Monthly Archive: June 2017

No Breakfast for ANDRA

On February 16th and 18th 2017, protesters against the Cigeo nuclear waste dump project claimed the destruction of the fences of the ecomuseum, a greenwashing side project of the laboratory. On Wednesday 21st, the 3 stars hotel restaurant – located a few meters away from the future nuclear waste reception and conditioning platform – was targeted.

Since its implementation at the Meuse/Haute Marne border about fifteen years ago, the ANDRA (national agency dealing with nuclear waste) has made it a point to methodically infiltrate the local minds, villages finances, schools outings, rural landscapes, etc. The round-about between Saudron and Mandres, where the laboratory, its technical pole, the EDF archives, the ecomuseum and the hotel restaurant can be found, is a fine example of their omnipresence. Icing on the cake, it should soon open a bakery too, so that literally nobody in the region can go buy bread without having to deal with ANDRA. Yet oddly, each and every project targeted is introduced to the public as completely unrelated to Cigeo or ANDRA…

By attacking the ecomuseum in February, we were making a loud claim that it is not an ecological museum disconnected from the storage to be, but rather indeed just a pawn on ANDRA’s social acceptability chess board. The same goes for the Bindeuil hotel restaurant, conceived to welcome in its luxurious rooms, obviously not tourists to a nuclear cemetery, but instead nuclear engineers, delegations visiting the laboratory and even cop officers potentially. It was absolutely not a random Meuse hotel targeted out of sheer love for destruction : it was the planned sabotage of one of ANDRA’s Trojan horses.

The fact that the hotel belongs to the village of Bure only goes to show the extent to which the nuclear industry is ready to go to involve local structures in its plan for dominion. It isn’t only through the GIP (an investment fund showering the region with millions in the name of the CIGEO project) that the municipal councils are held tight, but also through economical projects such as this Bindeuil hotel : a money source located right in front of the laboratory, and entirely dependant upon its activity.

The aim of the construction and action week taking place in the Lejus forest between June 19th and 26th is to perpetuate the occupation that has now blocked the development Cigeo for a whole year. It is a platform from which to denounce the invasion of the territory by ANDRA as well as the militarization it involves. It was precisely for that reason that a few owls went on June 20th to peacefully stand at the entrance of Mandres, carrying a banner that read « freed intersection » : to denounce the neverending controls to which the locals as well as the activists are subjected, to denounce the constant police surveillance, the intrusive and abusive vehicles searches, the helicopters flying over on a daily basis, etc.

This week is also an opportunity to reaffirm the determination of protesteers and convey a clear message : ANDRA is not welcome in Meuse, whichever mask it tries to hide under. In our times of nuclear industry debacle, it seems obvious that it is not acceptable for companies or local structures to work hand in hand with ANDRA and avoid the anger of those whose opinion has been scorned for 20 years now.

It is pointless to try and use in Bure the boogeyman of « hooligans », « ultra left », « balaclava wearing youth » or the « anarcho zadist » movement. What is really at stake here is the anger and indignation that have been contained for far too long. We want ANDRA gone and we want them to take their filthy laboratorym ecomuseum and three stars hotel with them. We shall open our own bakery.

Info thread June 2017

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/

Tuesday 20th

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 !

White costume, dark look…

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….

When the magistrates disdain appears as an anti riot barriers ally, the most sacred of rights and the most indispensable of duties is : an unforgettable birthday party😉

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 ! 🙂

June 17th, concerts at the ancient train station of Luméville : you can’t overdose on music !

On June 17th, within the framework of the anticarceral week-end, some friends of the Faction Est and the Blackout Brigade are organizing a live music evening on saturday night ! 8 bands ; open-mic, and mix turntables !

There’ll be food and drinks; and you can pay what you want to go in (money is for the anti-repression group). You can obviously camp here : bring your tent and duvet 😉

Trial of L. on the 6th June : the follow-up of a great month of February

“In Bure, there is no happy wall.

Some of Loïc’s friends”

Already three months than the Andra’s fences were overturned. Three months that “we wanted to pay a very personal tribute to this ecotechnocratie monument and its local biodiversity ‘awareness mission’“(info thread February 2017). When you think of all that happened since, trials, appeals, the eviction notice, but also the gigs, the blooming gardens, the parties…, we feel like it’s been ages.

Over, the beautiful determinate demo ? Finished ? Forgotten ? No, because what happened this day still lives. The Andra, this fortress whose lights pollute every night the meusian skies, finally show off its vulnerability, and the villages are gossiping : yes, they are reachable, and no we won’t step back in front of them.

Three months later, this affront hurts, its consequences scare them. To try to wipe all this and exorcize the fear, the Andra and the State would like our friend L. to pay, the only accused of this demonstration. “damages with others”, “refusal to disperse” and “rebellion” : here are the sinister expressions which sum up for them the great collective will to move things and open a breach into the resignation…

This trial is the next step into the repression we, the anti-cigeo activists, are facing. The repression tries to make us feel guilty, to dissuade us, to keep us quiet and lonely. Let’s answer collectively : we all overturned these fences !

The trial will be at 9am at the TGI of Bar-le-Duc. It is public.

 

Struggle meeting against CIGEO

 

This half-day struggle meeting takes place in Bure and gathers all the struggle’s components, the neighbors, Bure’s inhabitants, occasional visitors, supporters… It is open to anyone who wanna get informed and/or being invested in the struggle.

This meeting has been held several times last year : gathering those who struggles in Bure everyday and those who come to support at important times, It made them put in common informations, experiences, and feelings, regarding the struggle against CIGEO and all other nuclear industrial projects growing up in Meuse and Haute-Marne.

We’ll first talk about the last mobilizations, and then we’ll think about highlights we could build together in the following weeks and months : inter alia, the action week from 19 to 26 of June, mobilizations in case of an eviction of the Lejuc wood, the Burelesque festival from 11 to 13 of August, and other forms of convergence.

The meeting takes place in the salle des fêtes (village hall) of Couverpuis, from 2 PM. You can obviouly bring something to eat and/or drink !