• Posted on: 15 April 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Zone A Défendre

Despite the state of siege imposed by the government, a crowd of 15,000 to 20,000 people has succeeded, whatever the cost, in reaching different points of the ZAD this Sunday. This afternoon new groups are arriving all the time. Since this morning, the state has done everything possible to break this huge surge of solidarity: there are road blocks and checkpoints everywhere; police checkpoint policeman at the exit lanes of the motorways, asking drivers not to to try to go to the solidarity gathering. This is the first time that the state has tried to prevent a big demonstration of this kind on the ZAD, and to wind up the tension. But here the collective spirit has not allowed itself to be intimidated by any such thing: the ZAD’s supporters know the country paths, and the fields, and they have been moving in groups in order to get round the police blockades. The movement that succed in forcing the abandonment of the airport project is here again today, in all its strength and diversity, to defend the ZAD.

At 2.00pm there was a solemn moment at the Bellevue Farm. The thousands of sticks and clubs (batons) planted on the 8th of October 2016 were dug up from the ground. We had made a solemn promise to come and collect them if ever the ZAD came under renewed attack. That time has now come!

People of all ages have set off along Le Chemin de Suez, escorting a large wooden framethat is being carried by a convoy of tractors. This beautiful construction has been created this week with timber from the ZAD, under the Hangar de l’Avenir [the ’Barn of the Future’] by dozens of carpenters. For the moment it is mounted on the field of the Wardine, with a view to moving it later. Hundreds of people are carry pieces of wooden constructions by hand. It was on this same field in 2012, at the time of the Demonstration of Re-occupation, that human chains had carried masses of materials to build a village at La Chataigne [the ’Chestnut Tree’].

Today, hundreds of sticks and clubs were immediately planted around construction site to protect this new building, a market hall and meeting space which was initially planned to be brought directly to the Gourbi to replaced the communal area that was destroyed [by the police] last Thursday. Meanwhile other large groups of demonstrators, with batons in hand, have spilled over from all sides of the police operation on the D81 road, and have crossed the road to pass to the east, into the forbidden zone, which has been occupied since this morning by columns of gendarmes. A mobile construction has been carried across the fields. Meanwhile more than a hundred people have been kettled since since this morning at the La Grée farm. Supporters are trying to reach them. We are informed that the Prefect [local representative of the state] has arrived at the Saulce crossroads. After yesterday’s solid demonstration of more than 10,000 people in Nantes, involving trade unionists, students and supporters of the ZAD, she will once again be able to see with her own eyes that nobody can crush our collective desire by the use of terror and destruction!

Especially because this weekend solidarity actions are continuing in many cities in France and around the world.

The ZAD has been wounded, but it is always magical!

We shall shortly send an update on the events of this afternoon

For further information, see the regular updates at the ZAD website: Zone à defendre -



Oh my... There's a big part of me who's really pissed off to not be on D81 at the moment.

You mean the road that the tiqqunists liberated to facilitate the cops invasion (thinking they would only destroy other houses) ?
It's magical yes !
And the stuff with the sticks, I am afraid I really don't get it ...

The road that will bring in capitalist food and luxuries when the population swells into a full blown occupation/protest. After a month a ZAD security force will be formed to evict the clan of individualists who have been plundering food and blankets which the neo-liberal Idpol organisers have stockpiled in their fenced off compound..Eventually a compromise will be met and everyone will feel good, especially after the free hot meal and B-B-Q the government has before the people return to their mundane urban existence with their iPhones and social networking which will be buzzing with the wonderful experience of being a temporary rebel with pics to prove it, posing with ZAD security forces, bulldozer drivers at the exit gate on departure, a wonderful emotional spectacle to fill the empty dull urban experience.,.

When did the tiqqunians "liberate" D281? Afaik it's been blocked for years. Some zadists have built a damn house right on the crossroads with the space of only one car to pass... I dunno what you mean here by "liberated" (if sarcasm or not) or who you mean are the tiqqunians.

"I dunno what you mean here by "liberated" (if sarcasm or not) or who you mean are the tiqqunians."

Well ... yes, the CMDO (an authoritarian group from the ZAD) decided, alone with other good citizens, to liberate the road in end of January (even the mass medias were happy with that : ), after the government ordered it (the cmdo and others wanted to protect their interests, as they were doing official things to be recognized as farmers, meaning, to be the only ones allowed to stay on the place) ... they destroyed some cabins, and cleaned everything on the road so the State could rebuilt the road properly ... the night after the workers from the State finished the job, some people, not happy with that, destroyed again the road ... and it's one of this people that was kidnapped in the trunk of a car and beaten up.
There's already several texts in French talking about that, some have been translated in other languages ... it's not only gossips, because it's important to learn from this experience, and to protect better our struggles and spaces from politicians/authoritarians who try to have an hegemony on every anti-authoritarian struggles in France (just see the propaganda this ass-holes are doing for the anniversary of May ... it's pathetic !). Believe me, if they had anything interesting to bring to our milieus the situation would be very different in France now, because it's been more than 10 years they try to sneak everywhere and to monopolize everything. Their only interest is power, and making themselves a good situation ...

Doing agriculture legally in France means to accept a lot of shity things from the State ... it's a work, like any other, and you have to give a lot of money to a lot of different government organizations, to do like they want you to do ... farmers are the profession in France that commit more suicides, because it's getting more and more difficult, and the only way they can survive is by doing intensive and polluting things, and they have controls on everything all the time, it's a lot of pressure ... only petit-bourgeois coming from the city can idealize that and make other believe they are making new ways of living by trying to be recognized by the State as legal farmers. And also, that means again that all the others on the ZAD, who refuse to accept a deal with the State, won't have any legitimacy to stay on a place that is right now being transformed as legal fields for "bobo farmers".
What is happening right now is just the worst that could happen to the ZAD ... legalization is always destroying every nice things, and kicking away the rebel ones.

This is so fucked. Tiqqunians used to be all about "blocking the fluxes".... It's written black on white in their first publications. So another group of commies to embourgeoise itself and sell off to the State? Why am I surprised. To them it's now just primitive accumulation, and they are its profiteers.

Put those targets in sight: the Longo Mai communes and Tarnac. Everybody knows where they are, and they're inclusive. Go preferably in couples or small groups.

New directive: infiltrate, steal and sabotage. Burn their precious motor vehicles, without which apparently these cyborgs can't do anything. Put motor oil in their meat and bread, so they get badly sick from their beloved industrial civilization. No mercy for robots.

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