The beginning of our camp is approaching fast and we’re more than 20 people getting stuck into the collective DIY for the VMC camp and for the other camp of “les ami-e-s de Silence”. Sprouting up from the ground there are various tents, domes, shelters, showers and other structures.
A scaffolding has been put up next to the main building to install the guttering and we’ve received the wood that we need to construct the mezzanine inside. The main work has started and will continue until the beginning of next week. We plan to have the independant media centre in this area along with a large info point.
Since Monday night we had the suprise to see that a ZAPP “Zone à protéger de paix” (Zone of peace to protect) in front of the gates of ANDRA. The music group the Bure-Haleurs put their tents up on the grass in front of the main entrance to the nuclear waste burial site.
Banners have been put up in the bushes in front of the site and messages have been written in chalk on the access roads. Yesterday an improvised concert was organised around the group of “Ami-e-s de Silence” and some of our friends here for the collective DIY.
A kind of crazy moment between children beating rythms on the gates of ANDRA, a humain chain zigzagging between and in front of security guards and cops (that were targeted with water pistols), they were filming us with their mobile phones.
This morning, woken up be the bells of the media: the journalists who are missing some stories told everyone avout the ZAD in the Meuse, the French radio station France Inter spoke about “a new Sivens”, on France Info is was “the future epicentre of anticapitalists”. All of this mixed together in a big mess: we learnt that there were three camps being put up at the beginning of August. (source : an article on démosphère Alpes de Hautes-Provence), we saw the French MP Denis Baupin quoted and a song from the Bure-Haleurs. Bad press still has many good days ahead for itself.
Cops are crusing around the roads, a bit of helicopter Tuesday night and cars that are driving around in front of ANDRA for surveillance on the ZAPP camp. We even had a visit from two cops on our future site for the camp, they asked us to ensure that farmers and their vehicules could continue to drive by in front of our camp. If that was the only thing bothering them that’s fine by us because we know some of the local farmers. We did point out to the cops that they were on private land and they weren’t particularly welcome. We’re not the only ones not to welcome their presence, in and around the surrounding villages some people are getting fed up with them hanging around.
It’s not our fault because we did tell the préfecture that too many cops wouldn’t help their image. This didn’t prevent some road signs being redecorated for the occasion….
What else have we been up to? well we’ve continued our door to door visits in local villages, apart from some rare exceptions people were welcoming and curious. We must say that at least we are behaving better than Mr Hance, who from eye witness reports (including people from ANDRA) has not been very helpful. Threatening our pacific friends on the ZAPP with eviction or local inhabitants with expropriation when they don’t want to sell up to ANDRA, that musn’t be an easy job but still…..
nevertheless we greet the praiseworthy efforts of ANDRA to do well looking at corruption, with those who want to see and hear nothing, by advertising campaigns of an undeniable funny sense. Others know what has happend in the last 15 years.