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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire AL #300 - Aveyron: After the expulsion, the struggle continues (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 2 Jan 2020 09:29:04 +0200

Despite the expulsion of the Zad from the Amassada, the local struggle continued with a weekend of resistance organized in early November. A week of national action has been decided for next January. ---- The day after the expulsion of the occupants of the Amassada at Saint-Victor, many wondered about the possibility of continuing the fight. The militarization of the land by the national gendarmerie makes reoccupying action all the more difficult since this struggle has not known as massive a mobilization as that of Notre-Dame-des-Landes. The town hall, opposed to the electric mega-transformer project, was harassed by supporters of the project linked to the right and the extreme right and whose ramifications with local companies having won the contract for development works . Faced with this pressure, which is not new, it stuck to republican legality and preferred to drop the case. The association Plateau overexcited, which brings together a certain number of inhabitants opposed to the project and whose complaint against the operator Réseau transport électrique (RTE) by contesting the public utility is in progress, is discreet. There remains the Amassada, a collective that brings together inhabitants and activists, always as resolute.

On November 1, 2 and 3, the Amassada organized a weekend of resistance. Over 400 people participated. This may seem modest, but you should know that no struggle has brought together so many people in the Saint-Affricain since 2016. The opponents to the project came from Aveyron, more widely from Occitania but also from Bures, Notre -Dame-des-Landes, Alsace, Lyon, Brittany and even Germany. We could add a few yellow vests from Millau and Saint-Affrique, the Confédération paysanne and UCL. Activists of Extinction Rebellion also came in large numbers.

A harmful and unnecessary electrical network
On Saturday November 2, the participants in the two demonstrations, one by day and the other by night, tried to tear off the gates around the site dedicated to the future electric mega-transformer. But the gendarmes gassed, then charged, preventing any intrusion ... or almost, since a small group which had not joined the crowd managed to drop 15 meters of wire mesh. The following day, the assembly of support committees decided to organize a week of national action from January 13 to 18 (anniversary date of the inauguration of the first cabin of the Amassada) whose main target will be RTE.

This initiative demonstrates the structuring at national level of collectives wanting to act against land grabbing, industrialization of the countryside, the farce of the energy transition but also for peasant agriculture, for the defense of threatened public services in rural areas as elsewhere.

Finally, it is not uninteresting to note that the earthquake in Ardèche and in the Drôme made it possible to verify once again the uselessness of the highway for industrial wind turbines, of which the megatransfo of Saint-Victor is a node essential, to convey energy while limiting its loss. A week after the earthquake, more than 30,000 people are without electricity and Enedis, RTE and EDF are unable to rely on this part of the electricity network to help them.

Laurent (UCL Aveyron)

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