NDDL: on the Zad, thousands of demonstrators determined to "rebuild" and maintain "utopia"

"If we persevere to rebuild, they will not spend months to destroy": the Zad of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, thousands of people gathered Sunday in support of the evicted occupants affirmed their determination to rebuild the destroyed habitats and especially to maintain "utopia".

Far from being defeated by the mobilization of the police since Monday and the destruction of 29 squats built by the zadistes, the defenders of their way of life were said Sunday more determined than ever to support them and to come recreate their places of life, as they did in 2012 after the operation César.

 A protestor dressed as a monk on the site of the Zad of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, theater of clashes with the forces of the Order, April 15, 2018 (AFP - CHARLY TRIBALLEAU)

A protestor dressed as a monk on the site of the Zad of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, theater of clashes with the police, the April 15, 2018 (AFP – CHARLY TRIBALLEAU)

"There is an indisputable thing: people are absolutely keen that we do not make a clean sweep of utopia, of the dream that has been created here," says Marcel Thébault, a "historic" farmer in Notre-Dame-des-Landes, who salutes the "formidable mobilization despite of all blockages ".

As a first symbol of this reconstruction, the demonstrators transported on the muddy roads the frame of the future "Gourbi", one of the squats dismantled since Monday. This "emblematic and collective place" for the zadistes has already destroyed four times according to them

Jérémy, 37 years old, restaurateur, is there for three days. He came from Rouen to take part in the reconstruction operations and "defend the Zad at all costs". "They will spend months and months destroying what we are going to rebuild," he says.

Like him, thousands of people of all generations, including families, converged on the site Sunday to assert their solidarity. There, they unearthed the thousands of sticks that had been planted during a previous mobilization, in October 2016, with the promise to come and look for them in case of expulsions.

 Clashes between protesters and police on the site of the Zad of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, April 15, 2018

Clashes between protesters and police on the site of the Zad of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, April 15, 2018

"Macron did not understand, we won, everybody gets together, the convergence of struggles is here, there is an even stronger solidarity that is in "To be created" on the Zad, says Christine, flowered boots on the feet and gas mask around the neck.

All around the Bellevue farm, dozens of families or groups of friends enjoy a lull for picnics, tractors or logs, while some improvise a piece of harp or bagpipes.

– "They have not finished with the Zad" –

 A protester holds a sign against the police on the site of the Zad of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, April 15 2018
 (AFP - Damien MEYER)

A protester holds a sign against police on the site of the Zad of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, April 15, 2018
 (AFP – Damien MEYER)

Jean-Marc, 53, an arborist in Saint-Brieuc, is now "engaged on the long term" alongside the zadistes to "let young people dream." There, we removed the possibility to do things differently ".

In the fall of 2012, a previous demonstration of reoccupation after evictions, during the last big attempt to evacuate the Zad, called Operation Caesar, "the gendarmes were not there. ", says Marcel Thébault. "Today, we reach a level of tension and confusion unequaled," he continues.

Some protesters also note a "very wide acceptance" to defend "hothouse" all the huts, unlike 2012.

 Demonstrators dance on the site of the Zad of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, the April 15, 2018
 (AFP - Damien MEYER)

Protesters dance on the site of the Zad of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, April 15, 2018
 (AFP – Damien MEYER)

"We know the life that was formed here, we had the opportunity to go hiking, parties here, it became a part of the local life and, all in suddenly, we end up with a military invasion, in a state of war ", regrets Sedi, 41-year-old engineer, who lives in the Nantes region.

"No offense to the government, we will get there.They have not finished with the Zad," promises Michel, one of the occupants expelled from the fold of the "100 Names".

While the helicopter of the gendarmerie continued late in the afternoon to fly over the area, the demonstrators began to set up the "new Gourbi", in a field, a few steps from a face-to-face. -face stretched between zadistes and police.

Demonstrators Burn the Taliban Building in Pakistan

Angry demonstrators in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province Tuesday raided an office complex of a militant group suspected of killing a student from the South Waziristan region.

They burned at least two buildings believed to be occupied by Taliban militants in Shaikh Yousef village, Dera Ismail Khan district.

In addition to attacking both buildings, the demonstrators also reportedly burned several vehicles belonging to the militant group.

were in both buildings managed to escape.

Locals are angry over the death of Idrees, a law faculty student at Gomal University, in Dera Ismail Khan district. According to them, Idrees was killed by Taliban militants.

But local officials said the student was killed in a private dispute with a number of other local residents in the area, and the alleged Idrees related death had been arrested.

A press statement from the party local authorities do not mention the existence of militants in the area where the protests took place. The statement said the police were conducting a criminal investigation and action would be taken against local residents who were vigilante and fired. [ab/uh]

Demonstrators Rejected Trump's Coming to the World Economic Forum

Over 1,000 people demonstrated in Zurich against the planned arrival of US President Donald Trump to Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Trump is scheduled to address the forum for business and international politics leaders in Davos on Friday (26/1).

