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Alternative Maniax Show #48

Posted in Alternative Maniax Show, autonomous green spaces, Autonomous local communities, Independent music, Music, routard, Self-production, Squatting//Occupy, traveler, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2013 by Alternative Maniax

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Last year, we had introduced the story of the ZAD (Zone to defend) and we had a guest talking about the occupation lifestyle there. They were expecting an eviction wave already at this time.

The ZAD is a huge Land with many water beds, a forest, some fields around and a very rich wild life. It’s been 40 years since the first proposal about an aiport construction plan has been thrown and so it’s been 40 years that inhabitants and locals are refusing to sell out their piece of land and leave.
Since about 5 years ago, nature lovers, travellers, passengers from around the world started to come and occupy the lands to support the locals and defend this beautiful natural site.
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For many years then until the first wave of eviction in October 2012, people have been living there, building small houses, tree houses, clay houses, organising a communal garden, giant clay oven, outdoor shower, living peacefully on this loved and cherished land.
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On this last October 2012, the local police started a massive eviction operation, destroying all the existed houses and fragile shelters, beating up  the people sometimes to get them out of their houses, cutting the trees to get down the tree-houses cause they would be lazy to climb …

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“The ZAD (Zone A Défendre) is a 4,000 acres of occupied land conveniently located where
the state and multinational building company vinci plan to make an
airport. for 40 years locals have been fighting the project, joined
by squatters in the last 5 years. cue countless actions and demos and
constructions, building a place where people strove to be autonomous,
with libraries, treehouse villages, a bakery, a farm, collective
gardens, a goat dairy etc, all horizontally organized.”

“Then in October, the military and riot police came and knocked it all
down. But they didn’t expect the resistance they got and had to
extend their initial planned operation by 3 weeks. It’s been almost 3 months
now that there is a daily military presence, and two people have gone
to prison so far, with hundreds wounded.

So there was a big demo and 40,000 people came to re-squat some new
land. Over 200 “collectives of support” were created and the
government proposed negotiations (which were refused by the people
involved). There was a zine made with just a listing of the
solidarity actions. And it’s quite strange because nobody had ever heard of it and
evictions were supposed to be the end and now instead of 100 living
there we are 500 and it’s on the national news and everyone is
scratching their heads.”

Extract from: http://thewildcat.org/events/the-struggle-on-la-zad/

“Website of the ZAD occupation – where the future airport of Notre-Dame-des-Landes is planned to be.

The ZAD – to the developers it is the Zone d’Aménagement Différé’, the differed development zone and for us it’s a Zone À Défendre: a zone to be defended. Either way, it’s a part of the countryside close to Nantes in France, which according to the decision-makers should make way for an international airport.

Their construction project “Grand Ouest” is an economic platform of international importance stretching from Nantes to Saint-Nazaire, which will form a singular, huge metropolis. Fulfilling this project means taking over the sky, the sea and the land in replacing the current airport in Nantes with a new one at Notre-Dame-des-Landes, but also enlarging the port at Saint-Nazaire and constructing new roads and highways…

Our goals, in coming to live here on the proposed site of the airport, are many: to live on a protest site, where we can be close to those who’ve been opposing the project for 40 years and to have the power to act when construction happens; to make use of abandoned spaces to learn to live together, to cultivate the land and to be more autonomous from the capitalist system.”

Extract from the official The ZAD website: http://zad.nadir.org/?lang=en

What happened then ?

“17th November 2012 – Today marks the full-force reoccupation of an area known as the ZAD (zone à défendre – zone to defend) in Notre Dame des Landes, Brittany, France. In response to the brutal eviction and bulldozing of various farms, the disruption of livestock and tear-gas poisoning of vegetable gardens by riot police during the last week of October 2012, between 20,000 and 40,000 people are estimated to be on-site today. They are constructing cabins and cleaning up the land to get it ready to be inhabited once again.”

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“Police are trying to protect the economic interests of the company Vinci. Vinci plans to build the aforementioned airport on acres of farmland and Rohanne forest, and is using an argument of “public utility” to try to evict inhabitants. The validity of the “public utility” argument is very questionable. Another airport, Nantes Atlantique, is located about 40 minutes away from the site. Nantes Atlantique receives top ratings for its great ability to serve the region. Even pilots based out of Nantes Atlantique are speaking out against the new airport project, saying it is unnecessary.”

“Past actions of protest have included a walking vegetable garden and clowns on luggage carts with airplane wings at Nantes Atlantique, a No-G20 solidarity camp on the ZAD in the summer of 2011, various bicycle/tractor mobilizations to regional political events, a 6-day bike/tractor/cow march to the senate in Paris, permanent vigils in government buildings in the immediate area, and now a large-scale reoccupation.

