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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #281 - Aveyron: Take off your big blades from there (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 7 Apr 2018 11:48:03 +0300

Far from being an energy alternative, the government's renewable energy policy only renews capitalism. And arouses specific local opposition. Example of the gigantic project of industrial wind turbines in South-Aveyron. ---- The state abandoned the airport project at Notre-Dame-des-Landes. But he promised to let go against other struggles opposed to unnecessary or dangerous big projects. This is the case of the " energy highway project in Saint-Victor-et-Melvieu " in Aveyron. ---- The Amassada (" assembly " in Occitan) brings together the opponents of South-Aveyron, farmers and women workers, public and private workers, pensioners, precarious and unemployed. Their motivation is also to secure another future and another world for their children than the one promised by politicians and capitalists who want to force the protection of private interests by force.

The Amassada is now facing the imminence of the declaration of public interest and its consequences: deportation decisions, multiplication of police and judicial procedures. Already today, intimidation, lawsuits, police custody, political maneuvers, everything is good to use the adversary, either morally or by the wallet. The answer can only be the enlargement of the movement.

Renewable energies and proximity
Proximity is fashionable in governmental and capitalist discourses. But the only reality of their projects is the gigantism and colonization of a supposedly deserted territory.

Because it is necessary to distinguish well a proximity energy and the governmental program of renewable energies. The Grands Causses wind project (Aveyron, Tarn and Lozère) provides for a thousand wind turbines and a mega-transformer. These industrial wind turbines are of no use to the populations concerned. Because this wind power project is first dedicated to export.

Far from being a step towards an energy alternative, this project is part of a restructuring of capitalist industry, thus continuing the exploitation of peoples and lands, particularly within the mines distributed in the countries of the South. The complexity of the techniques used makes it unlikely that they will be appropriated locally.

An energy alternative will certainly use the same renewable energy sources. But it can only be part of another way of life. Also, the Amassada calls for self-management, sharing of practices and knowledge, with the aim of creating a common culture - not an exclusionary identity.

His strong point ? The seven-hectare site on which the transformer is to be built comprises a small plot of 2,000 m² " owned " by an undivided ownership of one hundred and thirty owners. For the Amassada, with its parties, songs, buildings and small self-generating wind turbine, the essential is to occupy the place to counter the projects of electricity transmission network (RTE) and developers wind turbines.

the hut of the Amassada, a place of struggle and sociability
Whether they are part of the capitalist redeployment of energy, the construction of mega vacancy centers or the development of highways or high-speed rail lines, a large number of large unnecessary and taxed projects (GPII) artificialise agricultural lands or forest areas, contribute to the destruction of biodiversity, cause damage to the lives of local populations.

However, the real question when considering the construction of a new infrastructure should be that of its social utility and first of all for those who live nearby. But when a motorway bypass is considered, it is primarily for its usefulness " for trade ". When a nuclear project is presented, it is primarily for its utility for the defense of capitalist interests.

To become of the territory

The question of hospitals or schools is obviously more complex. But today it is not the interest of the population that guides the restructuring of the health system or the school. These are the capitalist interests. It is the same with regard to the privatization of water, the removal of SNCF lines, or postal tours, or the installation of communicating meters (Linky). We do not accept that the desertification of Aveyron accelerates under the blows of tourist development, industrial wind power or the installation of the foreign legion on the Larzac.

Today, the fight against the industrial wind turbine project in South Aveyron is encountering difficulties. On the one hand the gigantism of the project makes it difficult to occupy all the lands concerned. And then it must be said, the wind, in absolute terms, has a positive connotation. But above all, the implementation of a convergence of struggles encounters some difficulties. In the first place, it is necessary to note the difference of practices of struggle between those led by Amassada and those of many trade union structures. More worrying, the peasant confederation Aveyron, though considered very left, turns a deaf ear to calls for convergence. The key to the development and future victory of this struggle requires advancing on this particular issue !

Reinette Noyé (AL Aveyron)

Suppression of the movement
Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 7 o'clock in the morning, a hundred gendarmes have arrested at their home thirteen opponents and opponents to the construction of the park industrial wind Crassous (municipality of Saint-Affrique, Aveyron), among which there were two Libertarian Alternative comrades. They were dispersed in custody in the four corners of the department.

Their offense ? Peacefully opposing the construction machinery that sacks the Crassous forest. The charges were " theft and obstruction of freedom of work ", which is obviously more serious. In support of the defendants, a day of mobilization was immediately able to gather beyond the movement.

Four days later, on Monday, 29 January, five other opponents were summoned to the Rodez Regional Court. The summons was made in the context of a " referred hour by hour ", an exceptional measure, supposedly to establish, according to the lawyer of the company Theolia, multinational wind, the reality of the " imminent threat ": dangerous criminals would prowl, which would have caused a delay of one month and a half. For proof only, people were reportedly controlled by the police on a road 1 km from the site. Faced with this threat, Theolia asked for a ban on driving. The five defendants were released.

Rally of 28 January in front of the town hall of St-Affrique against police custody
But what was the gendarmerie doing there ? A device of eighty representatives of the State has been deployed to allow the trimming of one hectare of box forest in the natural park. Filing of complaints containing gendarmerie reports ; exceptional judicial devices ; the press complaining of the cops because they would be afraid of the zadists, obviously dangerous ; mayor of Saint-Affrique who lays down traffic control decrees to hinder the mobilizations ... Here is a beautiful illustration of the reality of the " public-private partnership " created for this project !

Reinette Noyé

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