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NEWS from the second intercommittees weekend

Follow in live the run of the 4th of March, second day of the Intercommittees.


Record of the day.
All day long discussions have been held on various topicsm from how we organize together with the committees, what form the struggle should take, or about concrete organisations of antinuclear camps.
In parallel, a walk in direction of the wood Lejuc has been held with a hundred persons. There was no problem during the trip despite the heavy police presence, 2 helicopter, the ANDRA airplane (the decrees forbidding the flights over the area didn’t apply for everyone), 2 motorbikes. This heavy presence has maintained the walk far away from the Lejuc wood. At the end, the heated riot cops has decided to charge, 9 custodies followed. One of the persons has been released after half an hour.  They keep maintaining the pressure to Mandres, still shooting tear gas grenades in the village and private gardens.
8 persons are still in custody and will spend the night at police stations. There is a will from the repressive forces to make difficult and hard the possibility to defend them because they have been put in 6 different police stations in the Meuse, with hundreds of kilometers: Saint Mihiel, Revigny, Sivry sur Meuse, Verdun, Etain, Vigneulles. It makes complicated the access to the lawyers and to do support gatherings.
The meals have gone well in Mandres, a party will be held tonight. The repressive presence didn’t prevent the 37 committees or future committees of leaving with lot of desires and projects of struggle!

5.35pm: Eight custodies have been confirmed by the Bar-Le-Duc court.
3.45pm: The protest have come back. No heavily wounded people but many arrests.
2.35pm: Tear gas grenades have been shot by the riot cops in Mandres and private gardens.
2.25pm: The persons in risk of a kettle by the cops have felt back to Mandres, where they have been joined by people from another group. The riot cops are shooting tear gas grenades to try to disperse the mob.

The riot cops in Mandre the Sunday 4th of March

The riot cops in Mandre the Sunday 4th of March

1.50pm: a hundred persons may be kettled on the road between Bonnet and Mandres. Call to support! (Edit: there was no kettle, just a try from the cops to surround the protest)
1.10pm: persons in the field near La Caisse wood (a wood close and north to Bois Lejuc) are being pushed back by the riot cops. Some tear gas grenades have been shot.
End of the morning: some persons decided to leave for a action.
10am: gathering in Mandres to discuss about the day.
9.30am: leaving in large group Bure to rally Mandres-en-Barrois.


The Legal Team is informing us there were arrests today the 4th of March. More informations to come.

Lecture during the 3th of March protest

The following text is one of the speech held during the start of the protest of this Saturday afternoon.


My dear friends,
We welcome you in a besieged town, surrounded by cops checkpoints, under the surveillance of helicopters and drones. It is told that hundreds of riot copsare here.Our rural territory looks like these overmilitarized zones during G20 where powerful peoples are swaggering.
The authorities does not skimp on the means to impose their nuclear trashbin. After the violent eviction, the prefecture has emitted many decrees to forbid any protest, circulation and car parking.
We are not surprised anymore. We don’t expect anything from the authorities. The dialogue has been broken for so long and we have stopped counting the treasons; from Dominique Voynet (note: past Minister of the Environment) in 1999, who authorized by decree the building of the ANDRA Lab to Nicolas Hulot (note: the actual Minister of Ecology) who claimed to be against CIGEO 2 years ago.
We will act by ourselves, together, in a collective movement that is now building itself across France, thanks to the many support and struggle committees constituted in the last months.
Despite the repression that strikes us, we wanted to say that we feel strong thanks to you, thanks to your solidarity testimonies, your donations, your help, your smiles.
They wanted to make Bure and Mandres some isolated villages where they can burry their filth without any problems, far from any sight. But they failed that. We are here and we won’t stand back, we are decided more than ever.
Today, we are going to the wood, because this forest is representing our dreams, our hopes, our rage. We lived there, we loved each other there. We can’t bear that bulldozers will raze it. We want to build a watchtower at the entrance of the wood, in the field of a friend. It is a colletive act, a strong one, that we want to carry together. We invite you to take a part of this watchtower!
Alas, we can’t predict the reaction of the riot cops. What we want to say, it is that we feel vulnerable, fragile facing these armed men and women. We will try to go as far as possible. You can do this sign (showing it) if you don’t feel good, not in safety.
What is sure, it is that we won’t let us atomized, this day is not a stunt but the start of a longer battle for taking back the wood.
We won’t stand back!

NEWS of the first day of the intercommittees

Follow in live the run of the 3rd of March, first day of the Intercommittees.


