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(en) alas barricadas: Report on what happened this Sunday April 15 and the magic of the zad (ca) [machine translation]

Date Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:55:34 +0300

Despite the state of siege imposed by the government, a crowd of 15,000 to 20,000 people has succeeded, at all costs, in reaching different points of the ZAD on Sunday. This afternoon new groups are arriving all the time. Since this morning, the state has done everything possible to break this great wave of solidarity: there are road blocks and checkpoints everywhere; with the policemen of the same ones asking the drivers not to try to go to the solidary meeting. This is the first time that the state tries to avoid a large demonstration of this kind in the ZAD and to calm the tension. But here the collective spirit has not been intimidated by it: supporters of the ZAD know the trails and fields, and have been moving in groups to avoid the police blockades.

At 2:00 in the afternoon there was a solemn moment at Bellevue's farm. The thousands of sticks and canes planted on October 8, 2016 were unearthed from the ground. We made the solemn promise to come and pick them up if the ZAD ever received a new attack. That moment has arrived!

People of all ages have set out along Le Chemin de Suez, escorting a large wooden frame that is being transported by a convoy of tractors. This beautiful construction was created this week with wood from the ZAD, under the Hangar de l'Avenir[the "granary of the future"]by dozens of carpenters. For the time being he is mounted in Wardine's field, with a view to moving it later. Hundreds of people carry pieces of wooden constructions by hand. It was in this same field in 2012, at the time of the Manifestation of Reoccupation, that the human chains had transported masses of materials to build a village in La Chataigne[the 'Castaño Tree'].

Today, hundreds of sticks and sticks were planted immediately around the construction site to protect this new building, a market and a meeting space that was initially planned to be taken directly to the Gourbi to replace the communal area that was destroyed[by the police]. Thursday 1. Meanwhile, other large groups of protesters, with sticks in hand, have overflowed the police operation on the D81 road, and have crossed the road to go east, to the prohibited area, which has been occupied since this morning by columns of gendarmes. A mobile construction has been carried through the fields. Meanwhile, more than a hundred people have been detained since this morning at La Grée farm. The supporters are trying to reach them. We are informed that the prefect[local representative of the state]has reached the crossroads of Saulce. After the solid demonstration yesterday of more than 10,000 people in Nantes, in which trade unionists, students and supporters of the ZAD participated,

Especially because the solidarity actions of this weekend continue in many cities in France and around the world.

The ZAD has been hurt, but it is always magical!

Shortly we will send an update on the events of this afternoon

For more information, check the periodic updates on the ZAD website: Zone à defende - http://zad.nadir.org/

1. The Zadistas who tried to reach Gourbi were attacked by the police and dispersed. ouest-france.fr

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