Info Thread February 2017

This article was published on vmc.camp on the 14th february. All calls, quotes and support messages were originally received in french, we apologize if we fail to perfectly convey the original messages of the authors.

February 16th, a nod to Hambach and a little party at the lab!

  • Tonight nifty Bure owls have struck again: fences protecting the “ecotheque”, a lab building, have fallen, windows have exploded, and we got short account of that crazy nocturnal expedition:

On the third day of our action week against CIGEO and to protect the Lejuc forest, after our Valentine torches march, we decided to pay a visit to the beloved ANDRA ecomuseum, just next to the lab. We had quite unfairly neglected this charming concrete building for a couple days. We wanted to pay a very personal homage to that monument to ecotechnocracy and its “mission to raise awareness” about local biodiversity. Armed with the best of intents, we arrived with one very simple question: is it by any chance for survivors of the centuries to come that you exhibit the vitrified reminder of what you intend to destroy?.

Unfortunately at a late hour, we found the door closed. Since nobody was answering the intercom, we hammered our discontent a few times. Because politely asking apparently wasn’t sufficient, we eventually bent the fences under the weight of our questions. Led by sheer curiosity, we decided to explore the museum’s temporary collections, and, in an impetus of momentary enthusiasm, resolved to add to it a few samples of local geological heritage.

Sympathizing greatly with the windows families, the police rushed to their rescue. After protecting our withdrawal with a fired up barricade, we progressively turned our backs on the amplifying fog. ANDRA, your deceits won’t smoke us out!

The nifty Bure owls.

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  • Another busy day: all with welcoming new comers, organizing the logistics for the rest of the week, continuing the constructions and starting to set up the camp on the concert site, it was with tired bodies but minds always as determined that we too made the forest echo with solidarity with the Hambach struggle!

  •  It’s moving elsewhere in the East: not only in Bure do people build tree houses; around Strasboug, occupation tree houses are being built on the perimeter of the GCO to be (Grand Contournement Ouest: Massive Western Bypassing, a highway around the city) by the new collective ZADGCO. We support our Alsacian friends from Bure! (@HamsterGrand on twitter)

February 5th, new actions to support Bure from afar!

While in Bure we’re still welcoming newcomers and preparing for the week end, in many other places actions are launched to support us!

In response to our call for support, new actions away from Bure:

  • On February 18th Sortir du Nucléaire Trégor ngo organized an action at 11am in Lannion

  • In Valence they organized an action against EDF (French Electricity companity) and sent us this email:

In Valence just like in Bure, the nuclear power isn’t feeling at ease…
The dirty used oil met the dirty hands of EDF
A few preparation discussions, some determined day dreaming…and here is to a new attack point on the map!

On the EDF downtown store, entre la nouvelle peinture écologique de vidange (je ne comprends pas la phrae en français..) everyone can now read:

We attack EDF

Because they are one of the key actors of nuclear industry

Because they actively support the nuclear waste disposal project in Bure, Meuse.

Because this project is an environmental disaster, and that it is developed by public and private mafias and a completely anti-democratic way.
Becaude EDF nucleocrates are part of these tie-wearing con artists
Because we support active and legitimate resistance against this project in Bure, which is undergoing various forms of repressions.

Because to be political and act against such lethal prospects, is simply to exist in this society.

Because at this very moment thousands are assembling in Bure to protest.

Because the anti industrial struggle has always existed in the streets just like in books.

Because on a daily basis the race for progress devastates the depth of our lives while cocooning us in comfort.

Energy is our future (*EDF motto)? You bet!

Energy is their future, lets disobey!

Let it be said:

Here just like in Bure

Walls can be washed, not hands.

  • On February 15th in Montpellier and Valence the DREAL (Direction Regionale de l’Environnement, de l’Aménagement et du Logement: regional direction for environment, layout and housing) was occupied

     

    • On February 13th friends organized a burial action in downtown Grenoble as a response to our call for action

    • On February 12th support Bure meeting in  Neuvy-Bouin with a reminder about the nuclear waste struggle in the 90s in the Deux Sevres region, where a similar lab project was canceled thanks to massive mobilization that suceeded in beating ANDRA off.

  • Also a call for action against uranium transportation meeting in Treves on February 18th and 19th:

Franco-German « train » action against nuclear trains on February 18th and 19th 2017

In solidarity with the struggle against nuclear waste disposal in Bure, Lorraine.

