Infotour

First press release from a few owls in Bure

This morning at 6:15am the eviction of the Lejuc wood (Bois Lejuc) started with 500 riot cops, reinforced/orchestrated by a communication campaign from the home secretary (ministre de l’interieur), the news channels diffusing shock images of military vehicles gathered next to the Lejuc wood, cabins being invaded, cops in balaclavas armed with chainsaws and cameras…

The operation, supposed to be because of a court decision last year about eviction of the wood from le tribunal de grande instance de Bar-le-Duc, came before all legal cases had finished (especially if Andra owns the wood or not) and before the end of the period of non eviction in winter even though many living/occupation structures had been built in and around the wood. There is even a place where local elected officials changed their headquarters to an address in the wood.  Andra can’t legally start any work in the wood, the French environmental authority concluded in October 2017 that Andra had to do an environmental survey of the area before proceeding with any exploration/preparation work.  There is a nesting period in the middle of March that prevents any work and Andra does not have the permit to do any forest clearing.

Like in 2012 in Notre-Dames-des-landes, the bulldozers are just behind the riot cops, to destroy as quickly as possible any living areas not even leaving time for people to collect personal belongings.  Already following the first eviction of the wood in July 2016 the machines of Andra cleared illegally a large number of trees before opposition forces reoccupied the forest in the middle of August 2016.

now the tress are still occupied by many owls.  20 riot cops are at the base of the trees.  Quite a few people were arrested during the operation or are encircled on paths leading to the wood, a lot of ID checks took place. At least one person has been arrested and taken in custody.

Resist everywhere

This eviction decided by Macron’s government come in a context of cracking down on social movements, workers, students, migrants etc It’s putting into place an American social and industrial model that makes people poorer, destroys the environment and is applied by force.  The president Macron is walking in the footsteps of Margaret Thatcher: There Is No Alternative. The message is clear.

This spectacular police operation is before everything a political manoeuvre to ensure that resistance doesn’t spring up everywhere after the airport project in Notre-Dame-des-Landes was abandoned.
An operation trying to stop dead in its tracks any national movement, with the symbol of small house created by a group in Dijon that was set to be installed this week.  In the orchestrated words of the local prefet ” this construction project showed the determination of opponents to install for a long time”.  We say that this was a bad bet.  We’ve already been installed in the wood for a long time and everywhere around in villages where we live but also everywhere in France where every police operation gains support from people opposing the project of CIGEO. This morning the state chose to send a strong message that confirmed to us the need to continue resisting and organising all over France and beyond and that CIGEO is a crucial point for the nuclear industry that imposes itself by force but pretends that people can have a say along the way.

When we started occupying the Lejec wood in June 2016 we never thought that one a half years later we would still be here, that Andra had to pull-out of the forest, that dozens of Bure support groups would have been created all over France.  The politicians as usual are (on a TV news channel) trying to play the game of those evil nasty squatters vs the pacific citizens, this kind of speech has never worked in Bure and we work together here even if some ways of doing things are different.  All the media have been talking about is from the ZAD to Bure, to try to enter this message into the minds of people.  We’ve always said that there wasn’t a ZAD in Bure, that it’s the whole territory, everywhere because atomic horrors and the steamroller of ideas that goes with it doesn’t have borders when we’re talking about wiping about existence of people and where they live in the name of profit and control.

The police pornography and media spectacle with their images of destruction this so called “return to a lawful state” won’t let things go out of our minds and hearts, they won’t bury all that has happened in the last few years in Bure and all around us neither will they stop us in the years to come.
To evict the Lejuc wood this morning, was to hit and attack everywhere everyone that has come by in their thousands in the past years and still has a part of Bure inside them.

Every attack will reinforce our determination, we will never be atomised!

EXPULSION FROM THE FOREST : INFO THREAD

Tuesday 22th, since 6:15 am, 15 gendarmes’ vans have entered the Bois Lejuc, near to Bure, and are proceeding to its expelling. Many arrests are still ongoing.

