Last update:
2020-08-06

L'Amassada Struggle (ZAD), Aveyron, France

Pas res nos arresta, rien ne nous arrètera ! Resistance by local farmers against a transformer (for electricity from wind energy) was subject to harassment, arrests, police surveillance and eviction in October 2019.


Description:

Since 2009, politicians, administrators and the service company Réseau de Transport d'Électricité (RTE) / Electricity Transmission Network have planned to build a 400,000 volt energy transformer substation in the hamlet of Saint-Victor-et-Melvieu. RTE, as a subsidiary of Électricité de France/Electricity of France (EDF)[1]  has been developing the project without the knowledge or the consent of the local population nor the property owners whose parcels overlap with the project site. Local farmers where to have their land expropriated as the energy transformer was designated strategically significant "national interest."

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:L'Amassada Struggle (ZAD), Aveyron, France
Country:France
State or province:Aveyron
Location of conflict:Saint-Victor
Accuracy of locationMEDIUM (Regional level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Infrastructure and Built Environment
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Land acquisition conflicts
Large-scale wind energy plants
Specific commodities:Land
Electricity
Project Details and Actors
Project details

Since 2009, politicians, administrators and the service company Réseau de Transport d'Électricité (RTE) / Electricity Transmission Network have planned to build a 400,000 volt energy transformer substation in the hamlet of Saint-Victor-et-Melvieu. RTE, as a subsidiary of Électricité de France/Electricity of France (EDF)[1] has been developing the project without the knowledge or the consent of the local population nor the property owners whose parcels overlap with the project site. Local farmers where to have their land expropriated as the energy transformer was designated strategically significant "national interest."

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Project area:4.5 hectares
Type of populationRural
Start of the conflict:01/01/2010
Company names or state enterprises:Electricité de France (EDF) from France
Relevant government actors:Nicolas Hulot (minister for environmnt).
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:https://douze.noblogs.org/soutenir-lamassada/ (website of the movement).
Plateau Survolté.
L'Amassada
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityHIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Local government/political parties
Women
Environmentalists
Autonomous
Anarchists
Forms of mobilization:Community-based participative research (popular epidemiology studies, etc..)
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Land occupation
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Media based activism/alternative media
Objections to the EIA
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Sabotage
Street protest/marches
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
Refusal of compensation
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity)
Potential: Global warming, Oil spills
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Loss of livelihood
Potential: Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Specific impacts on women, Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession
Outcome
Project StatusUnder construction
Conflict outcome / response:Criminalization of activists
Court decision (failure for environmental justice)
Repression
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:People are still organizing and resisting, but the project is underway and enforced through repression.
Sources & Materials
References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

Bureaucratic land grabbing for infrastructural colonization: renewable energy, L’Amassada, and resistance in southern France.

Alexander Dunlap. April 16, 2020 . Human Geography.
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Alexander Dunlap. L’ACCAPAREMENT BUREAUCRATIQUE DES TERRES POUR UNE COLONISATION PAR LES INFRASTRUCTURES

Les énergies renouvelables, l’Amassada et les résistances dans le sud de la France. Paru dans lundimatin#245, le 2 juin 2020
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Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

Reporterre, Oct. 2019, on the expulsion of the ZAD by the police
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France 3- region. Aveyron : évacués de la ZAD de l'Amassada, des manifestants à nouveau repoussés par les forces de l'ordre

Environ 300 personnes manifestaient ce samedi à Saint-Victor-et-Melvieu dans l'Aveyron contre le projet de méga transformateur électrique de RTE, filiale d'EDF. Elles ont été accueillies par les forces de l'ordre qui ont fait usage de gaz lacrymogène. Publié le 02/11/2019.
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

Lundi Matin
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Website of the movement. Pas res nos arresta. https://douze.noblogs.org/soutenir-lamassada/
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Lundi Matin
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