Yesterday morning, exactly one week after the December 1 fire, we received what is likely a third threatening letter from the person who claims to be the perpetrator. This letter claims the burning of the Chartreuse and urges residents to evacuate, at the risk of suffering the consequences of a new attack.
After a stressful night, and facing the next to come, we decided to tell you a little bit more about the situation that led us to the December 1st fire.
On the night of November 17th to 18th, we suffered a first arson at the House of Wisdom, which fortunately had no serious consequences. A short time later, a first letter, received on November the 23rd, claimed the facts. On November 28th a second fire attempt was foiled at the Chartreuse’s kitchen. A second threat letter reached us on the morning of the 30th. The same evening, shortly after midnight, we suffered the fire that destroyed the entire Chartreuse.
We then evacuated all the people present for a one-time stay and we proposed relocation solutions to residents living on the site in the long term. However, about fifteen people chose to stay, not wishing to leave the place during these difficult times, because to evacuate the place today would be to leave the way free for a new act of malevolence. The disappearance, before our eyes, of the Chartreuse building encourages us today to do our best to preserve the other buildings.
In addition, one of the retreat centres is currently housing the participants of the 3 year retreat initiated in 2015. The situation is therefore delicate: we do not know when the author of the facts will strike, or where, nor how. Many of us sleep with one eye open.
These days, the national police accompany us and do its best to help us, to the extent of its means and attributions. But, while waiting for the investigation to identify the arsonist, we are led to organize ourselves on our own to prevent further fire on the site.
As we have already indicated before, it is not useful to come to the site at this time. We will keep you informed about the situation.
This trial, although difficult, leads us to more solidarity. We are certain that our community will emerge even stronger from these recent events.