You don’t have to visit la ZAD in Notre-Dame-des-Landes to understand why the bocage is so alive, the airport project so wrong, and the resistance so strong. But if you have the chance to visit it, you would also feel it in your bones —that no force, state or corporate, can destroy those 1650 beautiful hectares of freedom.
Even the most spineless, most post-political of all french kings or presidents must have felt it; as of today, the airport project is buried forever, supposedly by the decision of a single powerful man, but in fact by the courage, the love and the determination of hundreds of occupants, and their thousands of allies, and their millions of sympathisers.
After decades of bureaucracy, and court cases, and expert reports, and petitions, henceforth only paper planes can take off from the Zone. The same fate awaits all new carbon infrastructure that aims to perpetuate the fossil age and its fanatical thirst for destruction. The fight for the future is not over, it is just starting —there are many more Zones to defend.
While the airport may be gone, its world has not fallen yet. Defending la ZAD has never been only against one single project, but the entire logic of imposing the ‘rule of law’ onto any territory. Now vindicated, la ZAD shouldn’t be an exception to be violently eradicated and erased from memory; it should be instead the new norm of self-determination and collective management —here, there and everywhere.
During my last visit to la ZAD in October 2016, together with 40’000 people, I planted a stick in the ground and made a promise: if there would be an eviction attempt, I would come back to collect my stick and protect the Zone. I attached a little board to my stick and wrote down the names of some comrades, so that I’d bring them along to defend our shared dreams.
That day has arrived. On 10 February 2018, we will be tens of thousands to converge once again in la ZAD, demonstrating our commitment to safeguard and extend Europe’s largest liberated territory and postcapitalist commune beyond the boundaries of the bocage. Because such freedom cannot be bound to one place alone; it is freedom only if spread in every direction.
#ZADpartout #NDDL #NiIciNiAilleurs #Blockadia #StayGrounded
PS. Infinite love goes to Emma for immortalising that moment!
Published on Roarmag: La ZAD scores major victory: airport plans are cancelled!