people were molested and assaulted with sticks and batons, kicks and punches, were attacked with stones, were gassed directly in the face and, for some of them, were smacked face down against the ground, bashed violently on the head and hit repeatedly.

Following these facts, the medical team reported at least 5 people with injuries and open wounds to the head and multiple injuries to the back and limbs. One of these people lost consciousness for a short moment. Many people are in shock following the violence’s.

In addition, three protesters were injured from rubber bullets and grenades thrown by the police. They have various injuries to the legs and arms. Several protesters also testify stone throwing not only by the security guards but also by the police.

In fact, most protesters consistently maintained an ambivalent attitude regarding the actions of the militia of the ANDRA. Relying on these mercenaries to do the “dirty work”, the police forces have repeatedly retreated and let the militia groups to act freely and only intervened to arrest the attacked protesters. Four protesters were placed in custody.

For this release, we want to denounce the intolerable nature of these serious violence’s by the private militia of ANDRA and the barely hidden complicity with the gendarmerie. We condemn the presence of armed and violent groups creating such a climate of terror on behalf of ANDRA.

Info: http://en.vmc.camp / http://burestop.eu / http://burezonelibre.noblogs.org

Contact: sauvonslaforet@riseup.net

Massive reoccupation demo : we take the forest back !

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So they sent cops by the tens. We saw them on the horizon, shortly before 6am, thursday the 7th of July. The cops, the vans, the tractors, the bulldozers, the trucks, the helicopters. What a sinister parade came

Since the 19th of June, collectives, associations, resisting inhabitents and farmers lived inside and with the freed forest of Mandres-en-Barrois by constructing cabins where ANDRA deforested.

While the nucleocrates are trying to legalize the atomic graveyard at the parlement, we joyfully occupied CIGEO’s platform, symbol of the start of the works.

This front against the nuclear empire, frail breach, has been opened and held by different ways: sabotages, picnic, occupation, legal work and the bond with more than sixty associations. All of this jammed ANDRA’s machine and pushed it to resort to force.

This eviction is absolutely not a defeat. It reinforces our anger, our rage and our determination. It is out of the question to let them keep this wood. To let the cops roam there all day long, to let ANDRA’s

mercenaries do their patrols again, to let them start their intolerable works again.

For the week-end of the 16th and 17th of July 2016, we’ve called, under the hornbeams and the beeches, for « Worldwide and improvised antinuclear barricades ».

It is urgent to be ambitious and realistic as we managed to be until now. So, this gathering will happen. And it will happen IN THE FOREST !

After Bastille Day on the 14th of July, the only fireworks that will spring will be the ones we shoot against ANDRA and its world !

Once again, our only limit is our number. Join us !

WE WILL NEVER BE ATOMIZED ANDRA, GET OUT !

RESISTANCE AND ESTOVERS!

#ÉTÉDURGENCE

contact. 0758654889 / sauvonslaforet@riseup.net

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