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ND-des-Landes: thousands of opponents expected this weekend

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD – | Demonstration against the project of the airport of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, January 13, 2016 in Nantes

Several thousand opponents of the transfer of the Nantes airport must converge Saturday and Sunday in Notre-Dame-des-Landes (Loire-Atlantique) to reaffirm their determination “intact” to obtain the abandonment of this project whose future is Suspended to mediation by President Emmanuel Macron.

This new mobilization, the 17th organized each summer by the anti-airport, is the first of importance since the renunciation of the previous government to evacuate the occupants of the site and the launch of a mediation of six months by the current Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to unblock this file at a standstill since 2012.

The “Coordination of the opponents”, regrouping some sixty structures, plans to do as well as in the 16th edition, which gathered 25,000 people according to the organizers in July 2016, two weeks after the vote of the inhabitants of Loire-Atlantique in favor of The construction of the new Nantes airport.

Proof for the opponents that the “mobilization is always at the rendezvous”, despite the remoteness of an imminent threat of expulsion of the farmers and hundreds of “zadists” occupying the ground, about twenty kilometers north of Nantes , “800 to 1,000 volunteers” lend a hand to the organization of the gathering, according to the Coordination.

– ‘More open’ –

Ⓒ AFP – Paul DEFOSSEUX – | Notre-Dame-des-Landes

Wanted by the head of state, Emmanuel Macron, to finally settle this fifty-year-old project, which poisoned Francois Hollande’s five-year term, the mission entrusted on June 1 for six months to three mediators must enable the government to take a Clear “and” assumed “decision.

The three mediators, a former airline pilot, an engineer and a prefect, engaged the first hearings of opponents and supporters of the airport, who mostly welcomed an “anxious” listening to the issues and arguments raised by Each camp.

Contradictory meetings between pro and anti-airport have also started, according to Acipa, the main association of opponents who had refused to participate in the “dialogue committee” set up by former Prime Minister Jean- Marc Ayrault.

“This time, it seems that the method is much more open and there is a will to put everything flat, but we are of course suspicious,” said Anne-Marie Chabod, co-president of Acipa .

“Relatively optimistic” on the outcome of this mediation, the spokesperson of this historical association, Julien Durand, emphasizes the change in political climate: “On the way! Is not the bearer of the project, unlike the PS and LR. And there are now more MPs in the region who have at one time spoken against the project or who have not made a symbol. ”

He hopes that visits to the Zad by members of political movements or the population at “open houses” or on the new hiking trails inaugurated last Sunday “create cracks” among the supporters of the airport transfer, declared d Public utility in 2008 and which should have been inaugurated in 2017.

The gathering is held this year on a field of 6.5 hectares, at the place “Le Chêne des Perrières”, on the edge of the “Zad”, the deferred development zone renamed “zone to be defended” by the opponents.

On Sunday morning, some forty totems are to be erected to “register the struggle in the land”, like the thousands of sticks planted on the “Zad” in October to demonstrate the determination to “defend” farmland and peasants And residents threatened with expulsion.

About forty forums and debates are also organized throughout the weekend, around the motto “From our lands to the Earth: Resisting, acting, living”.

ND-des-Landes: thousands of opponents expected this weekend

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD – | Demonstration against the project of the airport of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, January 13, 2016 in Nantes

Several thousand opponents of the transfer of the Nantes airport must converge Saturday and Sunday in Notre-Dame-des-Landes (Loire-Atlantique) to reaffirm their determination “intact” to obtain the abandonment of this project whose future is Suspended to mediation by President Emmanuel Macron.

This new mobilization, the 17th organized each summer by the anti-airport, is the first of importance since the renunciation of the previous government to evacuate the occupants of the site and the launch of a mediation of six months by the current Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to unblock this file at a standstill since 2012.

The “Coordination of the opponents”, regrouping some sixty structures, plans to do as well as in the 16th edition, which gathered 25,000 people according to the organizers in July 2016, two weeks after the vote of the inhabitants of Loire-Atlantique in favor of The construction of the new Nantes airport.

Proof for the opponents that the “mobilization is always at the rendezvous”, despite the remoteness of an imminent threat of expulsion of the farmers and hundreds of “zadists” occupying the ground, about twenty kilometers north of Nantes , “800 to 1,000 volunteers” lend a hand to the organization of the gathering, according to the Coordination.

– ‘More open’ –

Ⓒ AFP – Paul DEFOSSEUX – | Notre-Dame-des-Landes

Wanted by the head of state, Emmanuel Macron, to finally settle this fifty-year-old project, which poisoned Francois Hollande’s five-year term, the mission entrusted on June 1 for six months to three mediators must enable the government to take a Clear “and” assumed “decision.

The three mediators, a former airline pilot, an engineer and a prefect, engaged the first hearings of opponents and supporters of the airport, who mostly welcomed an “anxious” listening to the issues and arguments raised by Each camp.

Contradictory meetings between pro and anti-airport have also started, according to Acipa, the main association of opponents who had refused to participate in the “dialogue committee” set up by former Prime Minister Jean- Marc Ayrault.

“This time, it seems that the method is much more open and there is a will to put everything flat, but we are of course suspicious,” said Anne-Marie Chabod, co-president of Acipa .

“Relatively optimistic” on the outcome of this mediation, the spokesperson of this historical association, Julien Durand, emphasizes the change in political climate: “On the way! Is not the bearer of the project, unlike the PS and LR. And there are now more MPs in the region who have at one time spoken against the project or who have not made a symbol. ”

He hopes that visits to the Zad by members of political movements or the population at “open houses” or on the new hiking trails inaugurated last Sunday “create cracks” among the supporters of the airport transfer, declared d Public utility in 2008 and which should have been inaugurated in 2017.

The gathering is held this year on a field of 6.5 hectares, at the place “Le Chêne des Perrières”, on the edge of the “Zad”, the deferred development zone renamed “zone to be defended” by the opponents.

On Sunday morning, some forty totems are to be erected to “register the struggle in the land”, like the thousands of sticks planted on the “Zad” in October to demonstrate the determination to “defend” farmland and peasants And residents threatened with expulsion.

About forty forums and debates are also organized throughout the weekend, around the motto “From our lands to the Earth: Resisting, acting, living”.

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