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.