7pm: Few peoples have been hurt. Medic record to come. Follow-up of the protest at the Affranchie. Good company! Soon the meal!
6.35pm: At least one person has been sent to the police station for ID check.
6pm: One person get arrested less than one hour ago, during the coming back to the village.
4.55pm: The protest is coming back to Mandres with the construction material of the watchtower. The come back is a bit slow and stop frequently, some fireworks are shot, tear gas are shot too. The riot cops are pressuring the protesters to come back with the wtaer truck and they finally install themselves at the crossroad of Mandres where they will control people, putting pressure (lawsuits threatenings on people leaving Mandres) and disturbing the free passage of the population. No one arrested directly during the protest. The protest was solid and animated by the music.
3.55pm: The construction of the watchtower was aborted. The protest is spread in the fields and the cops too. The riot cops are pushing back people to the road and are shooting tear gas grenades.
3.40pm: the protest is arriving near the wood, are present a water truck, a helicopter and a line of riot cops, the protest goes through the fields in the South East direction.
3.25pm: the protest has left Mandres-en-Barrois and is on the path to the Lejuc wood.
2.35pm: The meal is over, the protest is preparing. Heavy police deployment at 500m of the edge of the wood.
1.15pm: Press conference in front of the Mandres-en-Barrois townhall, surrounded by the riot cops.
12.30am: The riot cops left the streets of Mandres. The intercommittees is taking place as planned!
11am: The discussions in small groups are going well. These exchanges are gathered in a bigger meeting in few minutes.
9.30am: The intercommittees discussions are starting. People from 10 committees are participating and at least 11 committees are in a creation process (more infos in the record).
9am: Police controls and checkpoints are installed in different towns. The cops traffic is updated on the right of this page. Don’t hesitate to call the Maison de la Résistance if you are witness of a new checkpoint. (03 29 45 41 77).
8.10am: The people sleeping at the Maison de la Résiistance left in large group to join Mandres where the intercommittees discussions are planned at 9.30am.


The grotesque trial of the cake slicer – 6th f March – Bar-le-Duc court

The suits against nice owls in Bure are multiplying these last months. Whatever if the charges are more and more absurd. After the trial of the “wall collapse” when 2 persons was charged because they would have participated to the destruction of the wall, recognized illegal by the justice; after the trial of a comrade who would have “harm the honour of a gendarmerie officer” by pointing to this latter that he was strangling him the 18th of February 2017; this time a comrade was brought before the judge for the transportation of weapons in his car: he got 2 knives, an electric cable and … a cake slicer!
These succesive trials are noticing the threatning strategy of the republic general attorney. The repression looks to be the only solution to muzzle the oppositions against the CIGEO project. To the scientific arguments presenting the dangerousness of the project, the State has only to oppose legal attacks. Ther list of sued owls is still long, even worse after the last events.


The 6th of March, at 10.30am, in front of the Bar-Le-Duc court, bring your cakes  for the liberation of the slicer!!


Lets us show that these trials, that wanted to isolate us, can bring some force to bring ourselves together!

In Bure, for the 3-4th of March, after the exceptional decrees: what “lawless” do we want?

This text is a direct reaction of some people and does not pretend to represent the diversity of the point of view and stances towards the new prefectoral decrees.

Last evening, thursday 1st of March at 11pm the Prefecture of Meuse has drawn the big guns with several prefectoral decrees forbidding the protests, the parking and the circulation in Bure and Mandres-en-Barrois, and the flight over this area. Only the pedestrian and the inhabitants are allowed. Such a nice administrative decision that reminded us the first ages of counter insurrection in the colonies and to the most aggressive military zoning.
Probably the directions from the Ministry of Interior, and maybe in higher place, are clear: “Muriel (note: the praefector name), don’t hesitate, firmness and dialogue, firmness and dialogue.” Any protest will be forbidden this weekend but “the door” of the prefect is still open to the “dialogue with legal opposant”. The little music of the dissociation is still played but no one is fooled, and more than never. It is like a prisonner who could negotiate with his/her prison guard the jaling condition! In Bure, there won’t be a Stockholm syndrom.
For many years, the evolution of the security context in France, and elswhere, makes the notion of legality or illegality irrelevant. In Meuse, step by step and for many months, everyone knew that State arbitrariness but this weekend, a new level in the exception has been reached.
The State is pretending to struggle against an “lawless area” by creating a bigger one thanks to its legal mafia in Jeep, riot cops in their trucks… All the appearances of the “considering that” and “considering that” (note: legal mentions in decrees), all this administrative novlanguage is aiming to hide that it is obvious to everyone that these decision are no more legitimate or legal. These prefectoral decrees, that belong to a State of Exception, are revealing what the State fondamentaly is: the military control of the territory and its inhabitants by powerful armed forces.
So, this weekend we are a large number who planned to meet, discuss, get warmth, vibrate together after the tough ordeal of the eviction of 22th of February. We planned to build a struggle that transcends the frontiers of Meuse and France, precisely to defeat all this suffocation.
We planned to march to the forest to show that it is still in us by many ways. We have planned to keep building, onsite, some welcoming and anchoring places to root the struggle on the long term, despite the loss of this beautiful forest. If it is subject to an interdiction, to be considered like a crime, to be categorized in the law suits as “crime associations”, so be it. The question that is addressed is clearer than ever: what “lawless zone” we want to inhabit and create? What stances we want to adopt, massively, against the State of ,exception? This morning, the icing rain has decided to make the road hardly negociable for the military…
We launch a call to come, more than ever, for this weekend. We are putting everything in line to answer at the best level to the repression of these decrees. There is onsite things to welcome you, to eat, to sleep, to meet. We will found together solutions and we won’t let us divide, get afraid or dimnished our joy of living by these prefecture manoeuvres.


See you this weekend.


Some owls from Bure and the surroundings.