The ANDRA forced its way in the forest, another high tension morning
For 6 months now, the Lejuc forest, in Bure, has been occupied by several dozens of people opposing the nuclear waste disposal project CIGEO.
The occupants have been summoned to court in Bar le Duc on January 25th when there might be an eviction ordered. But the private security gards and the police didn’t wait for the court trial to try and get back in the forest. The next few days will be crucial for the struggle against the CIGEO project.
Around 11am we heard machinery noises in the forest. On a path a few meters away from the communal hut, a construction truck – driven by no less than the infamous Emmanuel Hance, ANDRA’s director for public relations- was destroying barricades and broadening the existing road, escorted by two cars of EPR security guards.
France 3 channel journalists, who were here to interview people about the eviction trial on the 25th, witnessed the whole scene and couldn’t help but notice that Sir Hance wasn’t reluctant to push with a shovel some of the opponents who were trying to stop the machines, at the risk of injuring them. At the same time, a second truck, equally escorted, was noticed and pushed back on the main forest road just before it destroyed the last barricade protecting the collective kitchen.
In the end we managed to push ANDRA back to the center of the forest, at the level of a construction-to-be, put on the ground. In the back, three construction trucks belonging to the Chardot company, loaded with rubble, were waiting to build new roads in the forest. The claim was that their intention was to take away the wall that was destroyed in August. Even though three trials are still opposing us to ANDRA in the days and weeks to come, concerning the occupation of the forest, the deforestation et the illegal acquisition of the forest, ANDRA is once again forcing its way in. Under false pretenses of reconditioning the forest back to how it was, ANDRA is preparing a violent eviction of the forest in the days to come.
Two days before the trial against the forest occupants, the fast arrival of several police cars as well as a special intervention and surveillance brigade, under direct command of none other than brigade leader Bruno Dubois, in addition to a comrade being hit in the nose by a private security guard and ANDRA forcing it way back into the forest, all clearly show that ANDRA has once again decided to ignore the legal process and bring conflict onto the next level.
Today just like in August, we claim our determination to block constructions by ANDRA and to preserve the Lejuc forest at all cost from the destruction ANDRA wreaks upon it every single time!
We are not fooled: replanting a handful of shrubs after tearing down thousands of grown trees, or taking a way a few broken wall parts just a few days before the end of the legally imparted time to do so, is nothing but a smokescreen to better come back a month later to destroy the forest once again!
Meet us on February 18th for a great day of action and mobilisation: whether they try to evict us or not, we will be in the forest!
The Bois Lejuc occupants and opponents to the nuclear waste project CIGEO!
Map of the machines progress in the forest on the 23th January :
Black line with yellow dots : machines’s way into the forest on 23th January.
Orange stars : blockades of the machines by the opponents. (Northern one : face to face with the police / southern one : blockade of the machines)