Protesters evicted from homes for demolition for future Nantes airport.

A major evacuation operation by security forces of houses squatted by opponents of the proposed airport at Notre-Dame-des-Landes, north of Nantes took place on Tuesday morning. Eleven houses and land that had been occupied on the site of the future airport were evacuated without incident by more than 500 gendarmes. At the first home  some 150 protesters, some of whom are locals and some anti-globalisation activists, had gathered.   Homes that have been evacuated are now subject to enhanced surveillance before being demolished “in the coming days.” The airport developers want preparatory work for road improvements serving this “inter airport” between Nantes and Rennes to begin by the end of the year. Work on the airport itself must begin in 2014 for commissioning in 2017.  The airport plans have been approved by the State and local socialist party, but the new airport’s usefulness is disputed, on economic grounds as well as its environmental impact.



There is a short (2 minutes 45 secs) video clip of one of the evictions on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfKHgwLR9kc&feature=youtu.be

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There is a blog (in French) from those opposing the evictions and house demolitions at http://lutteaeroportnddl.wordpress.com/

There is also a website about the ZAD (Zone A Défendre) with passionate defence by the local people, whose land is being taken and whose home area is being irrevocably damaged by this new airport project.  Some of it is in English, as is this letter to the Prefect of the Loire-Atlantique Department on 22nd October at  http://zad.nadir.org/spip.php?article380   

It is a very sad situation, with many people battling passionately to preserve land, the farming community, and this peaceful rural area, as it is today – against what they see as an unnecessary, mega-project imposed on them by forces outside their control.


Some photos of the destruction:

http://lutteaeroportnddl.wordpress.com/

(The caption on the photo translates as “thugs attack the house, protected by police”)

 


There is also a short video showing a demonstration on 18th October in Nantes, against the airport.  It is at http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xufuuw_manif-anti-aeroport-nddl_news


Airport project: first house destroyed Notre-Dame-des-Landes

Airport project: first house destroyed Notre-Dame-des-Landes.  AFP PHOTO JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD

Airport project: first house destroyed Notre-Dame-des-Landes. 17th October 2012

 

 


 

Occupants evicted from future site of Nantes airport

NOTRE-DAME-DES-LANDES, Loire-Atlantique (Reuters) – Eleven houses and illegally occupied land on the site of the future airport …

Eviction of the occupants of the site of the future airport of Nantes

evacuation by the police of illegally occupied land and houses on the site of the future airport of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, near Nantes. 

 Photo taken October 16, 2012

/REUTERS / Stephane Mahe

NOTRE-DAME-DES-LANDES, Loire-Atlantique (Reuters)
-Eleven houses and illegally occupied land on the site of the future airport of Notre-Dame-des-Landes (Loire-Atlantique) were evacuated without incident on Tuesday at dawn by more than 500 gendarmes.
First home, to which had converged since Saturday evening more than 150 anti-globalization activists and radicals opposed, was evacuated on Monday by security forces.
“The operation went without clashes characterized, there simply was corrupt delay as barricades on fire or some people mounted on the roof,” said the prefect of Loire-Atlantique, Christian de Lavernée, after evacuation.
The police did not conduct any inquiry, he said.  Homes evacuated are now subject to enhanced surveillance before being demolished “in the coming days.”
“For over a year, the area declared a public utility for the creation of future airport west of the great harbors of the illegal occupants,” was justified earlier, the prefecture said in a statement. “They have invested spaces and undeveloped acquired by the concessionaire and the state.”
A PROJECT FUNDED BY AYRAULT
Preparatory work for road improvements serving this “inter airport” between Nantes and Rennes must begin by the end of the year. Those of the airport itself must begin in 2014 for commissioning in 2017.
Evictions were decided by judges at the end of judicial proceedings by Aéroports the Great West (AGO), a subsidiary of Vinci.
“This should not be confused with persons lawfully present site before the date of declaration of public utility project in 2008 and involved an expropriation procedure whose execution is not valid “said the prefecture of Loire-Atlantique.
Construction and concession of the future airport, located 30 km north of Nantes, were assigned to the Vinci group, which evaluates its cost €560 million. It will pay €320, the rest being paid by the state (€125.5 million) and local (€115.5 million).
The project, which environmentalists claim abandonment is supported by the State and supported by local elected socialists, including the prime minister and former deputy mayor of Nantes Jean-Marc Ayrault.
Presented by its promoters as a “transfer” of the current Nantes-Atlantique Airport, located in the immediate vicinity of the city and threatened in their saturation future equipment designed to reduce nuisance in terms of noise and the feeling of insecurity a portion of the inhabitants of the city overflown by aircraft.
Guillaume Frouin, edited by Yves Clarisse

 

Original in French at

http://www.rmc.fr/editorial/309966/des-occupants-expulses-du-site-du-futur-aeroport-de-nantes/

 

The French countryside on Tuesd ay morning as police prepare to evict activists.

