Reoccupation demo on the ZAD

 
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Date/Time
Date(s) - 17/11/2012 - 24/11/2012
11:00 am

Location
Notre Dames Des Landes

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THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES AGAINST THE AIRPORT PROJECT AT NOTRE DAME DES LANDES

The ZAD is an aeroport protest site in the west of France about 15 miles

north of Nantes. The aeroport project was first proposed over forty years

ago and has faced constant local resistance ever since. The project is in

the hands of the multinational company Vinci, who also provide us with

such « services » as prisons, motorways and nuclear power stations. It is

the particular pet project of Jean Marc Ayrault, the former mayor of

Nantes and current Prime Minister of France. In 2009 the area hosted a

climate camp, since when the empty houses, fields and forests have been

gradually filling up with people disgusted enough by the idea of this

project to stay and resist. The reasons for staying are as diverse as the

people but the occupiers are united by an idea that fighting capitalism is

not just theoretical but something to live in practice every day.

Until the second week of October you could still arrive on the ZAD and

tour around over 30 diverse squats spread across the two thousand hectares

of threatened land. You could visit the beautiful straw bale house bakery

which provided the whole area with free price delicious organic bread

twice a week, the numerous collective gardens, the home made wind turbine

to provide electricity, an incredible range of cabins on the ground and in

the trees made from collected materials, and you probably would have been

able to go to a concert, join us on an action, and come to a few workshops

to learn to climb, or knit, or maybe build a rocket stove. Still, the most

important thing for us is to be able to fight against this airport project

as a way to show our resistance to consumer capitalism by our day to day

actions.

Right at the moment though we don’t seem to be leaving ourselves much time

for knitting workshops. On Tuesday 16th the large scale evictions of the

place we call home started, and they weren’t messing around. Riot vans

arrived en masse from six in the morning and had already evicted seven

squatted houses and burned down a large cabin by ten o’clock in the

morning. Approximately 1200 police were mobilized for this so-called

‘operation Cesar’, protecting the workers who use plain white vans, hiding

their company names. Since then we have seen nearly all of those houses

razed to the ground, and several other houses, cabins and homes evicted

and destroyed. We have also nearly all inhaled a deeply unhealthy amount

of tear gas and seen enough blue vans and uniforms to last a lifetime.

Although we cannot know what to expect next week it seems the evictions

and destructions will continue, and we predict it will concern three more

houses which are evictable from Saturday. We’re organising defences for

the houses and cabins that remain, and a big party to share time with the

people to came to support us, and because we feel there is still a lot to

celebrate. Even if every day we see another house destroyed, we also see

mountains of food, wellies, raingear, clean dry socks, tea, gas stoves,

batteries, clothes and materials people come to bring us. With this added

to all the messages, demos and actions of solidarity from all over France

and various other countries, we cannot help but feel powerful.

There is a call out for solidarity actions on our website

(www.zad.nadir.org) and we hope to unite a lot of people, including you,

for the reoccupation demo the 17th novembre 2012.

The struggle continues for us, and we welcome the support of those as

disillusioned as us with this company, the state, and the control on our

every day lives. It’s far from over, this is just the beginning.

Call out for actions during the moment of eviction of the ZAD

https://zad.nadir.org/spip.php?article403

new call out for occupation

https://zad.nadir.org/spip.php?article348

action to reoccupy the zad

https://zad.nadir.org/spip.php?article175

 
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