Estamos conmocionadas, enfadadas y desconsoladas al escuchar las noticias de los continuos
desalojos de la ZAD y desde lejos enviamos nuestra solidaridad.
La ZAD – Zone A Defendre.- es una zona liberada del capitalismo que comenzó como una ocupación de protesta para evitar la construcción de un aeropuerto cerca de Nantes, en Francia, y creció hasta convertirse en una zona autónoma, donde se ha creado una auténtica sociedad alternativa, radical, práctica e imaginativa.
La ZAD ganó en su lucha para evitar la construcción del aeropuerto, pero el lunes por la mañana 2,500 efectivos de la policía militarizada se movilizaron para destruir y expulsar a estos mundos alternativos allí creados. La gente de la ZAD ha venido a Can Masdeu para compartir historias de su inspiradora lucha. Aunque apenas tenemos conexiones personales con algunas de las Zadistas, las consideramos amigas y compañeras que conspiran, igual que nosotras, en el movimiento de creación de espacios autoorganizados, ecológicos y autónomos dentro de este mundo capitalista, laboratorios donde se puedan crear nuevas formas de vida.
Sea cual sea el resultado de este ataque del Estado francés, los sueños y la visión que tiene la ZAD continúan viviendo en los corazones de todas aquellas que hemos sido inspiradas por su experiencia y continuaran vivas en las historias y leyendas que se contarán sobre ella.
Desconocemos las diversas formas de resistencia que están llevando a cabo, pero desde aquí ofrecemos nuestro apoyo, solidaridad y compañía.
Abajo compartimos la llamada a acciones en solidaridad con la ZAD
¡Pensaron que podrían enterrarnos, pero no sabían que somos semillas!
We are shocked, angered and heartbroken to hear the news of the on-going eviction of the ZAD. From a distance we send our solidarity.
The ZAD – Zone A Defendre.- is a zone liberated from capitalism that began as a protest occupation to prevent an airport being constructed, and grew into an autonomous zone where a real radical, practical, and imaginative alternative society has been created. The ZAD won its campaign to prevent the airport being built, but on Monday morning 2,500 militarised police moved in to destroy and evict this alternative worlds that had been created there.
People from the ZAD have come to Can Masdeu to share the stories of their inspirational struggle, and although we may only have personal connections with a few of the Zadists – we count the Zadists as friends, comrades and co-conspiritors in the movement to create self-organised, ecological, autonomous spaces within this capitalist world, a laboratory where new forms of life can be created.
Whatever the outcome of this attack by the French state, the dreams and vision of the ZAD continue to live in the hearts of all those that have been touched by it, and in the stories and legends that will be told of it.
We don’t know all of the forms that your resistance takes from here, but we offer our support, solidarity and comradeship.
They thought they could bury us. They didn’t know that we were seeds.
A CALL FOR INTERGALACTIC SOLIDARITY ACTIONS EVERYWHERE TO END THE DESTRUCTION OF THE ZAD OF NOTRE DAME DES LANDES
We are writing with the smell of tear gas rising from our fingers. The springtime symphony of birdsong is punctuated by the explosive echo of concussion grenades. Our eyes are watering, less from the gas than the sadness; because our friends’ homes, barns and organic farms are being destroyed. Bulldozers, supported by 2500 riot police, armored vehicles, helicopters and drones, are rampaging through these forests, pastures and wetlands to crush the future we are building here on the to the zad (The zone à defendre).
We are calling on you to take solidarity actions everywhere, it could be holding demos at your local french embassy or consulate, or taking actions against any suitable symbol (corporate or otherwise) of France ! And if you are not too far away, bring your disobedient bodies to join us on the zone. If the French government evicts the zad, it will be like evicting hope.
For fifty years, this unique chequerboard landscape was the site of a relentless struggle against yet another climate wrecking infrastructure – a new airport for the nearby city of Nantes. Farmers and villagers, activists and naturalists, squatters and trade unionists wove an unbreakable ecology of struggle together and three months ago on the 17th of January, the French government announced that the airport project would be abandoned. But this incredible victory, won through a diversity of creative tactics from petitions to direct action, legal challenges to sabotage, had a dark shadow. In the same breath that declared the abandonment, came the announcement that the people occupying these 4000 acres of liberated territory, the 300 of us living and farming in 80 different collectives, would be evicted because we dared not just to be against the airport, but its WORLD as well.
Since that victorious day, the battle has transformed itself and is now no longer about a destructive infrastructure project, but about sharing the territory we inhabit. We stoped this place from being covered in concrete and so it is up to us to take care of its future. The movement therefore maintains that we should have the right to manage the land as a commons (see its declaration The Six Points for the Zad because there will never be an Airport). Today this is the struggle of the zad (zone to defend) of Notre Dame Des Landes.
The zad was launched in 2009 after a letter (distributed during the first french climate camp here) written by locals inviting people to occupy the zone and squat the abandoned farmhouses. Now the zone has become one of Europe’s largest laboratory of commoning. With its bakeries, pirate radio station, tractor repair workshop, brewery, anarchitectural cabins, banqueting hall, medicinal herb gardens, a rap studio, dairy, vegetable plots, weekly newspaper, flour mill, library and even a surrealist lighthouse. It has become a concrete experiment in taking back control of everyday life.
In 2012 the French state’s attempt to evict the zone to build the airport was fiercely resisted, despite numerous demolitions 40,000 people turned up to rebuild and the government withdrew. The police have not set foot on the zad since, that is, until Monday morning, when at 3am the gendarmes pierced into the zone.
On day one they destroyed some of the most beautiful cabins and barns, but yesterday we stopped the cops from getting to the Vraies Rouge, which happens to be where one of our negotiators with the government lives. Destroying the house of those that agreed to sit at the table with you was a strategic mistake. The fabulous zad press team used this as the media hook and today we are winning the battle of the story. If enough people get to the zone over the next days we could win the battle on the territory as well. We need rebel everything, from cooks to medics, fighters to witnesses. We doubt this rural revolt will be finished before the weekend, when we are also calling people to come and rebuild en mass.
Already solidarity demonstrations have taken place in over 100 cities across France, whilst the town halls of several towns were occupied. Zapatistas demonstrated in Chiapas Mexico, there were actions in Brussels, Spain, Lebanon, London, Poland, Palestine and New York and the underground carpark of the french embassy in Munich was sabotaged. They will never be able to evict our solidarity.
Post your reports on twitter @zad_nddl #zad #nddl and to our solidarity action email email@example.com for more info in english see www.zadforever.blog and watch this video to see what is being destroyed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqrtUkBmv8s