December 21, 2012, is supposed to be the end of the world — at least according to self-proclaimed gurus and proponents of the so-called Mayan calendar prophecy.
Back in December 2010, we reported that the mayor of the tiny village Bugarach said he may need to call upon the army for help. It turns out that he will have the help he needs.
The reason for the mayor's call for help is because the village, with a population of less than 200 people, sits at the foot of the Pic de Bugarach mountain, considered to be a sacred and protected spot by new agers and others who believe the Mayan calendar doomsday conspiracy. The village's infrastructure is incapable of handling thousands of visitors.
The end-timers say that a gigantic spacecraft is hidden in the mountain, protecting the village from the cataclysm.
With "doomsday" about a month away, villagers are bracing themselves for the arrival of hundreds, if not thousands, of esoteric groups and doomsday followers who believe the mountain over the village has magic power. Some of the self-styled gurus claim that UFOs will rescue them and take them to safety.
While French authorities think the scenario is ridiculous, they are taking the situation very seriously.
Over a hundred gendarmes will seal off the village from the 19th of December through the 23rd to keep out any doomsday groups planning to head to the mountain top.
Jean-Pierre Lord, mayor of Bugarach, said he needs the police to guarantee the village's safety as he fears the arrival of cults and says that anyone thinking of making the trek to the village on December 21 should not even think about it as there will be no space ships, just lots of police officers to keep them back.
"My message is very simple," the mayor told NTDTV. "I am telling people, don't come here to Bugarach for a simple reason. There will be nothing to see here. So I insist, don't come here, especially as there will mainly be the police here."