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Expulsion of future opponents Nantes airport

The police began to evacuate this morning in which several houses were installed adversaries airport Notre-Dame-des-Landes.

A major evacuation operation by security forces in squatted houses by opponents of the proposed airport at Notre-Dame-des-Landes, north of Nantes, took place on Tuesday morning. Dozens of police vehicles and riot police converged during the night from several directions in convoy to this area and the first evacuations began shortly before 7 am, according to opponents of the airport.  More than 500 policemen and CRS were involved, it according to the police.

Several helicopters hovered overhead and opponents had ignited a dam/barrage across a road in the middle of a grove of dense hedges and ditches. To 7:15, at a place called the Bel Air, CRS approached to ask the occupants to leave. After the evacuation of their furniture these, twenty people were forcibly evacuated by chanting “we are not thugs” and “we live here, we are staying here” 

Operation “concerns seven illegal occupations of built spaces and built four undeveloped zones of illegal occupation” , said the prefecture of Loire-Atlantique in a statement.  “This should not be confused with persons lawfully present on the site since before the declaration of the  public utility project in 2008 and involved an expropriation procedure whose execution is not valid “ , said the prefecture.

Work planned for early 2013

For the occasion, opponents locally put out information on intervention on the frequency 107.7, usually the highways of Vinci, the dealer group of the airport project, and confirmed that first house started to be evacuated around 6:45 am.  A first expulsion of fifteen people was held on 9 October in a town near Notre-Dame-des-Landes.  Another took place on Monday evening in a closed and guarded house, by the concessionaire of the project du Grand Ouest Airport (AGO), reoccupied since Saturday by hundreds of activists, at  Notre-Dame-des-Landes.

Preparatory work for the construction of the airport (archaeological assessment, construction of road bar) should begin in early 2013 with completion expected in 2017 and imply that the houses purchased by the dealer and those who have undergone a expulsion procedure are largely empty.

The airport project 30 km north of Nantes, is intended to replace in 2017  the existing Nantes Atlantique airport, which is located south of the city, has been approved by the State and local socialist collectives, but the new airport’s usefulness is disputed by many associations, which also highlight its environmental impact and cost.

In addition to the farmers affected by the expropriation procedures, hundreds of activists opposed to the project and close to anarchist movements have been permanently installed for over three years. These opponents have already called for the “reoccupation” in deportation cases.

http://www.liberation.fr/societe/2012/10/16/expulsion-d-opposants-au-futur-aeroport-de-nantes_853529

 

Original French:

Expulsion d’opposants au futur aéroport de Nantes

La gendarmerie a commencé ce matin à évacuer plusieurs maisons dans lesquelles se sont installés des adversaires de l’aéroport de Notre-Dame-des-Landes.

Une importante opération d’évacuation par les forces de l’ordre de maisons squattées par des opposants au projet d’aéroport de Notre-Dame-des-Landes, au nord de Nantes, a eu lieu mardi matin. Plusieurs dizaines de véhicules de gendarmerie et de CRS ont convergé dans la nuit de plusieurs directions en convoi vers cette zone et les premières évacuations ont débuté peu avant 7 heures, selon les opposants à l’aéroport. Plus de 500 gendarmes et CRS étaient engagés, a-t-on appris sur place auprès des forces de l’ordre.

Plusieurs hélicoptères tournaient au dessus des lieux et les opposants avaient enflammé un barrage en travers d’une des routes, au milieu d’un bocage très dense de haies et de fossés. Vers 7h15, au lieu-dit le Bel Air, des CRS se sont approchés pour demander aux occupants des lieux de partir. Après l’évacuation de leurs meubles ces derniers, une vingtaine de personnes, ont été évacués de force en scandant «on n’est pas des voyous» et «on vit ici, on reste ici».

