The ANDRA forced its way in the forest, another high tension morning
For 6 months now, the Lejuc forest, in Bure, has been occupied by several dozens of people opposing the nuclear waste disposal project CIGEO.
The occupants have been summoned to court in Bar le Duc on January 25th when there might be an eviction ordered. But the private security gards and the police didn’t wait for the court trial to try and get back in the forest. The next few days will be crucial for the struggle against the CIGEO project.
Around 11am we heard machinery noises in the forest. On a path a few meters away from the communal hut, a construction truck – driven by no less than the infamous Emmanuel Hance, ANDRA’s director for public relations- was destroying barricades and broadening the existing road, escorted by two cars of EPR security guards.
France 3 channel journalists, who were here to interview people about the eviction trial on the 25th, witnessed the whole scene and couldn’t help but notice that Sir Hance wasn’t reluctant to push with a shovel some of the opponents who were trying to stop the machines, at the risk of injuring them. At the same time, a second truck, equally escorted, was noticed and pushed back on the main forest road just before it destroyed the last barricade protecting the collective kitchen.
In the end we managed to push ANDRA back to the center of the forest, at the level of a construction-to-be, put on the ground. In the back, three construction trucks belonging to the Chardot company, loaded with rubble, were waiting to build new roads in the forest. The claim was that their intention was to take away the wall that was destroyed in August. Even though three trials are still opposing us to ANDRA in the days and weeks to come, concerning the occupation of the forest, the deforestation et the illegal acquisition of the forest, ANDRA is once again forcing its way in. Under false pretenses of reconditioning the forest back to how it was, ANDRA is preparing a violent eviction of the forest in the days to come.
Two days before the trial against the forest occupants, the fast arrival of several police cars as well as a special intervention and surveillance brigade, under direct command of none other than brigade leader Bruno Dubois, in addition to a comrade being hit in the nose by a private security guard and ANDRA forcing it way back into the forest, all clearly show that ANDRA has once again decided to ignore the legal process and bring conflict onto the next level.
Today just like in August, we claim our determination to block constructions by ANDRA and to preserve the Lejuc forest at all cost from the destruction ANDRA wreaks upon it every single time!
We are not fooled: replanting a handful of shrubs after tearing down thousands of grown trees, or taking a way a few broken wall parts just a few days before the end of the legally imparted time to do so, is nothing but a smokescreen to better come back a month later to destroy the forest once again!
Meet us on February 18th for a great day of action and mobilisation: whether they try to evict us or not, we will be in the forest!
The Bois Lejuc occupants and opponents to the nuclear waste project CIGEO!
Map of the machines progress in the forest on the 23th January :
Black line with yellow dots : machines’s way into the forest on 23th January.
Orange stars : blockades of the machines by the opponents. (Northern one : face to face with the police / southern one : blockade of the machines)
In this season when nights are long and stars more sparkling than ever, the enemy is still lurking around us. Does he believe that the forest is now sleeping and vulnerable ? He walks heavily on the tough concrete of the court, escorted by his soldiers; and without any remorse, he rapes the sleeping trees’ sweet dreams of harmony. He raves, he dreams of apocalypse, grinded trunks, and huge pits drilling the guts of the earth and spewing wastes that he knows will never stay stick to the shadows.
But still… the Owls keep watching him !
Does ANDRA think we are numb ? We did not fly to the southern warm countries, but to the top of vigorous trees to get a better watch !
It does not matter if we are or not evicted : on the 18th February, we will show that we’re not some dying ember that is extinguished at the first breath, but a huge burning and determined fire ! Come and gather in Bure for a large demonstration to Lejuc forest, with mittens and hoods for cold, and music and colored fireworks for joy. We’ll be the strength of reoccupation and occupation, newcomer or familiar, let’s be there to impose our tempo on the nucleocrats !
- During the day, we’ll organize climbing workshops and collective constructions for huts and barricades (you might even build a fort and make a zip-line…!). Bring your equipment* and all your ideas ! You’re also very welcome to bring your musician’s and juggler’s instruments to rhythm the fight !
- In the evening, street art, hot wine and live music will take place in the forest.
If we can’t access it, we’ll let you know about another place to go.
It is possible to sleep before and after the mobilization in our houses, in huts, and in tents that will be isolated from humidity and coldness. All we ask you is to bring warming clothes and duvets [MORE PRACTICAL INFORMATIONS AND DETAILED PROGRAMME WILL BE ON OUR WEBSITE SOON]
*Self-managed groups can tell their construction project by writing to email@example.com
Resistance and estovers !
ANDRA: get out of here !
The Owls of Bure
Download links for tracts and posters: http://vmc.camp/2017/01/21/quils-expulsent-on-sera-bois/
In Bure, everything is accelerating. The occupants of the Bois Lejuc are summoned at the court on the 25th January. The eviction threat is imminent. The Andra is planning to clear up extra-seven hectares of forest to start with the drillings. It is up to us to stop it !
A decisive battle will go on until mid-march, when the nesting time will begin and prevent, according to the environmental laws, any forest clearing. Our determination is essential, that was proved with this summer mobilisation, but the ending of the battle is uncertain.
We invite all our friends to join us now to reinforce the forest occupation, climb up in the trees, participate in the on-going works and build barricades. To get prepared for the eviction, self-training days are planned on Sundays the 22th, 29th January and 5th February.
We also call a week of actions from 14th to 18th February. On the 14th in Bure, we go first by declaring our love to the Andra (in French, literally declaring our flame) ! Let’s do things everywhere for the rest of the week : let’s be impassionated, ardent !
On the 18th February, whether they evict us or not, we welcome you to walk on the woods. On this day we must display our strength so that there will never be a nuclear dump
Keep your waste, we keep the forest !
ANDRA DÉGAGE, RÉSISTANCE ET AFFOUAGES ! ANDRA OUT ! RESISTANCE AND ESTOVERS !
In case of eviction, the alert will be given in english on this website, and in french on vmc.camp, twitter les Ziradiés, FB Bure à Cuire… We can provide accomodation, take warm clothes, blankets, and don’t forget mountain’s socks 😉
On Sundays 22th, 29th January and 5th February…
The bois Lejuc is threatened again of eviction and destruction as soon as late January. But the owls, up on their great oaks, won’t leave without fighting ! Every strange birds, from here and there are invited to migrate towards our forest on Sunday the 22th (and the following) for a day of preparation and self-training.
We’ll share knowledges and habits to gain autonomy. Learning to organise, strengthen oour links, our self-confidence… to feel ready when the time comes !
On the schedule :
- From 9am : medic, legal team, automedia, cartography, logistics and equipments workshops
- 12h30 : Collective lunch
- From 2pm : Spotting, collective moves into the forest
- End of the afternoon : debriefing and talks around hot wine into the communal house ( heated !!)
Accomodation is possible at the House of resistance and in the forest for those who’d like to come early !
Contact us on sauvonslaforet(at)riseup.net or at +33 329 45 41 77 so that we can provide !