Call for gathering at 6:00 pm (18h) in front of prefectures, and a call to converge in Bure for those who can!

 

Thanks to send informations at burepartout@riseup.net and sauvonslaforet@riseup.net to coordinate the organization of the resistance, and inform on the organization of gathering. More infos are coming soon !

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Information thread

9:45 am : Cops are in the garden of the Resistance house. They surrounded three persons in the garden but let them leave after 10 minutes.

9:30 am (Infotraflics) : No police roadblock, roads to Bure are open. Police request to search in the vehicles and to control the identity of passengers.

9:20 am : A drone above the Resistance’s house. Ongoing expelling in the Great Oak.

8:10 am : Cops are starting to destroy the Southern barricade. Two bulldozers in the forest.

8:00 am: Cops are starting to destroy the Southern watchtower.

7:35 am : Police request to search the vehicles and control ID of passengers in Cirfontaines.

The only roads that are blocked are those who lead directly to the forest (North : Ribeaucourt, South : Mandres)

An helicopter flights around the forest, unmarked police cars in Bure

7:05 am : Two trucks in the Chauffour, on the road between Bure and the forest. Cops between Ribeaucourt and the Northern barricade. No control from Mandres, but the road to the forest is blocked by two gendarmes’ vans.

6:35 am : They are arresting people.

6:15 am : 15 vans of gendarmes, they are entering the forest from the Southern, Southern-East and Northern watchtowers.

RTE, heading straight into a Bure wall !

What were owl masks doing in a Midi Libre article on December 3rd? Unexpected migratory flight from the peaks of the Bois Lejus, or sudden attraction of the Aveyronnais for the cardboard plate and the paint bomb (secret manufacturing secret jealously guarded) ?

It is that in the wake of the joint call for an ardent winter, we were a few well decided to come and breathe the air of the south, on the occasion of the demonstration against RTE, called by the friends of the Amassada in the fight against the implantation of the “thousand wind turbine transformator”.

“So, where’s that public inquiry?” (Aveyronnais proverb)

It is because there is something that touches us there, and deeply. Beyond the sincerity of the exchanges and friendships between St-Victor and Bure, beyond the joyous evenings where Morlaix-sur-Saulx beers and Gaillac wines flow, beyond the wild farandoles (boulègue, boulègue!).) and mathcore concerts, we have to admit that the fight that has been taking off for three years since the Amassada is in many ways exemplary.

The magnificent flop of the public inquiry, with its commissioner who leaves all the affected places empty-handed without having been able to say a single word, and is even forced to move its permanence 100 km away… all this reminds us of the great hours of the public debate boycott in Bure in 2013, and even better: it gives hope to all the territories that, here or elsewhere, revolt against their neck-tied developers. On November 7th in Saint-Victor, an entire village barricaded itself with straw bundles and banderolles, and it was an entire village, from children to seniors, that told the investigating commissioner not to return. He didn’t come back. It was well worth our courtesy visit on December 2nd!

It has to be said, however, that the fight conducted there is not easy, not easy to defend, not politically correct: we call ourselves ecological and we fight windmills? Well, yes: it is high time to destroy the great imposture of renewable energy if we really want to change society. That’s what happening there. And no, the suddenly anti (industrial) wind turbine owls did not become pro-nuclear for all that.

All messed up against that wind (Meusian maxim*)

First of all, when we talk about industrial wind turbines, we should always take into account the impact of the whole chain, and think twice before talking about green energy. What about the 1500 tons of concrete and 600kg of rare earths? Energy and environmental costs related to the manufacture, transportation, maintenance and dismantling of these robot plants? An employee of a wind energy company working a few kilometres from Bure, a carpooler in his spare time, recently told a friend: “All our customers are banks, or investment funds: it’s a way for them to invest money, thanks to installation aid, but not something green”. However, he was not a militant, and didn’t have harsh enough words against the opponents: he was just tragically lucid about his job…

And then you have to count. Yield, load factor, available surface area, etc. Without going into details, we recommend reading the brochure Le vent nous porte sur le système (here in a notebook version) and the resources listed on the website of the Amassada, to better understand the imposture. But above all, beyond the apothecary calculations and the excessive technicisation of the problem, we have to ask ourselves the question of the world that is being prepared and see what managerial logic is at work from the storage of radioactive waste to the wind farms, via the forest biomass that was in the spotlight on December 9th on the plateau of Millevaches.

