NDDL: on the Zad, thousands of demonstrators determined to "rebuild" and maintain "utopia"

"If we persevere to rebuild, they will not spend months to destroy": the Zad of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, thousands of people gathered Sunday in support of the evicted occupants affirmed their determination to rebuild the destroyed habitats and especially to maintain "utopia".

Far from being defeated by the mobilization of the police since Monday and the destruction of 29 squats built by the zadistes, the defenders of their way of life were said Sunday more determined than ever to support them and to come recreate their places of life, as they did in 2012 after the operation César.

 A protestor dressed as a monk on the site of the Zad of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, theater of clashes with the forces of the Order, April 15, 2018 (AFP - CHARLY TRIBALLEAU)

A protestor dressed as a monk on the site of the Zad of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, theater of clashes with the police, the April 15, 2018 (AFP – CHARLY TRIBALLEAU)

"There is an indisputable thing: people are absolutely keen that we do not make a clean sweep of utopia, of the dream that has been created here," says Marcel Thébault, a "historic" farmer in Notre-Dame-des-Landes, who salutes the "formidable mobilization despite of all blockages ".

As a first symbol of this reconstruction, the demonstrators transported on the muddy roads the frame of the future "Gourbi", one of the squats dismantled since Monday. This "emblematic and collective place" for the zadistes has already destroyed four times according to them

Jérémy, 37 years old, restaurateur, is there for three days. He came from Rouen to take part in the reconstruction operations and "defend the Zad at all costs". "They will spend months and months destroying what we are going to rebuild," he says.

Like him, thousands of people of all generations, including families, converged on the site Sunday to assert their solidarity. There, they unearthed the thousands of sticks that had been planted during a previous mobilization, in October 2016, with the promise to come and look for them in case of expulsions.

 Clashes between protesters and police on the site of the Zad of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, April 15, 2018
 (AFP - CHARLY TRIBALLEAU)

Clashes between protesters and police on the site of the Zad of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, April 15, 2018
 (AFP – CHARLY TRIBALLEAU)

"Macron did not understand, we won, everybody gets together, the convergence of struggles is here, there is an even stronger solidarity that is in "To be created" on the Zad, says Christine, flowered boots on the feet and gas mask around the neck.

All around the Bellevue farm, dozens of families or groups of friends enjoy a lull for picnics, tractors or logs, while some improvise a piece of harp or bagpipes.

– "They have not finished with the Zad" –

 A protester holds a sign against the police on the site of the Zad of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, April 15 2018
 (AFP - Damien MEYER)

A protester holds a sign against police on the site of the Zad of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, April 15, 2018
 (AFP – Damien MEYER)

Jean-Marc, 53, an arborist in Saint-Brieuc, is now "engaged on the long term" alongside the zadistes to "let young people dream." There, we removed the possibility to do things differently ".

In the fall of 2012, a previous demonstration of reoccupation after evictions, during the last big attempt to evacuate the Zad, called Operation Caesar, "the gendarmes were not there. ", says Marcel Thébault. "Today, we reach a level of tension and confusion unequaled," he continues.

Some protesters also note a "very wide acceptance" to defend "hothouse" all the huts, unlike 2012.

 Demonstrators dance on the site of the Zad of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, the April 15, 2018
 (AFP - Damien MEYER)

Protesters dance on the site of the Zad of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, April 15, 2018
 (AFP – Damien MEYER)

"We know the life that was formed here, we had the opportunity to go hiking, parties here, it became a part of the local life and, all in suddenly, we end up with a military invasion, in a state of war ", regrets Sedi, 41-year-old engineer, who lives in the Nantes region.

"No offense to the government, we will get there.They have not finished with the Zad," promises Michel, one of the occupants expelled from the fold of the "100 Names".

While the helicopter of the gendarmerie continued late in the afternoon to fly over the area, the demonstrators began to set up the "new Gourbi", in a field, a few steps from a face-to-face. -face stretched between zadistes and police.

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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NDDL: Prefect calls ZAD occupiers to declare their plans before 23 April

The prefect of the Pays de la Loire on Friday called the occupants of the ZAD Notre-Dame-des-Landes, including expellees, to declare their agricultural projects by April 23 to begin a process of regularization ", while a gendarmerie operation is in progress on the ground.

