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(en) ait russia: Anarchists Joined the environmental protest in Cheremza [machine translation]

Date Thu, 2 Jul 2020 08:56:08 +0300

The village of Cherems in the Novokuznetsk district of Kuzbass has become a new symbol of environmental resistance in Russia. Residents of Cheremza, Bezrukov, the city of Myski and other cities and towns are protesting against the construction of a loading station for the Kuznetskiy Yuzhny coal mine literally a few hundred meters from residential buildings. Anarchists from Novokuznetsk arrived at the protest camp and expressed their solidarity with him. We, anarcho-syndicalists, also express our support for the self-organized struggle of people who defend their right to a decent and healthy life! ---- If the station is built, environmental activists say, dense clubs of coal dust will cover the village of Cheremza. People will have nothing to breathe ... On June 9, construction equipment owned by SibGeoProekt SGN (contractor of the Kuznetsk Yuzhny opencast mine for the construction of a coal loading station) has begun to change the channel of the Kalandas river. These works threaten the loss of stability of the bridge supports and their collapse. In addition, the passage of construction equipment under the low spans of four railway bridges is prohibited, again due to the threat of collapse. Representatives of the company refused to communicate with residents and provide permits for the use of the river channel as a road, for changing the river channel and pouring metallurgical slag into the channel and for passing heavy construction equipment.

It is not surprising that this time the protagonist of the protest was the railway transport security guard Aleksey Chispiyakov, whose duties, in fact, include protecting the bridges. While patrolling, he tried to prevent the dangerous actions of the builders, but the police did not intervene, and the driver of one piece of equipment tried to pounce on Chispiyakov. to run over a recorded violation during the performance of official duties of Chispiyakov. Self-organized help began to be attracted to the activist, who had challenged arbitrariness. Vyacheslav Krechetov joined the shift, then the residents of Cheremza, the neighboring settlements, arrived in time. A group of activists left the village of Apanas, Novokuznetsk and Alekseyevka to help the protesters.

On June 13, the day work began, dozens of residents stopped the equipment, stayed in place for the night, lighted bonfires and continued the duty that they started during the day ( http://stopcoal.ru/2020/06/13/cheremza/ ). On June 14, protesters blocked the way for equipment and organized a real protest camp: they began to establish strong tents, organized two posts in key areas of the enemy's possible breakthrough. Requirements for the authorities were formulated. Residents of Cheremza elected their delegates to the village council, which held its first meeting on June 15. On this day, the protest has become really massive! (According to information from the participants of the protest camp)

The authorities, as usual, resorted to their usual reaction - repression. The camp was blocked. The police detained two activists - Vladimir Gorenkov, who was left in the department before the trial, and Sergey Sheremetyev (subjected to forced medical examination and illegal search). On July 16, the builders tried to break through again, but were stopped. In the evening, the head of the Novokuznetsk district appeared at the protest camp. He actually acknowledged the indignation of the indignant inhabitants (Information from the participants of the protest camp). But at the same time, the boss tried to threaten. He said that coal loading is better than agriculture, and if residents refuse, the village will not receive anything from the budget ( https://echo.msk.ru/blog/ecodefense/2661509-echo/ ).

On June 17, the mass appeal and articles of journalists brought the situation in Cheremz already to the all-Russian level. The response of the authorities and the police was to increase repression. In addition to direct pressure on the protesters, they also resorted to such a method as discrediting and undermining the work of the camp. To him began to deliver drug addicts. Thus, the authorities hoped to organize an occasion for reprisals against activists and dispersal. Therefore, on June 20, protesters were forced to organize self-protection, creating a group to maintain order and combat its violators. Meanwhile, the protest continued to grow. On June 21 and 22, residents of other cities and towns began to gather at the camp. Artists came to support the protesters. On June 23, tent camps functioned, broken at the posts. Improving the organization, responsibilities were distributed in the protest camp. The railway department sent a conclusion that the actions of the coal miners were unlawful. On the same day, protesters put forward a new ultimatum to the head of the district, demanding the liquidation of the town of builders and the removal of construction equipment. Having not received a positive response, the protesters began a collective hunger strike on June 25, threatening to turn it into a mass one. On the same day, builders began to export equipment in an organized manner (According to information from participants in the protest camp).

"The vehicles were withdrawn all last night, but the official statement on the withdrawal from the management of the mine and the administration has not yet been received, so the headquarters has not yet announced the abolition of the hunger strike," said Nikolai Metalnikov, environmental activist from Kuzbass on the morning of June 26. According to a local resident Alexei Chispiyakov, on June 25, prosecutors worked at the site. "The withdrawal of equipment began, the environmental prosecutor arrived, recorded a violation of environmental laws, we will wait for the results of inspections," he told Tiblok1.

According to Yuri Nedorezov, a hunger strike participant, residents will continue the rally, seeking documentary guarantees for the completion of work: "So that they do order for themselves and officially submit documents that there will never again be such a disgrace here." While there are two starving people, but, according to Yuri Nedorezov, other residents are ready to join, they are standing in line ( https://tayga.info/156474 )


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