*Let’s give back to Caesar Asterix what belongs to him: the maxim has become meusian only after being dragged along our infokiosques. We owe this brochure to CNT Amiens.

“No nuclear, no wind turbine, RTE back off!” (visual creation on urban support)

Electricity consumption in France, after having increased by 180 % between 1973 and 2008, now fluctuates between 478 and 490 TWh, and it is difficult to see what could significantly reduce it. In any case, it is not our ecogestures that will do much about it, and there is only a graph of EDF, arbitrarily mixing “tertiary” and “habitat” in the same item of expenditure, to try to make us believe that it is based on our practices.

The relative rise in so-called “clean” energy sources has never coincided with any fall in nuclear power in France: between 2012 and 2013, these energies have risen from 16% to 19% without the production of power plants, in absolute terms, moving by one iota. In the world’s most nuclearized country (75% of the world’s electricity production, far ahead of 30% in South Korea and 20% in the USA), at the same time as we are covering the crest lines of wind turbines, we are also preparing the “great careening” of old reactors and the new generations of EPRs, at the same time as we are trying to perennize in Bure the whole of the industry.

This is because there has never been a question here of “transition”, but of “accumulation” of energy. There’s a good chance that when we’ll brag about miraculously reaching 50% nuclear, or even less, this will only be achieved by the addition of other sources, not by a significant reduction in fission. It is therefore pointless to beg the white turbines to take us out of nuclear power, because in France we will soon have both wind and atom, like the two identical sides of the same rigged coin. One supplements the other in peaks of consumption. Two tentacles of the same octopus that covers the territory: RTE. The friends of the Aveyron are well aware of that!

François Hollande had promised a million electric cars, and we see multiplying everywhere the refill terminals developed by the Bolloré group; the TGV continues its development at all costs and, somewhere in tall towers, some megalomaniac developers continue to dream of shopping hypercentres like the one in Gonesse, with or without a ski slope. As the world becomes more greedy, we need more networks, more integration, more plasticity to articulate the energy sources that are proliferating. So more and more THT lines that are zebraizing the territory, more cybernetic control centers, smart meters etc. All of this plunges us into an ever more greedy world. What is on the horizon is a world of total, energy and political dependence on the network, the cornerstone being the dumping of the worst waste ever produced, 500 metres underground, somewhere in the south-Meuse…

RTE, heading straight into a Bure wall !

So it was without the shadow of a hesitation that the owls trowelled along on December 2nd to help walling up the RTE site in Saint-Affrique. Let’s not say from now on that the summer breakup of surface concrete is our only skill: when it comes to helping friends, we build, too!

The masonry work was completed peacefully, without the surprisingly discreet blue squad trying the slightest approach. This was the climax of a warm and lively demonstration inaugurated by the ritual cremation of the first page of the public inquiry. At the end of the day, when the parade left the site, one could read on the walls of RTE, written in red:”we will bury RTE in Bure”.

While waiting for Andra to start here its electric transformer building site, we salute those who are fighting in Aveyron and everywhere against the masks of green capitalism! And to continue this beautiful winter, we’ll see you in Roybon on December 16th!

In Bure as in St-Victor, NOT RES NOS ARRESTA !

 

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Some owls back from holiday

Calendar and Call-Out for a Burning Winter in Paris: December’s Climate Summit

 

Let’s prepare them for a burning winter! Joint declaration of territories in fight against the climate summit of December 12 in Paris

 

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: biomassecritique@riseup.net)
  • 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

signatories:

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

 

 

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