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(en) Canada, Québec, Montréal, Anarchist collective Emma Goldman (UCL) - Defending the wetland Testet: "A legitimate fight against unnecessary project" (fr) [machine translation]

Date Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:26:43 +0300


In the department of Tarn, France, activists are fighting against a dam project on the river Tescou. In total, 34 hectares of land that will be flooded if the project materializes. Dam that will serve overwhelmingly (70%) to provide water to a devastating agriculture based on corn. Activists challenge this intensive agriculture that is needed around the globe. Antoine1, organic farmer in the Tarn Valley think Tescou "could host of gardening." Florent, "Corn is not suitable for our climate, especially the same variety that is imposed across Europe. This is a loss of biodiversity."2 It is important to remember that this wetland plays a key role in the water cycle of this ecosystem is the Valley of Tescou. ---- For several days, the repression has intensified on the zadistes Testet. After trying to block the machine repeatedly, without success since the CSR savagely attacked the activists, the struggle continues. Ajourd'hui, September 9, the opposing-es project occupied the General Council of the local authority in Albi in the Tarn.

Solidarity with the struggle of the activists against the destructive dam project Sivens!

For the latest on this fight and see the devastation already caused by the early work of destruction, here's a website run by a group opposed to the project: https://tantquilyauradesbouilles.wordpress.com/author/tantquilyauradesbouilles/

The following is from the website Bastamag.

Link to the original: http://www.bastamag.net/Defendre la zone du wet Testet

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In the Tarn, near Gaillac, an area rich in biodiversity may be flooded by a dam project. Opponents denounce a public investment for a handful of corn producers, a very greedy culture water. While legal remedies are still being examined, deforestation began on 1 September with about 200 CRS and gendarmes. In this forum, representatives of associations and unions denounce violent behavior forces. And ask the Minister of Ecology Ségolène Royal to immediately suspend the operations of deforestation.

Since 2011, the Collective for safeguarding wetland Testet acts to protect this threatened with destruction by the dam project on Sivens Tescou River in the Tarn area. The project would sacrifice the last major wetland Tescou basin, home to at least 94 protected animal species and 353 species of vascular plants.

Concreting and asphalting are not the only reasons for the creation of artificial farmland that removes the equivalent of one every ten department. Paradoxically, excessive irrigation needs for crops such as corn and the need to reduce the rate of water pollution in the summer because of the intensive use of pesticides are also involved.

This is exactly the purpose of the farm dam project Sivens. It is symptomatic of the excesses of agriculture that aims to adapt the environment without changing its practices. Logic applies to the detriment of biodiversity and the community that bears the cost. Public investment in the service of this agricultural model and a handful of beneficiaries is incomprehensible.

How local, prefecture and General Council, manage the project recalls the methods used in other useless projects like the airport at Notre Dame moors: no consultation with conservation associations surround and aquatic environments; unfavorable opinions hidden during the public inquiry; refusal of the General Council and the prefecture of the Tarn publicly debate; refusal of the General Council to follow the advice of the Committee of Public Inquiries, the Federation of fisheries and aquatic environments, government departments in charge of water (ONEMA); refusal of the General Council to follow the scientific advice of the Scientific Council of Regional Natural Heritage (CSRPN) and national experts from the National Council for the Protection of Nature (CNPN) appointed by the State which both consider inadequate compensatory measures.

The compensation system is intended only to convey projects. No compensation will replace the destroyed biodiversity and agricultural land are disappearing in the end!

Several legal challenges filed by the Collective and its partners are under consideration: An appeal against the order at the bottom says "Water Act" of October 3, 2013 An appeal on the merits against the declaration of public utility (DUP) of 2 October 2013 An appeal on the merits and for interim suspension against the order of exemption from the prohibition of destruction of protected species October 16, 2013.

The tribunal should consider appeals on September 26.

Yet nothing happens, the president of the council of the Tarn refuses any dialogue claiming that all the steps of investigations were regular and showed the validity of the project. This is false.
The imminence of work and facing the intransigence of local authorities, three opponents have decided to start a hunger strike on August 27. They are now five and begin their third week of hunger strike.

Monday, 1 September 2014, the General Council of Tarn decided to push through with the support of the Prefect. Deforestation wooden edge of the wetland began under the protection of about 200 CRS and gendarmes. Their behavior is unspeakable, violent with direct shots of tear gas, rubber bullets without warning of, wearing foul language and gender, with arrests baseless.

So far, the General Council with the support of the Prefecture refuses to take into account the legal actions, and even claims to the press that all appeals of opponent-es had been exhausted. This is to make light of the situation of people in hunger strike!

On 28 February 2014, Jean-Marc Ayrault, the then Prime Minister, had told the media that "the appeals against the draft Nantes airport transfer to Notre-Dame-des-Landes to be considered by the court before the work could begin " arguing that "we are in a state of law" . Following his appointment as Minister of Ecology, Ségolène Royal has confirmed the commitment of the previous government.

The group and its partners call this commitment is also respected on the wetland Testet. So they ask for a moratorium on the work until the review of all litigation withdrawal of forces to organize a truly democratic debate involving the communication of all aspects of the case, including scientific advice.

Faced with the repeated refusal of the General Council of the Prefecture to hear the legitimate demands of the opposition-es and given the urgency of the local situation, the signatories of this forum since September 5 request a meeting as soon as possible with the Ecology Minister to quickly examine the solutions that will solve the current crisis starting with sursoir clearing operations which began on September 1.

Didier Aubé (Trade Union Solidarity), Geneviève Azam (ATTAC France), Amelie Canonne (AITEC), Laurent Pinatel (Confederation Paysanne), Thierry Uso (CRAUE)
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1. Zadistes names were changed.
2 Interview by the special envoy of the journal Humanity . Monday, 1 September 2014, p. 18.

Published there 21 hours ago by Collectif Emma Goldman
Labels: France environmentalists Struggles Solidarity ZAD
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