Archive for the ZAD

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

Alternative Maniax Radio Show #25: To Squat, to occupy

Posted in Alternative Maniax Show, autonomous active space, Independent music, Music, non-proft social centre, Testimony with tags , , , , , , on January 26, 2012 by Alternative Maniax

Hi everyone!

We have a testimony for you tonight: Peg use to squat and he’s also actually living in the ZAD, an autonomous active space in Nantes, France.

It’s been 40 years that the old and new residents are fighting against the airport project which is supposed to take place where so many people are living for so many years. They plan to evict people from their houses and lands. The resistance is still on. They call out for help by occupying and defend the place: the more people it will be the best it is! Just click on the link to their website for more information!

“The resistance is growing. Since Plane Stupid last visited the ZAD (Zone a Defendre – the proposed site of the airport), the number of occupied spaces has rocketed from one to about 16. In fact, no one seems entirely sure how many people are now living here, preparing for battle: all that is certain is that it is growing constantly and people are prepared to put up a big fight. Together with those set to lose their homes and land, activists from across France and the world have been taking over sites bought up by the council to make way for the airport, and transforming them into living examples of the world they want to live in. There’s a bakery, which turns out enough bread twice a week to feed the whole ZAD, a bicycle workshop, a skipped supermarket which seems never to run out, a kitchens collective, an internet cafe, loads of chickens, herb gardens, treehouses, and, of course, vegetables.”

See: http://planestupid.com/blogs/2011/05/19/plane-stupid-takes-visit-zad

The usual wicked underground music will be on also with:

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AND MORE.

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Alternative Mania #17: The ZAD in France

Posted in Alternative Maniax Show, autonomous active space, non-proft social centre with tags , , , on November 9, 2011 by Alternative Maniax

Hi!

France oh! Douce Franceeuuu lalalla, we are travelling there tonight folks. Our guest is involved in an autonomous community space in the north-west of France, in a area called now the ZAD. This rural area had abandoned farms, houses and forest now being occupied by people. How do they live? What is the story of the place? Now they are actually organising resistance to defend their homes against a construction plan part of the massive expansion of the so-called «ecometropole» of the grand-ouest by the government. All the residents of this area are threatened to be evicted: locals, farmers, forests..

Here is an extract from INDYMEDIA:
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“A community fights on against the invasion of the bulldozer empire…

And as the empire grows, the community must also grow, and look for those to join the fight…

For a rural area of farms, fields, houses, marshlands and forests, 25 km north of the city of Nantes, France, a storm cloud has been gathering for over 40 years. As an integral part of the massive expansion of the so-called «ecometropole» of the grand-ouest, the local government has been buying up an area of over 1000 hectares to make way for the construction of a so-called «high quality environmental project» – a new airport, highway bypass and tgv train line. This zone is officially known as the ZAD, «Zone d’Amenegment Differè» and by us who resist as the «Zone A Defendre».

Since the announcement of the plans, local residents and farmers have organised their resistence through petitions, demonstrations, tractor occupations and blockades. In spring and autumn ’09, the area was in a state of military guard, as 150 military cops were sent out to protect machines involved in the early works of core drilling and soil sampling. This is not a normal course of action; rather it was the response of the local government to acts of sabotage that occurred earlier on during the works.

In September 2009, after a climate camp, a call was made to occupy the abandoned houses and threatened areas of the ZAD, with support of local people in resistance to the airport.

This call has been answered. Already there are some 13 occupied areas in the ZAD, including empty farmhouses, caravans on abandoned land, forests and collective gardens. On July 15th 2010, authorities delivered papers to 5 occupied areas, warning the occupiers that they should vacate these places by the 30th july or face legal proceedings and evictions. Earlier that day, an agreement was signed by 5 unimportant bureaucrats to finance the construction of the airport. On 29th july, about 40 people occupied the council offices in Nantes. The next day it was made public that the multinational construction company vinci had been awarded the contract to build the airport.

Already the first works have begun on the Barreau Routier, a highway bypass being built to serve the airport. In August the city of Nantes made public their search for a security company to be on constant guard on the construction sites and areas around the ZAD.

But we won’t be moved so easily. Busily growing food to support us over the next few years, looking for further areas that are to be occupied and defended when the time comes. If you have your own project to contribute, like setting up a new space, garden, ideas for taking action, or any other useful resources or unusual talents, even better. We are encouraging people to try and be as self sufficient as possible within this space, as well as wanting to be inspired to become part of this ever growing struggle against the machine of progress.

If you can’t come to visit us, maybe you feel the need to visit some sites or offices of vinci in your area…

Wishlist/ ideas of stuff to bring along…bicycles and trailers, tarps, tools, building and barricading materials, climbing materials, computer and technical skills, wheelbarrows, rope of all kinds, books, vans/trucks, media ressources, ideas, inspiration, fighting energy, dentists, donkeys and dragons… ”

Get to know about it On-Air tonight or on Sunday for the rerun at 5pm.

 

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