L’opération «concerne sept occupations illégales sur des espaces bâtis et quatre zones d’occupation illégales non bâties», a indiqué la préfecture de Loire-Atlantique dans un communiqué. «Cette situation ne doit pas être confondue avec celle des personnes présentes légalement sur le site depuis avant la date de déclaration d’utilité publique du projet en 2008 et concernées par une procédure d’expropriation dont l’exécution n’est pas d’actualité», a ajouté la préfecture.

Travaux prévus début 2013

Pour l’occasion, les opposants émettaient localement des informations sur l’intervention sur la fréquence 107.7, d’ordinaire celle des autoroutes Vinci, le groupe concessionnaire du projet d’aéroport, et affirmaient qu’une première maison avait commencé à être évacuée vers 6h45. Une première expulsion d’une quinzaine de personnes s’était déroulée le 9 octobre dans une commune proche de Notre-Dame-des-Landes. Une autre a eu lieu lundi soir dans une maison fermée et gardée par le concessionnaire du projet d’Aéroport du Grand Ouest (AGO), réoccupée depuis samedi par une centaine de militants, à Notre-Dame-des-Landes.

Les travaux préparatoires à la construction de l’aéroport (bilan archéologique, construction du barreau routier) doivent commencer début 2013 pour un achèvement prévu en 2017 et impliquent que les maisons rachetées par le concessionnaire et celles qui ont fait l’objet d’une procédure d’expulsion soient en grande partie vidées.

Ce projet d’aéroport à 30 km au nord de Nantes, destiné à remplacer en 2017 l’actuel aéroport de Nantes Atlantique situé au sud de l’agglomération, a été validé par l’Etat et les collectivités locales socialistes, mais son utilité est contestée par de nombreuses associations, qui mettent aussi en avant son impact environnemental et son coût.

Outre les agriculteurs touchés par les procédures d’expropriations, une centaine de militants hostiles à ce projet et proches des mouvances anarchistes se sont durablement installés depuis plus de trois ans. Ces opposants ont déjà appelé à la «réoccupation» en cas d’expulsion.

(AFP)

 

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Monday evening saw a large convoy through CRS Nantes.

Monday evening saw a large convoy of police vehicles through Nantes on their way to the evictions. 

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Notre-Dame-des-Landes : les squatteurs anti-aéroport évacués

16 OCTOBRE 2012 

Les forces de l’ordre ont évacué mardi matin une partie des opposants au projet d’aéroport près de Nantes, qui occupent le site depuis trois ans. Ils ont appelé à la “réoccupation” en cas d’expulsion.

Depuis trois ans, les “squatteurs” de Notre-Dame-des-Landes sont installés dans des yourtes et des maisons désertées. © Reuters Stephane Mahe

7h ce matin : 500 gendarmes et CRS, plusieurs dizaines de véhicules et hélicoptère convergent vers le lieu-dit le Bel Air, à 30km de Nantes, pour procéder à l’évacuation d’une centaine de militants hostiles au projet  d’aéroport destiné à remplacer d’ici 2017 celui de Nantes Atlantique. Le dispositif, baptisé “Opération César”, est le plus important déployé jusque ici sur les lieux.

“On vit ici, on reste ici”

Evacués de force avec leurs meubles, les militants scandent “On n’est pas des voyous“, “On vit ici, on reste ici“. Depuis trois ans, ces opposants au projet, agriculteurs concernés par les procédures d’expropriation ou proches des mouvances anarchistes, se sont installés sur le site dans des maisons désaffectées et des yourtes, décidés à empêcher la construction de l’aéroport. Un projet dont ils dénoncent l’impact environnemental et le coût.

Les travaux doivent commencer au début de l’année prochaine, et impliquent que les maisons rachetées par le concessionnaire et celles qui ont fait l’objet d’une procédure d’expulsion soient en grande partie vidées. 1.600 hectares attribués au groupe Vinci sont concernés par la procédure d’expropriation.

