NDDL: resumption of eviction operations under gas and grenades

The gendarmes resumed on Wednesday the expulsion of the occupants of the ZAD of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, considered illegal, replicating with tear gas grenades and disencumberment to the projectiles of determined zadistes, noted a journalist AFP.

The gendarmes arrived around 06H30 in the area where Tuesday concentrated the clashes, not far from the D281, the so-called "chicanes" road, between the "Black Fosses" and the "Real Reds".

Clashes erupted twenty minutes later on the road of the Black Fosses which adjoins the place, perpendicular to the D281. The gendarmes responded to the projectiles fired by a group of some 70 Zadists with tear gas grenades and de-encroachment.

The Zadists positioned themselves behind one of the barricades of 2 to 3 meters high consisting of pallets, clogs and wood debris, which appeared in the night on this road. They then set fire to a barricade. A small ditch was also dug. A helicopter flies over the area while a convoy of about twenty gendarmerie vans positioned on the D281.

"We reached our objectives Monday and Tuesday and today we attack the continuation", indicated to AFP a source close to the file.

On the third day of the expulsion operation on the ZAD, tensions increase on the ground in the face of the scale of the destruction, leading historical opponents to beat the recall of their support and fears of a hardening of clashes.

On January 17, by ending the Notre-Dame-des-Landes airport project, Prime Minister Édouard Philippe promised to eradicate the "no-go zone."

The operation The evacuation started on Monday is the first of magnitude since the "Operation César" in autumn 2012, which had turned into a fiasco despite the mobilization of more than a thousand gendarmes and police.

Notre-Dame-des-Landes: clashes during the eviction operation

At dawn in Notre-Dame-des-Landes (Loire Atlantique), security forces launched a massive operation to expel illegal occupants from the ZAD, which resulted in clashes. announces more "complicated" the next days.

"The more it will go, the more it will be complicated", judged the prefect of the Pays de la Loire Nicole Klein. "We made the simplest," she added after the first day of an intervention that mobilized 2,500 gendarmes.

Operations, interrupted at 18:00 according to her, will resume Tuesday at 06H00 , according to the gendarmerie. The gendarmes fired tear gas canisters, according to an AFP journalist.

"The afternoon ends in a grove asphyxiated by tear gas after already long hours of resistance to the destruction of ZAD habitats and farms, "lamented the occupation movement.

" At least nine collective living spaces have perished, with their various special habitats broken, their workshops crumbled, their gardens trampled ", according to his own balance sheet

– "To obstruct" –

The zadistes intend to "prevent" the police from continuing their intervention and "take root" on the spot. They call "all those who can go on the spot from dawn" Tuesday "to obstruct them."

The intervention that began at 06:00, focused on the surroundings of the D281, the ex-route "baffles."

The accesses had been blocked by the mobile gendarmes from 03H00. Images provided by the military show a squadron gendarmerie clearing the road littered with burnt tires, wrecked cars and topped with barricades on fire.

Clashes erupted half an hour after the start of the operation between zadistes and mobile gendarmes at a place called "The black pits", southwest of the D281. A dozen "watchful" tractors barred the road, as well as haystacks and electric poles.

In the middle of the morning, construction machines arrived on the D281. The mirador and the tent of the "Angry Lama" were destroyed by two diggers.

A little later, it is the squat of the "100 names" whose residents have been expelled. The gendarmes had to dislodge dozens of zadistes come to oppose peacefully with the destruction of the place, found the AFP.

"the 100 names did not deposit an agricultural project", declared the prefect, also ensuring that only the precarious facilities would be destroyed and "nothing that is hard."

The destruction of this place is "useless", replied a group of elected anti-airport. It "may be fraught with consequences."

The Acipa, the main association of opponents of the former airport project, and rather moderate, spoke of "red line crossed" after the destruction of " 100 names ", place of life which" carried a real agricultural project, a solid and perennial project ". They called their supporters to "come in numbers" protest Tuesday on the ZAD.

13 squats dismantled –

At 15:30, 13 squats were "treated" and ten people were expelled according to a report of the Ministry of the Interior. Interior. Seven people were arrested and placed in police custody. One policeman was slightly wounded.

Six of the seven persons arrested were in the same vehicle, in possession of narcotics and firecrackers. The seventh is a minor arrested as early as 5:30 am in particular for the throw of a pavement.