 The ZAD of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, April 13, 2018 (AFP - Fred Tanneau)

The ZAD of Notre-Dame- des-Landes, April 13, 2018 (AFP – Fred Tanneau)

"I asked the departmental direction of territories to develop a simplified form to allow those who wish to declare their projects as soon as possible" said Nicole Klein at a press conference in Nantes. "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. demands. "

NDDL: Prefect calls ZAD occupiers to declare their plans before 23/04

The prefect of the Pays de la Loire on Friday called the occupants of the ZAD, including the expelled, to declare their plans by April 23 to begin a "process of regularization", while a gendarmerie operation is in progress on the ground.

"I have asked the departmental territorial directorate to draw up a simplified form to allow those who wish to declare their projects as soon as possible," said Nicole Klein during the meeting. a press conference in Nantes

"They are simply asked at this stage to declare their name, to declare the agricultural project they wish to develop and to specify the parcels on which they wish to implement it so that the state (…) can investigate these requests ".

She specified that the deposit of individual projects "does not prevent the collective project (…) .It is enough to regroup as it always was with the cooperatives", in response to opponents who support the Development of collective projects on the ZAD

This approach "can not prosper if accompanied by wild reoccupation or the use of violence", she added.

She recalled that "the state will not accept" that barricades are again erected on the roads, the violence against the police and any attempt at illegal reoccupation of the site, warning that "those who would engage in such abuses exclude themselves from this possibility of regularization. "

A punch operation is underway since Friday 06H00 to clear the departmental road 81 obstructed by barricades, coupled with a judicial police operation in the context d the investigation into the firing of a rocket on a gendarmerie helicopter Tuesday.

Opponents, including the historical association Acipa, shocked by the extent of destruction since Monday of places of life and bases of agricultural projects, called for a rally on Sunday at the ZAD

The prefect said she would not ban the rally but "wants it to be in a place where there have been no demolitions".

She further stated that the gendarmes will remain on site for "three weeks to a month" to clear the plots, ensure free movement on the D281 (ex-road baffles, Ed) and the D81, and prevent any illegal reoccupation ".

NDDL: start of clearing operations on the ZAD

The security forces blocked road access to the ZAD Notre-Dame-des-Landes (Loire-Atlantique) Thursday morning to allow the clearing of "squats" destroyed the previous days, did we learned from the gendarmerie.

Road access to the former "deferred development zone" (ZAD), renamed "area to defend" by opponents of the airport project, were closed to traffic Thursday morning, AFP journalists found.

The roads were blocked to allow the maneuvering of heavy vehicles and vehicles, according to the gendarmerie.

The squadrons of mobile gendarmes present on the zone were indeed attached to secure the clearing of "squats" destroyed since Monday morning. "It is a question of allowing the competitors (companies of BTP, ed) to evacuate the piles of waste in complete safety", indicated the gendarmerie.

No evacuation or expulsion was in course Thursday morning, according to the same source. "The night has been calm," according to the police, which has counted only three casualties in his ranks.

No clash took place on the area Thursday morning, noted journalists from AFP, a atmosphere strongly contrasting with the clashes of the last three days.

A gendarmerie helicopter and a drone flew over the ZAD. Some people were gathered on barricades around the locality of the "Real Reds", theater Wednesday violent clashes, according to the same source.

Only incident to report, a barricade of tires was ignited on the national road 165 thursday morning around 07:00, causing traffic jams between Nantes and Vannes in both directions of traffic.

The expulsion operation, started Monday at dawn, mobilizes about 2,500 gendarmes and aims to restore order in this part of the world. bocage nantais, called "zone no law" by the government.

On Wednesday, the gendarmes launched a massive charge against the opponents, the largest since the beginning of their intervention Monday at dawn. Thirteen new "squats" were evacuated in the day "is 29 in total since the beginning of the operation", according to the prefect of the Pays-de-la-Loire Nicole Klein. Twenty-six "squats" were destroyed and three were "in the process of destruction" Wednesday night, according to the same source.

Monday, the Minister of the Interior Gerard Collomb had evoked forty "buildings" to destroy on the ZAD and a "hundred" people to dislodge

Authorities have identified 97 "squats" or "places of life" according to the Zadist terminology. The prefect had assured that no "hard" housing would be destroyed.

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