[WSMDiscuss] France in movement…, Resistance in movement… : Fwd: A Call For Intergalactic Solidarity Actions Everywhere To End The Destruction of The ZAD of Notre Dame Des Landes / SOLIDARITY NEEDED - French government is attacking the ZAD

JS CACIM jai.sen at cacim.net
Wed Apr 11 14:27:13 CEST 2018

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

France in movement…, Resistance in movement…

[I confess I am just a little confused...  We on WSMDiscuss have just got a post today from Ashish Kothari, of a very stirring article by Maxime Combes and Nicolas Haeringer titled ‘The Airport project of Notre Dame des Landes is dead! Long live the ZAD!’ and dated April 10 (see http://www.radicalecologicaldemocracy.org/the-airport-project-of-notre-dame-des-landes-is-dead-long-live-the-zad/ <http://www.radicalecologicaldemocracy.org/the-airport-project-of-notre-dame-des-landes-is-dead-long-live-the-zad/>) – and on the other hand, I’ve now seen two posts, one by Maxime Combes, dated April 9 and 11, documenting the bulldozing of ZAD and urgent calls for solidarity !  Which I post below.  Since the article posted by Ashish mentions the possibility of the bulldozing, I can only assume that the bulldozing has taken / is taking place after the article he posted was published – and that reality has overtaken hope.  So read on…

[I should though perhaps add / clarify that I delayed posting Maxime’s article on the 9th since it gave no suggestions of what we who are elsewhere could do in solidarity with the ZAD resistance and with the actions evidently taking place in France, and wrote to her asking for suggestions.  But since I have not heard back from her, and can only assume that this is because she is in the midst of the resistance, and since I have since seen this post by John Jordan, I am going ahead with posting both together – and where we should all act as best we can, in solidarity :

A Call For Intergalactic Solidarity Actions Everywhere To End The Destruction of The ZAD of Notre Dame Des Landes

John Jordan (April 11)

SOLIDARITY NEEDED - French government is attacking the ZAD

Maxime Combes (April 9)



> Begin forwarded message:
> From: John Jordan <artactivism at gn.apc.org>
> Subject: [climate09-int] CALL OUT for solidarity actions from the ZAD
> Date: April 11, 2018 at 3:36:31 PM GMT+5:30
> To: soutienzad at riseup.net
> Reply-To: John Jordan <artactivism at gn.apc.org>

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 at riseup.net <mailto:soutienzad at riseup.net> for more info in english see www.zadforever.blog <http://www.zadforever.blog/> and watch this video to see what is being destroyed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqrtUkBmv8s <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqrtUkBmv8s>

> Begin forwarded message:
> From: "Maxime Combes" (via cjn Mailing List) <cjn at lists.riseup.net>
> Subject: [climate justice now!] SOLIDARITY NEEDED - French government is attacking the ZAD
> Date: April 10, 2018 at 7:03:21 PM GMT+5:30
> To: "CJN!" <cjn at lists.riseup.net>
> Reply-To: maxime.combes at gmail.com

Dear friends from all around the world

You might all know that the global anti-airport movement got a huge victory in France, beginning of January, after years of mobilisations against the Notre-Dame des Landes airport (West of France). 

This huge success, for one of France’s longest environmental mobilisations, after more than 50 years of opposition, was built from and by the ZAD - Zone À Défendre (Zone to Defend): the 4000 acres of wetland promised to destruction, which has been occupied for many years, turning it into Europe's largest open-air utopia and a laboratory of alternatives modes of existence. 

On Monday, Macron and the French government decided to destroy the ZAD, demolishing all the precarious houses settled down this last 5 years and starting to evict the ZADists from the land they protected against the airport project. 

Please share widely this information, showing that Macron is not at all the anti-Trump as he would like to be seen at the international level. 

Some documents:
the ZAD press release of Monday calling for mobilization: https://zad.nadir.org/spip.php?article5336 <https://zad.nadir.org/spip.php?article5336>
a video mostly in ENG with Vandana Shiva visiting the ZAD a month ago: https://www.facebook.com/journalbasta/posts/10155970509434892 <https://www.facebook.com/journalbasta/posts/10155970509434892>
here is a text written by Nicolas Haeringer and me: http://www.radicalecologicaldemocracy.org/the-airport-project-of-notre-dame-des-landes-is-dead-long-live-the-zad/ <http://www.radicalecologicaldemocracy.org/the-airport-project-of-notre-dame-des-landes-is-dead-long-live-the-zad/>
to follow up what is going on: https://zad.nadir.org <https://zad.nadir.org/>
You can find a lot of photos, videos, information on the social networks (#ZAD #NDDL). Here's the twitter account of the ZAD : https://twitter.com/ZAD_NDDL <https://twitter.com/ZAD_NDDL> 

Thanks a lot

Maxime Combes,
(this email is a personal initiative to share some very first info - more to come)


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