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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #282 - Bure: The wood Lejuc " will be taken again " (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 28 Apr 2018 10:37:37 +0300

After the violent expulsion by the police of the occupiers and occupants of Lejuc wood, the movement of opposition to the storage of radioactive waste is set in motion. ---- In a way, the future of the French nuclear power industry is played in Bure, a small village of less than 100 inhabitants, located in the department of Meuse. As the ultimate step in the nuclear industry, the management of high-level, long-lived radioactive waste is one of the weak links. Created in 1979 to manage this waste, the National Agency for the Management of Radioactive Waste (Andra) is responsible for finding an underground storage solution. A bit like hiding the dust under the carpet. But this dust - 100,000 m 3 of long-lived high-level and medium-level nuclear waste hiding 500 meters underground for hundreds of thousands of years - would pose immense danger to neighboring populations.

Contempt of the people ... and the legality

These risks, even if they are still officially denied, sometimes go beyond the " official " media lock . Thus, in Le Monde of January 15, 2018 Pierre-Franck Chevet, president of the Nuclear Safety Authority, underlines the risk of fire associated with certain waste destined for the landfill of the Meuse. A fire that could become uncontrollable and result in massive releases of radioactive isotopes via the gas evacuation wells. One risk among others [1].

Because the future of the sector depends on the possibility of finding a solution to this extremely dangerous final waste, the state officials are ready for any contortions to get the project through. Because already the French nuclear industry sinks into the crisis. The nuclear power plant is aging and Areva can not get away from the EPR sites, first in Flamanville in the English Channel, but also in other countries [2].

The project Cigéo (Industrial Geological Storage Center) in Bure must therefore prove to the world market that the French industry, despite its difficulties, is always at the forefront of technology.

Unfortunately, projects for landfilling nuclear waste have always caused massive rejection of the inhabitants concerned. This is so in Bure. Never mind, Andra continues the project forced march. It carries out clearing work in the Lejuc wood, where the evacuation wells must be opened. She also built a concrete enclosure to strengthen her site. But on Monday 1 st August 2016, the High Court of Bar-le-Duc condemns Andra for illegal work in wood Lejuc - the agency did not even have building permits - and ordered the restoration of the forest. And on August 13, 2016, hundreds of opponents shot down the protective wall of the building site. And a new occupation of the wood by the opponents is organized.

Faced with a growing challenge, the state clearly decided on 22 February to send an authoritarian and violent signal (see box), expelling the occupants of Lejuc wood. But far from undermining the determination of the inhabitants and militants, this intervention of the police forces triggered an unprecedented wave of solidarity. Nearly 80 rallies were held throughout France on the evening of the intervention of gendarmes and this wave can only amplify.

" The wood will be taken back ": this is the state of mind of the expelled. " They lost in advance.[...]When there are demonstrations to take back the wood, it is thousands of people who are there. So they can put as many CRS as they want, the wood will be taken back .

The first stage of remobilization took place on the weekend of March 3rd and 4th. On the one hand, demonstrations were organized on March 3 and March 4, which brought together several hundred people, but still saw the repression come to an end. On the other hand, an " Intercomités " was held, attended by 37 support committees to coordinate actions that will be organized throughout France.

Colonization of territories for capitalist purposes
On the 24th of March at 10 o'clock was held a fight against Cigeo assembly, to which all the components of the fight were invited. On the agenda were, on the one hand, a debriefing of past weeks, on the other hand the elaboration of new perspectives of struggle: and they are numerous !

For we can not accept either the danger that the nuclear industry makes to society, or the colonization of territories for capitalist purposes. As Gaspard d'Allens and Andrea Fuori wrote last year: " What is played here is essential. To oppose Cigeo is to refuse to become co-managers of the atomic disaster. It is a clear and determined no to the nuclear oligarchy that tries to make us responsible for its nuisance. This waste is not ours. We did not have a voice, the French energy policy was imposed on us in violence and authoritarianism " [3].

A victory at Bure would be a wedge in the nuclear power industry and a step towards total nuclear output. First in Bure, but also everywhere in France ! Support committees can be created and serve as mobilization relays.

Ecology Commission

Police violence and repression: the two breasts of Macron !
Thursday, February 22, 500 gendarmes intervene at 6 o'clock in the morning to expel the occupants of the Lejuc wood in Bure. Then at 11 o'clock they illegally invest the House of resistance. Two activists were arrested and placed in detention until the day of their trial for " violence " and " rebellion ". Their trial was held on March 19 at the Bar-le-Duc court. He and she were sentenced to three months in prison and kept in detention.

A demonstration was called in protest on March 3rd. The prefect of the Meuse, Muriel Nguyen has filed several orders prohibiting traffic, parking and the event. Despite this, hundreds of demonstrators gathered.

A witness quoted by AFP says: the procession was " peaceful ", before being " repressed by the gendarmerie ". The latter throws tear gas canisters to prevent the demonstrators from building " a lookout at the entrance of the wood on the ground of a friend ". The demonstration fell back in the village of Mandres-en-Barrois, besieged, under surveillance of helicopters and drones, but the event remains welded, there were no arrests.

The next day a hundred people go on a new ride to the wood Lejuc. But the fire of lacrymos is linked, continue in the village and even in private gardens. Finally, a violent police charge ends with the custody of eight people. They were released after forty-eight hours and are summoned to court on 23 May in Bar-le-Duc.

[1] " Nuclear waste: in Bure, in the Meuse, technical challenges unsolvable quickly ", Reporterre, November 14, 2013

[2] Also read " Bure: why the state wants so much to break the challenge ", Alternative Libertaire, September 2017.

[3] Gaspard d'Allens and Andrea Fuori, Bure, the nuclear battle, Seuil, 2017.

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