NDDL: First clashes on the Zad before the opposition rally

Clashes erupted late Sunday morning on the Zad of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, where a rally to support the occupants expelled during the week by security forces was held at noon. AFP journalists

Major gendarmes roadblocks were installed on the main access roads and entry was only possible after a search of the bags.

A portion of the D81, where a gendarmerie operation is underway to remove barricades installed Saturday by the zadistes, is also prohibited, forcing the demonstrators to take the roundabout routes to go to the site of the gathering, Suez Road, southwest of the

Not far from the meeting place, at the intersection of the Suez road and the D81, the gendarmes pushed back shortly after 11:00 am demonstrators "hostile, see very hostile harassing the police" and try to pass west towards the squats destroyed at the beginning of the week, according to the gendarmerie.

 Clash between police and zadistes in Notre-Dame-des-Landes Sunday, April 15, 2018 (AFP - Damien MEYER)

Clash between police and zadistes in Notre-Dame-des-Landes Sunday, April 15, 2018 (AFP – Damien MEYER)

The stone jets and glass bottles of protesters, gendarmes responded with tear gas, noted a journalist AFP

If the opposition's coordination called for a pacifist rally to support the expellees, Zadists had also called for the rebuilding of the destroyed squats.

Meanwhile the support for the expelled, equipped with rain gear and boots, flocked to the place of the demonstration, found AFP.

"Today, the government is actually trying to prevent by all means that support from everywhere in France and Eu Europe can access the Zad or gather there, "said the zadists in a statement.

Patrick, from Charente-Maritime, came to protest with his wife. "People who have been there for 10 years on the land, you have to give them a chance.When we start talking, we go all the way," he told an AFP journalist. [19659002] The state has called on the Zad occupiers, expelled or not, to regularize their situation before 23 April. "They are simply asked at this stage to declare their name, to declare the agricultural project they wish to develop and to specify the plots on which they wish to implement it so that the State (…) can instruct them. requests, "said Friday the prefers of the Pays de la Loire Nicole Klein.

The expulsion of illegal occupants from the ZAD began on Monday with 2,500 gendarmes, bailiffs and construction equipment, and 29 squats were destroyed in three days.

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Gold mine in French Guiana: WWF opposition

The environmental protection NGO " committed itself against this project after analyzing it " from an environmental and economic point of view, explained Pascal Canfin, Director General of WWF France , during a conference call. The project, led by the Russian-Canadian consortium Nordgold-Columbus Gold, plans to mine a mine, starting in 2022, in an area 125 km by track south of the city of Saint-Laurent du Maroni, in full rainforest, and would create 750 direct jobs. The largest project of primary gold mining ever proposed in France plans to dig a pit equivalent to 32 times the stage of France.

Industrial risks

It is the subject of a debate public until July 7 in French Guiana with the first public meetings in early April. This industrial project " is an economic aberration and an aberration in terms of return on the public money invested ," said Mr. Canfin. The project would require 420 million euros of public money, or 560,000 euros per direct job created, calculates the NGO. The latter defends another model of economic development based for example on eco-tourism for this region where the unemployment rate is higher than 20%. For the WWF, this project will not allow to fight illegal gold panning. " It's completely wrong ," said Canfin, arguing that the areas involved and the methods used are very different.

The NGO also points out the risks to the environment , with a site located near the largest biological reserve in France, the use of significant amount of cyanide or deforestation. There are " major industrial risks ", said Laurent Kelle, head of the Guyanese office of WWF France. WWF is still concerned that this project, if completed, will lead to other similar projects. " One of the fears we have is that Golden Mountain opens the Pandora's Box ," worried Pascal Quéru, an economist at WWF France. The project was supported by Emmanuel Macron when he was Minister of the Economy, but it is rejected by the Minister of the ecological transition, Nicolas Hulot. It is also opposed by customary leaders in this French territory in South America, while some politicians and entrepreneurs are in favor.

Guyana: WWF reiterates opposition to mining project before public debate

WWF detailed on Tuesday its opposition to the "Montagne d'Or" mining project in Guyana, supported by Emmanuel Macron when he was minister, a few days before the first public meetings.

the environment "is committed against this project after analyzing it" from an environmental and economic point of view, said Pascal Canfin, Director General of WWF France, during a conference call.

