July 26, 2021

Opening of the trial of opponents of the nuclear waste landfill project in Bure

For three days, the criminal court of Bar-le-Duc, capital of the Meuse, will become the epicenter of the anti-nuclear dispute in France.

At the end of three years of investigation, seven opponents of the project to install by the National Agency for Radioactive Waste Management (Andra) of an industrial center for the geological disposal of radioactive waste (Cigéo), in particular in the small town of Bure (Meuse), appear, from Tuesday 1is to Thursday June 3, for ” conspiracy “.

Read also Bure: the long and inexorable story of a landfill center

The investigating judge dismissed the defendants, three women and four men aged 28 to 48, for “Destruction, degradation or deterioration of property by explosive substance”, detention “Of incendiary or explosive substances or products in an organized group “, and the organization of“A demonstration on the public highway that has not been the subject of a prior declaration” on August 15, 2017 during which they would have “Voluntarily exercised violence”.

Most of the defendants remained silent during the investigation and deny any criminal act. Six of them face a ten-year prison sentence. Ten people had initially been indicted as part of the judicial investigation opened in July 2017 entrusted to the examining magistrate Kévin Le Fur.

« Bure’s zombie walk »

While the opposition movement to the Cigeo project has planned a series of rallies at the foot of the courthouse, the trial should highlight the main stages of the mobilization against the burial, at a depth of 500 meters and for more a century, nuclear waste in the Meuse and Haute-Marne.

Landscape around the village of Bure (Muse), May 25, 2021.

The investigation focused on three events. During the night of February 16 to 17, 2017, Andra’s “eco-library” site in Bure was damaged by around forty people, faces hidden, who subsequently damaged a gendarmerie patrol vehicle. The director of the public establishment, David Mazoyer, files a complaint.

New outbursts took place on June 21, 2017: several opponents of the Cigéo project entered the hotel-restaurant Le Bindeuil, located on the site of the Bure nuclear waste burial laboratory, and tried to set it on fire.

Article reserved for our subscribers Read also Bure: a younger and more radical opposition to the “atomic cemetery”

Finally, on the afternoon of August 15, 2017, an undeclared demonstration entitled “Bure’s zombie walk” brought together between 150 and 200 hooded people. On this occasion, clashes broke out between opponents of the project, gathered in a field in the town of Saudron (Haute-Marne), and the gendarmes, “Targeted by various shots of projectiles at them, whether by throwing stones, fireworks or incendiary devices”, according to the order for reference to the criminal court signed by the examining magistrate. Four injured are identified on the side of the demonstrators, two injured “By sound trauma” in the camp of the police.

You have 53.66% of this article to read. The rest is for subscribers only.