Sunday 25th : family walk into the wood
Around fifty people came to see us and share good food at the Vigie sud, before discovering the new equipments in the forest, tree houses and else. Some did not came since the fall of the wall last august !
At the station, agricultural works are progressing, the wheat is beautiful and the 1500m2 of potatoes are almost weeded.
The week of action is almost reaching its end, but several people would like to make it last, and start to build their nest in the forest !
Saturday 24th : we hear the boots’ noise
We had to face a huge police operation. Around one hundred policemen were patrolling in the villages, arresting and checking the inhabitants. The helicopter came a few times in the wood to visit us, even by night. Anti-riot barriers were set up before the Andra while the military jeep were driving on the country roads.
We preferred not to go out this night, we rather chose to sing at the campfire and look for the bats living in the Bois Lejus !
In Mandres, police stayed all night on the church’s place, stationed in front of the town hall. They were watching the opponents’ houses with big flashlights and walking in the sleepy village, tommy guns in the hand.
Friday 23rd : Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom!
« We no longer consider this a party » was the title of today`s issue of the infamous Est Républicain newspaper, quoting from a recent ANDRA press release. A somewhat dramatic approach… Our nuclear friends seem to be reduced to playing on fear and shameless lies (pretending for example that we took down the antenna- we wish!- or that we threaten family members of elected officials…), to try and make us look like big bad bandits. Ironically enough, just as the Est Republicain article was being wrapped up, its title was made paradoxical by a great costume party by the round about where the lab, hotel and ecomuseum can be found. They no longer consider this a party? Too bad, we still want to have a boom!
Yesterday they tried to divide us, painting us as ultra violent to see if we’d play along like the prefecture would love us to. Everything was ready: the special intervention cops with their automatic rifles parading at the Lumeville station, anti riot fences near the laboratory, dozens of cop trucks with probably more cops in them than there are protesters here at the moment, a water canon seen on a nearby road in the early evening… Well tried, but you cannot force our radicalness onto us. Starting at 10pm, we thus answered instead with music and mocking laughters, songs and fireworks, silly dance, breathtaking punk, sensual salsa.
“national police force, we order you to start scattering at once!” : even their words seemed to be a laughable attempt to push us into their mold, to make a dancing party an illegal gathering. Failed, we shall not be reduced to police words. We laughed and took advantage of the sweet night music before going back home. On our way back, a green box containing measuring tools belonging to ANDRA was set on fire. Then the cops once again demonstrated their capacity for blunder by following us, getting off their vehicles once entering the village, tyring at all cost to start a fight that we refused to be dragged into, this time.
So yeah, it’s still an anniversary boom! And beyond scandalous newspapers headlines, in the forest, solidarity is being built, rich and powerful discussions about our own timing for radicalness are being held, constructions are making progress… Hooligans, dancers, dreamers: we are all of it at once, and much more. Much more at least than their pitiful attempts at labeling us.
Three days left to this action week: we’re still expecting you!
Wednesday 21st : breakage at the Andra’s
The week goes on and early birds this morning visited the 3stars hotel-restaurant of the Andra’s lab. A tire barricade was set on fire on the front. Then realizing the door was wide open, some people quickly went inside, broke the windows and the bar with precious alcohol bottles. While the alarm rang joyfully and the chaos prevailed in this sanitized space, other funny bandits were crashing the usual fences around this famous hotel, who regularly hosts all the shitty nucleocrats. The Owls finally went back to the Bois Lejus, satisfied and happy. It seems once more that the infallible nuclear security… failed.
Check out our press article here: http://en.vmc.camp/2017/06/22/no-breakfast-andra/
edit : This afternoon, around 30 nice owls occupied temporarily Mandres’ crossroads, this crucial spot for humiliating car checks (whether you’re by foot, car or bike), scene of abusive and never-ending vehicles searches, symbol of the on-going militarization of the meusian territory.
This small walk was an opportunity to move together and visit around. It was also a good way to symbolically claim that the blueish atmosphere is not inevitable and that we can offer other colors : the spaces we are taking back, even temporarily, are spaces which escape the permanent cop surveillance befalling Mandres’ inhabitants as much as us. Some might say it’s our fault, that it’s our presence that provoked the police reaction… But those who are being watched, filed, harassed shouldn’t be considered responsible for their own repression. It’s the logic itself of the wild installation of a nuclear dump, despising the will of the inhabitants, that creates this constant surveillance. Let’s refuse it !
A great sun above the Bois Lejus, time is passing by. From the new kitchen, majestic, a detail seems to disturb the owls. A detail you say ? The landscape is different. Something’s a-missing… The antenna located between the forest and Mandres-en-Barrois no longer is.
