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Riot police arrive:  vmc.camp/2016/07/07/expulsion-de-la-foret-occupee-le-suivi-de-la-journee
VMC Camp photo of riot police coming to expulse protestors on July 7th. According to the protestors, the French nuclear waste authority, ANDRA, is illegally occupying the Lejuc woods; multiple legal challenges are ongoing. http://vmc.camp/2016/07/07/expulsion-de-la-foret-occupee-le-suivi-de-la-journee/

From the beginning of France’s State of Emergency, the government has used it as an excuse to arrest environmentalists before they could protest; to beat up peacefully demonstrating trade unionists and students. The communications union protested this violence with a poster and was accused of defamation against the police. Meanwhile, the French police reportedly let a known to be mentally unstable violent criminal through a road block, because he pretended that he was delivering ice cream. He then mowed down a crowd in Nice on Bastille Day. Shouldn’t they have a list of deliveries or call into headquarters to check? While not a shred of (publicly known) evidence was reported to tie this man to Islamic terrorism, French President Hollande almost immediately called it a terrorist attack, alleging that it was because of hate for France’s democracy. Then Hollande used this as an excuse to undermine French democracy by extending the state of emergency. Such is the tenor of the times in Nuclear France. The only surprise is that the forest protectors-protestors against the nuclear dump were brave enough to carry on with their plan to return to the ancient forest. No surprises that they were beat up. One is reminded of a button-badge from the early 1980s that said “Help the Police: Beat Yourself Up.

Info’Com CGT Trade Union Poster says that police should protect citizens and not hit them; Stop the Violence.
infocomcgt.fr/affiches/item/affiche-la-police-doit-protéger-les-citoyen-et-non-les-frapper Stop the Violence
http://infocomcgt.fr/affiches/item/affiche-la-police-doit-prot%C3%A9ger-les-citoyen-et-non-les-frapper

On Saturday, July 16, 2016, 400 local residents, local farmers, activists, families and international supporters gathered in a tercentenary forest which may be destroyed to make way for an underground nuclear waste facility. “The people were… assaulted with sticks and batons, kicks and punches, were attacked with stones, were gassed directly in the face and, for some of them, were smacked face down against the ground, bashed violently on the head and hit repeatedly. Following these facts, the medical team reported at least 5 people with injuries and open wounds to the head and multiple injuries to the back and limbs. One of these people lost consciousness for a short moment. Many people are in shock following the violence.” (See Press Release below)

Residents near the proposed French nuclear waste facility in Bure France have demonstrated that within 16 minutes the “argillite” clay proposed for this high level nuclear storage dissolves into gravel clumps. This is because it is hard materials held together by soft materials. It’s also on top of a geothermal resource site. Is this or US-German nuclear waste facilities in salt or US burial of nuclear waste in clay more stupid? Or Swiss burial of nuclear waste in “self-healing” clay/mudstone? Other countries, including the US, have now invested in this Swiss “research” off of a public road tunnel near St. Ursanne. How about the British stacking shipping containers of nuclear waste and burying it on the seaside at Drigg and Dounreay? Nuclear Nincompoops all.
Bure argillite mudstone dryBure Argillite Mudstone after 16 min is gravel
Images from video link at http://www.villesurterre.eu

ANDRA is the French National Agency for the management of radioactive waste, responsible for long-term management of radioactive waste in France. The Ministries of Energy, Research and Environment are responsible for ANDRA, though it is majority financed by the waste producers (themselves mostly French State owned). Thus, it appears to be a French government entity. And, by extension all of its actions, including violence against protestors, appear to be the responsibility of the French State, which is strongly authoritarian, tilting frighteningly toward dictatorship.

Press Release from VMC Camp:
July 18, 2016

This Saturday, July 16, 2016, the local residents, the local farmers, the militants, families and international supporters, attended the reoccupation event in the forest of Mandres-en-Barrois. This tercentenary forest, having already suffered damage from the first illegal work of the ANDRA, is doomed to disappear to make way for a senseless landfill project, Cigéo, consisting of burying nuclear waste.

The protest of 400 people, gathered in a desire to defend the wood and prevent the continuation of this project and these illegal works, had converged towards the forest. This cheerful and determined event ended with a great meal and a night in the wood of Lejuc.

