Monthly Archive: October 2016

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 The sections of the wall are lying on the ground, the cops have withdrawn and cabins are rebuilt in the trees.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.



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!


Info:… / Contact: / 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: //

(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

(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!!


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!


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!!


Sunday 13th November – Collective gardening on occupied lands

03arecuperacic3b3n-tierra-cobalc3b3-cauca-jorge-silvaFrom 1pm at the ancient station of Luméville

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!

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Recap of the summer

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


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.


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.


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 !