France Blocks Access To ‘Doomsday Safe Zone’ Mountain

An estimated 20,000 true believers have already flocked to a village at the base of the eerie and beautiful Pic de Bugarach in the belief that the mountain contains an alien spacecraft which will emerge on December 21 and rescue nearby humans from the end of the world.

However, your shot at extraterrestrial salvation is over, as French authorities are now blockading the area, the Daily Mail reports:

French officials have banned access to the Pic de Bugarach to avoid a rush of New Age fanatics, sightseers and, above all, journalists [due to] the rumour that the mountain in south-west France will burst open on December 21st revealing an alien spaceship which will carry nearby humans to safety.

A hundred police and firefighters will also control approaches to the tiny village of the same name at the foot of the mountain, and if too many people turn up, they will block access there too. Believers say the world will end on December 21, 2012, and they see Bugarach as one of a few sacred mountains sheltered from the cataclysm.

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  • liquidself

    A little like Close Encounters is it not? I guess they have to protect the village which couldn t possibly accomadate this kind of influx, but isn t this also a form of religious suppression? What if the Fatima witnesses had been prevented from gathering as well? Why not set up a temporary infra-structure to accomidate these individuals. Or do they know something we don’t ( dun dun daaaa…)?

  • InfvoCuernos

    If the villagers were smart, they’d lease plots of land for tents and port-o-potties and start selling grilled cheese sandwiches.

  • “Big” Richard Johnson

    Just nuke them.

  • alizardx

    I suppose this is as rational or irrational as any other way of taking the media-fueled misinterpretation of the “end” of the publicly known abridged version of the Mayan calendar.

  • Tamara

    I don’t think there’s going to be a spaceship, I DO believe these people have the right to go to their destination and find out. Just because others think they are crazy, doesn’t mean they can take away their right to pursue their spiritual search. If you let the government, then later on the government might decide they don’t like what you’re doing and take your rights away too!! They’re not hurting anybody so live and let live!!!

    • DavidLuce

      Since when have twenty thousand pilgrims ever manage to not hurt anybody? If twenty thousand people showed up to worship your mailbox, that would be ok?

  • DavidLuce

    Actually, the spaceship hasn’t been functional since Y2K.

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