Camp

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 ! 🙂

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.

Owly shit, It’s my birthday ! From the 19 to 26 of June : let’s make an endless birthday party !

Translation : Yaaay It’s my birthday !

Dear friends,

I invite you from the 19 to 26 of June

To celebrate my 1st birthday party

Into Lejuc Wood 

An endless birthday party

We’ve been living in the wood for a year now !

 

We can feel today that the meaning of our lives can be found in autonomous communities. In the occupied rooms of the University, in the self-managed canteens, in the “zone to defend” (ZAD)… In Bure, the political quest for autonomy is taking place both in the collectives houses we bought and Lejuc wood. One year ago, we nested after having an endless pic nic in the wood to prevent the first construction works of the CIGEO project. From the 19 to 26 of June 2017, we want to celebrate this all year by having an endless birthday party into the woods !

We’ve been told that Lejuc wood can be evicted anytime, and the owls living there won’t survive summer 2017. This is what the authorities want us and need us to believe, but we won’t play their game. This won’t be a celebration of nostalgia : we want to create a new spark of life in the forest, new links between people, new practical attacks.

Two permanent reception services will be set at the south lookout and the north barricade, on monday morning, For all week, there’ll be self-managed camps (we’ll make a space for transsexual and gays people), constructions activities (solar showers, shacks for discussion groups, barricades, …), self-training workshops (climbing, bolas, flexible yurts, healthcare, chemistry,…), discussions on the autonomous struggle perspectives in France and elsewhere, some reading next to the fire, actions against police controls, role playing games, and obviously : accoustic music party on the week-end !

Come with all things you need (tent, sleeping bag, construction tools and equipment, dishes…) Even if we’ll cook together, bring some food to be independent as much as possible. We really hope that this birthday party will open up new possibilities for all summer. So let’s be as many as we can !

 

BOOM BOOM BOOM ! I WANT YOU IN MY WOOD !

The owls of Bure

And if we are evicted before :

  • Meeting on the day at 6pm at the House of Resistance
  • Convergence towards Bure on the following days
  • Reoccupation of the forest on the following weeks
  • Call-out for decentralized actions against the promoters and contractors of CIGEO (VINCI, EIFFAGE, EDF, ANDRA, AREVA, CEA…)

PDF handout about the eviction : spread it everywhere ! 😉

New call from the forest of Mandres

New call from the forest of Mandres

Autumn has arrived – and as nights grow longer, we keep on keeping Andra out and off from destroying these woodlands. After nearly 5 months of demonstrations, occupations, forest walks, evictions, reoccupations, fights, legal actions, leaflet distributions, (wall) sabotages and new constructions from treehouses to watch towers rising in the forest – we continue to settle in. Our forest family is small, but active and growing, welcoming new residents and visitors to walk the woods with us.

Since the 1st of August, Andra was ruled by the court of Bar-le-Duc to cease the clear cuts and fencing off the forest with the leftovers of the late Berlin wall it had started without legal permissions.The company was ruled into the process of either getting the authorization for its works or, in the best scenario, be ruled to recultivate the destruction it had caused.

To encourage the court system for once to do the right thing and the forest to keep on standing strong, 500 of us seized the moment on 14th August and took down the entire 1,2km long concrete wall. After this, the new forest occupation started, and built itself up calmly, without call-outs, in-a-matter-of-factly: when you know what’s the right thing to do, it’s easy to get going.

Unfortunately, Andra is still searching ways to get back in. The company appealed the 1st August court decision, and the matter was scheduled to go to court on 3rd of November. Unsurprisingly enough, the session was postponed, giving Andra yet more time to find legal loopholes for its needs. The procedure to authorize the clear cuts is advancing. Since October, the bailiff’s and security guards have tried to have their forest walks with varying success and police controls taken place in nearby villages. Some artistic comrades were given a 2 month suspended prison sentence for a graffiti on a ruined Andra building, another person got a ban from the area of Meuse for two years and free auditions are piling up for the fall of the Andra wall. A new prefect took the office in Meuse and CIGEO (the planned disposal facility for highly radioactive nuke waste) has a brand new director. Andra has also recruited a new public law expert to avoid its past mistakes.

To put it short: they are reorganizing, and threat of a forest eviction and resumption of the drilling works are growing on an alarming rate. And since the forest cannot stand up and fight for itself: it’s up to us to stand up for it.

As the history of anti-nuclear struggles shows, in the end the bad guys will get the permits to favour them. This is how the system is built: but luckily we don’t have to humbly accept it. With this new call we’re not only giving an update to old friends and supporters. First and foremost, we’re inviting all of you to come or take a stand of solidarity elsewhere. From Calais to Notre-Dame-des-Landes active people are not giving in for repression, but finding hope from action. We respect the diversity of tactics: whether your thing is to summon up the clown army, get creative with your friends or arrange a Sunday fiesta of roasted chestnuts for local supporters, you’re welcomed here.

