Program, instructions, camp background and event info
For the particiator’s of the action week! Please, remember to inform us beforehand if you need an accommodation in the communal sleeping places etc. the big army tents with woody-wood burners. Thanks in advance! Drop your messages to: stopfennovoima [at] protonmail.com
– legal team: +358 41 759 2345
– lawyer (Finnish, English): +358 40 565 8146
What’s this action week all about?
Reclaim the Cape is a madly brave try-out to introduce slightly different methods of civil disobedience, difference-making and expressing one’s opinion’s to the Finnish mental landscape. The anti-nuclear protest camp at Pyhäjoki brings in a full-blown action week and a classical day of action, with a just as classical case of mass civil disobedience to go with it. We are aware of the ways mass civil disobedience have been used in other corners of the world before; and even if we do say so ourselves, we do think that if it’s possible to flood a German nuclear missile base or hop over the fences of Europe’s biggest military exercise area: it should not be exactly impossible to cross a simple construction site fence.
With all its added extra’s, Fennovoima-Rosatom’s nuclear project has drawn clear how limited the possibilities in making a difference through traditional, parliamental or juridical channels, are. The rising current in political discussion’s in Finland have underlined this notion from one comment to another. When one is facing massive companies, state-run departments or both, the ritualistic nature of many of traditional methods of political activity get revealed fast. Luckily, we do have a great selection of empowering examples of useless mega projects that have been either delayed heavily or cancelled totally largely because of persistent civil disobedience and resistance – despite the political support these projects have been enjoying.
We respect and practise the diversity of tactics. Whether you’re interested about an easygoing low treshold action for a first-timer or something more colourful for a well-running smaller affinity group, this week will provide you with a terrain for everything.
Fennovoima-Rosatom nuke stuff: what’s that all about?
So. There’s an anti-nuclear protest site and an action week taking place. Why and against what, exactly? To put it all in a simple nutshell:
Fennovoima is a Finnish nuclear power company established in 2007 by a consortium of Finnish power and industrial companies thinking it’s a mighty good idea to put up a nuke plant at Pyhäjoki, a small municipality at the west coast of Finland. The project nearly faced its much wished-for doom when German energy giant E.ON, the main investor of the project at that time, decided nuclear power is bad business and withdrew its money in 2012.
Rosatom is Russian state corporation: it’s the only vendor in the global markets that offers the nuclear industry’s entire range of products, both civil and weapons. It’s led in an authoritarian manner by a nine-person strong supervisory board, elected single-handedly by President Putin – and naturally, famous for projects riddled with mafia connections, massive delays and accidents.
Fennovoima-Rosatom was born when Rosatom marched in to save Fennovoima: after E.ON left, it was the only investor willing to participate. Fennovoima needed a financial saviour – and Rosatom aimed to polish its reputation with a project in the west. It’s all about the geopolitics, you know: it doesn’t hurt Russia to place a geopolitical footprint to a region close to Nato-favoured NEAT military test area in northern Sweden and of that much-talked about Arctic oil.
The Pyhäjoki protest camp saw daylight on April 2015, when first clear cuts started at Hanhikivi peninsula. While legally shady ”preparing works” advanced, the camp held its ground at the very construction site for five months, blocking the works, causing the local police complaining they haven’t got the resources anymore to deal with the protestors. At the same time newspapers were filled with news of sabotage and general mischief. In September 2015 the eviction of the camp took place, taking full eight days to get the last climber out. After the eviction the camp relocated to a site offered by a local land owner, roughly 4 km outside the construction site. Direct action and general mischief – still in program.
We know its a bit of a madhouse here, as you get to face with one go the whole current Russian administration, Nato-West, a nuclear energy giant, private security firms and the Ministry of Employment and the Economy of Finland. But hey, ho told not to aim high? On April 2016 the camp holds its first anniversary – and it’s time to pump up the gear. To be mad enough to bring the concept of mass civil disobedience to Finland in this scale. The goal is simple: to flood the construction site with people – and hold it as long as possible. May the nearby regions also be filled with all sorts of anti-nuclear, anti-capitalism, pro-all-things-good actions. We tip our hats to diversity of tactics – and summon all of you ecofreaks, antimilitarists and others to join us.
Schedules and infobits
Food and accommodation: we cook vegan. Common accommodation mainly in big heatable army tents: but if you have a tent on you, bring it in! Remember to dress warm. Likely there will be indoor accommodation arrangeable for some, but please – do contact us well beforehand to make that possible.
Practicalities: Solidarity is a verb: we encourage folks to drop in a voluntarily donation for food and such. Yes, you’ll be able to wash up: we have solart/trekking showers.
Questions will be answered at: stopfennovoima [at] protonmail.com
22th-23th of April: Opening party! Music! People! Fun!
– 24.4: ABC of civil disobedience
– 24.4: Legal Info session for beginners, veterans and foreigners
– 24.-25.4: Getting creative: clowns are coming!
– 24.4.-25.4: Rythms of Resistance -group’s action samba
– 23.-25.4: What’s an affinity group and where do I find one?
– 24.5: Getting crafty: clown uniforms, banderolls, bracelets!
– 27.4: Climbing workshop: how to tackle that tree?
– Bombspotters: stories and tips from mass civil disobedience cases in and against Belgian nuclear weapon bases
– Workshop on Cultural Activism by Trident Ploughshares -representative. The workshop will be focusing on how cultural interventions can subvert the system and bring about change: aside from the skills of facilitation, the workshop will give strategies on how to break down
barriers with an unknown public and enable a more flexible and horizontal collaboration.
26.4: Chernobyl 30th Memorial day – and the big action day.
1.5: Traditional May Day in nearby (small) city Raahe.
– All of the week: it’s a free terrain for affinity groups and for getting creative. Remember that.
– Maarit Laihonen, researcher, activist: The politics and backgrounds of Fennovoima’s nuclear project
– Andrey Ozharovskiy, nuclear engineer and environmental activist: The past and present of Rosatom
– Tere Vaden, philosopher, researcher: The present through the lense of energy – becoming post-fossil
– Olli Tammilehto, researcher and writer: The history and timeline of failed nuclear projects
– February 07, 2012, Seven pacifists entered into the NATO military Headquarters, in an act of civil disobedience. The Bombspotters, as they called themselves, were there to denounce the presence of nuclear weapons on Belgian soil. They recorded their act of disobedience and posted videos of their actions on the internet. They were apprehended and have been issued a criminal summons to appear in court on October 26, 2015; the activists face up to five years in prison and a substantial fine. One of the seven Bombspotter’s tells about their experiences and views on civil disobedience.
– Veikko Ervasti, municipal councellor: Local views on Fennovoima’s project
– Jari Natunen, biochemist: Fennovoima and nuclear waste
Also: please, let us know if you are interested in organizing a workshop or other activities.
stopfennovoima [at] protonmail.com
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