Truck picking milk, planting turnips in a collective garden: on the ZAD of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, "the life continues" for its occupants in the process of regularization, in the expectation Wednesday of a government arbitration on the resumption or not of the expulsion operations
"We are suspended from the decision, we wait inevitably But if we had to stop every time there is a threat of expulsion, we would never do anything here, "says Tyfanie, her rake removing straw in the collective garden of" Rouge et Noir ". Located near the former "Chicane Road", the field supplies vegetables to the "non-market" of the ZAD, where everything is freely priced.
Like every Wednesday, a collective building site is open to anyone wishing to give a hand, and it is not the summit meeting in Matignon, to take stock of "the process of returning to the State of right "in Notre-Dame-des-Landes around the Prime Minister Édouard Philippe, who will upset the field work.
"Finally, we only missed one week, at the beginning of the eviction operations, it was a bit of a hassle lately, we had to water one evening with the gas masks, and this weekend we had end it took us 12 hours to bring two trailers of manure because the cops blocked the road, "said one of the members of the collective garden, one of the agricultural projects filed in the prefecture and under investigation by the State services .
"I'm not very positive, I have the impression that in the government, they do not agree with each other and get confused as much as we," said the young woman. "Until they decide, we plant turnips, we continue as we have always done, we do not have much choice, we do not want to leave the field in ruins, even if there is no longer the week next, "she adds.
– "Sailing on Sight" –
At the western end of the ZAD, in Saint-Jean-du-Tertre, a smell of toast greets the truck of the slag. "Prevented" from passing twice since the beginning of gendarmerie operations, he now knows the "secret way" to access this squatted farm since April 2014 to hinder its destruction.
"We had to throw 750 liters of milk into the hay and I hope that in the coming days we will not have barricades on the roads again," says Willem Doedens, 30, son of farmer and one of the first zadistes to have joined the agricultural social mutual (MSA), in January 2016.
The agricultural project of this organic dairy farmer may be "a reality" and seems to have caught the attention authorities, he has "no guarantee" of being able to sustain his activity.
"We are told to deposit viable projects, but we can not build viable projects in precariousness.We sail by sight, we do not know what we will have as parcellaire, what we can identify as income, "sighs the young man, cap screwed on his head and boots on his feet.
Squatting 36 hectares of land, he hopes to eventually have the double, to work in rotation with a peasant-baker of the ZAD, and "make live three people". "But we are in conflict on the majority of plots with farmers who have been compensated and who sign precarious occupancy agreements, so it is not resolved at all," says Willem.
The same question arises as to the house he occupies without right or title with his partner and his eighteen-month-old son, from which he can not imagine leaving. "Since the time they (the gendarmes) are there, at the price that it costs, the State would have had the means to pay us all farms outside to make us leave if that was the will" slips the dairy farmer, smiling.
Like many zadists, he claims to the government "time". "Regularization means being able to work calmly, to train, to acquire technical and economic bases, it's not done in a fortnight," says Willem.