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Andra began illegal deforestation to implement the Cigéo project, opponents take over the forest

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Sunday, June 19, 2016, about 200 people, including villagers, visited the forest of Mandres-en-Barrois, a few km from Bure, in the Meuse, and converged on the platform of the new construction site by Andra.
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After a great friendly picnic in a joyful atmosphere, double fences that surround the construction site were removed, barricades were built on the path to the site. A large wooden playground was erected on the platform installed by Andra cleared of the fences. Fifteen guards present were invited to leave by the protesters, and a gendarmerie commander stated “he would let the picnic happen, provided there is no damage to persons” .

A callout to resist, written collectively was read locally by various persons involved. Sixty people will spend the night and invite everyone to join them as soon as possible.

For the protesters, the goal is clear: “Cigéo begins the constructions brutally and illegally, the mobilization came out of the woods and will intensify in the coming weeks to block this mega nuclear waste project!”.

Indeed, the proposed nuclear waste burial center Cigéo, in the region of Bure (Meuse), is currently going through a new stage of implementation deemed illegal by local residents and associations.
Since 15 days, Cigéo installed a platform and undertakes a major land clearing, apparently without authorization, on the edge of the forest.
The double fences insinuates other preparatory work, like the previous ones, it anchors the project even more in the local landscape. These works do not fit in a construction preperation step, but much akin to a dangerous annexation of the territory.

This forest of 220 ha is strategically important because it is attached to the 300 km of underground tunnels for the storage of radioactive waste. The plans of ANDRA includes the construction of two access shafts to the galleries, vents for radioactive gases and the storing thousands of cubic meters of excavated earth.

The people and organizations denounce the total illegality of the construction work while an administrative appeal was filed by villagers in 2015 and that ANDRA has no building permission for Cigéo.
As for the legislative process defined by the law in 2006, they are fighting to get it sidesteped by the Bill Longuet law proposel which aims to hasten the definition of reversibility of storage and install a so-called “pilot phase” which is none other than the start of the nuclear waste landfill.

Contact : sauvonslaforet@riseup.net // 0758654889

News : vmc.camp

Documentation on CIGEO : http://burestop.eu – http://pandor.at – http://burezonelibre.noblogs.org

Active Radio 88FM: VMC spreads its waves!

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Since Sunday night, the VMC’s radio is transmitting on the 88FM frequency at a few kilometres around the VMC camp. News about the local traffic, punctual and spontaneous speeches about the life in the camp, news reporting and testimonies  gathered by the automedia team, etc.

A tool that anybody can make hers during the meeting just by asking our friends from the automedia team.

If you want to say something on the VMC’s radio, feel free to come to us! If not, just listen it!

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!

Coming to Bure: car sharing and shuttles

We’ve had quite a few messages asking about getting to Bure.1401129836_2064537698

We invite you to add your requests and proposals onto the car sharing site covoiturage-libre.fr or any other similar site that you find . Sometimes Bure doesn’t seem to be available as a destination, if this is the case try Luméville-en-Ornois.

You can publish a new announcement by indicating that you are passenger in search a driver -here: http://www.covoiturage-libre.fr/nouveau.php

If you come from Paris, you can get a lift to Nancy and get out at Ligny-en-Barrois. From there, there is possibility of joining Bure by hitchiking in front of the store Carrefour (road D966 in the South of Ligny en Barrois). It also works if you come from Nancy.

We’ll also try to organise shuttles from the train station in Joinville for people that arrive by train.

If you come by car and want to know the presence of police checkpoints or controls (rare but existing) on ​​the roads around bure, call our emergency phonenumber: 06.05.72.43.75

If you want us to be looking for you in Joinville or when you’re stuck in on the small roads around Bure, call 06.05.72.43.75 to see if we can pick you up.

press release: how the préfecture creates tension

Update 27/7/15: The person who apperaed in front of the judge was placed on probation with a ban on entering the Meuse and Haute Marne regions until the court case on the 11 August

Update 25/7/15: From the two people arrested, one person was released with their driving licence suspended and other person is in custody and will go before the judge on Sunday 27 juillet.  A call out to gather in front of the court in Bar-le-duc at 10am was sent out

The préfecture (the district administered or governed by a prefect) has planned a press conference next Monday to tell us how the surrounding area (30km around Bure) will be turned into a police zone, this morning (Friday 24 July 2015) we had a taste of things to come.

interpellationBy the end of the morning various different cop cars and military vehicules were doing their dirty work. The prosecutor decided that everything that moves will be checked.  In all the crossroads around Bure, looking for explosifs, arms, weapons and dangerous individuals.  They were looking for any excuse to arrest people as well; two people were arrested in Bure around 11am.  When we asked them what all this was for, they told us that they’d seen a “drone flying over ANDRA”.  An invisible drone for the music group the Bure-Haleurs who’ve been camping peacefully since Monday in front of ANDRA. [1] It must have been a stealth police drone…

IMG_5915webIf they (the cops) wanted to create tension that’s the best way to do it.  It’s not like we didn’t warn them in our previous press releases.  For us, the authorities continue to deliberately reproduce the same things, escalating conflict and intimidating the local population.

We’re calling out to all our friends to be careful on the roads when you come here.  We regret the stress this puts on everyone with a week to go until our camp which is located between Mandres-en-Barrois and Luméville-en-Ornois.  It will take place from 1-10 August. We hope that in the next few days everything will return to the peace and quiet which had accompanied us until now.

The independant “automedia” team of the self-organised camp which will take place from 1-10 August.

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[1] http://en.vmc.camp/2015/07/24/press-release-one-camp-can-hide-another/