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  • Environmentalists’ Anger: Open Letter from a Naturalist in Struggle

    16 April

    Thursday 12 April 2018 The sudden and violent destruction of the farm at Les 100 Noms, which was defended peacefully, and the resistance of Les Vraies-Rouges, a site given over to gardening and the production of medicinal plants, and incidentally the site of a house that was present before the airport project, suggest a reality that we don’t really wish to understand: To defend an authentic agricultural-environmental project founded in solidarity, one needs to be prepared to defend a (...)

  • zadists voices

    16 April

    interview by Fantine : voix de zadistes. In 1972, a project emerged for a Nantes-Rennes airport on the site of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, Vigneux de Bretagne, and other villages. Resistance groups and associations mobilised to prevent its construction. Little by little certain historical farmers and also new ones, militants, but also homeless and excluded persons of all types, came together on the site corresponding to the outline of the proposed airport [called the ZAD for “Zone À Défendre” (...)

  • Testimony received since February 22nd

    27 February 2014

    Testimony received since February 22nd : I was at the demo, Saturday in Nantes, and I was taken hostage by unacceptable acts of violence. From the morning, barricades were erected in the center of the city, which disturbed public order and prevented the demonstration from following it’s planned path. Only one hour after the beginning of the march, the crowd found itself blocked by one of these barricades and the flying projectiles which were soon coming from two sides. From that moment (...)

  • La ZAD is not a story that is told, it is a story that is lived

    18 January 2013

     La ZAD is not a story that is told, it is a story that is lived. You are sleeping, this is a dream. After an hour and a half on the road, we arrive at Notre-Dame-des-Landes. We park in a small parking lot, across from the town hall. A graffitied road sign loudly proclaims “ZAD”; we are not very far. If, regarding urbanisation, the acronym ZAD means “Zone d’Amenagement Differé”(Zone of Deferred Development), for us it takes different meanings. The 2000 hectares upon which Vinci plans to (...)

  • Story of an Accordion in La ZAD

    18 January 2013

    Last March, my uncle passed on after a long sickness; “c’était un chic type”; before he died, he expressed his desire to pass on to me his accordion, which had accompanied him for a long time, and his wish that I play the day of his funeral a waltz that he would especially appreciate. Some months later, I made the important encounter of four zadistes, one of whom, G, was an accordionist. On the 17th November, the evening of the demonstration that brought together 40,000 people, I was (...)

  • Hawk? Handsaw? Who knows?

    1 December 2012

    Hawk? Handsaw? Who knows? I do like living in France. Adopting the mental pose of a curious anthropologist studying in wonderment the hidden codes of the natives is a remarkable aid to sanity. When things don’t seem to be going my way, I relax and content myself with noting the difference in our assumptions. Culture is, after all, just a convention of shared madnesses. Vive la difference! But this relaxed attitude slips a little when I contemplate the issue of the proposed airport at (...)

  • Letter from a physician to the Prefect giving medical details about the casualties in Notre-Dame-des-Landes

    29 November 2012

    Dear M. Prefect, As a professionnal physician, I have been involved in Notre-Dame-des-Landes on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of November 2012. I have spent two days to heal the wounded. I would like to inform you about the number of casualties we had to delay with. For Saturday 24th November 11 wounds due to flashballs involving: Thorax for 2 persons, of which one liver lesion suspected, Cheek and upper lips for 1 person with a likely dental or jawbone lesion, (...)

  • Rohanne Forest: This is Far from Over!

    28 November 2012

    The Rohanne Forest, in the centre of the ZAD. People lived there fairly peacefully for around two years, in a big communal house and scattered treehouses. The police came and destroyed the house what seems like a long long time ago, on the 18th October 2012. A new communal was built high up in the trees. The cops came back with climbers and destroyed all the treehouses including the communal on the 30th and 31st October. Another new communal was built. They came back on the 5th November and (...)

  • Injuries during the 23rd and 24th November

    28 November 2012

    For Saturday, November 24, 11 rubber bullet wounds, chest, cheek, upper lip (with likely dental injury), fingers, thigh, ribs (with a possible fracture), knee; 3 knee injuries; 2 wrist injuries; 1 damaged ear drum; 1 person suffering shock from the gas 1 head wound requiring two stitches; 1 head wound requiring fifteen stitches; 6 injuries by explosion of concussion grenades, 3 impacts in the legs of 3 people, 1 impact in the forearm, one in the ankle, 10 in legs of 1 person, (...)

  • Rural Rebels and Useless Airports: La ZAD – Europe’s largest Postcapitalist land occupation

    21 November 2012

    October 2012, Notre dames des Landes, France. Chris leans forward, her long fingers play with the dial of the car radio “I’m trying to find 107.7 FM“ … a burst of Classical music, a fragment of cheesy pop. “ Ah! Here we go! I think I’ve got it?” The plastic pitch of a corporate jingle pierces the speakers: “Radio Vinci Autoroute: This is the weather forecast for the west central region…happy driving to you all. Traffic info next.” Chris smiles. The narrow winding road is lined with thick (...)

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