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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