Les “squatteurs” appellent à la réoccupation des lieux

Les forces de l’ordre avaient déjà procédé à une première expulsion d’une quinzaine de personnes le 9 octobre dans une commune proche, tandis qu’une autre a eu lieu lundi soir dans une maison fermée et gardée par le concessionnaire du projet d’aéroport, réoccupée depuis samedi par une centaine de militants.
Ce matin, au milieu d’un bocage de haies et de fossés, ceux qu’on appelle là-bas les “squatteurs” ont enflammé un barrage, en appelant déjà à la “réoccupation” du site en cas d’expulsion.

http://www.franceinfo.fr/societe/notre-dame-des-landes-les-squatteurs-anti-aeroport-evacues-770413-2012-10-16

 

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Notre-Dame-des-Landes: evacuation of squatted houses

NOTRE-DAME-DES-LANDES (Loire-Atlantique) – A major evacuation operation by security forces in squatted houses by opponents of the proposed airport at Notre-Dame-des-Landes, north of Nantes took place Tuesday morning, noted journalists from AFP.

 

Notre-Dame-des-Landes: evacuation of squatted houses
Evacuation by police 16 October 2012 a squatted house by opponents of the proposed airport at Notre-Dame-des-Landes

 

afp.com / Damien Meyer

 

Dozens of police vehicles and riot police converged on the night several directions in convoy to this area, noted AFP, and the first evacuations began shortly before 7:00 am, according to opponents of the airport. More than 500 policemen and CRS were involved, it was learned on the premises of the police. 

Several helicopters turned over places and opponents had ignited a dam across a road, found the AFP journalists in the middle of a grove of dense hedges and ditches. 

To 7:15, at a place called the Bel Air, CRS approached to ask the occupants to leave. After the evacuation of their furniture these, twenty people were forcibly evacuated by chanting ” we are not thugs “and” we live here, stays here . ” 

Operation ” for seven illegal occupation of spaces and built four zones of occupation illegal undeveloped , “said the prefecture of Loire-Atlantique in a statement. 

” This should not be confused with persons lawfully present on the site since before the declaration of public utility project in 2008 and involved an expropriation procedure whose execution is not valid“said the prefecture. 

For the occasion, opponents locally emitted information on intervention on the frequency 107.7, usually the highways Vinci, the dealer group airport project, and claimed that first house began to be evacuated to 6:45 am. 

First expulsion of fifteen people was held on 9 October in a town near Notre-Dame-des-Landes. Another took place on Monday evening in a house closed and guarded by the concessionaire of the project du Grand Ouest Airport (AGO), reoccupied since Saturday by hundreds of activists, Notre-Dame-des-Landes. 

Preparatory work for the construction of the airport (archaeological assessment, construction of road bar) should begin in early 2013 with completion expected in 2017 and imply that the houses purchased by the dealer and those who have undergone a procedure deportation are largely empty. 

The airport project 30 km north of Nantes, in 2017 to replace the existing Nantes Atlantique airport located south of the city, has been approved by the State and local socialist, but its usefulness is disputed by many associations, which also highlight its environmental impact and cost. 

In addition to the farmers affected by the expropriation procedures, hundreds of activists opposed to the project and close movements anarchists are permanently installed for over three years. These opponents have already called for the ” reoccupation “in deportation cases. 

http://www.lexpress.fr/actualites/1/societe/notre-dame-des-landes-operation-d-evacuation-de-maisons-squattees_1174887.html

 

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Major evacuation of squatted houses by opponents Nantes airport

The Monde.fr with AFP | 

 

Evacuation by police squatted houses by opponents of the proposed airport at Notre-Dame-des-Landes, north of Nantes, Tuesday, Oct. 16.

 

A major evacuation operation by security forces in squatted houses by opponents of the proposed airport at Notre-Dame-des-Landes, north of Nantes, began Tuesday, October 16 in the morning. Dozens of police vehicles converged on the night train to this area, and the first evacuations began shortly before 7 am, according to opponents of the airport. More than 500 policemen and CRS were involved, according to police.

Several helicopters hovering over places and opponents had ignited a dam across a road in the middle of a grove of dense hedges and ditches. 7 to 15 h, at a place called Bel-Air, gendarmes approached to ask the occupants to leave in five minutes. After the evacuation of their furniture, these, twenty people were forcibly evacuated by chanting “we are not thugs” and “we live here, stays here” .

 

 

Policemen squatted houses are evacuate by opponents of the airport Notre-Dame-des-Landes, on October 16 near Nantes.

 

Operation “for seven illegal occupation of spaces and built four zones of occupation illegal undeveloped” , said the prefecture of Loire-Atlantique. For the occasion, opponents locally emitted information on the frequency response 107.7, usually the highways Vinci, the dealer group airport project.

