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Apr 9, 18

“It Will Burn Forever”: From Appalachia to la ZAD

The following is a statement of solidarity from the Three Sisters anti-pipeline camp in Appalachia with the ZAD (Zone to Defend), located in France. Over the last two days, the ZAD has faced brutal police raids by the French State in an attempt to clear the stateless territory. In response, thousands of people have fought back to defend their homes and farmlands. For more information on resistance to the raid and for background on the ZAD, go here.

Today, thousands of French police met fierce resistance in their attempt to evict the ZAD. From the forests of Appalachia, we are watching.

As momentum has built to stop the ACP, we have drawn much inspiration and strength in our struggles against infrastructure from near and far. Be it the indigenous struggles for autonomy and dignity at Standing Rock or the struggles against the airport and its world at Notre Dame des Landes. While we recognize these struggles for Tierra y Libertad extend back hundreds of years, across every continent, the ZAD at Notre Dame des Landes has represented a particularly resilient and uncompromising point of conflict against the state and capital. We have watched with tearful eyes and clenched fists as the forces of order once again attempt to dismantle the Zone.

As the snow falls in the foothills and mountains where we stand in occupied Monacan and Tutelo territory, we see the first signs of life after a long winter. As the seasons change, we are reminded that the only thing that makes their property lines real is that there is someone there to enforce them. We celebrate your resistance, our hearts beat with you. Even in Buckingham County, we know that tout le monde déteste la police.

They can try to destroy us, but they can never destroy our spirit. The spirit of the ZAD is on fire right now, and it will burn forever.

De la brigade de Solidarité du 3 Sisters Camp, au pied des Montagnes de la Virginie

Aujourd’hui, les milliers de policiers français  qui ont tenté d’expulserla ZAD y ont rencontré une résistance acharnée. Depuis les forêts des Appalaches, nous regardons.

Notre lutte contre le Atlantic Coast Pipeline a puisé beaucoup de force et d’inspirations de sources proches comme lointaines, des luttes autochtones pour l’autonomie à Standing Rock à celle contre l’aéroport et son monde à Notre-Dame des Landes. Nous avons bien conscience du fait que ces luttes s’inscrivent dans histoire multicentenaire, traversant tous les continents, mais la ZAD de Notre-Dame des Landes  a constitué un point de conflit particulièrement résilient et intransigeant contre l’État et le capital. C’est en larmes, les poings serrés, que nous avons regardé les forces de l’ordre tenter de démanteler la Zone.

Alors que la neige tombe dans les contreforts et les montagnes où nousn ous trouvons, en territoires Monacan et Tutelo occupés, nous voyons les premiers signes de vie réapparaître après un long hiver. Alors que les saisons passent, nous nous rappelons que les propriétés et leurs limites ne sont réelles que parce qu’il y a quelqu’un pour les renforcer. Nous célébrons votre résistance, nos cœurs battent avec vous. Même dans le comté de Buckingham, on sait que tout le monde déteste la police.

Ils peuvent essayer de nous détruire, mais ils ne peuvent jamais détruire notre esprit. L’esprit de la ZAD est en feu en ce moment, et il brûlera pour toujours.

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Resistance camp in so-called Virginia along the route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. #NoACP #NoMVP

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