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(en) Czech, afed: A3: Barricades 2018 - French spring after 50 years? [machine translation]

Date Fri, 27 Apr 2018 18:18:10 +0300

All this is what it says - strikes, busy schools, and the battle for ZAD. Download, print and distribute the April issue of the A3 wall paper! ---- The fact that the state apparatus is pushing its slimy claws everywhere it comes up has been able to convince us many times in our country and beyond. A roof over your head for thousands of people or natural wealth ... All of this can be well done. ---- This time, the government's interest turned to the area near Notre-Dame-des-Landes in western France. In 2008, the French government approved a decades-long project to build a giant airport in this area, which would cost more than a billion dollars, and for the locals to make a complete loss of homelessness or interference with their lives and destroy the countryside. And that's another airport twenty-six miles away.

Some of the people in the area left after they received compensation. But some remained. And people from all over France started to come to their support. Civil resistance against the project began in the 1970s, the first occupation began in 2008. On the ground came a ZAD (Zone À Défendre) anarchist defensive zone, which for years successfully faced the open hostility of government politicians, repeated police attacks, arrests , court verdicts ... In homes abandoned by people who have "let go of buying," a new life began to emerge. Additionally, improvised buildings have begun in many places to be incorporated into the infrastructure of local nature defenders against megalomaniac technocrats, their political representatives and police threshers.

Current French President Emmanuel Macron decided in January that it would be better to withdraw from the airport project. After all, according to plans, the airport should be opened in 2017, then 2019 - but it has not even begun to build. Although Macron is a typical representative of the capital that has the past of an investment banker acting in the interests of corporations, there is no need to seek an ideological turnaround in his decision. The airport project has been problematic from the outset, and its appeal is the possibility of gaining some political points that are losing even by overworking labor law for the benefit of employers. Even beyond its predecessor, 56 percent of France's population was against the airport.

French political representation counted that withdrawing from the project would be at the end of the protest movement that had been associated with it. It is clear that their authoritarian lewd heads can not understand the dynamics of free self-organization. And when the defenders did not leave alone, the government structure decided that the anarchist-organized territory must simply disappear from the surface of the earth. So, on April 10, in front of the "gates" of the area inhabited by several hundred people, there were 2500 heavy-loaders in full field and accompanied by armored personnel carriers. Strikingly, journalists from the state media, who wished to wait for each thrown stone or the dirt of the earth, were in a hurry to allow terrorists or activists or local people to defend themselves against police violence.

Defenders of the ZAD did not kill police demonstrations. They built barricades, hindered access roads, faced hundreds of tear grenades, as well as bat gun strikes. There are many injured, fortunately no victim of life, unlike previous battles, when one activist was killed by a police grenade. Other people come to the site to help with defenses, including farmers from the surrounding area who come to their tractors. Meanwhile, the police are battling the individual buildings, which they then leave with bulldozers and other heavy techniques in ruins. Destroying and thrashing is a police slogan (not only) these days. Defenders of the ZAD, however, are enjoying great support in many French cities where demonstrations and conflicts with the police are taking place. Solidarity is also coming from abroad.

On one thing, politicians like to forget about their planning, and it's no surprise when they are usually accustomed to succumbing to the interests of developers and corporations and moving in a world where more power than they have money. They forget that the idea of another, better world will not even delete the biggest money. The desire for a free and dignified life will not break even the toughest baton or a thousand grenades. There will always be people who are willing to sacrifice many to defeat the power of capitalism, or at least to defend little that has not yet been taken and what they have resisted on.

We, anarchists, express our support and solidarity here. Even though we are hundreds of miles away, our heart is burning for the ZAD. The battle is not over yet. Although the number and armaments of the repressive bodies far outweigh the possibilities of the ZAD defenders, the human determination still did not defeat.

France marks this fifty years since the revolutionary events of 1968. This year's anniversary will surely be one of the drivers of the growing struggles of French trade unionists, students and environmental activists and activists. The hope is that they do not separate their struggles and support each other in many places. Resistance is alive, the fight continues!

A3 ( April 2018) HERE to download . http://www.afed.cz/A3/A3-2018-04.pdf

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The A3 wall paper is published by the Anarchist Federation every month. They are intended primarily for spreading through street lifts or posting in workplaces and schools.

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