By our action, we want to protest and inform people about the many Yellow Cake (uranium) transports between Germany and France. Regularly, boats from Russia and Namibia stop in Hambourg Harbor and deliver Yellow Cake. It is the necessary raw material to create fuel for nuclear plants or atomic bombs everywhere on Earth. It is brought by train from Hambourg to the AREVA factory in Narbonne Malvési, south of France, going through Koln, Treves, Woippy and Montpellier.

Activists will leave on February 18th from Kiel (where the nuclear boats go through) and Hambourg to go to Treves, bringing with them a symbol representing Yellow Cake. They will follow the same path as the regular nuclear trains. In Treves, they will get objects from France as a symbol of uranium hexafluoride as well as pieces of the wall that fell in the Lejuc forest as a symbol of resistance against this insane and dangerous project. The trip will end on February 19th in Gronay where can be found the German uranium enrichment factory. The uranium hexafluoride transformed there often comes from Pierrelatte, France.

Anti nuclear activists, with this action, are trying to inform travelers as well as train companies staff about the many nuclear transports and the risks attached to them; they are indeed little known to the public, as authorities don’t inform people on that subject. In cas of accident, nobody is trained to react. Nuclear transports are supposed to continue indefinitely in Germany since the structures and transports enabling the nuclear industry to function are not part of the German law on exiting nuclear power.

The action is moreover supporting the struggle against nuclear waste disposal in Bure. A massive protest will take place in Bure on the same day. The construction work for the nuclear waste disposal site started last summer. Thanks to a determined resistance they could be stopped in August 2016. The wall erected by ANDRA (Agence nationale de gestion des déchets nucléaires, the agency in charge of the project) to protect its work has fallen mid-august under the determined pounding of protesters.

«To stop producing and above all not to bury», is a well knowndemand when it comes to nuclear waste.

And that is precisely what unites the train action activists and those in Bure this week end: to stop the production of waste at it source. In order to do that, we have to stop the nuclear transports that enable this dangerous industry to function.

 

For more on the subject

Web page of the German struggle against uranium transportationhttp://urantransport.de

Call for the “train” action in Germanhttp://urantransport.de/aktionstage/aktionsfahrt/

Call for the “train” action in Frenchhttp://urantransport.de/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/2017-appel-action-train-uranium.pdf

February 14th, we declared our flaming feelings to ANDRA !

8:30pm : 80 nifty owls leave the House of Resistance towards the evil eye of Saudron (where Andra’s lab is located).

As we went, passing lands supposed to host the electrical transformer that ANDRA wishes to install to power CIGEO, we lit on our wonderful torches. In the night they were competing with the lab’s atrocious lights in the distance. After 40mn of musical walking, we reached the lab and noticed without great surprise that it was heavily guarded by the police.

« On est plus chauds que CIGÉO ! » « ANDRA dégage, résistance et sabotage ! » (“We are hotter than CIGEO!” “ANDRA fuck off, resistance and sabotage!”)

After a little danse around an improvised brazier, the bush on the round about in front of the lab somehow caught fire. On our way back, the windows of a surveillance cabin burst, some paint flew around and flames licked the intercom on the entrance fences.

A sweet night where even the red moon declared flaming feelings for ANDRA, and that is but a beginning…

Marche aux flambeaux vers l’ANDRA ! from vmc on Vimeo.

February 13th, a busy crowded week ahead

The logistics for February 18th is being set up! Every corner of the House of Resistance is being cleaned, a couple dozen people have already joined us and are busy on several fronts (cooking team for the week, sleeping rooms being set up everywhere, setting up the infokiosk and welcoming point, automedia and legal team office and medic truck organizing).

February 10th, popular reaction against police brutality

In Bure, in cities, in forests, in solidarity with Theo, the Lejuc forest stands against the inhumanity of racist, homophobic actions committed by the police

February 3rd, a wink from friends in Hambach

Another busy week end ahead but starting peacefully at the House in Bure. The sky was still hesitating as to whether or not to remaining gray for the day when we received in the morning support from friends in Hambach!

While walking in Hambach forest, with barricades and trenches built after the intrusion of RWE security guards and police, the news reached us that the same repression led by the greediness of insane ground diggers had fallen onto our Bure comrades, who are resisting the destruction of a forest supposed to enable even more extractionist madness under the shape, there, of a nuclear waste disposal site. Destroyed barricades, private security guards, police roadblocks, so many things that resonate so familiarly in our ears, as familiarly as the global destruction of habitats so as to extract all but the last drop of poison, killing ecosystems, communities, peoples and climate to fill the pockets of a few mafiosi barons.

Thus, to the companieros of Bure and all those resisting such assaults, up on barricades, up on tree houses, or in trailers, fighting that extractionist, capitalist monster, a loud solidarity cry resonates from the Hambach forest towards you