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.

Trump Determined to Improve School Security

US President Donald Trump on Thursday (15/2) determined "to overcome the difficult mental health problems," and make school security a "top priority." But he made the arms control supporters frustrated at not mentioning the issue in his speech to the latest mass murder in a high school in America.

A day after a 19-year-old semi-automatic semi-automatic man killed at least 17 people in high school Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Broward County, Florida, Trump admits he spoke "to a grieving nation." He also announced that he would soon visit the Parkland community, on the banks of the Florida Everglades, to meet the families of the victims and local officials.

Directed some of his short speeches broadcast on television "directly to American children," Trump said: "If you need help , talk to teachers, family members, local police officers or religious leaders. "

Block 4 Countries Determined to Keep the South China Sea Open

A block of four powerful states, determined to keep the South China Sea open to international usage even though China is getting stronger, is likely to issue harsh statements, help Chinese maritime rivals and conduct joint naval exercises near the the voyage disputed this year, analysts said.

Australia, India, Japan and the United States, the so-called "Quad" group, are likely to take such steps, instead of directly challenging Chinese claims such as their military means in between -500 small islands of the ocean.

"Number one, the presence is likely to be pioneered by the United States," said Stuart Orr, professor of strategy management at Deakin University in Australia. "If I had to guess it, I think number two is India, while Japan and Australia will provide high-level logistical support."

The quad nations want to keep the 3.5 million square kilometer rich natural resources remain open while protecting their own economic relations with Beijing, experts say. Many countries navigate, catch fish and explore the South China Sea today. [gp]

Trump Determined to Provide New Support to the Iranian People

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday pledged to give support to the Iranian people, while the Iranian state media reported that tens of thousands of pro-government protesters rallied across the country following anti-government protests for days. 19659002] "Respect for the people of Iran when they try to sue their corrupt government," Trump said in cuitan on Twitter. "You will see great support of the United States at the right time!"

It is not clear what "support" Trump is referring to in his citation.

Iranian state television on Wednesday broadcast a video showing the lifetime of flagging Iran and calling for support for the Leader Agung Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Then, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard said the anti-government protests that occurred a few days ago were over.

"Today we announce the end of incitement in 2018," said Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Revolutionary Guard, on his website. He added that the number of protesters does not exceed 15 thousand people across the country. He said the Revolutionary Guard had deployed a number of troops in Isfahan, Larestan and Hamadan.

Official and semi-official media did not present a new report on anti-regime protests, which killed 21 people last week. [jm]

Pakistan Determined to Conduct War on Terror

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Monday (4/12) that Pakistan is committed to implementing the war on terror. He spoke at the beginning of his talks with US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis who was visiting Islamabad.

Abbas's Prime Minister told Defense Minister Mattis that Washington and Islamabad "share a common goal."

Mattis made no comment about the talks. [19659003] In his stopover in Cairo on Sunday, Mattis expressed his condolences to Egyptian President Abdul Fattah el-Sissi for the recent terrorist attack on the mosque in Bir al-Abed, Egypt and addressed concerns about security concerns.

"When we talked with the Egyptians, the issue is what we can do in order to share about ISIS in Sinai, the one who carried out the assassination attack on a mosque, while the people were worshiping.We talked about border security, and what we could do, what else can we do there, share intelligence, and maybe help in some way, "says Mattis. [19659003] The main focus of Mattis' trip is to pressure Pakistan to end its relationship with militant groups attacking US coalition forces in Afghanistan.

"These are strong, morally, economically and diplomatic countries and, of course, in the military field. So I think it is important in South Asia that we all work together to restore stability that enables economic development, "added Mattis.

In October, Jim Mattis said that the United States would try" once again "to cooperate with Islamabad before take action in order to handle Pakistan's support for the militant group. [sp]