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(en) France, UCL AL #328 - Ecology: Vaucluse: the "zapatatists" of Pertuis do not leave concrete (ca, de, it, fr, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 30 Jun 2022 08:36:46 +0300

More than 800 people mobilized on May 14 in Pertuis in the Vaucluse against a project to extend an economic activity zone threatening 86 hectares of fertile land. Activists have been fighting for more than three years against this project and alert residents to the excesses of local politics. ---- We are in 2022 AD, the whole Earth is attacked by concrete. All ? Nope ! A village populated by diehard Zapatatistas resists the invader again and again. This village is that of Pertuis, in the heart of Provence, whose mayor, Roger Pellenc, has still not understood that money and concrete cannot be eaten. But nearly 30 associations and collectives are there to remind him by fighting for almost three years against a project to extend an economic activity zone threatening 86 hectares of land. An aberration for many reasons: these places are inhabited, cultivated or fallow, in a humid and flood-prone area on the banks of the Durance, whose regular floods have shaped a particularly fertile soil. We must also mention the great wealth of biodiversity present on the site: of the 1,047 species listed in the municipality of Pertuis,

So what are the potatoes doing in there ? It's simple: potato cultivation is traditional in the region, and during the first big mobilization, in April 2021, more than 600 people went there for a massive planting on the threatened land. Then, from November 2021, some houses (empty following the expropriations) were occupied by activists: this is how the Zap, the potato zone[1]was born .

A mayor with dubious methods
Roger Pellenc, sulphurous character between mayor, businessman and feudal lord? This long-toothed septuagenarian is the founder of an agricultural equipment and machinery company that generates several hundred million euros in profits. But greedy and ruthless, Roger has his eye on these hectares to expand his empire. And when Roger wants his dough, he is ready to do anything: destroy without authorization the neighboring houses of the Zap (containing asbestos), tear down the gate and surrounding walls of the Zap with a bulldozer... Illegally and escorted by its municipal police !

However, the Zapatatistas (being expelled since the end of the winter break) do not let go: May 14 and 15 were a great weekend of mobilization around a hullabaloo in collaboration with the Confédération paysanne de Paca and Uprisings of the earth. Costumes, marching bands, plantations, farmer's market and crafts: more than 800 people marched against the concreting, and more than 1,500 over the entire weekend. This great outpouring of protest, mixing joy and anger, also generated a few acts of vandalism against agricultural equipment from one of Pellenc's showcase companies, risking weakening one of the last Zads in France, and its supporters. But with the fields sown, the concrete kept at a distance and the Zap fortified, the determination is strong not to give in!

Pedro (UCL Aix-en-Provence)

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[1]More info at Zappertuis.noblogs.org

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