The peaceful rally of support for the expelled occupants took place on Sunday in the Zad of Notre-Dame-des-Landes in a relative calm, enamelled of some clashes in the morning, then at the end of the afternoon. 19659002] According to the prefecture of Loire-Atlantique about 4,000 people were present Sunday afternoon throughout the area, at the height of the rally, mostly west of the D81 where it took place in the mud and the good mood. The Zadists have announced "15,000 to 20,000 people," in a statement.
At the farm Bellevue, protesters have picnicked on large logs, in a country atmosphere, dancing to the sound of biniou and Jew's harp. On the "Wardine" side, near the D81, food stalls lined the Suez road, while an improvised "camping" had been set up with several tents.
A 64-year-old man, a regular at the Zad , explained to have come "to show them that we are here and we will be here tomorrow". "The cops are not going to stay for six months, the cabins are going to be rebuilt."
This moment of calm followed a more agitated end of the morning. For two hours, about 300 people, including rockets and Molotov cocktail, have indeed tried to force the barrage of police on the D81, to rebuild the squats destroyed since Monday, at the is from this road.
The gendarmes repulsed them with tear gas grenades and désencclement. At least three protesters were arrested during the day during the clashes, according to the police. Three gendarmes were wounded and one of them, reached by "an improvised explosive device", was taken to the Nantes University Hospital.
– A frame, to rebuild –
If the coordination of the opponents had called At a peaceful rally in support of the expelled, some supporters of the zadists had made a call to come and rebuild the squats destroyed.
"The goal is: no reconstruction", however warned the General Richard Lizurey, Director General of the National Gendarmerie.
Protesters nonetheless symbolically transported a framework across the fields in the late afternoon to rebuild the former "Gourbi", an iconic place of life destroyed by the operations at the beginning of the week.
But arrived on the spot, they were repulsed by the police and continued carrying their framework in the Zad at the end of the day, using distress flares and cocktails Molotov against gendarmes, who responded with their teargas grenades and désencclement. At least two other protesters were arrested during the clashes, an AFP photographer found.
Another structure, originally intended for the Gourbi and destined to become a meeting place, was under construction. in Wardine, outside the area of expulsions.
– "It takes time" –
The State has called on the occupants of the Zad, expelled or not, to regularize their situation before 23 April in declaring their name, their agricultural project and the parcels concerned.
"I have never worked with a pistol on the temple, we have never asked a farmer to set up a project in six or two months, it takes time," he said on Sunday. A press point in Bellevue, Dominique Fresneau, Co-President of Acipa, the historical association of opponents.
Acipa demanded that violence cease "on both sides". "Every day of violence that goes on at NDDL, it's weeks before we can get back around the table," Fresneau said.
The operation to expel illegal occupants from the Zad began Monday and in three days 29 squats were destroyed. 2,500 gendarmes are mobilized. "We will adapt the volume of forces to the needs of the maintenance of order, the objective is to keep the time it will take," said General Lizurey.
Since Thursday, the operations of clearing and maintenance of the order continues, at the rate of clashes with the support of more and more numerous zadists, including black-blocks.
On the 7th day of the operation, the situation seems actually more complex than it does. was in the beginning for law enforcement and, in the short term, no issue is looming on the horizon.
The gendarmes should stay three weeks to one month on the spot, to clear the plots, guarantee the free traffic on D281 (the former "baffling road") and D81 and to prevent any illegal reoccupation.
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