New call from the forest of Mandres

New call from the forest of Mandres

Autumn has arrived – and as nights grow longer, we keep on keeping Andra out and off from destroying these woodlands. After nearly 5 months of demonstrations, occupations, forest walks, evictions, reoccupations, fights, legal actions, leaflet distributions, (wall) sabotages and new constructions from treehouses to watch towers rising in the forest – we continue to settle in. Our forest family is small, but active and growing, welcoming new residents and visitors to walk the woods with us.

Since the 1st of August, Andra was ruled by the court of Bar-le-Duc to cease the clear cuts and fencing off the forest with the leftovers of the late Berlin wall it had started without legal permissions.The company was ruled into the process of either getting the authorization for its works or, in the best scenario, be ruled to recultivate the destruction it had caused.

To encourage the court system for once to do the right thing and the forest to keep on standing strong, 500 of us seized the moment on 14th August and took down the entire 1,2km long concrete wall. After this, the new forest occupation started, and built itself up calmly, without call-outs, in-a-matter-of-factly: when you know what’s the right thing to do, it’s easy to get going.

Unfortunately, Andra is still searching ways to get back in. The company appealed the 1st August court decision, and the matter was scheduled to go to court on 3rd of November. Unsurprisingly enough, the session was postponed, giving Andra yet more time to find legal loopholes for its needs. The procedure to authorize the clear cuts is advancing. Since October, the bailiff’s and security guards have tried to have their forest walks with varying success and police controls taken place in nearby villages. Some artistic comrades were given a 2 month suspended prison sentence for a graffiti on a ruined Andra building, another person got a ban from the area of Meuse for two years and free auditions are piling up for the fall of the Andra wall. A new prefect took the office in Meuse and CIGEO (the planned disposal facility for highly radioactive nuke waste) has a brand new director. Andra has also recruited a new public law expert to avoid its past mistakes.

To put it short: they are reorganizing, and threat of a forest eviction and resumption of the drilling works are growing on an alarming rate. And since the forest cannot stand up and fight for itself: it’s up to us to stand up for it.

As the history of anti-nuclear struggles shows, in the end the bad guys will get the permits to favour them. This is how the system is built: but luckily we don’t have to humbly accept it. With this new call we’re not only giving an update to old friends and supporters. First and foremost, we’re inviting all of you to come or take a stand of solidarity elsewhere. From Calais to Notre-Dame-des-Landes active people are not giving in for repression, but finding hope from action. We respect the diversity of tactics: whether your thing is to summon up the clown army, get creative with your friends or arrange a Sunday fiesta of roasted chestnuts for local supporters, you’re welcomed here.

More info on en.vmc.camp (And should they be able to chase us out of the woods, remember that in a case of an eviction, there’s a steady call to converge to Bure on the following Saturday at 11AM)

What else?

*every sunday afternoon, starting at 14:00, we offer autumn walks, climbing workshops, hut constructions and discussions in the liberated forest! Bring whatever you want to share; a cake, coffee, a skill, a smile or a rant against Andra and other globe destroyers

*to support financially and materially the liberation of the forest, feel free to donate what you can: food, finances, tools – expecially pallets and planks are always treasured!

*pass on and sign the call against the repression in Bure, to support to all forms and means of action repressed

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