Solidarity with ZAD
Since this morning, I’ve been watching with disgust as the police evicted activists from the ZAD (Zone to Defend) at Notre-Dames-des Landes in the west of France. This is a brutal demonstration of force against individuals who have stood up and protected this land from a climate-wrecking project.
Tonight and in the coming days, there are already 80+ solidarity gatherings planned in towns and cities throughout France.
Since 3am today, more than 2,500 armed police were sent to the ZAD, where they started a wave of destruction targeting self-made houses and agricultural buildings. The police also banned journalists from entering the area, which means that the media will have to make do with images sent by the police headquarters.
This behaviour by the government, who originally said they’d manage the situation peacefully, is unjustifiable. It’s in direct contradiction with the logic of dialogue, which the government originally supported in a collective plan for ZAD inhabitants and their projects. On February 10, 2018, more than 30,000 people came together at the ZAD to anchor this hope and support this space for experimentation, which shelters one of the largest wetlands in France.
For almost 50 years, tens of thousands of people have fought against the airport at Notre-Dame-des-Landes and its proponents. They’ve influenced our political movements, created links with other struggles over other proposed infrastructure and inspired us with tactics to help us win. Let’s remember that the struggles to defend the ZAD, public transport, universities, and dignified policies for housing and migrants form part of the same movement – one for a more just and sustainable world.
If you can’t join the meetings of support tonight and in the coming days, or be present at NDDL, don’t hesitate to support the ZAD on social media or in your circles with the hashtags #ZAD and #NDDL.
via 350.org – Movement Dispatches and Climate News http://350.org