French Hamlet Of Bugarach Promoted As Safe Haven From 2012 Apocalypse

French Hamlet Of Bugarach Promoted As Safe Haven From 2012 Apocalypse

Jun 21

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FRENCH VILLAGE SEEN AT THREAT FROM APOCALYPSE SECTS
By Vicky Buffery
Reuters
June 15, 2011

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The tiny southern French hamlet of Bugarach has drawn scrutiny from a government sect watchdog over droves of visitors who believe it is the only place in the world that will survive a 2012 Apocalypse.

A report by the watchdog, Miviludes, published on Wednesday said the picturesque village near Carcassonne should be monitored in the run-up to December 21, 2012, when many believe the world will end according to an ancient Mayan prophecy.

Miviludes was set up in 2002 to track the activity of sects, after a law passed the previous year made it an offence to abuse vulnerable people using heavy pressure techniques, meaning sects can be outlawed if there is evidence of fraud or abuse.

Surrounded in legend for centuries, Bugarach and its rocky outcrop, the Pic de Bugarach, have attracted an influx of New Age visitors in recent months, pushing up property prices but also raising the threat of financial scams and psychological manipulation, Miviludes said in its report.

“I think we need to be careful. We shouldn’t get paranoid, but when you see what happened at Waco in the United States, we know this kind of thinking can influence vulnerable people,” Miviludes president Georges Fenech told Reuters.

Waco, Texas, made headlines in 1993 when federal agents raided the headquarters of the Branch Davidian movement, led by David Koresh, leading to a 50-day siege.

The building was burnt down when agents eventually tried to force their way in, leaving some 80 people dead.

Bugarach, with a population of just 200, has long been considered magical, partly due to what locals claim is an “upside-down mountain” where the top layers of rock are older than the lower ones.

The Internet is awash with myths about the place — that the mountain is surrounded by a magnetic force, that it is the site of a concealed alien base, or even that it contains an underground access to another world.

And now many have seized on it as the ultimate refuge with Doomsday rapidly approaching.

Alerted to an influx of visitors by the mayor of Bugarach, Fenech said he recently visited the area, and found six settlements in the surrounding countryside set up by members of the American Ramtha School of Enlightenment.

Other “gurus” and messianic groups have been organising fee-paying conferences at local hotels, according to Fenech. “This is big business,” he told Reuters.

Aside from the risks in Bugarach, the Miviludes report also warned of the danger of increased activity by Apocalyptic groups across France in the run-up to 2012, particularly in the wake of recent disasters which could be interpreted as omens.

Climate and environmental fears, anxiety over pandemics after the 2009 swine flu outbreak, and the earthquake disaster in Japan are all reinforcing the idea of the Mayan calendar, Fenech said.

Among the groups highlighted in the report, the Ramtha movement is said to be focusing on southwestern France to spread its message, the report said.

Founded by J.Z. Knight, the group claims to follow the mystic teachings of Ramtha, a Lemurean warrior who fought the residents of the mythical Atlantis 35,000 years ago, and is said to have discovered the secret of immortality.

Other groups being watched include the Raelians, founded by a former sports-car journalist who claims to have had repeated encounters with aliens.

The report says its aim is not to stigmatise movements but to inform the public about “groups or individuals whose doctrine or discourse follows an “end-of-world” theory”.

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MASS SUICIDE FEARS AS FRENCH WORRY END OF WORLD IS APPROACHING
NewsCore
June 16, 2011

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So many people in France believe that the world is about to end that a government agency today alerted the country to the risk of mass suicides by converts to prophesies of imminent Armageddon.

Natural disasters, the internet and French fears of economic doom are lending credence to predictions that the planet will self-destruct on December 21, 2012, said Miviludes, the government body that monitors cults and suspicious spiritual activities.

There have been 183 false predictions of the end of the world since the Roman Empire collapsed and these are multiplying with new technology and a global climate of fear, it added.

In the US, doomsday radio preacher Harold Camping received global publicity by predicting that the Rapture would occur May 21. When the day passed uneventfully, Camping offered a new date, October 21, for the end of the world.

The 2012 prediction, based on the end of the 5000-year Mayan calendar, has taken root around the world but nowhere does it seem to have been as widely embraced as France, The (London) Times reported.

The government is worried about a rush of converts to Bugarach, a hilltop village in the southwest that is destined to survive judgment day, according to internet rumours.

Miviludes chairman Georges Fenech visited the area between Perpignan and Carcassonne last week to be briefed by the police intelligence service and local officials on the gurus, disciples, magicians, healers and others who have arrived to await next year’s expected Apocalypse. The village, which is said to be a haven for UFOs, was besieged by Armageddon tourists on Monday, the Pentecost holiday.

Mr Fenech, a judge and former lawmaker, dismissed the prophesies as a “hodgepodge of bad astrophysics” but added that Apocalypse fever is no laughing matter.

He recalled “the horror of the dramas which cults have caused in recent years with their doctrines that provoke extreme anxiety.”

The most recent involving France was a series of 74 suicides in the late 1990s in France, Switzerland and Canada by devotees of the Order of the Solar Temple.

The fascination for Apocalypse theories fits with the mood of gloom that has engulfed France over the past decade. Opinion polls regularly highlight the country as one of the most pessimistic in the world.

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RELATED LINKS:

David Spangler: Apocalypse Porn
Ooops: World Doesn’t End On May 21st, So How About October 21st?
World To End This Saturday
Harold Camping & His Doomsday Prediction(s)
Doomsday Predictions (Including December 21, 2012 & May 21, 2011)
Wikipedia on Harold Camping
Harold Camping Website

A Brief History of the Apocalypse
Frontline’s “Apocalypse!” (& Related Links)
Earth Changes & Millennium Fever
NHNE’s Earth Changes Composite Map

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