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Press release from opponents to CIGEO: after the abandonment of NDDL airport, let’s defend the ZAD, reinforce the fight in Bure and everywhere else !

It’s official: the Notre-Dame-des-Landes airport project is abandoned. There are few words to describe the mixture of emotion that we feel, a deep sense of joy, dignity, fairness and strength. Today, for many people in France and beyond, is a historic day: one of those, still too rare, where a stubborn collective force makes the powerful bend.

It is not so often in a life that you can feel such joy, such strength. It had been since 2006 and the CPE that a large and determined popular movement had not won a victory. Today it is not only an airport project (among hundreds of others under construction in the world) that is abandoned, it is a possible sense of victory that is born again and inspires us in all the struggles that we are waging everywhere, in all the worlds that we are trying to build.

Neither the systematic rejection of opponents’ legal recourses, nor the parodies of democratic consultation, nor the use of military force as in 2012, have been able to bring this project to a successful conclusion. Nevertheless, we must beware of triumphalism. The abandonment of the airport is the end of a first phase of struggle, which lasted more than 50 years. Now it will be necessary to prevent, in the coming days and months, all attempts to evacuate the ZAD – even “partially”, even at a minimum. It will be necessary to break the bubble of warmonger communication and show it for what it really is: a staging of the State so as not to totally lose face. Above all, any attempt to dissociate legal and illegal occupants, farmers and squatters, good or bad anti-airports must be defeated. The future of the ZAD and all the dreams it has created are at stake.

What governments and technocrats, who only think with numbers, will never understand is that we are ready to fight for attachments that exceed us. We reaffirm our call for a united defence of the ZAD. We call for a moratorium on all evictions, and for the transfer of 1650 hectares of land to the entire movement for collective management, based on the 6 points of the anti-airport movement. We call to come massively on February 10th for the celebration of victory, which promises to be unforgettable, on the ZAD.

The airport is not built: capitalism stumbles for a time, but it continues its destructive advance elsewhere. Some media could now announce the “departure of the Zadists” in the first place towards Bure. This is to better legitimize a future police intervention within a few months on the Bois Lejus occupied since June 2016.

But in Bure, we have always said that we reject the ZAD label to better invent the singular richness of our struggle in the Meuse. The myth of the “radical zadist horde”, frequently agitated for its sensational scent, won’t work any more today than it did a year and a half ago, when the Bois Lejus began to be defended.

The abandonment of the Notre-Dame-des-Landes airport is no more a victory for the “Zadists” than for “farmers”, “associations” or “committees”: it is the victory of an entire multifaceted movement, going far beyond the local context, which has managed to turn its diversity into a force, despite all the frictions, and not to camp on positions of identity. Tomorrow, we hope that the same will happen in the fight against the Bure nuclear waste disposal project. We call to continue to build and strengthen committees everywhere and join all those that have been created for months.

No to evictions! Let the ZAD and its worlds live!

Press release signed by: The Chouettes Hiboux (during their weekly meeting), Bure Stop, CEDRA

Lot of notifications

Last september, the investigating judge of Bar le Duc has supervised different police searches executed the 20th of september as part of a letter rogatory further to the damaging of the ANDRA’s hotel restaurant during the action week of june 2017. Investigators of the crime squad of the police force of Nancy led an investigation extended to the events of summer 2016, 23th and 30th of January, 18th of February, May 2017, June 2017, 14th of July, 15th of August and maybe more. Since January 2017, the notification of « free » audition or « appearance notice » are sent randomly to anybody that was controlled (in a car control or at the police station) throughout the year, got his plate number noticed during these events, people supposedly identified (on pictures, by their lost personal goods, by cops…), activists of local associations struggling against Cigeo.

