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.
This morning we had the result of Sven’s trial : the forest can be evicted anytime (they apparently don’t even need a paper). You’re more than ever welcome in the forest !
We’ll get back to you soon to give more info !
Wednesday April 26 – Here we go again. Few months after the violent eviction of Bois Lejuc’s occupation in July 2016, this Wednesday 26 of April, the “tribunal de grandes instances” of Bar-le-Duc decided that the wood can again be evicted without any delay. The police are alloyed to take back the forest helped with their grenades. But this time won’t be like last one. Since a year we got stronger: we were hundreds to reoccupy the forest, to demonstrate, to struggle, to build, to live and to learn every of its corners.
Dozens of occupants started to live in villages next to Bure. We won legal case after the others, and make them loose many months of work. Many times we blocked the attempts of ANDRA to enter the forest and start their works.
We now invite you to join us, in big numbers, in the coming days and weeks. We are determined to oppose our fierce resistance in case of eviction of Bois Lejuc!
Maj. on 2nd march
Today the administrative court of Nancy declared illegal and canceled the act by which the Andra claims to be the owner of the Bois Lejuc ! The township & the Andra have 4 months to regularise it- if they wish to.
Below, our media report and a translation of the the court order :
Our media report:
The facts and the legal procedure:
In the context of the research they’re doing, primarily in the underground research laboratory in Bure, ANDRA (the national agency dealing with radioactive waste) studied the feasibility of storing mid and high activity long term nuclear waste in deep geological layers. Its research resulting in the feasibility of such storage, ANDRA offered a land exchange to the village of Mandres-en-Barrois.
Through a deliberation adopted following the secret ballot vote on July 2nd 2015, the municipal council of the Mandres-en-Barrois village authorized the mayor to sign with ANDRA an agreement on the exchange of the communal forest (Lejuc Forest) for another forest located on the territory of the village of Bonnet.
Several Mandres-en-Barrois inhabitants have asked the Nancy administrative tribunal to cancel the agreement.
On February 28th 2017, the administrative tribunal canceled the agreement.
The administrative tribunal court order:
First of all, even though the village denied the petitioners a legal interest in contesting the ruling approving the exchange of the forest, the tribunal considers that the petitioners indeed had a legal interest, as of their village tax payers status, in asking for the cancellation of a ruling which impacted the village finances and affected the village estate management.
The tribunal then takes note of the general code for territorial collectivities article L. 2121-21, which authorizes secret ballot votes, but only under the condition that at least one third of the town councilors present on the day of the vote be asking for it. Moreover, according to jurisprudence, it is then the collectivity responsibility to establish that the councilors present asked for it or at the very least agreed to the mayor’s suggestion of secret ballot voting.
The tribunal however considers that the collectivity did not bring proof of the latter even though the vote modalities were added retrospectively on the session report. The tribunal thus considers that the ruling was adopted in an irregular fashion.
A procedural violation, however, only cancels a ruling if it deprived the interested parties of a guaranty or was susceptible to influence their decision.
In this particular case, the tribunal considers that the procedural violation, which enable the voters to disobey the general rule of public transparency, deprived the public of the guaranty to know and understand the meaning of the vote of each elected town councilor.
The tribunal thus cancels the ruling of July 2nd 2015.
As a conclusion, the tribunal indicates that the procedural violation being here condemned can be adjusted and thus requires the village of Mandres-en-Barrois to adjust it within for months by adopting a new ruling approving the terms of the forest exchange. Should it fail to do so, the village must cancel its agreement with ANDRA entirely.
Court Order n° 1503615 M. X ….. /Mandres-en-Barrois village, February 28th 2017
This is a new defeat for the Andra, our anger is legitimate !
Among the other news this weeks, the police have been quite present in the village and around, numerous complete car checks on the roads around the house (with special authorizations from the prefecture, especially on last thursday 23th and saturday 25th). Be careful if you’re passing by !
The audience about the expulsion of the Bois Lejuc takes place today at he court in Bar Le Duc, but cops have already come at the north and south barricads. We need support!
They are also at the “Gare de Luméville”, destroying the barricads surrounding the fields.
10h – the road is cut between Mandres and Luméville. Police has an authorization for taking people’s ID even in the cars, and they make drive back. To help protecting our fields, park in Luméville and walk.
10h15 – Cops have left the southern barricade, after removing the tires. It’s ok there.
The field near the “Gare de Luméville” is under a huge pressure. A machine is destroying the barricads and the trees we’ve planted in novembre. Our friends are in the field for protecting the cultures of wheat. We need people here!
10h30 – Police has left after removing the barricads. They don’t seem to like tires, at all…
No cops around anymore for now. Maybe they just wanted to put some pressure on us. Do they try to scare us at the very moment where they are losing their wood?