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
translated by Earth First! Journal
To a future without criminal deforestation for the first peoples, to a future without nuclear and nuclear grave in Bure. To these elected representatives, who admire distant territories and peoples in fight for their survive, we say “Bravo”, but we also say : stop providing to the ANDRA nuclecrats craziness the Meuse and Haute Marne’s forrests. This is the whole of the territory that depends on It, and the future of the local populations will never depends on a nuclear grave.
After the police searches, our General Assembly calls for the creation of Bure support committees everywhere !
On September 23rd, about sixty people from all the components of the struggle met for the the general assembly of the movement against the nuclear dump and its world, and in reaction to the police searches which happened three days before. What was thoroughly violated by the police on that day wasn’t only two collective and three private life spaces shared by opponents. It was our lives, our intimacies, our relationships and our diversity. To see and hear cops demolish doors and break into our dormitories wearing riot gear, weapons in their hands, was quite a shock: it took all the solidarity among ourselves and from our outside supporters, from locals and activists, to overcome it.
This is why we were so moved by all the meetings that took place from that day on. Moved, also, by how people are willing to create support and action committees. This search has turned back against those who organized it, because the tremendous wave of support and donations that followed has united us and given us more courage to oppose the gigantic powers of nuclear industry.
Our struggle doesn’t only aim at saving some rural area from the first class burial which nuclear industry has to offer. It extends to everyone. The CIGEO project in Meuse is the State’s last hope to gain time when it is faced by the inexorable accumulation of radioactive waste. By blocking it, we are questioning the very existence of the entire industry, from uranium extraction in Niger and Gabon, to nuclear factories, to the final dump. And we are more generally questionning the State’s violence against all form of life.
Every person who feels concerned can join the struggle from where they live, by creating if they so wish a local committee, to build a solidarity network. So that the nuclear institution will be attacked wherever it exists, and that everywhere there can be support parties, infotours, actions against nucleocrates and their subcontractors (Vinci, Eiffage, EDF, Areva, Biotope…). Unleash your imagination!
We invite you on the week end of October 21st/22nd to come to Bure: On Saturday 21st to meet with all the local support committees and on Sunday 22nd to build a welcome house in the freed forest! To survive winter, all construction/water and weather proofing materials are welcome. Other meetings will follow.
If you want to spread the struggle or create a local committee, send a contact (and even a text if you want!) to the email@example.com list, and register on the firstname.lastname@example.org list.
You can als come visit us, for two days or a year, to reinforce the local struggle and forest occupation. And lets create common places and take our stolen lives back everywhere!
We shall never be atomized !
Bure General Struggle Assembly on September 23rd
INFO THREAD – SEVERAL POLICE SEARCHES TOOK PLACE IN BZL, THE STATION AND PRIVATE HOUSES ON SEPTEMBER 20th
Live from Bure, France where house raids have taken place this morning. The cops seized pratically the whole office in the house of resistance in Bure, including the photocopier (luckily they didn’t take our cat though) and loads of other stuff. Windows were smashed, doors forced, one person detained, habitants intmidated, police checks, houses quite far from Bure also raided and people were asked questions about their private life.
All this reminds of all the time we’ve spent fighting against this project at least they haven’t talked/used terrorists in their definition of the raid
Right now, we’re feeling fragile, vunerable, shocked. Even though it’s a shock we’ve been waiting for this day for months. Although we did’t really expect it even though we’ve been living with the police occupation around here for a while now. To see them come into places where we live, our intimate spaces, searching bedrooms, caravans, vans, office, moving everything around with their dirty hands.
When we see the strategy of tension used to isolate and tire people out in Bure, decentralised support is now crucial and decisive more than ever
We call out to you, where ever you are, via ZAD groups, or any other initiative, to organise support gatherings from tonight or in the next few days, in front of the préfecture. To show our resistance and to have solidarity with one another. To continue to build up the movement, in Bure and everywhere to refuse to be atomised in every way.
Paris has started to organise things you just need to follow!
==> Contact sauvonslaforet at riseup.net to let us know if you are calling for an action in your city and to send us pictures of it! We will need support more and more in days, weeks and months to come! <==
update 3:30pm – 12 support gatherings/demos will be held all over France tonight at 6pm
There were many actions organized on the 20th (cf french website for a list), and more to come:
- St Lo on Septembe 30th, against the EPR… and to support Bure.
- A New York ACDN support text here : http://www.acdn.net/spip/spip.php?rubrique12&lang=en
WE NEED DONATIONS
The cops stole a lot of things in the Huse of Resistance. We are in desperate need for:
- IT material: screens, central units, notebooks, keyboards, etc… e : écrans, unités centrales, claviers, PC portables, etc.
- copy/scanning/printing machine
- more to follow
And here is a link to the founding campaign if you can donate money:
INFO THREAD of Wednesday, September 20th
Since 6:20am cops have been searching the House of Resistance (BZL) as well as the Station in Lumeville, a private appartment in Commercy,one in Mandres and one near Verdun. About 150 cops.
in the House of Resistance they said the judge gave them permission to search in relation with the investigation on the Hotel action in June.
They destroyed the (open) door to enter and broke all the windows and the windows of every truck and trailer parked there. They took everyone’s identity. They have at least one dog.
About 15 cops, a prosecutor and drug dogs at the Station. The judge gave them a warrant for drugs.
In Commercy, they came at 6am with 15 cops and took a computer, a hard drive and a cell phone.
In Mandres, they confiscated books about legal defense to justify the operation.
A lot of roadblocks and controls everywhere.
Several people are interrogated around and in the House. One arrest. The cops are taking a lot of things in the office and the tool shed.
Another house being searched in the north of Meuse, cell phones and computers confiscated, personal questions asked about the family of the person.
In BZL, our (in)famous Commander Bruno Dubois is present.
A person was arrested, probably because they didn’t have papers.
The search seems to be almost over everywhere except in the House.The cops have taken almost everything in the office,computers, printer etc… It is a massive seizure.
No more news of people inside the House and nobody is allowed in.
One person arrested for rebellion.
The police search is almost over. A lot of people are in shock, some had to remain in their bedroom/trailer for up to 10hours while the cops were searching.
The arrested person has been released.
More informations, analysis and testimonies to come. One more provocation to bully the opposition to the nuclear dump, as usual. One more failed attempt to hide all the failures of this terrible project and to try and divide and isolate us.Let us hope it has the opposite effect and brings us more solidarity than ever to bring ANDRA down for good!
==> We are calling for support actions in days to come everywhere! Contact sauvonslaforet at riseup.net to let us know if you are calling for an action in your city and to send us pictures of it! We will need support more and more in days, weeks and months to come! <==