Trespass Journal

ZAD NDDL: Communique from the Assembly of Usages

Communique from the Assembly of Usages of the zad, following some dialogue and threats of new evictions

Today the delegation of the movement, during a meeting with the préfecture ( representative of the state at the department level in France), handed in a large file of filled with forms with names on them concerning divers concrete existing projects and those being built on the zad. Today we have decided to respond to the state’s injunction. We want to stop the escalation of tension on the zone and at last be given the time necessary for dialogue and the construction of the project that we defend.
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Quick summary of the repression in #Nantes and the #ZAD #NDDL since April 9, 2018

FR source :

This article replaces the previous one (published 18/04/18).

Attention this crosses the information that has reached the Legal, so it surely lacks information.
If you go out, or have friends coming out of custody do not forget to call back!
Detailed reports of the hearings will follow in the coming days.
The Legal Team always has the same number 0033 06 75 30 95 45

ARRESTS ON THE ZAD FROM 9/04/18 TO 17/04/18
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Voices of the ZAD

Interview by Fantine : voix de zadistes.

In 1972, a project emerged for a Nantes-Rennes airport on the site of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, Vigneux de Bretagne, and other villages. Resistance groups and associations mobilised to prevent its construction. Little by little certain historical farmers and also new ones, militants, but also homeless and excluded persons of all types, came together on the site corresponding to the outline of the proposed airport [called the ZAD for “Zone À Défendre” (Zone to Defend) – ed. note] to live, work, and cultivate the land while preserving the landscape of hedgerows, fields, wetlands and woodland and its fauna and flora. For a few years, they experimented with a self-managed micro-society [1]. Intrigued by the anything-but-flattering image of the “Zadistes” put forward by a few mainstream media, I decided to go and meet these “radical vandals” a few days before the start of the attempts to evict them. I found people with highly diverse profiles and with varied backgrounds and motivations. But they all had points in common – openness to others, a sharp-eyed way of seeing the world, an awareness of their responsibility, etc. From gutter punks to young engineers, and including young mothers and artists, their presence here was no accident. All of them had reflected deeply and had real confidence in what they were doing. A few agreed to talk frankly with me. JJ, a militant artist, lives in the ZAD with his partner. He is extremely active. Among other things, he welcomes visitors, teaches, communicates.
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Magic of the ZAD


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 succeeded in forcing the abandonment of the airport project is here again today, in all its strength and diversity, to defend the ZAD.
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A call for intergalactic solidarity actions everywhere to end the destruction of the zad

We are writing with the smell of tear gas rising from our fingers. The springtime symphony of birdsong is punctuated by the explosive echo of concussion grenades. Our eyes are watering, less from the gas than the sadness; because our friends’ homes, barns and organic farms are being destroyed. Bulldozers, supported by 2500 riot police, armored vehicles, helicopters and drones, are rampaging through these forests, pastures and wetlands to crush the future we are building here on the to the zad (The zone à defendre).

We are calling on you to take solidarity actions everywhere, it could be holding demos at your local french embassy or consulate, or taking actions against any suitable symbol (corporate or otherwise) of France ! And if you are not too far away, bring your disobedient bodies to join us on the zone. If the French government evicts the zad, it will be like evicting hope.
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Invitation for solidarity between the oppressed peoples at the #ZAD #NDDL and elsewhere.

The Government has just announced that the evictions of the ZAD at Notre-Dame-des-Landes in fRance, will start on April 9 and that more than 3,000 soldiers and policemen will be deployed. Personally victimized by state racism or by supporting those who experienced it, some of us are already targets of state racism and will be the most exposed to the evictions at the ZAD in Notre-Dame-des-Landes and the other repressions that will follow.

On the ZAD we act directly for the access for all to the housing and the nourishing earth, for other social bonds then those based on the economic capacity. The big useless and imposed projects ruin the planet and move people, in our neighborhoods, our villages, but also and especially in the most exploited countries leading to forced migrations towards the imperialist countries where they are still the most oppressed.

To repel the attacks of state and racist repression, all skills and tactics will be useful. We urgently need a contribution of the techniques of resistance and organization developed in our cities, neighborhoods and villages of France and overseas countries that have undergone permanent military and police occupation for decades.

Let’s make April 9th a celebration of solidarity and resistance of the people and the oppressed on the ZAD, in our neighborhoods and villages.

This struggle is not a choice, but a historical constraint and we can not lose it.

“We declare our right on this earth…to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary.” – Malcom X

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Interviews with squatted gyms in Palermo and Roma

FULL TRANSCRIBED INTERVIEW WITH CoNaSP TRAINERS GIULIO (Palestra Popolare Valetio Verbano) & LUIGI (Palestra Popolare Palermo) by Brighton Antifascists

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Memories of ELF squat Amsterdam

Amsterdam, 1998

(It must be noted that my recollection of events, being as they took place so long ago, has been altered from the reality in ways I can only begin to imagine in the retelling of it. The following is an approximation of the truth.)

I arrived in Amsterdam’s medieval, canal laden city center on a clear, cold day that had begun with snowfall. My only contact was a Dutchman I’d met in Germany through my former Swedish boyfriend’s manager. The Dutchman was a low-key drug dealer who smuggled high quality hashish to the group of people who ran the small record label and promoting agency my boyfriend and I had been staying with in Germany. The Dutchman didn’t smoke or take drugs himself but was deeply entrenched, body and soul, in the underground rave scene. I found a payphone and dialed his number. Luckily, he was home and it was a convenient time for me to visit.
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Testimonial and analysis of one resident of the #ZAD #NDDL

Many of you are wondering what is happening here, wanting to listen at the doors of our cabins, our trucks, our rooms, our houses, our tents and makeshift shelters .
As spring brings the renewal, in our lives it’s still winter.
Both the cold breath of internal battles within our beautiful Zad and the winds of the battles to come against the world closing up on us are blowing strong.
I had a dream of unconditional solidarity between all those who fought against the construction of this airport. Just like two friends ready to take a blow for each other, even when in disagreement with each other.
The end result is well below my expectations.
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Zad Resists!

Consider the diversity of our lives or face the creativity and determination of our resistance
Down Kyriarchy !
Down Fascism !
Down Patriarchy !
Down Capitalism !
That they burn, the states, their justice and their institutions !
That they burn, The Elite, their corporations and their isolating, exploitative and murderous infrastructures !
Solidarity … has neither walls nor borders !
Resistance … it’s us, life is ours !
For a decolonization and total liberation … of nourishing land, our awareness, and especially our needs !
Move away from the paths of imposed misery … to build our common future and our solidarity exchanges, free of all discrimination and unjust and oppressive domination.


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