We have lot of reasons to think that these notifications are going to multiply during 2018. The goal is to feed a more serious procedure which aims to stifle the struggle using trials and police intimidation (which is already blatant on the field with constant pressure from Riot police) . The criminal conspiracy is a juridical framework that has been often criticized for being fuzzy, justified by crime of intention and fed by the numerous suppositions of security prejudice of the Interior Ministry. Under the pretext of notifications of free auditions of activists or as witnesses, their goal is to turn a shallow accusation into a serious case. This malicious method has already been used elsewhere as a mean to exhaust people, to create fears, to create division among the militants and finally dealing a serious judicial blow a few years after, by the production of thousands of pages of files, to a few obstinate activists that are in the end, considered responsible of everything. Against this low-intensity repression, it is important to show solidarity against the will of division of the movement caused by the threats and intimidation and to show our cohesion beyond our diversity of opinion and practice. We must communicate on the notifications, inform each other of events, define collectively our defense and resistance line, and also keep our fierce and joyful determination in resistance. By refusing to feed their security fantasy displayed in the declarations of notification, we will dismiss this delusion of a criminal conspiracy by our declaration during auditions, and instead show that our actions are mostly the expression of an a relentless feeling of injustice and revolt. Against the general corruption, institutionalized around a radioactive project that spreads at the pace of the growth of the omerta, the resignation and the scientific lies it creates, we won’t let them atomise us, we are numerous and we want to be alive, to create and to struggle here with a social and political vision that goes beyond the mere antinuclear struggle.
Some owls of the legal team of Bure
CALENDAR
On sunday 14th at 5pm at la Maison de la Résistance discussion about the notifications and
about the new legal team. On sunday 21th of January at la Maison de la Résistance, legal
self-defense workshop, face to the convocation.
IN CASE OF NOTIFICATION OR ARRESTATION
Contact arr@riseup.net
* If you were controlled or brought to the police station around Bure
* If you get notified, yo talk together about that to not leave anyone alone against it
* If you are notified or heard by the police, to discuss about the implications of all that
* If you are called in by the court, for a juridical assistance

RTE, heading straight into a Bure wall !

What were owl masks doing in a Midi Libre article on December 3rd? Unexpected migratory flight from the peaks of the Bois Lejus, or sudden attraction of the Aveyronnais for the cardboard plate and the paint bomb (secret manufacturing secret jealously guarded) ?

It is that in the wake of the joint call for an ardent winter, we were a few well decided to come and breathe the air of the south, on the occasion of the demonstration against RTE, called by the friends of the Amassada in the fight against the implantation of the “thousand wind turbine transformator”.

“So, where’s that public inquiry?” (Aveyronnais proverb)

It is because there is something that touches us there, and deeply. Beyond the sincerity of the exchanges and friendships between St-Victor and Bure, beyond the joyous evenings where Morlaix-sur-Saulx beers and Gaillac wines flow, beyond the wild farandoles (boulègue, boulègue!).) and mathcore concerts, we have to admit that the fight that has been taking off for three years since the Amassada is in many ways exemplary.

The magnificent flop of the public inquiry, with its commissioner who leaves all the affected places empty-handed without having been able to say a single word, and is even forced to move its permanence 100 km away… all this reminds us of the great hours of the public debate boycott in Bure in 2013, and even better: it gives hope to all the territories that, here or elsewhere, revolt against their neck-tied developers. On November 7th in Saint-Victor, an entire village barricaded itself with straw bundles and banderolles, and it was an entire village, from children to seniors, that told the investigating commissioner not to return. He didn’t come back. It was well worth our courtesy visit on December 2nd!

It has to be said, however, that the fight conducted there is not easy, not easy to defend, not politically correct: we call ourselves ecological and we fight windmills? Well, yes: it is high time to destroy the great imposture of renewable energy if we really want to change society. That’s what happening there. And no, the suddenly anti (industrial) wind turbine owls did not become pro-nuclear for all that.

All messed up against that wind (Meusian maxim*)

First of all, when we talk about industrial wind turbines, we should always take into account the impact of the whole chain, and think twice before talking about green energy. What about the 1500 tons of concrete and 600kg of rare earths? Energy and environmental costs related to the manufacture, transportation, maintenance and dismantling of these robot plants? An employee of a wind energy company working a few kilometres from Bure, a carpooler in his spare time, recently told a friend: “All our customers are banks, or investment funds: it’s a way for them to invest money, thanks to installation aid, but not something green”. However, he was not a militant, and didn’t have harsh enough words against the opponents: he was just tragically lucid about his job…

And then you have to count. Yield, load factor, available surface area, etc. Without going into details, we recommend reading the brochure Le vent nous porte sur le système (here in a notebook version) and the resources listed on the website of the Amassada, to better understand the imposture. But above all, beyond the apothecary calculations and the excessive technicisation of the problem, we have to ask ourselves the question of the world that is being prepared and see what managerial logic is at work from the storage of radioactive waste to the wind farms, via the forest biomass that was in the spotlight on December 9th on the plateau of Millevaches.

*Let’s give back to Caesar Asterix what belongs to him: the maxim has become meusian only after being dragged along our infokiosques. We owe this brochure to CNT Amiens.

“No nuclear, no wind turbine, RTE back off!” (visual creation on urban support)

Electricity consumption in France, after having increased by 180 % between 1973 and 2008, now fluctuates between 478 and 490 TWh, and it is difficult to see what could significantly reduce it. In any case, it is not our ecogestures that will do much about it, and there is only a graph of EDF, arbitrarily mixing “tertiary” and “habitat” in the same item of expenditure, to try to make us believe that it is based on our practices.

