Monthly Archive: June 2016



IMG_20160626_211058Since Sunday the 19h of June, we, inhabitants of Mandres-en-Barrois, regulars to Bure and its surrounding areas, collectives, associations, farmers, have been occupying in a thousand ways the communal forest of Mandres-en-Barrois in order to block works at the nuclear dump project CIGEO. Blocking this site means creating zones of resistance in the flimsy empire of ANDRA (the agency behind the project). If capitalism is a digestive tube, Bure is the rectum that needs to be constipated.

In this liberated forest, we’ve seen farmers, locals of here and elsewhere, associations, collectives join forces to hold the barricades under a halo of foggy moonlight.

In this liberated forest we’ve seen more inhabitants of Mandres-en-Barrois in one week than in several months of public gatherings, door to door conversations and big protests.

IMG_20160626_114133In this liberated forest we’ve seen kilos and kilos of food and materials come in, despite police controls and roadblocks. We’ve seen a 50m2 den and a collective kitchen built in the blink of an eye.

In this liberated forest we’ve seen a friendly farmer hold the barricades throughout the whole night, only to leave at 4AM by bike in order to milk his cows, 50km away.

We’ve heard and read an array of vivid calls to occupy, sabotage, celebrate against the constructions and block them.

In this liberated forest we’ve seen a depressed friend reconquer his smile and contemplate the stars.

We’ve seen other friends, impassioned plant lovers, pick wonders from under the trees. Wild asparagus, sweet woodruff and other secrets of the forest.

IMG_20160626_210057We’ve heard, at every hour of the day and of the night a resonating cry : « WHOSE FOREST IS THIS !? » « IT IS OURS ! ».
We’ve seen this cry become a stronger reality every day.

In this liberated forest, we’ve seen joyful actions of collective sabotage, moving faces, masked and unmasked. We’ve seen chainsaws come out of nowhere to bring down all the fences and build stronger barricades. We’ve seen smiles on unknown and unexpected faces, and big hammers to bust enormous metallic drilling tubes. We’ve felt in the evening air, around the campfire, over a glass of wine in the murmur of checkerberries, immense calm. And the intuition that the intensity of what we are experiencing is, unlike the false promises of this nuclear dump, irreversible.

IMG_20160626_162734In this liberated forest we’ve seen occupiers give a helping hand to a farmer to pick up his estovers, only to discover a faraway parcel of land overlooked by a venerable beech.

In this liberated forest, we’ve seen ANDRA and the authorities try to set a strategy of tension by sending their mercenaries and by grossly intimidating farmers and locals, who depsite this, keep coming.

In this liberated forest we’ve seen the beginning of a precarious balance full of complementarities and of tensions, always needing to be reworked through self-defense, construction, and links with the outside world. We’ve sweated under the sun digging trenches, marched kilometres carrying hundreds of planks over barricades, gestured over the phone for hours, talking to medias, support groups and friends of all horizons.

In this liberated forest we’ve seen treehouses grow faster than mushrooms.

IMG_20160626_211016We’ve seen media hungry for sensationalism label us as a « ZAD » and print the image of masked, hostile occupiers all over what is in reality a liberating occupation, one that is in continuity with 20 years of struggle against the nuclear dump.

In this liberated forest we’ve seen, at dawn, wide eyes astonished by the fact that we’re still here, we’re holding on, onto this small victory, effectively blocking any contruction for the first time in years. « Fuck ! We’re actually occupying this forest ! » Breakfast in the sun, and tranquility on a platform freed of barbed wire.

IMG_20160626_113726We’ve seen these barbed wire fences travel all the way from the forest to lock the nucleocrats and their propaganda inside the CLIS (institution for lubricating citizens). We’ve seen ANDRA reinforce security measures and close its doors on the weekend of the 25th/26th of June while ours are wide open.

We’ve seen this forest become the common ground much needed in order to transform a constellation of groups and individuals struggling aginst the nuclear dump into an actual movement.


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  • Every weekend : Banquets and Sunday walks in the forest !
  • Weekend of the 2/3 July : Farmers’ market, convergence with the struggle in Verdun. Programme coming up on
  • Throughout the summer and beyond, let us root subversion to ANDRA and the world that gave birth to this project.