First expulsion of fifteen people was held on 9 October in a town near Notre-Dame-des-Landes. Another took place on Monday evening in a house closed and guarded by the dealer of the proposed Airport West Grand , reoccupied since Saturday by hundreds of activists, Notre-Dame-des-Landes.

SQUATTERS AND FARMERS AGAINST AIRPORT

Preparatory work for the construction of the airport (archaeological assessment, construction of road bar) should begin in early 2013 with completion expected in 2017 and imply that the houses purchased by the dealer and those who have undergone a procedure deportation are almost all empty.

The airport project 30 km north of Nantes, for replace the existing airport in 2017 from Nantes Atlantique in the south of the city, has been approved by the State and local socialist, but its usefulness is disputed by many associations, which also highlight its environmental impact and cost.

Read: A ‘new Larzac’ under the feet of Jean-Marc Ayrault

In addition to the farmers affected by the expropriation proceedings, hundreds of activists opposed to the project and close movements anarchists, nicknamed the “squatters” were permanently installed in over three years, investing tens of deserted houses or building huts. A significant portion of these houses could be evacuated Tuesday morning, but for several months the opponents at the airport who were preparing evacuations have already called for the “reoccupation” in deportation cases.

http://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2012/10/16/importante-operation-d-evacuation-de-maisons-squattees-par-les-opposants-a-l-aeroport-de-nantes_1775934_3244.html

(includes a short film clip)

 

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There is more information about Nantes airport at 

Nantes International Airport – not yet built

 and Nantes Airport News

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Nantes airport protest at the Eiffel Tower, complete with sheep and tractor

Over the weekend, the very active and energetic protest group against a new airport at Notre Dame des Landes, near Nantes, took their protest to Paris. This coincides with an environmental conference taking place in Paris, but which will not discuss the airport issue. The protesters managed to quickly get a tractor close to the Eiffel Tower, the main symbolic image of Paris, and erect a pen for some sheep they had brought with them, which they grazed on the grass around the tower in the Champ-de-Mars.  All this was watched with great interest by bemused tourists, who took loads of photos, as seeing sheep, tractor and protesters under the Eiffel Tower is not something one expects to see every day. The protest is against President Hollande’s support for building the airport, and his refusal to meet them. The protest continued over night.



 

There are many photos of the protest at Nantes protest in Paris and also at Nantes protest at Eiffel Tower

 

The odyssey Paris …

 From ACIPA 
The original French is at
http://parolesdecampagne.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/lodyssee-parisiennepremier-jour.html
16.9.2012
Below is a very poor translation of the French (blame Google translate) but you can get an impression ….)
The opening of the conference with the omission of Environmental sensitive subjects (Notre Dame des Landes and shale gas) could leave us without reaction. Because a show was scheduled to come to the palace Jena on September 14, just to remind the President Holland Project Notre Dame and request meetings; further action was needed and unexpected as evidence. And we’re off Thursday morning with tractor and sheep in Paris.

Facing the impressive safe deployment deployed around the palace Jena, we chose a symbolic place: the Eiffel Tower and Champ de Mars.

Wink at Larzac course that would have led TV journalists seeking an original approach to the Conference to visit us. The only TV to meet us was “free TV” whose journalists have a long story and seemed very interested in the subject. We also had radio (France Inter, RTL) and some journalists Presse (AFP newspaper).
Draw attention  to put Notre Dame des Landes in the order of environmental issues, such was our ambition.  Noticed, we were!
Installation commando operation carried out in minutes: tractor landed (it only remained to decorate), dropped in sheep nimbly mounted enclosure. All this under the eye rather amused and amazed passersby, tourists nimbly unsheathed their camera and photographing everything goes: sheep and a tractor in front of the Eiffel Tower, it does not see every day!
 Different services are rapidly authorities. First men in charge of the green lawn: “You must remove the sheep lawn is at rest! And your pegs? You must have damaged the sprinkler heads buried in the grass … “.
Then the men in blue safety of Paris and those of the police. All course want to speak to a manager who is found since we are all responsible! Then we overhear telephone conversations between surrealist employees and their chefs: “OK, we seek the license plate of the tractor! “Dominique hastened immediately to cover it with a sheet triangle not at the airport. Fortunately, there are the remains of an old plate cut in two occupying the overzealous police not (that one should find us friendly). “Yes, (leader), we verbalize sheep. But then the batch or individually?“. As soon as he hung up, the employee says, “I do not see a plate, I take it into my head that photo for me alone.The police are there … It does look as … “. Disagreements between men in blue we serve.
Of telephone negotiations … We undertake thirty: is it enough to resist and stay? Our strength is to be under the eye of tourists whose passage is incessant. This is what keeps us moving surely forcibly. The monitoring device is lighter: we now unmarked car with officials of the Directorate of Public Order and Traffic monitor us. Therefore, we take every opportunity arise:

         the arrival of a married couple we photograph the tractor

         a parade of two horses who park in front of us a long time waiting for the people that drivers should take the restaurant. The tractor is then inserted in the procession and will even several times around the place to start cars.