The relative rise in so-called “clean” energy sources has never coincided with any fall in nuclear power in France: between 2012 and 2013, these energies have risen from 16% to 19% without the production of power plants, in absolute terms, moving by one iota. In the world’s most nuclearized country (75% of the world’s electricity production, far ahead of 30% in South Korea and 20% in the USA), at the same time as we are covering the crest lines of wind turbines, we are also preparing the “great careening” of old reactors and the new generations of EPRs, at the same time as we are trying to perennize in Bure the whole of the industry.

This is because there has never been a question here of “transition”, but of “accumulation” of energy. There’s a good chance that when we’ll brag about miraculously reaching 50% nuclear, or even less, this will only be achieved by the addition of other sources, not by a significant reduction in fission. It is therefore pointless to beg the white turbines to take us out of nuclear power, because in France we will soon have both wind and atom, like the two identical sides of the same rigged coin. One supplements the other in peaks of consumption. Two tentacles of the same octopus that covers the territory: RTE. The friends of the Aveyron are well aware of that!

François Hollande had promised a million electric cars, and we see multiplying everywhere the refill terminals developed by the Bolloré group; the TGV continues its development at all costs and, somewhere in tall towers, some megalomaniac developers continue to dream of shopping hypercentres like the one in Gonesse, with or without a ski slope. As the world becomes more greedy, we need more networks, more integration, more plasticity to articulate the energy sources that are proliferating. So more and more THT lines that are zebraizing the territory, more cybernetic control centers, smart meters etc. All of this plunges us into an ever more greedy world. What is on the horizon is a world of total, energy and political dependence on the network, the cornerstone being the dumping of the worst waste ever produced, 500 metres underground, somewhere in the south-Meuse…

RTE, heading straight into a Bure wall !

So it was without the shadow of a hesitation that the owls trowelled along on December 2nd to help walling up the RTE site in Saint-Affrique. Let’s not say from now on that the summer breakup of surface concrete is our only skill: when it comes to helping friends, we build, too!

The masonry work was completed peacefully, without the surprisingly discreet blue squad trying the slightest approach. This was the climax of a warm and lively demonstration inaugurated by the ritual cremation of the first page of the public inquiry. At the end of the day, when the parade left the site, one could read on the walls of RTE, written in red:”we will bury RTE in Bure”.

While waiting for Andra to start here its electric transformer building site, we salute those who are fighting in Aveyron and everywhere against the masks of green capitalism! And to continue this beautiful winter, we’ll see you in Roybon on December 16th!

In Bure as in St-Victor, NOT RES NOS ARRESTA !

 

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Some owls back from holiday

Calendar and Call-Out for a Burning Winter in Paris: December’s Climate Summit

 

Let’s prepare them for a burning winter! Joint declaration of territories in fight against the climate summit of December 12 in Paris

 

At a time when a new search, intended to asphyxiate and criminalize any attempt at resistance, strikes Bure, we publish here a common forum signed by many associations, collectives and territories in struggle. In the face of attempts at intimidation, our determination will be shared and our calendar will be common throughout the month of December! Decentralized call for action around December 6th!

Urgency in the territories as in the street!

Living in threatened or defending areas, we have met several times to declare an emergency month of struggles together. Indeed, the coming month of December is likely to cover a particular meaning for us, at least two titles.

First, it will be an opportunity for the Macron government – December 12 – to celebrate the two years of the tragic farce that was COP21. There is no doubt that our National Banker will be delighted to claim heir to the climate agreement, and to pose as the undisputed champion of “green growth”, barely a month after publicly supporting a destructive mining project in Guyana, and took the position, through the voice of his minister, in favor of the burial of radioactive waste.

From the COP 21, we remember the bitterness of having seen the main perpetrators of the climate rampage come together with impunity at the end of 2015 and claim to have the solutions to their own madness, and the anger of having seen our demonstrations banned under cover state of emergency. But we also remember the arrival at Versailles and the overflowing joy of a bike-trailer from Notre-Dame-des-Landes and making superfluous commune after commune the strict application of this new regime of exception …

Two years later, the memory of these convoys coming from the West, but also from the East and South-East is still very much alive, especially since December 2017 could be a pivotal month in the fight against airport project. It will indeed close the “mediation” at the end of which the government should rule on the fate of Notre-Dame-des-Landes. Who knows, then, if we will not have to go back for the sticks we symbolically planted near Bellevue Farm in October 2016 to once again defend the ZAD? Who knows if, in the event of abandonment, Notre-Dame-des-Landes will not be used to make better accept a violent expulsion from Bois Lejuc, to Bure, or from the busy forest of Roybon? Somewhere in this field of possibilities, a historic moment will be played out in every case and we are ready to seize it in flight.

