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Bure a Bar: a short and subjective overview of the 16th of June

Four month after the eviction of the occupied forest Bois Lejuc (1), at the 16th of june there was a demo at Bar-le-Duc against CIGEO(2) which brought 3000 people to the streets(3).

Here is a short summarize about some happenings on this day. For sure it’s not complete and this article does not represent everyone’s opinion.

The day started with discussions, food and distros from very different protagonists in the struggle. Later in the afternoon the actual demo started.

The way how the people expressed their opposition was very diverse. People were making choregraphies, farmers came with their tractors, the clowns made some creative mess together with two gigantic owls puppet made of wood and cotton. More than a hundred people used the black bloc tactics to target companies that belong to / work for ANDRA (4), as well as a job center, and to cover the walls along the way with slogans against CIGEO, patrarchy, capitalism and so on. Of course this mixture of strategies didn’t work out without raising conflicts, as for example pacifists using physical violence to stop people from attacking companies. But there where as well moments when unmasked dancing people made a barrier between cops and black-blocks to prevent the black block to be isolated from the rest of the demo or protecting injured people from getting arrested.

The demo ended in front of the prefecture (local government), later in the evening cops arrested several people around and at the place, controlling cars and people at the country-roads between Bar-le-Duc and Bure. As well a concert which was planned on the same evening was forbidden. The cops threatened they would raid the place if it would take place.

While the official medias reported 1 lightly injured person and 6 injured cops, the street medics dealed with over 30 injuries due to tonfa hits from which caused multiple heavy injures including mild concussion, several rubberbullet hits and people badly effected by face to face pepperspray. Several injured people had to go to hospital.

In total, around 15 people had been taken under arrest; one on the way to the demo, 4 during clashes inside the demo, and the rest during the evening until the middle of the night. Three people were convoked for immediate trial on Monday at the TGI of Bar-le-Duc, the others had been released without charges or with future convocation to court.

From our point of view, knowing the quite specific circumstances of this demonstration taking place in a small country side city, and putting together ecologists, legalists as well as anti-capitalist anarchists, with their respective ways of action, we think it was a quite interesting and unexpected demo.

After knowing Bar-le-Duc mainly from going to trials, it was the first time we take its streets and express our rage about all the evictions and repression of the last months.

We hope to be able to see our arrested comrades soon on free foot.

Written by some nestless ravens of Bure


(2) centre industriel de stockage géologique


(4) Agence National de gestion des Dechets Radioactifs = National company who is responsible for managing

New decrees affecting circulation in Bure and Mandres-en-Barrois

* update Saturday 3rd: police controls in Ribeaucourt, Bure, Mandres, Bonnet and Thonnance-les-Joinvilles. They search the vehicles and control the ID of all passengers but let them go afterwards. The appeal against the decrees was rejected by the court, so they are still valid.

The Meuse prefecture is trying to obstruct the convergence towards Bure since the eviction of the forest and especially for the mob weekend starting on Friday 2nd. Four new decrees has been declared. They are active from March 2 (today) to March 5 :

  • A decree to ban demonstrations on the territory of Bure, Mandres-en-Barrois and adjacent villages.
  • A decree to ban parking and circulation of vehicles in the area of Bure and Mandres-en-Barrois, together with the ban of pedestrians and vehicles on the road from Bonnet to the Lejuc wood.
  • Two decrees to ban flying in the area.

However, everything is going well!

The circulation of pedestrians is still legal in the village of Bure and Mandres-en-Barrois (except around the forest, see previous decrees – French only).

From now on, absolutely no police control happened in the name of these decrees. We should be careful though (also considering the decree against the transport of material – French only).


If you get controlled on the way here, call the House of Resistance at 09 54 10 57 11, so we can update this article. For sure, don’t pay the fines. Our lawyers contested these decrees in court already, we should get the result Saturday before noon.

Friday 2nd : a police control happens in Thonance-les-Joinville (outside of the zone affected by the decrees). The cops also made a salivary test against drugs.

In any case, we invite you all to join us! The preparations for this weekend are going well. We won’t let them stop us!

The complete text of the decrees can be read here, in French only.


Tuesday Februray 22, at 6:15 am, 15 gendarmes’ vans have entered the Bois Lejuc, near to Bure, and proceeded to its eviction. In total, 500 cops were mobilized. Later that day, riot cops also raided the House of Resistance in the village of Bure, to arrest all its occupants.

Info Threads

Live info thread of the eviction Day 1 & 2 + First press release from the owls + New police pressure on the HouseEviction of a treehouse + D+3 after the beginning of the eviction + D+4 after the beginning of the eviction + D+5 after the beginning of the eviction + D+6 after the beginning of the eviction


Destruction of the North Barricade + An escorted walk in the forest + We are here, we will be there! + A bittersweet paper for actual and future friends 


Video of the February 22

Legal Team reports

Report from the Legal team + Summary of the legal actions against ANDRA

Call to join the Intercommittees Weekend

Mob weekend March 3-4 + New decrees affecting circulation in Bure and Mandres-en-Barrois


N° legal team to alert in case of police brutality or arrest : 07 58 79 90 78

Press contact :


D+6 after the beginning of the eviction of the wood

The preparations for the coming weekend are going well, everyone is helping. It’s gonna be two days of madness. Warning, the prefecture decrees are still going on. Few controls and vehicle searches occured today around Bure.

2.30pm: The cops are searching a vehicle in front of the House of Resistance. People are going out to confront the cops, who therefore used gases. Pressure strategy.

Nota Bene: Many of our publications are linked to the police, since we have been cohabitating with them for a few months already – even more these last few days – which drags along all the problems involved with this proximity. But do not worry. A lot is being done. We are not only fighting with the cops.