Update of the 21 june: Music and resistance in an occupied forest

  • 9h20 : this morning, we take it easy, after a break. No cops at the horizon nor in the sky, a bit humid, dry socks would be welcome.
  • 9h30 : announcement for tonight at 19h: music festival in the woods, bring your instruments and your songs. Meeting next Sunday 26 June for a big day in the forest, program will be announced soon.
  • 10h20 : New declaration from Andra, they take us really for fools, they state : « Its preliminary work that will allow us to file the application for authorization of construction. We are obliged to calculate the surface for the foundations of the buildings ». Constructions to file an application for authorization of constructions, lol? When we say we don’t want any constructions, it means we don’t want any constructions, not even preliminary works.
  • 13h00 : Occupation still ongoing, need support (come on site, bring materials, or some financial support)
  • 13h40 : A video was sent to us from during the protest day on the 19th with the call-out
  • 15h00 : big tension at the barricade blocking the entry of the forest. A car with 5 security arrived and had enough time to take down one of the small barricades before being chased off by some of the determined occupants. They retreated with the car and went back to hide behind the cops at the crossroad a few hundred meters away. A few minutes later the cops got reinforcement of another cop vehicle. It seems that the strategy of tension by Andra and the prefect has started. Its principal goal : to suffocate the movement over the next few days to initiate an eviction with a massive police force. They were trying to frighten the people passing by, by communicating them there could be some “violence” supposedly possible altercations.
  • 15h30 :
    Strategy of tension, take 2. A the police checkpoint, a farmer, involved in the occupation, is taken by his collar by Emmanuel Hance, Mister « public relations » and land grabber for Andra, a real douche-bag, feared or hated by the majority of the locals, acting like a sherif with the local farmers and other land and forest owners. The scene takes about 15 minutes. « I understand your engagement with the event of 200 000 steps, but this is going to far, from the people involved in the protest last Sunday there are 50 of them who only came with their backpack, when they leave, you’ll be left alone… » the point of this : instill separation and dissociation in the struggle and occupation movement.
    Another scene to create dissociation : yesterday, 20 June, another local farmer involved in the protest of the 19th was taken by his collar, still by Hance. « Hey, i saw you last Sunday, you were wearing a mask together with your father ! ». Nothing more needed to raise the tension.
  • 16h00 : the building and installation of the occupation still ongoing at the site. Numerous events are prepared for the days coming, at first place the big feast of the liberation of the forest “bois de Mandres” next Sunday 26 June !!
  • 21h00 : Tonight, a discussion in support with the local farmers ! But today is also the feast of music, lots of solidarity arrived with food and drinks ! don’t hesitate to pass by !

Start of an occupation and the sabotage of the construction site near Bure, call out for support!!


#antinuke #nuclear

In Bure, we call to block the works and occupy the site of the planned CIGEO nuclear garbage dump !

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Today, on Sunday, 19th, 2016, we have temporarily freed the communal woods of Mandres-en Barrois from Andra’s yoke with its CIGEO nuclear garbage dump. In front of our great wooden pavilion, assembled where the first steps of deforestation were taken, we, resisting inhabitants from here and other places, NGOs, collectives, declare the Woods of Mandres occupied !

We are engaging into a new step for resistance : we are opposing the beginning of works with our tenacious joy and hopefulness. We do not want any « wells area » here, connected to thousands of tons of offall dug deep into the ground to be forgotten : we are going to physically defend this forest, which belongs to all. What is at play behind those oak-and-beech thickets is a symbol of our struggle against ANDRA’s1 arrogance and violence. Under the canopy, our weed-like will shall not be drowned in concrete.

In 2013, the agency set down millions of euros and promises of work to get a hold of these woods.As they were consulted, the majority of Mandres’ inhabitants voted « No », because they use these woods to gather estovers of woods for heating, to stroll around, to hunt, to wander : it is a part of our lives. The inhabitants said « No » because they have here 300 years of memories, customs and secrets that cannot be traded off or compensated. We prefer earth paths to a financial « godsend », and a slowly aging oaktree to fake promises of employment.

In the summer 2015, ANDRA came back with a vengeance : at 6 a.m., the town council voted for the exchange of this forest for another with 7 in favor and 4 against. This time, their strategy wasn’t sham democracy or « consultation », but posting there two private watchmen to block the entrance to the townhall.

Throughout this last year, the inhabitants multiplied court appeals to get theses woods back and stop the atomic dump from being started. From public meetings to appeals for arbitration or appeals to the administrative tribunal against the undemocratic exchange of the woods, a local resistance found its ways through the area again, but this resistance did not prevent the beginning of works. We are not so easy to fool : such a crucially strategic project as CIGEO is for the French state and its nuclear business, will not be stopped just by going to court.

