Testimony – A bittersweet paper for actual and future friends.

They have only power, we have everything else and we aren’t invulnerable. That’s probably the main difference between us and them. We are vulnerable because they shoot us in our heart, destroy our houses, where we loved, fought, walked, armed,  comforted each other…. For the second time, they come brutally inside the House. Equiped with laws, tonfas and sarcastic smiles, and above all with this inexcusable brutal « legitimity » : a calculated violence deployed, with a lot of bureaucratic language which blames the victim. « Be careful, you can hurt yourself », said a robocop as he was strangling a friend.

In the House, they separated us violently one by one, with truncheon hits, slaps, armlocks and strangulations. When my turn came, they used all of their violence to bring me out. I resisted all the way, it was very difficult for them to bring me out. Four or six cops used brutality to take me. I didn’t resist by courage. I felt the pain , a pain felt like a real part of me, a pain that must exist at this time. I had the sensation that this pain would be a definite part of us, anyway. I felt deeply in my stomach something which can embrace the pain, the sadness and the anger all together. I felt some kind of tension run through all my body, from the past to the future, a tensed string impossible to break. It was not courage. It was not an « effort of will ». It was the feeling that in front of the inevitable brutality of the police, I found strenght in feeling that I could resist against That, fight it every way possible, and carry on loving, building, and destroying if I had to.

But if we are never-say-die, we are vulnerable. We have been hurt. We lost ourselves. We’re not really together. All the gatherings and support from France and everywhere are comforting. Bure is everywhere the nuclear and military society will colonise. But I need, in the litle village of Bure and around, to feel that my strained string isn’t screaming alone in the desert. I need to feel other strings, friendship, sympathy with our failures, leniency to our trials and errors, strength when I go down, a gentle touch when my mind breaks. And I’m ready to give and reciprocate every single one of them. If I must fight, it will be never alone with my conscience, my ideas or my « convictions ». If they are not a strong  connection to the other, if I don’t feel a link between our weaknesses and strengths, sharing my « yes » and « no » , I am only a weathercock.  A weathercock easily destroyed by a squall. Like a friend said : «  My determination is very strong but hanging on a thread. »

I’m waiting for you.

A catapult.

Eviction of a treehouse

2:13 pm – One treehouse has been evicted. The friends are freed. They are tired but well. Call to converge to the House right now to organize a collective departure towards the forest to go support the people who are still in the trees.

1:46 pm – The six persons who were blocked are now released. No news from the treehouses for now.

12:30 pm – Six people blocked by the cops under one of the two treehouses, they got their ID checked.

10:30 am – A second group is getting prepared to go to the forest.

A group is going to the forest at 8am to support the friends in the treehouses and to bring them first necessities.

10:20 am – Phone call from the second treehouse; the police are preparing for eviction, the ropes are already up.

Friends are reporting 2 firefighters, 3 climbing cops, 3 or 4 riot cops and 3 high ranked, namely commander Dubois.

9:40 am – The group arrives to the second treehouse. This time, around twenty cops are present. We distinguish different units; climbers, riot cops, commanders and firefighters. They stay at the bottom of the tree, come closer to the group and make them go back. The group manages to talk with the people in the tree, but won’t be able to give them the bags with food. Other riot cops arrive and escort the group outside of the wood, holding flashball (rubber bullets) guns.

9:00 am – The group arrives to the first tree. A police truck is parked underneath, two riot cops get out. The group divides in two. One part is making diversion, the other one is bringing a bag to the friends up in the tree.

It went well to bring first necessities to the treehouses this morning. We discover the militaries are using our homemade rocket stoves to get warmth. The forest is still occupied. We know it super well and invite everyone to join for walks and to support the friends who are forced to get down. We will climb back!


New police pressure at the House of Resistance

Saturday 23rd

4:15 pm – more cops arrived, excepted in front of the town hall where they have been standing for two days.

3:45 pm – cops are standing in front of the war memorial of Bure, in front of the town hall and some around the church.

3:40 pm – 9 vans are seen driving towards Bure

3:10 pm – people got ID check in front of the church in Bure.

Report from the Legal Team two days after the eviction

Following the eviction of the Lejuc wood and the House of Resistance raid Thursday morning:

  • The police made 32 arrests for identity check.

  • 5 people were taken into custody for various reasons, ranging from outrage to rebellion. A person was quickly released without charge because they couldn’t identify him/her. 4 people were released after 20 to 24 hours of custody. For the moment, 3 of them are summoned to the tribunal of Bar-le-Duc on June 12th at 9am. One for outrage and rebellion, one for violence.
  • 2 friends were brought for immediate trial Friday afternoon in Bar-le-Duc after the custody. The two used their right to refuse to be judged on the spot and were jailed in Nancy’s prison until their trial on March 19 at 3pm in Bar-le-Duc. One for rebellion and refusal to give DNA + fingerprint. The other one for violence against an holder of public authority; deterioration of property by explosive substance and refusal to give DNA + fingerprints.

Rage from Bure.