The prefect explained that the objective of dismantling a "quarantine squats" out of 97 was "almost reached". Nine ushers are on site, she said.

The aerial flight of the area was banned until next Friday.

Demonstrations were taking place Monday night in Nantes, Rennes and other cities from France to protest the intervention on the ZAD.

The large-scale operation launched on Monday morning plans to expel anyone who has not regularized its situation by declaring new individual agricultural projects.

Almost all of the estimated 250 local zadis do not have it in fact, preferring collective management of the territory and the possibility of carrying out non-agricultural projects.

On January 17, by putting an end to the airport project, Prime Minister Édouard Philippe promised to eradicate the "no right zone" "

The evacuation operation started on Monday is the first of magnitude since the" Operation César "in the fall of 2012, which had turned into a fiasco despite the mobilization of more than a thousand gendarmes and police officers. .

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Notre-Dame-des-Landes: start of eviction operations

A vast expulsion operation, with several hundred mobile gendarmes deployed, began Monday at dawn in Notre-Dame-des-Landes (Loire-Atlantique) to dislodge the illegal occupants of the ZAD, nearly three months after the abandonment of the airport project, resulting in some clashes.

"From 6am this morning, under the authority of the prefect of Loire-Atlantique, the national gendarmerie will begin an operation of expulsion of illegal occupants of land in the area of ​​Notre-Dame-des-Landes", the Ministry of Interior announced in a statement.

"The operation (…) comes to execute court decisions to proceed with the expulsion of the most radical occupants," says the ministry. It aims to dislodge "a hundred" of people, and will be maintained "as long as it is necessary", said on Europe 1 the Minister of the Interior Gérard Collomb.

The main accesses to the road 281, the Ex-road chicanes and symbol of the "return to the rule of law" were blocked by the gendarmes before 04H00 in the north and from 03H30 in the south, found the AFP.

The Loire-Atlantique Prefect, Nicole Klein, was there

Clashes erupted between "zadistes" and mobile gendarmes, who fired tear gas and stun grenades in response to projectile jets.

] Several car wrecks were completely overturned on the sides, on and by the side of the road, AFP found. Still smoking tires and barricades strewed the edges of the area.

The journalists were kept out of the way once the operation began.

A very important device of mobile gendarmes was mobilized, with queues of trucks parked on one side of the road, fires lit under the fog.

"It starts," an occupier told AFP. "They make summons, they saw the barricades."

A first arrest took place after projectiles fired, according to sources close to the file. A gendarme was wounded following a rocket fire and suffers from a retinal detachment, according to the Ministry of the Interior.

– Calls for resistance –

"These evictions are illegal", said a occupant of the ZAD calling himself "Camille" to AFP. "It is unacceptable that the state is driving people out of their homes, we are calling on all people to resist supporting us and joining local gatherings, we were in a peaceful negotiation with the prefecture in search of collective solutions."

This large-scale operation, planned over several days, is expected to mobilize a total of twenty-five squadrons of mobile gendarmerie, or about 2,500 soldiers. It plans to expel anyone who has not regularized its situation, for example by declaring new individual agricultural projects, and to dismantle some of the 97 squats identified by the authorities.

Almost all 250 zadists estimated on the spot did not do so, preferring collective management of the territory and the possibility of carrying out non-agricultural projects.

On January 17, by putting an end to this fifty-year-old project, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe had promised to end to the "no law zone" on the ZAD.

Faced with what they call a "government hurricane", occupiers in the ZAD warned they would lead "physical and determined resistance."

Calls for reinforcements have been launched in recent days to set up barricades, organize food and food supplies, a "hybrid force" claimed by the occupation movement.

Acipa, the main association of opponents of the former airport project, called on the state "not to initiate the process of expulsions and violence" and to privilege "dialogue", while by reaffirming its opposition to possible blockades of roads by the zadistes.

They also call for rallies at 18:00 in Nantes and Rennes and converge Sunday on the ZAD to rebuild the destroyed habitats.

The operation started on Monday is the first of magnitude since autumn 2012. This last attempt at mass evacuation of occupants, called "Operation César", had turned into a fiasco despite the mobilization of more than a thousand gendarmes and policemen.

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