Here is an exclusive video from the airport protest in late July of 2011: Riot police negotiate with clowns, get sprayed with fire extinguishers.”

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“Occupants are under heavy surveillance, and their children are at times blocked by police from being able to go to school. At the end of October and beginning of November many farms and houses were violently evicted and subsequently demolished. Battles raged between riot cops and locals. Tear gas was sprayed, projectiles were thrown, barricades were constructed and lit on fire and roads were blocked. The provocation was on the part of invading police forces, as the locals were only trying to defend their homes.”

“Vinci’s airport project at Notre Dame des Landes is purely profit-seeking. It is an unnecessary and environmentally-destructive venture that must be stopped. It is being met with the resistance it merits, and people are stepping up to show solidarity through their presence and through donations of building materials, food and clothing.  The people of Notre Dame des Landes are fighting to keep their homes and means of living.”

Extract from: http://superchief.tv/zad-reoccupation/

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Tonight, the English/French documentary made about the ZAD will be played. Testimonies; description; why; how; fight; resistance; sparkles and LOADS of LOVE in the eyes of these fighters, defenders of the nature they cherish 😀

More Links and articles about it:

http://lutteaeroportnddl.com/

Music of course, independent as always 😀

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TONIGHT, from 7pm on OPTICALRADIO.net

Altenative Maniax #47: The Combe Haven Defenders

Posted in Alternative Maniax Show, autonomous green spaces, Autonomous local communities, Independent music, Music, Self-production, Squatting//Occupy, traveler, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2013 by Alternative Maniax

Hi,

So who are the Combe Haven Defenders? What is it that they are defending? What is happening there?
Well, it seems that a big road construction plan has been threatening the wildlife of the Combe Haven forest in Bexhill town…
But the locals and other nature lovers are not ready to surrender! They are ready to fight in their own ways and grab their chance to maybe save the place they love! Barricades, spikes, tunnels, sitting on top of the trees, all methods and strategies are welcome!

Check the official website for more legal and technical information:

http://combehavendefenders.wordpress.com/about

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“We are local people, determined to prevent the environmentally disastrous white-elephant that is the “Bexhill-Hastings Link Road” from devastating one of Hastings’ and Bexhill’s most amazing natural treasure. We demand an affordable, sustainable transport system for our area, that improves the quality of all our lives without costing the earth.”

MORE LINKS about the Combe Haven Forest:
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jan/12/combe-haven-green-protesters-trees
New road protest

http://antonioolmos.wordpress.com/2013/01/16/the-newbury-bypass-protest-combe-haven-protest/
Combe Haven Defenders

http://zad.nadir.org/spip.php?article1074
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http://hastingsonlinetimes.co.uk/hastings-life/green-times/campaign-against-bhlr-steps-up-a-gear
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http://news.uk.msn.com/environment/bailiffs-at-anti-road-campaign-site
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SOME VIDEOS:

The Protest

“After hearing the Combe Haven Defenders call for a halt to destructive road-building, Peter and Martin Poole discuss the effectiveness of protest.”


“We were there to support them and tell them why this valley is the most important heritage site in the UK with national and international importance. This is the line inthe sand for the road protest movement. If the road builders will not look at our evidence for a World Heritage Site they will build roads everywhere and nothing can stop them – find out how to here.”


“Environmental campaigners explain why they are protesting against the building of a link road between Bexhill and Hastings across the East Sussex countryside. The protesters secure themselves to tree houses, road obstacles and tunnels using locks and concrete before being evicted by police. The new £86m road will be more than three miles long.” By Laurence Topham

We will have a guest to talk about his own experience as a Combe Haven Defender and most generally to testimony on his alternative lifestyle choices

And for the MUSIC of tonight:

China Shop Bull

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Dogshite
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The Mohawk Lodge
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Savannah (free download)
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SLANT

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And many more!

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN on Optical Radio, every Mondays from 7pm, rerun on Sunday from 5pm

Alternative Maniax Show # 38: Underground contemporary culture vocabulary

Posted in Alternative Maniax Show, autonomous active space, Independent music, Music, non-proft social centre, Squatting//Occupy, Street with tags , , , , , on May 24, 2012 by Alternative Maniax

Tonight we’ll review some definition taken from the underground world lifestyle culture: what is a Squat? An autonomous active space//Radical centre? A freegan person? Dumpster Diving?

Let’s refresh the old memories and introduce it to the virgin ears.

Here is a taste of the music of tonight:

She’koyokh

Easily embarrassed

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*UK TIME, check what time it’ll be in your country

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