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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #287 - Big useless projects: Resistance as the only answer (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sun, 28 Oct 2018 09:38:32 +0200

The resistance to the GPII (big useless and imposed projects) constitute today the heart of the ecological struggles. The intensification of repression, like the criminalization of organized resistance, are signs that states are doing everything to save the productivist economy in the service of the capitalist class. ---- The return is rich in attacks against the protesters of useless and imposed big projects: expulsions, extradition, legal proceedings ... nothing is spared by the governments, in the name of this " reason of State ". ---- The news is linked as we write this article. In particular, we learned of the death on 19 September 2018 of a journalist, Steffen. It seems that he has fallen from a bridge between two trees in the forest of Hambach.

As a reminder, the Hambach mine in Germany is an open-pit coal mine (85 km2 in area, holes up to 350 m deep): it is the largest mine in Europe. Since 2012, about a hundred activists have occupied the last bits of primary forest that were not yet destroyed, building tree houses and living in them.

This bad news should not make the global attack that is in progress invisible. It reminds us, however, that state violence is permanent.

On September 10, the Bas-Rhin prefecture had the ZAD expelled from the mill at Kolbsheim - near Strasbourg - which is taking part in the fight against a motorway bypass. And it was on September 13 that the German police began to expel the opponents of the mine project in Hambach. The police force is huge, 500 in Kolbsheim for citizen mobilization and 3,500 in Hambach to " evacuate " the hundreds of activists who have lived there for years.

Evacuation of tree houses in Hambach by the German police
The expulsion of Aveyron's industrial wind-power occupants is scheduled for this autumn. This tactic of the steamroller - which is once again killing - takes place following multiple small procedures such as custody, targeted checks and other legal proceedings, the purpose of which was the wear and tear of the disputes before the big cleanup. .

Internationalism of rigor
In addition to these two evictions, the evacuation, confiscation and intimidation procedures of activists against the Bure landfill site throughout this year are added. The last event in Bure was the extradition of Loïc in Germany, a very committed activist. He has 7 trials on his back, 3 of which he considers abusive. Its expulsion from the territory echoes the will of the State to organize a debate at the national level since locally the inhabitants are definitely opposed to the project.

French nuclear, German coal, industrial wind in both cases ... the energy lobbies give voice in this European duo, and their pedagogy is striking. Confronted with rural anti-capitalism " within the territories And the urban ecologist struggles can not easily coordinate with the developers and engineers in the countryside and the technocrats in their city offices. It is only by fighting on common subjects that we will succeed in constructing arguments and lines of struggle that are suitable for everyone. To this necessary convergence, we must add an international dimension ... since the repression against ecological struggles has no border. An urban energetic protest capable of also carrying the voice of the countryside in the metropolis and doubled of an international front, it is a necessity to develop the ecological struggles.

Reinette reinette (AL Aveyron)

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