At a time when a new search, intended to asphyxiate and criminalize any attempt at resistance, strikes Bure, we publish here a common forum signed by many associations, collectives and territories in struggle. In the face of attempts at intimidation, our determination will be shared and our calendar will be common throughout the month of December! Decentralized call for action around December 6th!
Urgency in the territories as in the street!
Living in threatened or defending areas, we have met several times to declare an emergency month of struggles together. Indeed, the coming month of December is likely to cover a particular meaning for us, at least two titles.
First, it will be an opportunity for the Macron government – December 12 – to celebrate the two years of the tragic farce that was COP21. There is no doubt that our National Banker will be delighted to claim heir to the climate agreement, and to pose as the undisputed champion of “green growth”, barely a month after publicly supporting a destructive mining project in Guyana, and took the position, through the voice of his minister, in favor of the burial of radioactive waste.
From the COP 21, we remember the bitterness of having seen the main perpetrators of the climate rampage come together with impunity at the end of 2015 and claim to have the solutions to their own madness, and the anger of having seen our demonstrations banned under cover state of emergency. But we also remember the arrival at Versailles and the overflowing joy of a bike-trailer from Notre-Dame-des-Landes and making superfluous commune after commune the strict application of this new regime of exception …
Two years later, the memory of these convoys coming from the West, but also from the East and South-East is still very much alive, especially since December 2017 could be a pivotal month in the fight against airport project. It will indeed close the “mediation” at the end of which the government should rule on the fate of Notre-Dame-des-Landes. Who knows, then, if we will not have to go back for the sticks we symbolically planted near Bellevue Farm in October 2016 to once again defend the ZAD? Who knows if, in the event of abandonment, Notre-Dame-des-Landes will not be used to make better accept a violent expulsion from Bois Lejuc, to Bure, or from the busy forest of Roybon? Somewhere in this field of possibilities, a historic moment will be played out in every case and we are ready to seize it in flight.
The time of convergence
It is therefore from this double context that we speak, and that we claim to put our finger on what, beyond the singularity of our struggles, holds us together and animates us. What is common between an eco-district in Dijon, an airport in Notre-Dame, a nuclear waste bin in Bure, an electric transformer in Saint-Victor, a pellet plant on the Millevaches plateau, a power station at Biomasse in Gardanne , mining drilling in the Amazon rainforest, a motorway in Strasbourg, another between Saint-Etienne and Lyon, a gas plant in Landivisiau, mines in Central Brittany, sand mining in Lannion Bay, etc. ? Probably much more than it looks, actually.
By blocking logistics of capitalist development in territories, we share at least a certain love of groves, mountains, plateaus, beaches, sea and forests. We also share a desire to reappropriate various skills and, through them, an intuition of what would be a life more independent of control and profit logic. Finally, we have in common to be grappling with a certain type of institutional ecological discourse, such as that carried by the COP21: the same one that makes up the energy accumulation in “transition”, which promotes nuclear power as an energy carbon-free and therefore “clean”, which roughly empties airports and Center Parcs to make them acceptable, which sells under the terms of smart and green a total dispossession of our lives by metropolises become smart and connected.
That’s enough to convince us of the possibility of a joint declaration and the need for a common agenda. And that’s why we, living in various struggling territories, say:
• that we are not fooled by the Great Masses and their commemorations;
• that we will fight everywhere against the destruction of agricultural lands and forests, whether in the countryside (as in Bure, Roybon, NDDL or on the Millevaches plateau), around the cities (as in Strasbourg or Gonesse) or in their very bosom (as in Dijon);
• that the government will not quietly get rid of the NDDL issue, and that it is under our gaze and within reach of our voices that it will have to decide;
• that if the airport is maintained, we are still ready to defend the ZAD from our respective territories;
• in case of abandonment, it will not be the pill for other projects or a sympathetic showcase for the violent expulsion of other occupied areas. We call for the greatest vigilance regarding the situation in Bure and Roybon, throughout the winter!
We therefore assert our solidarity with one another, and are ready to support each other throughout December and beyond!
Common calendar of struggling territories:
- December 2: Demonstration in Saint-Affrique against the electrical transformer RTE of Saint-Victor-et-Melvieu (more info: twelve.noblogs.org)
- 6 – 12 December: for Saint-Nicolas, Bure calls for a week of decentralized actions in reaction to Hulot’s announcements. (more info: burestop.eu / vmc.camp)
- December 9: Demonstration on the Millevaches plateau against the Carbon Ingen’r Bugeat Viam pellet plant (CIBV) (contact: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- December 16th: Roybon forest festival (more info: zadroybon.wordpress.com)
- For events announced later, it will be possible to consult throughout the month of December the agenda of zad.nadir.org
In parallel with this calendar, other events organized elsewhere:
- December 8: European Day Against Large Unnecessary and Imposed Projects (events in Lyon, Nièvre, Toulouse, Le Havre …)
- December 10: People’s Court in Paris (more info: pasuneurodeplus.info)
- December 12: Actions on the occasion of the anniversary of the Paris agreement: climatic summit at Seguin Island
AVEYRON = The Amassada (hut and fight against the transformer thousand wind turbines)
BRITTANY = Sand grain in the machine (Lannion bay)
BURE = Full of Owls of Bure / Bure Stop 55 / The EODRA (Association of Elected Opposites to Cigeo) / CEDRA (Collectif Haut-Marne against Landfill)
CENTER PARCS = Center Parcs Ni Here Ni Elsewhere (coordination against the Roybon, Poligny and Rousset Center Parcs) / The inhabitants of the Roybon / De Tout Bois forest (collective fight against the Center Parcs Roybon) / Assembly of opponents at Center Parcs (Jura) / Jura Collective of opponents at Center Parcs / Collective Jay of Rousset 71 / SOS Forest Franche-Comté
CEVENNES = Bugs
DIJON = Free area of Lentillères
LYON = ZAD Lyon Collective
LIMOUSINE MOUNTAIN / MILLEVACHES TRAIN = Collectif Biomasse critique
NDDL = inhabitants of the zad and opponents at nddl airport and his world
SAINT-ETIENNE = Assembly against the A45 … and more
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