Protesters marched through the city shouting "Trump is not welcome", and some carry banners reading "get rid of Trump" and "Swiss entertain Nazi followers," said AFP news reporter who reported the number of demonstrators more than 1,000

Demonstrations followed by anti-globalist and environmental activists, as well as members of the Kurdish and Palestinian organizations.

"Trump is an incarnation of sexism, racism, exploitation and corruption," said Michel Zahn, spokesman for the Movement for Socialism. 19659002] Trump was criticized for his anti-immigration policy and in the presidential election campaign, in a leaked tape, he sounded saying groping a female .

Trump is expected to have a mixed reception at Davos for defending globalization but international executives are delighted by his controversial tax reform. [ka/ii]

Demonstrators crackdown, Iran denounced US House of Representatives

The House of Representatives unanimously on Tuesday unfurled a resolution condemning Iran's leadership for its crackdown on demonstrators recently.

The vote for the resolution was made several days before the start of a 60-day grace period for Congress to respond to President Trump's decision not to endorse Iran's 2015 nuclear deal.

Protests have subsided, but the Iranian people have not been forgotten. That was the message of the American Congress, while the House members condemned the regime's crackdown on demonstrators.

Ed Royce, a Republican member of the House of Representatives, said, "We can not be silent with the passage of this resolution. We declare that America supports the Iranian people. "

One thing the Iranian leaders questioned was just hours before the vote, like Ayatollah Khamenei's cahit, which reads," Iran knows its own people more than America and the President of Trump, repeatedly during the demonstration. "

But members of Congress said it was not the intention of a House resolution or a similar resolution that would soon be issued by the US Senate.

House Member Ed Royce added," In support of the Iranian people, explaining that they are not the target of the sanctions we are in. American sanctions target the oppressive regime and create instability, not the people of Iran. "

The ballot took place at a crucial time. Last October President Trump made a 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration to be uncertain when he refused to re-legalize Iran's compliance, and encouraged the enactment of new conditions.

On one recent occasion US Vice-President Mike Pence expressed his views related sanctions imposed on Iran. He said, "The president and government are totally committed to continuing to use full economic influence and economic sanctions against Iran, and now we are also working with Congress to reach a new agreement, a set of requirements for future sanctions." [19659003] The protests in Iran are increasingly urging the need for a decision on the deal, while the window of time for Congressional response opens this week.

Senator Ben Cardin of the Democratic Party is on the Foreign Relations Committee, saying: "I have met representatives – representatives of the Trump Administration with respect to the issue of certification and dispensation on how Congress can help as long as we do not do anything that violates the nuclear agreement and that we work closely with our partnering European countries. "

In fact, despite the demonstrations has subsided, an analyst said that the impact "Patres Wilson, from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a policy institute of the Near East, expressed," The protests will have lasting effects because the Iranian regime can no longer be sure that the support of the inland people which was previously relied upon, is certainly behind them. "

Such circumstances gave members of Congress more reasons to seek common ground, as expressed by Democratic congressman Brad Sherman.

" In this House we are in the second side of Iran's nuclear deal, but united in the opinion that Iran is not an ally of the United States, at least the Islamic Republic of Iran is not our ally. The House of Representatives has never agreed to ignore the severe human rights violations simply because the Iranian government has approved the restrictions on its nuclear program. "

The window of time for Congress to act on the re-certification of the Iran Nuclear Treaty will end in March. [lt/uh]

US to Iranian Demonstrators: You Will Not Be Forgotten

The United States pledged support for demonstrators in Iran, and denounced Iranian officials for the crackdown that killed 21 people and left more than 1,000 detained.

A White House official said on Thursday seek "actionable information" and seek to impose new sanctions on those responsible for cracking down on protests that began last week.

The US State Department also said it would not remain silent. In a statement, the State Department said the United States has many ways of prosecuting those who commit violence against demonstrators, censorship, or stealing from the Iranian people. "For the victims of the regime, we say you will not be forgotten," the statement said.

Though not directly related to the protests, the United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on five Iranian companies linked to the ballistic missile program Tehran.

Finance Minister Steven Mnuchin in a statement said the sanctions targeted key entities involved in Iran's ballistic missile program, a program more prioritized by the Iranian regime than its people's economic welfare. While the people are suffering, the Iranian government and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard fund foreign militants, terrorist groups and violate human rights, Mnuchin continued.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has called for an emergency UN meeting on Friday to discuss the situation . But Russia and other members of the UN Security Council criticized the American demand, saying the demonstrations were a domestic matter and did not involve threats to international peace and security. [uh]