More info on en.vmc.camp (And should they be able to chase us out of the woods, remember that in a case of an eviction, there’s a steady call to converge to Bure on the following Saturday at 11AM)

What else?

*every sunday afternoon, starting at 14:00, we offer autumn walks, climbing workshops, hut constructions and discussions in the liberated forest! Bring whatever you want to share; a cake, coffee, a skill, a smile or a rant against Andra and other globe destroyers

*to support financially and materially the liberation of the forest, feel free to donate what you can: food, finances, tools – expecially pallets and planks are always treasured!

*pass on and sign the call against the repression in Bure, to support to all forms and means of action repressed

CONTACT FOREST : +33 (0)7 54 22 18 80

sauvonslaforet@riseup.net

4 days to go, news just in!

After a rather tense Friday , where the cops were all over the roads in the morning and two people were arrested, the tension has gradually decresaed again. The friend arrested for a positive control over a smoked joint the day before was released after 4 hours for an identity check; we are awaiting for the consequences for his licence. We went to the police station (gendarmerie) of Ligny-en-Barrois three times where they (the cops) refused to confirm the presence of our other friend.

He was finally released after he went in front of the judge at 10am on Sunday, after 48 hours in custody.  He was charged with: not proving his identity with a document, at a police road block, even though he wasn’t the driver of the vehical.  Verdict: on probation with a ban on entering Meuse and Haute Marne regions before his court case…..the 11 August in Bar-le-duc (that was good timing!).  The judge advised him not to risk things because more police road blocks will become common around here and it would be difficult to get through.  Does the judge know something that the préfet is hiding (see below)? Is independant justice something that really exists…

635615948418347349-3-11It look like the Préfet is denying the presence of a drone but we think he needs to check with his colleagues the gendarmes (Brigade de Recherce) from the Meuse who arrested people.  Seems strange this this police unit (Brigade de Recherce) are present at road blocks/check points because normally they’re supposed to be investigating burglaries and other crimes.

The Préfet also denied that he convoked a press conference for Monday 27 July, the newspaper la Voix de la Haute Marne must have invented that then.  Luckily we have an interview in another newspaper l’Est Républicain where the préfet wishes “That this gathering takes place in a calm and respectful climate of others”.  But that there is ” no will to do more than the usual missions and activities of the gendarmerie of the sector “. At the most it is ” dozens of people ” that will establish the monitoring system with ” means and equipments adapted to the ground and to the traffic around ANDRA “.

We ignore the antiterrorism laws and we have  a civilised speech which would almost let us believe that everything is for the best in all possible democratic worlds , a world where the surveillance law (loi de renseignement) would not have been adopted and where Valls would not promise to act daliy ” in the firmest way “. A beautiful very bushy tree to hide the forest of Mandres, let us wait to see what come out of some woods (while ANDRA is not there) …

The annoyance and the concerns of the gendarmes of Ligny (that our friend had 48 hours to share) further to the operation of last Friday, also have to be the fruit of our imagination: they say to themselves maybe that it is them who will have to continue to live with the population which they will have prevented from circulating and hasseld for 3 weeks, on orders of their hierarchy. Four hours of intensive controls on roads in periods of harvests that does not create sympathy … Otherwise, if they ever tell you that it is us, we deny in advance any responsibility in that.

mezzanineWhile waiting for the calvary to return , we found a little more tranquillity on roads around Bure. That allowed quite a lot of friends to join us serenely on the construction site. We are more than fifty people now working on the implementation and building up of the camp. Things are beginning to get organised, with some small hiccups here and there. As for example, last Thursday evening, this story of skipping/dumpster diving of vegetables in l’Intermarché (supermarket) of Joinville that almost turned out badly because the manager tried to hold our friends against their will. Last Saturday, a concert was organised in support of the camp at la Maison de la Résistance (the House of the Resistance).  This was a moment for everybody whether they were regualars at the house, from others groups, ami-es de Silence and others from the site at Luméville to share an evening together with music and other fun and games.

In terms of the press we’re having more and more contact by telephone and by email sometimes good (or bad).  Some are friendly but others that we’d rather not bother talking to.  A press conference is planned on the 3 August at 8:30, a few different people will explain our ideas and thoughts (the exact location wil be communicated in a forthcoming press release).  Some people continue to write what they think, believe or try to understand. Like this article from Rue89 (in French) that we really didn’t appreciate so we took the time to anaysle it – in French (in the wild hope, well you never know, that future articles will be more rigourous and of a better quality).

Whatever happens we’re pleasantly suprised by all the people that are writing to us, supportiong us and are promising lots of cool things for the 10 days to come! This makes us feel good.  We’ll never have enough heads, arms, shoulders, smiles and knowledge to build up this camp and to live it for 10 days! so what are waiting for?, bring it on!