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Message From #Atenco in Solidarity with the Struggle of La #Zad in France

Message in solidarity with ZAD by the Frente de Pueblos en Defensa de la Tierra, Atenco.

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Legal Team: Quick summary of the repression in #Nantes and the #ZAD #NDDL since April 9, 2018

This article with a summary of the repression in Nantes and the ZAD replaces the previous one (published 18/04/18).

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#ZAD #NDDL: Cops play with electricity and shot people in the back

Wednesday 18 April 2018: today cops were playing with the electricity and shot people in the back. ZAD activists also received explicit photos of an individual in civilian clothes talking with riot cops and then leaving to rejoin our side.

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Interview: Voices of the #ZAD

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” (Zone to Defend) – ed. note] to live, work, and cultivate the land while preserving the landscape of hedgerows, fields, wetlands and woodland and its fauna and flora. For a few years, they experimented with a self-managed micro-society [1]. Intrigued by the anything-but-flattering image of the “Zadistes” put forward by a few mainstream media, I decided to go and meet these “radical vandals” a few days before the start of the attempts to evict them. I found people with highly diverse profiles and with varied backgrounds and motivations. But they all had points in common – openness to others, a sharp-eyed way of seeing the world, an awareness of their responsibility, etc. From gutter punks to young engineers, and including young mothers and artists, their presence here was no accident. All of them had reflected deeply and had real confidence in what they were doing. A few agreed to talk frankly with me. JJ, a militant artist, lives in the ZAD with his partner. He is extremely active. Among other things, he welcomes visitors, teaches, communicates.

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#NDDL Report of what has been happening here this sunday 15 April or the magic of #ZAD

Despite the state of siege imposed by the government, a crowd of 15,000 to 20,000 people has succeeded, whatever the cost, in reaching different points of the ZAD this Sunday. This afternoon (Sunday, April 15, EIE)new groups are arriving all the time. Since this morning, the state has done everything possible to break this huge surge of solidarity: there are road blocks and checkpoints everywhere; police checkpoint policeman at the exit lanes of the motorways, asking drivers not to to try to go to the solidarity gathering. This is the first time that the state has tried to prevent a big demonstration of this kind on the ZAD, and to wind up the tension. But here the collective spirit has not allowed itself to be intimidated by any such thing: the ZAD’s supporters know the country paths, and the fields, and they have been moving in groups in order to get round the police blockades. The movement that succed in forcing the abandonment of the airport project is here again today, in all its strength and diversity, to defend the ZAD.

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Live Blog Day 7: On the ground from #ZAD #NDDL

Yesterday morning we arrived at the ZAD and started with our independent on the ground reporting. If you want to contribute to our live blog; You can send your pictures, videos, reports and analysis. Go to our submit page: here. Click at the refresh button of your browser to get the latest information.

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Live Blog Day 6: On the ground from #ZAD #NDDL

This morning we arrived at the ZAD. We will start our on the ground today. If you want to contribute to our live blog; You can send your pictures, videos, reports and analysis. Go to our submit page: here. Click at the refresh button of your browser to get the latest information.

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Is May 1968 About to Happen Again, or Be Surpassed? Mass Strikes, Occupations and the Fight for the Future Perfect in France

In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of May 1968, the Macron government had been making plans to commemorate this historic uprising by celebrating how it had purportedly contributed to the liberal “modernization of French society.” Allied with the mass media and the ownership class, what better way for the relatively young neoliberal government to lay claim to the future than by taking over the past, using the ritualized burial rites of state-honored commemoration to spin a teleological tale according to which the legacy of ’68 was alive and well in contemporary ‘liberalization’? According to a spokesperson for the French President, this was of course to be done “without dogmas or prejudice,” in order to show that “68 was the time of utopias and disillusions, and we no longer truly have utopias.” 

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