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In the event of new evictions in the ZAD, a call for mobilisation and reconstruction

Wednesday 25 April 2018

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issued Wednesday 25 April 2018

On 17 January we won a decisive battle. We achieved the abandonment of the airport project. We forced the state to bend, and now it wants its revenge: a police occupation of the territory (which is still proceeding); the rejection of all forms of collective management; the destruction of one third of the cabins; at least 270 people; 60 people arrested; fields suffocated with gas; 11,000 gas and stun grenades fired in a week.

Despite this wave of violence, part of the movement has made a gesture of appeasement by filing named records with the Prefecture. But the government has not given up on evictions. All the living spaces remain under threat.

It seems that the government is basically aiming to eradicate the ZAD and the hopes that it raises.

We continue to want a countryside space that is living, inhabited, shared, and in solidarity, and which has space for all persons who want to live there. We shall join together in refusing any new divisions, segregations and of the living areas and project activities of the ZAD. The heavy police pressure and the impossible ultimatums have to stop.

We therefore call on all our supporters to remain extremely vigilant, and for those who can join us immediately to be ready mobilize on the ground . We also encourage the continuation of the dozens of decentralised actions that people have been taking since 9 April. In the event of new destructions of our living spaces, we ​​call for a massive convergence on the ZAD on the following Sunday. Together, we shall rebuild habitats and we shall cultivate the food gardens for all the people who have been evicted. Together, we shall rebuild the places of activity and sharing that have been destroyed.

In these times when the government is trying everywhere to break the solidarities and the collectives, we send a strong message of support to the exiles [trans: term used instead of migrants and refugees], to the students in struggle, to the railway workers, to the postal workers on strike and to all those those who are resisting in other sectors.

Details about meeting points and practical information will be posted shortly on the following sites:

The government has announced a second wave of evictions on the zad of Notre-Dame des-Landes. The operation could be launched as soon as May 15th. We have no idea how large or how long it will be. What is certain is that we cannot trust official announcements and that we will mobilise if faced with any new attempt to pick and choose, which living places on the zad they will evict.

Despite those, from the government or unfortunately even from the movement, who try to sow divisions, label and increase tensions, we will maintain as wide as possible a common defense for all the living places, perspectives and activities that are intertwined on the zad.

This is the line that we have wanted to hold, as much within the negotiations as with the various forms of resistance and mobilisations on site for several weeks. We thus invite everyone to be ready to react again on the zad and everywhere else from May 15th.

# Practically, we are calling :

- > To join the picnic-gathering on Monday 14 May at 1pm, place du Pont Morand (Nantes) for the meeting with the Minister of Agriculture.

- > A gathering in front of the Préfecture in Nantes at 6pm, following the first day (and every other day) of evictions.

- > Gatherings and occupations in front of town halls, préfectures, French embassies, consulates, etc where ever you are. Meeting points can be sent to zad @ in order to be added to the website. Action reports can be sent to soutienzad @

- > A demonstration on the Saturday following a week of evictions in Nantes

- > A gathering on the zad the Sunday following a week of evictions in Nantes

# Various welcome spaces will be set up on the zad, see info on

# We are calling all those who are joining us to resist on site to :

- take care so that there is a possibility of a diversity of tactics and diversity of people present on site

- take care of our neighbours from the surrounding villages, and of the necessary farming work, and thus to keep the traffic fluid on the roads outside of the moments of resistance to evictions.

You can follow updates on and/or on twitter @ZAD_NDDL

Some occupants from the zad.