 

The time of convergence


It is therefore from this double context that we speak, and that we claim to put our finger on what, beyond the singularity of our struggles, holds us together and animates us. What is common between an eco-district in Dijon, an airport in Notre-Dame, a nuclear waste bin in Bure, an electric transformer in Saint-Victor, a pellet plant on the Millevaches plateau, a power station at Biomasse in Gardanne , mining drilling in the Amazon rainforest, a motorway in Strasbourg, another between Saint-Etienne and Lyon, a gas plant in Landivisiau, mines in Central Brittany, sand mining in Lannion Bay, etc. ? Probably much more than it looks, actually.

By blocking logistics of capitalist development in territories, we share at least a certain love of groves, mountains, plateaus, beaches, sea and forests. We also share a desire to reappropriate various skills and, through them, an intuition of what would be a life more independent of control and profit logic. Finally, we have in common to be grappling with a certain type of institutional ecological discourse, such as that carried by the COP21: the same one that makes up the energy accumulation in “transition”, which promotes nuclear power as an energy carbon-free and therefore “clean”, which roughly empties airports and Center Parcs to make them acceptable, which sells under the terms of smart and green a total dispossession of our lives by metropolises become smart and connected.

That’s enough to convince us of the possibility of a joint declaration and the need for a common agenda. And that’s why we, living in various struggling territories, say:

• that we are not fooled by the Great Masses and their commemorations;
• that we will fight everywhere against the destruction of agricultural lands and forests, whether in the countryside (as in Bure, Roybon, NDDL or on the Millevaches plateau), around the cities (as in Strasbourg or Gonesse) or in their very bosom (as in Dijon);
• that the government will not quietly get rid of the NDDL issue, and that it is under our gaze and within reach of our voices that it will have to decide;
• that if the airport is maintained, we are still ready to defend the ZAD from our respective territories;
• in case of abandonment, it will not be the pill for other projects or a sympathetic showcase for the violent expulsion of other occupied areas. We call for the greatest vigilance regarding the situation in Bure and Roybon, throughout the winter!

We therefore assert our solidarity with one another, and are ready to support each other throughout December and beyond!

Common calendar of struggling territories:

  • December 2: Demonstration in Saint-Affrique against the electrical transformer RTE of Saint-Victor-et-Melvieu (more info: twelve.noblogs.org)
  • 6 – 12 December: for Saint-Nicolas, Bure calls for a week of decentralized actions in reaction to Hulot’s announcements. (more info: burestop.eu / vmc.camp)
  • December 9: Demonstration on the Millevaches plateau against the Carbon Ingen’r Bugeat Viam pellet plant (CIBV) (contact: biomassecritique@riseup.net)
  • December 16th: Roybon forest festival (more info: zadroybon.wordpress.com)
  • For events announced later, it will be possible to consult throughout the month of December the agenda of zad.nadir.org

In parallel with this calendar, other events organized elsewhere:

  • December 8: European Day Against Large Unnecessary and Imposed Projects (events in Lyon, Nièvre, Toulouse, Le Havre …)
  • December 10: People’s Court in Paris (more info: pasuneurodeplus.info)
  • December 12: Actions on the occasion of the anniversary of the Paris agreement: climatic summit at Seguin Island

signatories:

AVEYRON = The Amassada (hut and fight against the transformer thousand wind turbines)

BRITTANY = Sand grain in the machine (Lannion bay)

BURE = Full of Owls of Bure / Bure Stop 55 / The EODRA (Association of Elected Opposites to Cigeo) / CEDRA (Collectif Haut-Marne against Landfill)

CENTER PARCS = Center Parcs Ni Here Ni Elsewhere (coordination against the Roybon, Poligny and Rousset Center Parcs) / The inhabitants of the Roybon / De Tout Bois forest (collective fight against the Center Parcs Roybon) / Assembly of opponents at Center Parcs (Jura) / Jura Collective of opponents at Center Parcs / Collective Jay of Rousset 71 / SOS Forest Franche-Comté

CEVENNES = Bugs

DIJON = Free area of ​​Lentillères

LYON = ZAD Lyon Collective

LIMOUSINE MOUNTAIN / MILLEVACHES TRAIN = Collectif Biomasse critique

NDDL = inhabitants of the zad and opponents at nddl airport and his world

SAINT-ETIENNE = Assembly against the A45 … and more

 

 

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