In the aftermath of this event, the medical and legal teams of the movement, who treated the wounded and collected numerous testimonies, derived an alarming report.

Throughout the day of July 16, the participants reported countless assaults by the private security service of the ANDRA. Equipped with transparent shields, helmets, batons, tear gas sprays, sleeves picks and slings, these so-called “security guards” in charge the security of the site were actually constituted into a true mobile militia, searching violent contact and chasing after protesters in the fields and in the woods, to beat them and steal their personal belongings.

The people were molested and assaulted with sticks and batons, kicks and punches, were attacked with stones, were gassed directly in the face and, for some of them, were smacked face down against the ground, bashed violently on the head and hit repeatedly.

Following these facts, the medical team reported at least 5 people with injuries and open wounds to the head and multiple injuries to the back and limbs. One of these people lost consciousness for a short moment. Many people are in shock following the violence’s.

In addition, three protesters were injured from rubber bullets and grenades thrown by the police. They have various injuries to the legs and arms. Several protesters also testify stone throwing not only by the security guards but also by the police.

In fact, most protesters consistently maintained an ambivalent attitude regarding the actions of the militia of the ANDRA. Relying on these mercenaries to do the “dirty work”, the police forces have repeatedly retreated and let the militia groups to act freely and only intervened to arrest the attacked protesters. Four protesters were placed in custody.

For this release, we want to denounce the intolerable nature of these serious violence’s by the private militia of ANDRA and the barely hidden complicity with the gendarmerie. We condemn the presence of armed and violent groups creating such a climate of terror on behalf of ANDRA.
Info: http://en.vmc.camp / http://burestop.eu / http://burezonelibre.noblogs.org
Contact: sauvonslaforet@riseup.net
Press Release of the medical and legal teams at the occupation of the forest on the violence’s suffered by the protesters
http://en.vmc.camp/2016/07/18/press-release-of-the-medical-and-legal-teams-of-the-occupation-of-the-forest-on-violences-suffered-by-the-protesters/

The French government wants to bury their nuclear waste in argillite, on top of a geothermal resource site. On Tuesday, 26 January, 2016, a worker was killed and one injured at the site due to collapse of an underground tunnel gallery. And, yet, the nuclear waste is supposed to be retrievable. To be retrievable it must be in granite or some other hard rock, and it must be monitored and never closed. It’s not a governance problem, it’s a technical issue.

ANDRA falsely alleges: “The reversibility of a deep geological High-Level waste disposal facility is governance as much as a technical issue. In the October issue of the Andra International Newsletter, we will explore those 2 complementary aspects.  Why and how do we plan and implement reversibility? And how do we prepare for the possible retrieval of packages already disposed of, in the prevailing underground conditions of disposal? Discover how Andra sees reversibility and how it develops the tools enabling it.https://web.archive.org/web/20160719220241/http://www.andra.fr/international/

An argillite /ˈɑrdʒɨlaɪt/ is a fine-grained sedimentary rock composed predominantly of indurated clay particles. Argillaceous rocks are basically lithified muds and oozes. They contain variable amounts of silt-sized particlehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argillite

A child knows that clay becomes soft and unstable when wet. And, that it shrinks and cracks when dry and expands when wet. Residents near the proposed French nuclear waste facility in Bure France have demonstrated that within 16 minutes the “argillite” clay proposed for high level nuclear storage dissolves into gravel clumps. This is because it is hard materials held together by soft materials.
Bure argillite mudstone dryBure Argillite Mudstone after 16 min is gravel
Images from video link at http://www.villesurterre.eu
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/french-nuclear-waste-facility-test-site-collapses-and-kills-one-injures-another/

Not surprisingly: “Accident in Andra’s Meuse / Haute-Marne Underground Laboratory, 26/01/2016 – Today at 12.20 in the afternoon the end section of an experimental gallery collapsed in the Underground Laboratory; the gallery was in in the process of excavation and subcontractor company’s employees were working on the rock bolting when it happened
https://web.archive.org/web/20160403153623/http://www.andra.fr/international/

About Andra:
http://web.archive.org/web/20160325195648/http://www.andra.fr/international/pages/en/menu21/andra/who-are-wer/more-about-andra-sites-6695.html
http://web.archive.org/web/20160403154333/http://www.andra.fr/pages/fr/menu1/l-andra/qui-sommes-nous-r-2.html