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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire #224 - Nantes: No housing for the poor (fr) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 20 Feb 2013 17:06:22 +0200


Faced with the refusal of the government to implement the means for enabling the accommodation of all persons who need a support group for the homeless was established in Nantes, pulsing various actions. ---- End of September, several demonstrations took place in Nantes to challenge the prefect that implement the powers available to house the homeless. Quickly, the person has promised to release one hundred places. This promise was not kept, the protests continued, with the claim "a roof for everyone, unconditionally." ---- Occupations repeated ---- The demonstration of October 10 ended with the occupation of a single room Location (LU), Nantes cultural mecca, with the intention of forcing public authorities to implement the right to housing for all.

The prefect was quickly announced that sixty seats would be released, and not more than one hundred. They have been, but they actually correspond to the application of the winter plan, and not to the satisfaction of the claims.

The reaction of the city, which owns the LU was clear: she asked and obtained the expulsion of those who occupied it. Undeterred, the activists are gone-es occupy the home for a few days Gustave Roch and Manufacture (all municipal services building housing and proximity) for a few hours.

Since then, various actions have been taken: intervention in a council meeting, intervention in a private space Cosmopolis which was used for conferences and workshops in the framework of international solidarity week, the intervention of the Departmental social cohesion with leafleting employee-es and display banners, "requisition" the castle of the Dukes of Brittany ...



When the LU was busy, the group has created "a roof for everyone," bringing together individuals, activist or not in unions and / or political. This group has worked very well at first.

Fight against gentrification
However, several factors have weakened the struggle. On the one hand, after the expulsion of the LU, the group had no fixed place of struggle. Moreover, while at first, mobilization was escalating, it still has not snowballed. Perhaps because it is housing and many believe that this issue does not really affect. Or maybe the media was it not suitable, partly eclipsed by that of Notre-Dame-des-Landes. One must also note a division within the group: some were in favor of tying the struggle for housing with one against the airport, others do not (including LDH).

And it is very unfortunate because social issues related to housing, are essentially the same as those related to major projects unnecessary. Indeed, the mass expulsion to make room for large infrastructure put people on the street. Above all, it is the same logic that is at work in both cases: that of economic fundamentalism in a capitalist world and also one of the gentrification of the city of Nantes, which pushes the poor outside.

AL collective of Nantes
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