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18th may : Gathering in front of the city hall of Mandres !

One last pic nic before the nuclear desert ? 

Let’s prevent a new vote authorizing the exchange of Lejuc woods ! Gathering from 6 pm in front of the town hall of Mandres-en-Barrois!

 

On the 18th of May, the Mandres-en-Barrois city council will hold a meeting at 8 pm. Only one topic on the agenda : regularizing Lejuc’s wood property by voting through a new consultation. On the 28th of February, the administrative court of Nancy invalidated the previous negotiation held on july 2nd 2015 at 6AM for being full of irregularities, and summoned Mandres municipality to sort out the situation for 4 months. After 2 and a half months, here we are, Andra counterattacks : let’s gather massively to dissuade any vote in favour of the Lejuc’s wood exchange. Let’s bring drinks, food, music instruments , signs and banners , and overall, let’s be as many as we can ! This is a determinant turning point for the fight against the CIGEO project : we will not let Andra wear the mask of legality so easily !

This municipal council is one more democratic masquerade in a project that has made social acceptability art. Democratic masquerade for putting on the shoulders of 10 under pressure elected representatives of a 130 inhabitants village, the exchange of wood that allow the beginning of the biggest European industrial project construction work. Democratic masquerade by limiting the decision to the municipal council while in 2013, when it had to vote for the first project of wood exchanging, the same council decided that it could not take alone a decision which “would commit the future of the commune for thousands years”; while in 2013, during a consultation, the inhabitants of the village voted NO to the project, with a majority of 2 out of 3. Democratic masquerade while at least 5 out of the 11 elected representatives are implied in conflicts of interest : by obtaining hunting leases by Andra, by having some relatives working at ANDRA, by getting dozens of hectares of agricultural land in precarious leases by Andra, SAFER, etc. How could these “chosen ones” repel the hand that feeds them? How could we seriously believe that this council will be “neutral”, free from Andra influence? In the village and around, nobody is fooled.

All of this is hypocrisy, and the deliberation that is gonna to be made is by advance illegitimate. Actually, the fate of this wood -common property- concerns all those who, in Mandres, in Meuse but also everywhere else, love it, use it, live there, do not want to see it transformed into a nuclear desert. Let’s support massively the few courageous counselors who will vote NO to this exchange, and those who will abstain through our presence. The deliberation MUST refuse the exchange, or NOT STAND. And in any case, the forest will remain free of Andra until the project is abandoned !
Let’s be as many as possible! Tell your friends, your sister, your brother, your colleagues, all those who have not returned to Bure for a long time ! It is a tricky time in the fight against CIGEO ! We have boycotted the public debate in 2013, we have blocked construction work in the woods for almost a year, we brought down Andra’s gates last February ; on Thursday, May 18, we can, with the resistant inhabitants of Mandres, release the commune from ANDRA’s evil influence and stop the CIGEO project once again !

Let’s prevent a new vote allowing the exchange of Lejuc’s wood ! Gathering starts from 6 pm in front of the Mandres en Barrois city hall !

Practical information

  • Gathering from 6pm at the town hall square (place de la mairie). We expect to be a bunch at 8pm when the meeting begins! There might be cops so remember to check if your cars are in order in case you’re controlled.
  • Bring something to make a real feast, music instruments, streamers, disguises, pans, anything that can create a swinging concert to echo in a thousand of miles the voice of our resistance, while they want to decide secretly, in a small town hall room, the future of our territory for 100000 years.
  • Bring the information up ! en.vmc.camp / sauvonslaforet(at)riseup
  • Media contact +33 (0)7 53 54 07 / There’ll be a time for media at 7pm near the town hall with the different groups fighting against the CIGEO project

Let’s not go straight into a wall!

Early bird catches the wood.

As early as 6am for example, if one wants to take part in an illegal municipal vote. It was at that time that, on July 2nd 2015, elected members of the Mandres council entered the city hall guarded by ANDRA’s private security. Under their watchful eyes was voted with a secret ballot the sacrifice of the Mandres-en-Barrois communal forest.

