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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL September 2017 - Notre-Dame-des-Landes: What future for the ZAD ? (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:28:43 +0300

The new government has inherited the thorny issue of building the new airport in the west. From the beginning of June, three mediators were appointed to find a " solution ". They will make their report no later than 1 st of December. The struggle and the experiences that it engenders do not wait to continue their way. ---- Like every year, at the beginning of July, there was a large gathering of opponents and opponents of the airport project at Notre-Dame-des-Landes. More than 20,000 people attended the debates and concerts in a special atmosphere this year. Indeed, the mediation initiated by the government of Macron suggests that the abandonment of the project is more than ever on the agenda. ---- Even if it is necessary to remain more than suspicious, it is clear that the configuration of the mediation is peculiar with two of the three mediators rather opposed to the project, of the elected On the march who had declared against the project and Hulot to the government ... Numerous are the echoes which suggest that the government is trying to get rid of this ball project without losing face. Besides, the pro-airport of all hairs were scandalized by this mediation. Retailleau, President LR of the Pays de la Loire region, has decided not to respond to the invitation of the mediators who have been following the auditions since June.

What future for the ZAD ? It is now the question that is at the center of the debate. What to do with the occupied lands in case of abandonment of the airport project ? The answer is not simple, but it is clear that the State can not afford to let the experience of the ZAD continue as it is outside its control. The government needs to find a way out without losing face.

Once the project is abandoned, it is not said that the balance of power remains large enough to prevent police eviction. The various components of the movement have already discussed these issues. A text titled, " The 6 points on the future of the ZAD " came out, which reaffirms the maintenance on the land of the zadists and historical farmers, without expulsion or expropriation, but also the continuation of the development of agricultural projects and constructions and their management by those who do them, not the usual institutions.

Solidarity Network

In spite of this, we will have to find more precise ways of dealing with the state's playing that will " normalize " the ZAD ... The capacity of cohesion and the coherence of the movement in its diversity will be essential to ensure the sustainability of the ZAD in the face of the will of power, even in case of abandonment of the project.

In any case, the struggle with NDDL continues and all that it brings as solidarities, experiences, encounters and hopes are already so many victories for the whole social movement.

For example, Les Cagettes des terres [1]is a network of solidarity with the struggles of the Nantes country, whose aim is to provide pickets, squats for migrants and busy squats, baskets of fresh vegetables or canteens to support the effort and above all to create bond and solidarity in a convivial atmosphere. Another initiative this fall: land taken from farmers who are taking advantage of the struggle to grow. These are cumulators: those who sold their land to Vinci, who received the money, who received land in compensation but continue to exploit it because Vinci makes them available in the form of an annual precarious lease. What to launch on it new agricultural projects !

There will never be an airport in NDDL, but there will always be alternatives and struggles !

Benjamin (AL Nantes)

[1] zad.nadir.org/spip.php ? Article4640

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