         The same operation is extended with scooters but they are fast and let go fast enough Dominique … Whatever, it is still the opportunity to ride and even go strolling through the aisles …

         affixing stickers ACIPA all the tourist buses that stop in front of us …

(Gaspilage means wastage or squandering)

 

 

 

 


 

Opponents of airport Notre-Dame-des-Landes settle the Champ-de-Mars in Paris. 

13.9.2012

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 A group of 25 opposition to the proposed airport at Notre-Dame-des-Landes arrived in Paris today , 30 to 15 h. Parties Notre-Dame-des-Landes with a tractor and sheep, they moved to the Champ-de-Mars. These opponents criticize the environmental conference on 14 and 15 September “censor taboo subjects, including the draft Notre-Dame-des-Landes.” They also intend to “denounce the financial abyss that is this project, so that the economic crisis is the fiscal restraint that should be imposed, and condemn the decision to build an airport in destroying farmland, rather than develop the existing if needed. “

This Friday, another group of fifty people should join the marathon energy sobriety, place d’Iena, 9 am 30.

Tractors on the Champs Elysees! Sheep grazing beneath the Eiffel Tower!  Great protest in Paris by the campaigners against the new airport in Nantes against the support of the Hollande Government for the proposed new airport.

http://kalzadud.fr/perche/index.php?post/2012/09/13/Notre-Dame-des-Landes-au-champs-de-Mars-%C3%A0-Paris.-A-nous-la-liberter-d-agir]

 

Original text in French:

Des opposants à l’aéroport de Notre-Dame-des-Landes s’installent au Champ-de-Mars.

Un groupe de 25 opposants au projet d’aéroport à Notre-Dame-des-Landes est arrivé à Paris, aujourd’hui, vers 15 h 30. Partis de Notre-Dame-des-Landes avec un tracteur et des moutons, ils se sont installés au Champ-de-Mars. Ces opposants reprochent à la conférence environnementale des 14 et 15 septembre de « censurer les sujets tabous, dont le projet de Notre-Dame-des-Landes ». Ils entendent aussi « dénoncer le gouffre financier que serait ce projet, alors qu’en pleine crise économique, c’est la sobriété budgétaire qui devrait s’imposer ; et condamner le choix de construire un aéroport en détruisant le bocage, plutôt que d’aménager l’existant si besoin ».

Ce vendredi, un autre groupe de cinquante personnes devrait rejoindre le marathon de la sobriété énergétique, place d’Iéna, à 9 h 30.

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What the anti-airport protests in Germany and in Munich are about

 

 

A new third runway at Munich airport? 

May 2012

The German Spring: Young Friends of the Earth Bavaria opposing airport expansion

Young Friends of the Earth Bavaria in Germany have been campaigning against the expansion of airports in Germany. Florian Sperk tells us about the campaign against a new third runway at Munich airport.

Written by Florien Sperk, Young Friends of the Earth Bavaria

Since the first nationwide anti-noise demonstrations took place last October in Frankfurt, rumours of an emerging national movement against airport expansion have grown. So what’s up in Germany?

Over the last few years local protest groups around Germany’s three main airports – Frankfurt, Berlin and Munich – have been growing. In Frankfurt about 10,000 to 20,000 people are demonstrating regularly. In Berlin 7,000 to 15,000 people have marched against the new airport. And in Munich up to 7,000 people have taken part in protests. But this spring something new happened.

Something big is coming up

This spring the different groups started noticing each other, and began to recognise the power they can have in working together. In Germany all aviation issues are planned and decided at a local and regional level by town halls, not at a national level. Thus there has been a lack of a national debate around aviation. Germany has never really asked itself key questions: about the value of the different airports to the economy, or whether there should be limits to growth, or what role a reduction in domestic flights could play in the national strategy to stop climate change. Many people are arguing that the time is now right to put the expansion of the aviation industry on the national agenda. And they could be right. The profits of Germany’s main airline, Lufthansa, are tumbling. There may be no need for further expansion.