The first sabotage of the week is not by the opponents : it’s a company specialized into the windmill industry who gave up installing a wind turbine park on the Cigeo zone, and removed their own antenna that was used to make preliminary measurements. So does it count or not ? The arbitration’s gonna be difficult.
Edit: Andra now has claimed on their website (in French only unfortunately, sorry folks) that the nuclear opponents (that’s us!) were responsible for taking down the antenna. So… do we get the points then?
Cigeo scares windmills off ? Let’s scare off Cigeo (and windmills).
Monday 19th : Abrac-Abadie, abradabra, and the action week shall begin !
More and more people coming into the forest : the next days are gonna be awesome ! Howewer, the Bure team wants to take note of the Paris team’s lack of fair-play, who started the week of action with no less than seven days ahead, with a brilliant en-flour-ment of Mr. Abadie, Andra’s CEO. It’s not really nice, if the referee has some ethics, they shouldn’t take this into account 😉 Well done, friends ! We want more !
Saturday 17th : Smells like fennec!
Yesterday friday 16th june, an air force helicopter, a Fennec, flew over us. It’s the second time in four days that such an aircraft takes pictures of the forest. The first one, on the 13th in the morning, insisted on the south part of the Bois Lejus. It flew over 9 times, military videocamera in hand by the helicopter’s door. Unfortunately we didn’t have a camera to take pictures. The second time was over the whole forest, around 3PM. It came twice above inhabited locations, but without anyone at the door to film. This time we were prepared and we identified the helicopter, a fennec.
We can read on the air force’s website “Light twin-engine helicopter, the Fennec is used in air defense, SAR, & reconnaissance/surveillance missions. Also participates in sovereignty missions & public service”.
Such missions of “sovereignty” and “public service” already happened at the ZAD of Notre-Dame-des-Landes. Very expensive, these missions step out the ordinary for the struggle against Cigéo. They show that the file is no longer piloted by the prefecture, but by both the Ministry of the Interior & the Minister of the Armed Services. This proves once more the national scale of the struggle.
Thuesday, June 13th
We want to congratulate our friends from Gudmont who are fighting against implanting a radioactive waste sorting facility in Gudmont-Villiers, in the south of Joinville (Haute-Marne). On the 6th of June, we’ve been told the Derichebourg multinational company wIthdrew from the project. Nevertheless, the fight is not over, as It remains possible that the project will be moved to Soulaines (Aube). Moreover, we’re still fighting against the active laundry and decontamination facility project in Joinville.
Meanwhile, in the forest, we began to prepare Halloween ! We planted pumpkins seeds and are ready to wait patiently during the growing season.
Friday, June 9th
Yesterday, the opponents of France biggest biomass project (in Gardanne) got another victory : the administrative court considered the environmental impact assessment as insufficient and canceled for this reason the operating license. From Morvan to Roybon, from NDDL (Notre Dame des Landes) to Gardanne, more and more projects are blocked or canceled : your victories strengthen our determination !
Tuesday, June 6th
The trial of Loïc was this morning. We will soon tell you more about it : for now, we want to say that our friend has been very brave, confronting the justice and affirming the legitimacy of his direct actions against the ANDRA. We’ll soon publish the pleading the lawyer pronounced and Loïc’s words so that they keep echoing in our hearts. Nevertheless, the frozen hammer of justice hit : 4 months suspended prison sentence (5 years probation) and 500 euros for the material damage (the gate he cut).
While we were waiting for some news of Loïc, the administrative court of Nancy rejected the request against the exchange of the Lejus wood and confirmed ANDRA owns It.
We all know the judicial authority is not our ally ; but we did not expect this authority could brush aside so easily the will of one third of Mandres inhabitants….
Monday, June 5th
Several associations signed an open letter to Nicolas Hulot (the minister of ecological and solidarity transition since May 2017) requesting that he abandons the CIGEO project.
Sunday, June 4th
Unusual police attitude towards us. We think there’s no risk of eviction : they just want to put pressure on us.
4.15 PM : 3 cars and 2 vans are parked in Bure
4.10 PM : cops are hanging around the north barricade : they get closer to it and then walk away
3.50 PM : some vans are in Ribeaucourt (the south watchtower’s side)
3.30 PM : 4 cars are near the antenna; they don’t get closer to the south watchtower for now
Saturday, June 3d
Bzzzz crrrr ! Hammer, scissors, circular saw, hand saw : you’ll soon be able to enjoy the new collective kitchen of the Lejuc wood ! One more reason to participate to our endless birthday party (19-26/06) !
We are currently updating and extending our website : soon you’ll find a new rubric (link coming soon) gathering news and events from other struggles.
Thursday, June 1st
In time for this new month, the Nuclear Safety Authority informed of an incident that occured in Cattenom nuclear power station : the third in 2 weeks ! Always cheerful and energetic, the nuclear industry wishes you a happy new month of June !