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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

 

 

translated by Earth First! Journal

Montier en Der or the world behind objectives !

All is about nature here, about natural environment, birds migration… about everything that brings anyone who’s wondering or fascinated by the surrounding world, to feel the inifinite desire to protect those wealth close to everyone.

Birds have fascinated soldiers in the second world war’s trenches … larks and titmices’ songs where sounding between two bombardments, inspiring french troops’  dreams. They inspired musicians like Messian, but what they where inspiring french soldiers was priceless : imagine theirselves home, free and far away from trench. Which freedom inspired Bois Lejuc woods occupants and other Bure owls* during June 2016 ? The elusive feeling of being in the world ! Pleasure to live in forest, fighting together, feel contact with humus and hearing to song trushes, chichaffs, titis, piping plover’s concert… Walden or life in the woods but also resistance against nucleocrats !In the region of Der, in humid Champagne and residual bocage’s heart, significantly dented by agronomic industry, lives a multitude of migratory birds coming mostly from north of Europe. Tens of thousands of gray cranes are meeting there each year, and their concerts and ballets are captivating our attention, and with them miscellaneous species like greylag gooses … crowds of anatidae, shorebirds, passerines, raptors, tall egrets, so rare some decades ago.

This region is not only attractive for avifauna but also for ornitologist traveller. Hunters are massively sampling the lake’s periphery. Their fridges are filled to the extreme. A big deal for an ruthless and invasive business: go and see hotel rooms’ prices ! Recently a Casino, and of course not a grocery was built there ! Gifaumont’s leisure port was extended and didn’t respect littoral laws. Quite naturally, Montier en Der’s animal photography exhibition joined this economical expansion more than twenty years ago. 

Still, let’s not bit the hand that feed us : conferences and talented exhibitions are organized. For instance, original testifies, from naturalist volunteers, protecting for a long time the golden eagle and the montague’s harrier. Thus, while we’re amazed, It became a taboo to ask questions regarding the simultaneous and scaring situation of the destruction of the world surrounding us by an absolute predator system, that, neither the first peoples nor the humanity, the wildlife, and the world’s flora can escape from.

And not the most emblematic one: the phenomenon is global and touch the most unknown living beings, such as the collembola living in the the litter on the ground and the herbaceous stratum, and reptiles amphibian, the batraciens, and the entomofauna. The main reasons are the destruction of the biotopein a large scale, for the needs of the agro-chemical-industry. Rivers, riverine habitats, humid zone, bocages and forest feeding the industrialist and capitals. 

The numerous photographers exhibiting in Montier, introduce us to the sight of a disitegrating world they can search in the planet far away. Indeed, in on the doorsteps of the town, we fly over the installation of nuclear wastes storages of Soulaines, Morvilliers, the Briennes compaction center. The ANDRA (the National Agency for Radioactive Wastes) bought everything in the area, thousands of hectare of agricultural land, and the greedy conscious of most local elected representatives. Leucemia are raising in number in 15km around the Soulaines garbage.

In St Dizier, the future is also shining with the lighting implantation of an industrial centre that aims to the maintenance of the french nuclear parc. But the townhall, partner of the Montier festival, cares about the future of the forest and the first peoples, like the  Papuans from New Guinea..; Indeed, It organize a conference meeting called : Brothers of tress, the call of the papuan leader. Something to dream about !

To a future without criminal deforestation for the first peoples, to a future without nuclear and nuclear grave in Bure. To these elected representatives, who admire distant territories and peoples in fight for their survive, we say “Bravo”, but we also say : stop providing to the ANDRA nuclecrats craziness the Meuse and Haute Marne’s forrests. This is the whole of the territory that depends on It, and the future of the local populations will never depends on a nuclear grave.

We are the birds of the coming storm.

Written on one of the walls in the Lejuc wood. 

 Today, and since June 2016, we’ve been living in this forest called the Lejuc Wood, and we take Its daily defense on. Thanks to a lot of local supports, national and regional, implanted in the plateau of the Barrois in Bur the House of the Resistance in Bure, and in other towns, we take the lead of the future of a territory with all inhabitants aware. By antinuclear struggles history, we know ANDRA has a kind of colonial power and embodies the, like a state in the State, the omnipotence of this one. We learnt how brutal It can be (seriously injured protestors on the August 15th 2017, and massive polices searches in September 2017), but the use of the strenght will not make us give up. We replied by creating new support comitees. Because our struggle is on the side of the future and life.

