11.04.2018 – A CALL FOR INTERGALACTIC SOLIDARITY ACTIONS EVERYWHERE TO END THE DESTRUCTION OF THE ZAD OF NOTRE DAME DES LANDES

Von: Zadforever <zadforever@riseup.net>
Datum: Mi. 11. Apr. 2018 um 11:49
Betreff: [zadinternationalnews] A CALL FOR INTERGALACTIC SOLIDARITY ACTIONS EVERYWHERE TO END THE DESTRUCTION OF THE ZAD OF NOTRE DAME DES LANDES

zad-arton14520> We are writing with the smell of tear gas rising from our fingers. The
> springtime symphony of birdsong is punctuated by the explosive echo of
> concussion grenades. Our eyes are watering, less from the gas than the
> sadness; because our friends’ homes, barns and organic farms are being
> destroyed.  Bulldozers, supported by 2500 riot police, armored vehicles,
> helicopters and drones, are rampaging through these forests, pastures
> and wetlands to crush the future we are building here on the to the zad
> (The zone à defendre).
>
> We are calling on you to take solidarity actions everywhere, it could be
> holding demos at your local french embassy or consulate, or taking
> actions against any suitable symbol (corporate or otherwise) of France !
> And if you are not too far away, bring your disobedient bodies to join
> us on the zone. If the French government evicts the zad, it will be like
> evicting hope.
>
> For fifty years, this unique chequerboard landscape was the site of a
> relentless struggle against yet another climate wrecking infrastructure
> – a new airport for the nearby city of Nantes. Farmers and villagers,
> activists and naturalists, squatters and trade unionists wove an
> unbreakable ecology of struggle together and three months ago on the
> 17th of January, the French government announced that the airport
> project would be abandoned. But this incredible victory, won through a
> diversity of creative tactics from petitions to direct action, legal
> challenges to sabotage, had a dark shadow. In the same breath that
> declared the abandonment, came the announcement that the people
> occupying these 4000 acres of liberated territory, the 300 of us living
> and farming in 80 different collectives, would be evicted because we
> dared not just to be against the airport, but its WORLD as well.
>
> Since that victorious day, the battle has transformed itself and is now
> no longer about a destructive infrastructure project, but about sharing
> the territory we inhabit. We stoped this place from being covered in
> concrete and so it is up to us to take care of its future. The movement
> therefore maintains that we should have the right to manage the land as
> a commons (see its declaration The Six Points for the Zad because there
> will never be an Airport). Today this is the struggle of the zad (zone
> to defend) of Notre Dame Des Landes.
>
> The zad was launched in 2009 after a letter (distributed during the
> first french climate camp here) written by locals inviting people to
> occupy the zone and squat the abandoned farmhouses. Now the  zone has
> become one of Europe’s largest laboratory of commoning. With its
> bakeries, pirate radio station, tractor repair workshop, brewery,
> anarchitectural cabins, banqueting hall, medicinal herb gardens, a rap
> studio, dairy, vegetable plots, weekly newspaper, flour mill, library
> and even a surrealist lighthouse. It has become a concrete experiment in
> taking back control of everyday life.
>
> In 2012 the French state’s attempt to evict the zone to build the
> airport was fiercely resisted, despite numerous demolitions 40,000
> people turned up to rebuild and the government withdrew. The police have
> not set foot on the zad since, that is, until Monday morning, when at
> 3am the gendarmes pierced into the zone.
>
> On day one they destroyed some of the most beautiful cabins and barns,
> but yesterday we stopped the cops from getting to the Vraies Rouge,
> which happens to be where one of our negotiators with the government
> lives. Destroying the house of those that agreed to sit at the table
> with you was a strategic mistake. The fabulous zad press team used this
> as the media hook and today we are winning the battle of the story. If
> enough people get to the zone over the next days we could win the battle
> on the territory as well. We need rebel everything, from cooks to
> medics, fighters to witnesses. We doubt this rural revolt will be
> finished before the weekend, when we are also calling people to come and
> rebuild en mass.
>
> Already solidarity demonstrations  have taken place in over 100 cities
> across France, whilst the  town halls of several towns were occupied.
> Zapatistas demonstrated in Chiapas Mexico, there were actions in
> Brussels, Spain, Lebanon, London, Poland, Palestine and New York and the
> underground carpark of the french embassy in Munich was sabotaged. They
> will never be able to evict our solidarity.
>
> Post your reports on twitter  @zad_nddl #zad #nddl and to our solidarity
> action email soutienzad@riseup.net  for more info in english see
> http://www.zadforever.blog and watch this video to see what is being destroyed:
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqrtUkBmv8s

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