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Defending the zad

Sunday 24 January 2016

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Something is flowering in the forest, fields and hedgerows, of the bocage1 of Notre-Dame-des-Landes. Nestled in a landscape that remains under threat by the building of a new airport, an experimental zone is proliferating, it’s called - La zad.2

Since the victorious resistance to the 2012 wave of evictions, the zad has become a rallying cry, inspiring a multitude of other nodes of disobedience. The French government has announced that the riot police might return to the territory and the process of compulsory purchases has begun again. This text is an echo of this political adventure and passionately calls for us all to defend the zad.

La Mauvaise Troupe is an ever mutating collective that formed during the editing of the book Constellations: Revolutionary trajectories of the young 21st century, published by Eclat, in 2014. This spring the collective will publish their second work, on the similar and kindred stories of the zad of Notre-Dame-des-Landes in North Western France and the No-TAV resistance to the high speed train project in theValley de Suse, northern Italy.

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