The goal of Bure : the Lejuc Wood !

Join us in the forest, for a day, a year, play a part in our wildlife, flora, chiropterans and all species of bird’s census round … and above all : refuse to collaborate with the ANDRA and Its associates : contact the House of the Resistance, and get informed on en.vmc.camp

* Bure’s owls is like the activists living and fighting in Bure and around like to name theirselves

The 20th of october : an eviction rehearsal ?

Because of mistakes made on vmc about the « police pressure » of the 20th we want to bring to the light a few important facts and the intensity of this moment. Last friday we have lived the most important attack on the forest since the eviction of the 7th of july 2016. This text is an alarm call for a lasting intensification of the resistance, especially in the forest and on the barricades.

It wasn’t simply a way to « put pressure » on us

The GM (gendarmes mobiles, a military corps for maintaing order) arrived at night, just before dawn, driving slowly with their lights out. Thanks to a light on vigie sud (south watch) we suddenly distinguished many cars around us. At this point they were fifty meters away, taking our roadblocks off the way. We quickly stopped counting the cars to sound the alarm and set fire to the first barricade on the road. Fifty GM with full armor and shields formed a line in front of it. While defending owls held the front against them, others went toward the east to prevent a surrounding maneuver. They spotted GM trying to penetrate the wood through the bushes and burned another barricade to stop them. After half an hour of fierce resistance the military retreated.

The number of GM and the surrounding tactics lead us to think they had at least the intention of arresting people. Whether it is or not a rehearsal for the eviction of the wood’s occupants, a new level has been reached in their strategy.

Andra’s project is stuck in a juridic entanglement and it faces a setback due to the environmental impact of the CIGEO project. Its allies in the Préfecture (the state’s departmental representant especially for maintaining order) have chosen to answer with threats and violence.

We need all your support to build and defend barricades, to live in the forest, do the automedia. We also need support from afar, financial and material, as well as decentralized actions against Andra and its allies.

Thank you for diffusing this text !

Contact : sauvonslaforet at riseup.net

Infos : vmc.camp

After the police searches, our General Assembly calls for the creation of Bure support committees everywhere !

On September 23rd, about sixty people from all the components of the struggle met for the the general assembly of the movement against the nuclear dump and its world, and in reaction to the police searches which happened three days before. What was thoroughly violated by the police on that day wasn’t only two collective and three private life spaces shared by opponents. It was our lives, our intimacies, our relationships and our diversity. To see and hear cops demolish doors and break into our dormitories wearing riot gear, weapons in their hands, was quite a shock: it took all the solidarity among ourselves and from our outside supporters, from locals and activists, to overcome it.

This is why we were so moved by all the meetings that took place from that day on. Moved, also, by how people are willing to create support and action committees. This search has turned back against those who organized it, because the tremendous wave of support and donations that followed has united us and given us more courage to oppose the gigantic powers of nuclear industry.

Our struggle doesn’t only aim at saving some rural area from the first class burial which nuclear industry has to offer. It extends to everyone. The CIGEO project in Meuse is the State’s last hope to gain time when it is faced by the inexorable accumulation of radioactive waste. By blocking it, we are questioning the very existence of the entire industry, from uranium extraction in Niger and Gabon, to nuclear factories, to the final dump. And we are more generally questionning the State’s violence against all form of life.

Every person who feels concerned can join the struggle from where they live, by creating if they so wish a local committee, to build a solidarity network. So that the nuclear institution will be attacked wherever it exists, and that everywhere there can be support parties, infotours, actions against nucleocrates and their subcontractors (Vinci, Eiffage, EDF, Areva, Biotope…). Unleash your imagination!

We invite you on the week end of October 21st/22nd to come to Bure: On Saturday 21st to meet with all the local support committees and on Sunday 22nd to build a welcome house in the freed forest! To survive winter, all construction/water and weather proofing materials are welcome. Other meetings will follow.

If you want to spread the struggle or create a local committee, send a contact (and even a text if you want!) to the burepartout@riseup.net list, and register on the bure-intercomites@lists.riseup.net list.

You can als come visit us, for two days or a year, to reinforce the local struggle and forest occupation. And lets create common places and take our stolen lives back everywhere!

We shall never be atomized !

 

Bure General Struggle Assembly on September 23rd