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(en) France, Press release of FA: Notre-Dame-des-Landes (fr) [machine translation]
Tue, 04 Dec 2012 15:49:36 +0200
Á Notre-Dame-des-Landes, the struggle continues ---- In the grove of
Notre-Dame-des-Landes, occupants of the ZAD (Zone defense) for almost 5 years in some
cases, had given a particular face in the fight against the airport project and against
the world it represents. Beyond the analysis of the ecological and social harm of the
project, beyond the challenge of a form of land and a way to decide (authoritarianism
disguised as a pseudo-democracy), c ' is a lesson of living together which is built on
these lands. There was adopted a form of self-managed life. It is based on sovereign
general assemblies, and so the decision making is collective for all aspects of the fight
as for the daily management (production and sharing of food, housing, transportation,
This island of resistance and life was otherwise considered by the authority (political
and economic) as a potentially subversive alternative to larger scale, a "cyst" to the
Minister of the Interior. This is what explains the deployment of incredible forces to
which everything must go and as soon as possible. They have not shied away from violence
and did not hesitate to destroy places of life and property (bicycles, beds ...) inhabitants.
The Zadistes (generic term covering many different visions for individuals) have forged
links with their neighbors and build a network of people involved around. Also, when the
crackdown began, the resistance was organized and received support more broad. Determining
Zadistes against the forces of order and the alternative model they show have attracted
well beyond the current political divisions.
Despite some maneuvers, political parties do not have control over them and they appear
only reinforcement. The government is still trying - in vain - to separate the good from
the wicked opponents "anarcho autonomous", "urban warfare specialists" ... Whereas, in
fact, all the protesters stood together.
The successful demonstration of 17 October shows. Beyond the number (more than 30,000
demonstrators), it is the creativity of the event that marked: many panels of characters
with poetic-political messages, countless songs and slogans designed for the occasion.
Above all, there was the collective construction of self, houses and shelters of wood and
Self-management operation implemented by Zadistes upsets the political. We are seeing more
and more people are initially wary about self-management capabilities of humans,
reconsider their views. They even get excited for this form of collective life that
respects individuality, in which everyone participates according to his means and desires.
In fact, the collective support have multiplied throughout France and beyond, each taking
independent initiatives without waiting for any instructions from a center. ZAD, its mode
of existence and resistance, has transformed the conditions of the struggle. Those who
fought alone in their corner are flocking from everywhere, many supporters.
Beyond active supporters, a good part of the population that does not follow from afar
what happens, sympathizes with the struggle. Indeed, the destruction of agricultural land,
farmland, and especially public-private partnerships that perfectly illustrate the
capitalist swindle allowing private gain profit while care is provided for losses by the
public authorities have increasingly difficult to pass in public.
The struggle with self-management in assistance ZAD who developed shows that can
coordinate activities, provide some justice without recourse to the state.
Police repression and gendarmesque conducted by the State, to defend the interests of the
private group Vinci, manufacturer and airport concessionaire, confirms, if need be, the
slogan "national police and gendarmerie = Capital militias."
The Prime Minister of the French state, JM Ayrault was able to declare "We do not dictate
leave a worldview that is not ours" ... way of saying he would dictate his! In fact, we do
not share the same worldview. We do not want the world of exploitation and profit, the
destruction of nature and animals. We want to build a world without hierarchies, based on
mutual great place to live.
The Anarchist Federation denounces course, state violence and supports the opposition at
the airport, as initiated by the ZAD and his supporters. Using all networks (his militant
groups, the radio, the press), the Anarchist Federation fully supports the ongoing
struggle and will always echo the self-management alternatives in place here in the ZAD,
and elsewhere in France and around the world.
The Anarchist Federation calls to join the fight on the ground, to take over support
initiatives to create or where there has not yet.
Secretariat for External Relations of the Anarchist Federation.
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