Dear comrades all over the world! We appreciate your support and solidarity and are very proud of it. Spreading the information, collecting money for legal expenses and, most important of all, the solidarity and protest demonstrations that united hundreds of people in dozens of cities around the world on March 18 as well as on other days — all this is extremely important and helpful in our collective fight against state oppression.
From Zone A Défendre
On the 19th of April, a few of us were not only informed without much notice, but also by chance that there was a callout for a meeting at Le Camps des Chevaux Blancs. The discussion was around the state of negociations after the refusal by the government of the COP globale*. This is yet another attempt in a long list of attempts to destroy the collective running of the ZAD, this time thanks to a submission of statements for individual projects, nominative yet inter-dependent.
From nantes.indymedia.org via machine translation. [April 11th, 2018]
As I get ready to join my friends and my friends at the ZAD, and as many across France, I'm changing the situation behind my screen and in the newspapers, I'm uncomfortably struck by the speech I read, that I hear. They are always the same "spokesmen" more or less self-appointed, always holding the same words: the State, despite the sincere willingness to negotiate the "movement" supposedly united, would flout its promises, for example (as by chance) by expelling the Hundred Names, an "agricultural" collective - and the home of some of the heads of the Committee for the Maintenance of Occupations (CMDO). These words, now more than ever, we must make a political criticism.
According to the FSB, the arrested belong to the underground anarchist organization “Network”, which consists of several autonomous groups. The aims of the Network are the rocking of the people during mass protests, attacks on the authorities during the presidential elections and the World Cup, the physical destruction of the heads of local administrations, leaders of “United Russia” party and the chiefs of subdivisions of the internal affairs agencies, and the overthrow of the constitutional order.
The following text has been distributed in late March, during a protest against evictions in Caen. While serving as a prior contextual insight on it, it predates the recent aggression in the ZAD against anarchists...
"All the parties, unions and their bureaucracies are oppressing the proletariat. As much as the bourgeoisie."
- Committee for the Defense of the Occupations (CMDO), the original.
From Pray for Calamity
The world was white. From ground to sky the white was constant, and etched in it were the vertical brown streaks of tree trunks. Stepping outside on the first day of spring the forest around my house was gone, entombed in snow. Ice came first, so that when the snow followed for several hours it sheathed every branch and twig. Heavy with now frozen leaves, the smaller beech are bent downward, tips touching the ground until all of these young trees become arches, man sized croquet wickets frosted and strewn about the land.
Last Tuesday morning, March 20th, 5 people with ski masks, armed with baseball bats and pepper spray entered a squat on the ZAD. They beat the people present, and took one of them, hogtied, with duct tape over his eyes and mouth. They put him in the trunk of a car and left. Further on, they beat him again, breaking an arm and a leg, before abandoning him on the sidewalk in front of the psychiatric hospital.