It was thus at 6am in the opaque fog that somehow reminded one of ANDRA’s methods, that we had yesterday morning the pleasure to discover, in front of Mandres city hall, bits of wall and a sign reading “N’allons pas dans le mur” (“Let’s not go straight into a wall”).

If these bits of wall symbolically block the entrance to the building where on Thursday the 18th is to be held this voting masquerade once more, they mostly remind one of the amazing alchemist gifts demonstrated by ANDRA within the last two years. Indeed who doesn’t know yet that wherever ANDRA goes, it transforms trees into reinforced concrete and villages into nuclear deserts?

WE WILL NOT GO STRAIGHT INTO A WALL

Talking + movie projection of “Pas res nos arresta” about the struggle of the AMASSADA

Saturday, May 27th – Meeting/movie/talking about the struggle in Aveyron against the mega-transformer and the industrial wind turbines.

7:00pm : Talking about the AMASSADA with the friends from there

8:30pm : Meal/”Spanish Inn”

9:30pm : Movie projection of “Pas res nos arresta” (with blankets, tea…)

and debates…

Place will be decided depending on the weather.

Hauts Cantons d'Oc : Projection du film : « PAS RES NOS ARRESTA »

Translation of the text :

THE AMASSADA PRESNTS : PAS RES NOS ARRESTA

Movie projection/debate around the movie about the struggle against the transformer and its 1000 wind turbines.

During the days of the energy transition for the so-called green growth, the RTE (the electricity transmission system operator in France) tries to appropriate the lands of two young farmers in Saint-Victor in South Aveyron, in order to build a 7-ha (1ha = 10 000m²) transformer. The thousand wind turbines being constructed on the nearby ridges will provide the power that will be redistributed on the energy trade international network.

In spite of the opposition of Saint-Victor’s municipality and of most of its population, the invading engines of the RTE and the promoters are coming, with the support of the government services.

On the first day of winter 2014, a hut is built up on the coveted lands. The encounters, the bonds and the resistances spread and intensify.

Bure’s anti-nuclear struggle: Info tour in Germany

 

After 20 years of struggle against the burying of nuclear waste in Bure (France), the determination of activists is still growing.

In the year 2016, many strategies (legal actions, sabotage of the construction site, demonstrations…) were used to stop the destruction of the Bois Lejuc forest by ANDRA (national agency for disposal of nuclear waste). The wall illegally built by ANDRA in the summer of 2016 around the forest couldn’t resist our rage: we tore it down and our occupation has gone on for nearly 6 months.

2017 brings great challenges: stopping the massacre of the forest by ANDRA, contesting the sale of the Lejuc forest together with the inhabitants of the village, extending the occupation further in the woods, defending the twenty protected species recently discovered on the site, such as bats, reptiles and cats cohabiting with a population of boars, dears and owls, also endangered.

In 2018 ANDRA wants to get the final authorization to start to bury 99% of France’s most radioactive nuclear waste 500 meters deep in the region of Bure. This disastrous project is not only done with disregard to the environment, but was pushed forward thanks to financial compensations, green-washing propaganda, repression and intimidation of the local farmers.

ANDRA thought they could use their mafia style methods without any resistance from the population; they were deeply wrong. Today, the support for our struggle has no borders. From Notre-Dames-des-Landes to Pyhäjoki, Hambach and Gorleben, solidarity is getting stronger on a daily basis…

We invite you to join the struggle in Bure! During April, some activists from Bure will do an info tour across Germany so we can meet and share more details about our struggle.

Tour dates and locations:

16. April: Hambacher Forst, (Skillsharing Camp)
18. April: Bielefeld, Autonomes Jugendzentrum
20. April: Bremen, Altes Sportamt
24. April: Wendland, Gasthof Meuchefitz
26. April: Leipzig, Meuterei
28. April: Berlin, Wagenplatz Lohmühle

For more information, you can follow this page and @BUREsistance (Twitter) for English news, and visit vmc.camp for updates in French.

See you soon, here or elsewhere!