The project, carried by the Russo-Canadian consortium Nordgold-Columbus Gold, plans the exploitation of a mine, from 2022, in a zone with 125 km by track south of the city of Saint-Laurent du Maroni, in the middle of the rainforest, and allow the creation of 750 direct jobs.

The biggest project of primary gold extraction ever proposed in France plans to dig a pit equivalent to 32 times the stadium of France.

It is the object of public debate until July 7 in French Guiana, with the The first public meetings at the beginning of April

This industrial project "is an economic aberration and an aberration in terms of the return on the public money invested", estimated Mr. Canfin

The project would require 420 million euros public money, or 560,000 euros per direct job created, calculates the NGO. The latter defends another model of economic development based for example on eco-tourism for this region where the unemployment rate is higher than 20%.

For the WWF, this project will not be able to fight against gold panning illegal. "This is completely wrong," said Canfin, arguing that the areas and methods used are very different.

The NGO also points out the risks to the environment, with a site located in near the largest biological reserve in France, the use of significant amount of cyanide or deforestation. There are "major industrial risks", said Laurent Kelle, head of WWF France's Guyana office.

WWF is still concerned that this project, if completed, will lead to other similar projects. "One of the fears we have is that Golden Mountain opens the Pandora's box," worried Pascal Quéru, an economist at WWF France.

The project was supported by Emmanuel Macron when he was minister of Economy, but it is rejected by the Minister of the ecological transition, Nicolas Hulot.

It also faces the opposition of customary chiefs in this French territory in South America, whereas some politicians and entrepreneurs are in favor.

Vélib 'delay: March refunded to subscribers, opposition barrage

The repayment of the month of March for Vélib 'subscribers was voted Thursday during a council of Paris, which was an opportunity for the opposition of a shootout against the executive and the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo.

The elected officials voted the authorization of refund of the month of March, demanded by the ecologists, with the service of free-sharing bicycles.

This refund, already in place for January and February, must be formally approved by the Union of elected managers Autolib 'Vélib' Métropole

The balance of users who do not re-subscribe can also be refunded.

But the debate, very animated, was an opportunity for the opposition to denounce the "catastrophic management" by the Paris executive of the change of the operator of the service, passed on January 1st of JCDecaux to the consortium Smovengo, said Maud Gatel (UDI-MoDem).

"It is time to stop amateurism and take your responsa bilities, "the Parisian leader said while the president of the group Eric Aziere assured that this" fiasco would be recalled to the mayor of Paris during the next municipal ".

Anne Hidalgo" has managed the feat of weakening this Parisian symbol, "added Julie Boillot (LR), denouncing the" denial of reality, the approximations, the swaggering and the cowardice "in the management of the file.

Pointing the finger at a" total technical fiasco ", Jerome Dubus (PPCI, pro-Macron, ex-LR) denounced the city "hiding" behind the Syndicate while, majority in voice, "it makes rain and good weather."

"Stop you pass the hot potato, "he said, including Smovengo who declares himself" responsible for nothing, it's the fault of no luck, JCDecaux, the snow … ", has-it-

Deputy EELV to Transport Christophe Najdovski asserted that Vélib '"is now convalescent, even if the account there is still not ", with three months late and 450 stations open, being" less than half "forecasts.

Australian Men Recording Cambodia's Opposition Campaign Still Stressing in Prisoners

An Australian filmmaker who was arrested last year in Cambodia for allegedly endangering national security remained behind bars after the country's supreme court rejected his appeal for an outside prison on bail.

James Ricketson was arrested in Phnom Penh last June for installing cameras on a nephew aircraft to film a general rally opposition party campaign, the Cambodia Rescue Party. Ricketson, 68, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted on charges.

Cambodian Supreme Court issued a statement Tuesday that it rejected Ricketson's plea because his case is still under investigation.

Alexandra Kennet, a Ricketson family lawyer, told reporters the family was "deeply disappointed" by the Supreme Court decision, delivered without Ricketson. A court official said that the vehicle that brought him to court to attend the hearing was late. Kennet said the Ricketson family was also concerned about his health, as he was held in a small cell with 140 other prisoners. [lt]