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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #281 - Notre-Dame-des-Landes: We sow after the victory (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]
Mon, 9 Apr 2018 09:01:34 +0300
After the joy of victory, and the wonderful event that celebrated it, the struggle enters
a new phase, with new challenges. AL will continue to be. ---- In a context where the
social movement accumulates defeat on defeat, the victory at Notre-Dame-des-Landes (NDDL)
brings a ray of hope. But this one did not fall from the sky. Among the peculiarities of
the movement against the airport, the most important was its ability, not only to coexist,
but much more to combine dissimilar activist practices. Between the " citizen " movement
embodied by Acipa, the agricultural professional organizations grouped within the Copain
association and the " radical " occupiers and occupiers installed on the ZAD - the latter
being multifaceted in their practices - the probability of bursting of movement was great.
Convergence of struggles !
But everyone knew how much each component brought a brick essential to combat. And good
year, bad year, the regular general meetings allowed the movement to remain united during
all these years. This allowed for common or convergent initiatives. This mixture of
tactical diversity and the convergence of struggles has allowed the movement to strengthen
itself, to build its legitimacy and ... to lead to victory.
The late construction of a syndicate against the airport, organizing unionists Solidaires,
CGT and CNT opposed to the airport, in connection with Buddy and with some of the
occupants and occupants, is probably the product of this unit and the last brick of the
balance of power in the field.
The abandonment of the project, the movement's first victory, put this beautiful unit in
difficulty. But the differences do not appear where we might have feared. They are
manifested within the ZAD itself between the different " sensibilities " that cross "
zadistes ". The vast majority of occupants have begun to build their future on this land,
which by producing cereals or vegetables, which by installing a bakery, a brewery or
various craft activities. A micro economy has been built, symbolized by the "
non-marketplace " exchange place based on " free prices ". They want to consolidate
their experiences today, including by looking for amodus vivendi with the public authorities.
Manage the end of the clash with the state
However, a handful of irreducible people oppose the decisions taken, either because they
and they project themselves into a direct and perpetual confrontation " with the State ",
or because they and they fear to be sacrificed future discussions that the rest of the
movement wishes to hold with the public authorities.
Act 1 of this scenario was played around the cleaning of the " road of the chicanes " -
promised to the inhabitants and the inhabitants of the neighborhood - that is to say of
the departmental road 281 crossing the ZAD and symbol of the resistance. The vast majority
of the movement decided to return the road to its traffic function - despite the
opposition of these few dozen occupiers - at the same time to prevent the reopening of the
road being used as a pretext for the forces of the order to invest the ZAD but also to
allow the opening of negotiations with the prefecture on the future of land.
In exchange for this cleansing, the whole movement has pledged to oppose all expulsions.
It is now up to the whole movement to pay attention to ensuring that this collective
promise is kept - especially during negotiations with the public authorities - to allow
all those who participated in the struggle by occupying the site of to build their future.
A certain appeasement of the ZAD is inevitable to allow to anchor in the long term the
experiments that emerged during the occupation: other forms of agricultural production and
other ways of living one's life, as many elements carrying alternative projects and of
The state, Vinci, and the Chamber of Agriculture do not hear it that way, and want to kill
the experience in the bud. As for the departmental council of Loire-Atlantique, led by the
PS and EELV, he asked the State retrocession of the 895 hectares of the site which he has
temporarily been the owner.
The battle for land will be at the heart of the struggle in the months and years to come,
and it can not be won without maintaining the unity of the movement. It must be combined
with a determined opposition to any attempt to evacuate the ZAD and the demand for land
management in the ZAD by the movement in all its diversity - peasants and farmers,
naturalists, residents and residents, old and new inhabitants .
Other big useless projects
This victory at Notre-Dame-des-Landes calls for others. First and foremost, we think of
all these useless or dangerous projects, such as the nuclear waste landfill project in
Bure (Meuse), the Roybon Center Parcs (Isère), the Lyon-Turin No-TAV rail link project at
medium speed, to quote the most emblematic. But we do not forget this multitude of
projects, big or smaller, imposed on the populations in spite of their social or
It is possible to win ! This is demonstrated by the struggle at Notre-Dame-des-Landes.
Opponents and opponents of all these projects see it. We have yet to instill doubt in the
minds of our opponents !
Jacques Dubart (AL Nantes)
A victory: do not sulk our pleasure !
The government announced the abandonment of the airport project on January 17. The
declaration of public utility (DUP) of the airport has lapsed since February 9, burying
permanently this project of another age. On February 10, the gathering on the ZAD to
celebrate the event was, with over 30,000 people participating, a big popular success.
People of all ages, from all over France and beyond, made the trip. For the anecdote, the
pro-airport gathered the same day in Bouguenais (Loire-Atlantique) barely 300 people.
Through the participation of Libertarian Alternative activists in collectives supporting
the struggle, through the contribution of other activists to the constitution and actions
of the union collective against the airport and its world, through the participation there
from our activists and activists to the actions of the movement, through the direct
intervention of our organization in public rallies at the call of the movement,
Alternative Libertaire is one of those who have worked for this victory to emerge !
On February 10, the activists of the local collectives of Alternative Libertaire were
numerous and visible in the strolling of the Gourbis in Bellevue, in particular those of
Nantes, Rennes, Lorient, Angers, the country of Auge , from Fougere, from Paris. This day
was very pleasant, very family and, despite the mud, festive. The taste of victory was
present at all levels !
Jacques Dubart (AL Nantes)
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