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Today we are occupying this forest to physically oppose ourselves to its being annexed by ANDRA. We are occupying it because we cannot stand to hear the crash of trees being uprooted, because their rasor blade wire fences, their mercenaries and big dogs will not stop us from resisting. We are occupying it to stop the territory from being stolen away from the people by the hungry hands of nuclear industry.

We are occupying this forest in order to prevent the beginning of works for CIGEO. We know that nothing in the shiny corridors of Parliament can stop the dump being dug, that only a territorial struggle can do it. From the right and the left, politicians applaud loud as they can when the atomic bugle rings, and even more so when they can say that they are « doing it for future generations ». Occupying now means getting again a hold on this project that has been refused for over 20 years by the population, it means that we can get a grip on an ennemy that has already made sure it was invincible in all other places under its control.

We are occupying this forest with another type of life, joyful, inventive, collective, against nuclear society and its world of military and private security guards, of smiling experts and quiet dosimeters, a world set to exploit the ground and its people as much as possible. Where they want to deforest, we are building shelters. Where they raise wire fences, we open paths. Where they are manufacturing a desert of solitude and resignation, we are claiming our joy together, while resisting.


So now, all summer, everyone must come to Bure to stop CIGEO !

The pillars of our pavilion are set on 30 years of struggle against territorial colonisation by ANDRA here and in other places. The cabins built today and tomorrow are accomplices of our rebel potatoes which occupy illegally a piece of land owned by the Agency. They are allied with the large inclusive marches that we made against the nuclear dump, the comrades of resistance camps against CIGEO and its world.

This beginning of an occupation cannot be the high point of two weeks of action, but the prelude of a summer of determined resistance. Our pavilion is an invitation to an endless picnic, a place to meet other people and to come by and maybe stay against ANDRA’s will to make this place a desert. It is a solid wood call to converge on Bure to support the occupation and prevent the destruction of these woods and the beginning of CIGEO’s « construction » by all means. We are thinking in terms of picnics, direct actions and inclusive demonstrations. We are imagining blockades, wanderings and decentralised actions.

From the peoples surviving in and around Arlit’s uranium mining sites to the rebel bocage of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, from the steep slopes of Val de Susa and the anti-nuclear camp at Pyhajöki, Finand, we are holding together as one chain of resistance against those who want to redesign our lives !


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Andra began illegal deforestation to implement the Cigéo project, opponents take over the forest


#nuclear #antinuke #Bure

Sunday, June 19, 2016, about 200 people, including villagers, visited the forest of Mandres-en-Barrois, a few km from Bure, in the Meuse, and converged on the platform of the new construction site by Andra.
After a great friendly picnic in a joyful atmosphere, double fences that surround the construction site were removed, barricades were built on the path to the site. A large wooden playground was erected on the platform installed by Andra cleared of the fences. Fifteen guards present were invited to leave by the protesters, and a gendarmerie commander stated “he would let the picnic happen, provided there is no damage to persons” .

A callout to resist, written collectively was read locally by various persons involved. Sixty people will spend the night and invite everyone to join them as soon as possible.

For the protesters, the goal is clear: “Cigéo begins the constructions brutally and illegally, the mobilization came out of the woods and will intensify in the coming weeks to block this mega nuclear waste project!”.

Indeed, the proposed nuclear waste burial center Cigéo, in the region of Bure (Meuse), is currently going through a new stage of implementation deemed illegal by local residents and associations.
Since 15 days, Cigéo installed a platform and undertakes a major land clearing, apparently without authorization, on the edge of the forest.
The double fences insinuates other preparatory work, like the previous ones, it anchors the project even more in the local landscape. These works do not fit in a construction preperation step, but much akin to a dangerous annexation of the territory.

This forest of 220 ha is strategically important because it is attached to the 300 km of underground tunnels for the storage of radioactive waste. The plans of ANDRA includes the construction of two access shafts to the galleries, vents for radioactive gases and the storing thousands of cubic meters of excavated earth.

The people and organizations denounce the total illegality of the construction work while an administrative appeal was filed by villagers in 2015 and that ANDRA has no building permission for Cigéo.
As for the legislative process defined by the law in 2006, they are fighting to get it sidesteped by the Bill Longuet law proposel which aims to hasten the definition of reversibility of storage and install a so-called “pilot phase” which is none other than the start of the nuclear waste landfill.

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