These six months of occupation were also six months of encounters, parties, picnics, DIY and building, on the ground and up in the air. For six months, the local fight against Cigeo project and its world got more and more intense, with demonstrations and parades… It all started on June 19th with a picnic in the forest that lingered into a joyful and resolute occupation. We got evicted, destroyed a wall and took over again. After six months, the wood is still full of campfires, singing, wood-baked stuffed squash, energy, discussions and music… The owls of the Mandres forest are still at home here, and bound to stay !
Besides, Sven, the first official inhabitant of the wood, has celebrated his birthday there, on December 13rd. That was the opportunity to have a good meal around the fire and open an all-new sweat lodge, so as to get warmer during the cold winter nights.
And we did it again this week-end, at the winter solstice ready-for struggle party. We were some 80 people
spending our day in the forest, with a heavy agenda : climbing workshop, cabin plank-nailing, digestive badminton sessions on the “badricade”, strolls around Andra’s reafforestation work, evening meals around the fire. We warmly thank all the friends who came (back) to see us and brought us, along with their smiles, material and food to withstand the winter. The festive spirit of our summer of struggle still floats over the forest !
In the meantime, Andra’s greenwashing farce is going on… Their “reafforestation” of some 2300 young trees is almost done : what a charming attention from our so green nucleocrats. We thank them. But we won’t forget the dead trees that lie a few feet away. Let’s not be deceived by their apparent mea culpa. In the wood, Andra still regularly sends us its cops and vigilantes to create a tense atmosphere… until the next eviction ? On a legal point of view, the next hearing concerning the wood shall be held on January 5th, 2017… To be continued…
On the other hand, at the House of Resistance, the kitchen is now adorned with new colors ! You may get a unique chance to come and see that whenever you want !