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A barricade at the Notre-Dame-des-Landes ZAD. Banner reads: AGAINST THE AIRPORT AND ITS WORLD
One of the many structures that have been built on roads crossing through Notre-Dame-des-Landes ZAD. This one serves as a lookout tower in preparation of evictions by police.
The expression Zone to Defend or ZAD (French: zone à défendre) is a French neologism used to refer to a militant occupation that is intended to physically blockade a development project. The ZADs are organized particularly in areas with an ecological or agricultural dimension, notably in the permanent blockade village against an airport in Notre-Dame-des-Landes. However the name has also been used by occupations in urban areas, e.g.: in Rouen, in Décines-Charpieu. One of the movement’s first slogans was “ZADs everywhere” and though there are no official figures, in early 2016 there were estimated to have been between 10 and 15 ZADs across France.
Steve Finney Get a cup of coffee mate & read this – if I were only 20 years younger with no ties : https://www.opendemocracy.net/…/revenge-against-commons
The revenge against the commons
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Roger Lewis Steve Finney It a neo-liberal Monroe doctrine Stevie, They can not risk a successful example outside of their Narrow paradigm Chomsky called it not being able to risk, “the danger of a good example”.
This is a long read by one of the inhabitants of the Zad, about the the fortnight rollercoaster of rural riots that has just taken place to evict the liberated territory of the zad. It’s been incredibly intense and hard to find a moment to write, but we did our best. This is simply one viewpoint, there are over 1000 people on the zone at the moment and every one of them could tell a different story. Thank you for all the friends and comrades who helped by sharing their stories, rebel spirits and lemon juice against the tear gas.
The Revenge against the Commons of the zad or Why France’s biggest police operation since May 68 is prepared to kill for Macron’s Neoliberal Nightmare.
“We must bring into being the world we want to defend. These cracks where people find each other to build a beautiful future are important…