The third runway in Munich!

We now look at the current protest in Munich within the context of the bigger, national picture. In Munich the expansion of the airport is said to be needed to keep possible delays below 4 minutes over the next 20 to 30 years, assuming maximum usage of the airport. Some people might think this is a joke. But is not. It is actually the main justification given for the third runway. The authorities want to make sure maximum delay shall always be less than 4 minutes, even if the demand for flights doubles. The reality is, though, that the demand for flights is decreasing every month. So there is already evidence that the biggest climate-killer of Bavaria simply does not need to expand. The third runway in Munich can and will be stopped.

No third runway in Munich!

The main reasons Young Friends of the Earth Bavaria want to stop the third runway are explained in the following short movie, made by Young Friends of the Earth Bavaria.

But, for those how don’t speak German, the reasons are:

1) The airport has debts of about 2.7 billion Euros.

2) The airport has made a profit only three times in its 20 year existence

3) The third runway will cost more than 1.2 billion Euros. And all this money will be spend for a saving of 4 minutes, at a time when the budgets for social projects are cut every year.

4) The airport is Bavaria’s biggest climate-killer – with about 10 % of the total emissions of Bavaria.

5) More than 1000 hectares of a conservation area for birds will be destroyed.

6) One of the last big fens in Bavaria will be critically damaged.

7) About 40,000 to 80,000 people will suffer of noise and air-pollution

 

Munich can become Germany’s Heathrow, the London activists say

Young Friends of the Earth Bavaria invited the successful activists of Plane Stupid and AirportWatch to Munich this spring. And guess what: John Stewart, one of the activists, told us that the current situation at Munich is very similar to the situation in London in the years before the third runway at Heathrow was finally stopped. And if the strategic mastermind of the Heathrow third runway campaign says something like this, it’s up to us in Young Friends of the Earth to answer with massive campaigning.

Find out more about the movement against airport expansion in Germany

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Climate protest at the gates of Buckingham Palace, quoting recent statement by Prince Charles

The Prince of Wales recently warned of the “catastrophic” consequences of inaction on issues such as climate change, at the Rio+20 talks. He said he had “watched in despair” at the slow pace of progress on the “critical issues of the day,” and urged world leaders to adopt a more integrated approach to issues such as climate change and food security. He said scientific evidence showed the potential consequences of ignoring the risks, and that the Doomsday clock of climate change is ticking ever faster towards midnight. We are simply not reacting fast enough.  Taking up this call, protesters from Climate Siren held a peaceful banner protest, hanging banners from the gates of Buckingham Palace, quoting Charles words – calling for more effective climate action.

 


Climate Siren Buckingham Palace ‘Royal’ Protest

 
Climate Activists locked themselves to the top of the gates of Buckingham Palace and displayed slogans including a quote from Prince Charles calling for greater urgency in combating climate change in response to the failure of the Rio Earth Summit.
23rd of June 2012
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Climate Activists with ‘Climate Emergency banner’ on barriers in front of fountain opposite Buckingham Palace during protest calling for greater urgency in combating climate change in response to the failure of the Rio Earth Summit.
 23.6.2012
Report by Peter Marshall, on the protest, on Demotix

‘Climate Siren’ protesters scaled the gates of Buckingham Palace this afternoon with banners in protest at the failure of the Rio+20 Earth Summit. When I arrived, there were a pair of protesters locked to the top of each of the two tall ornate gates in front of the palace, holding banners across each of them. On the bottom of the largest banner was a quote from Prince Charles, who talking about climate change on 14 Feb 2008 said “We are simply not reacting quickly enough.”

I got to the palace a few minutes after the 4 protesters had scaled the gates and locked themselves on. Police were holding back the crowd of tourists and a few photographers as the protest continued. The ‘Climate Siren’ protest had been widely trailed in the press and on a web site as “a great effort of civil disobedience” for today, but without any details as to what it would be or where. Late on Friday evening a Twitter post from ‘Climate Siren’ had given a time for those who wished to take part to meet at Euston station, and I travelled down to the event with the small group I found there, running ahead the last few hundred yards when I saw what was happening on the gates. These protesters had brought a large banner which they fixed on the barriers facing the palace in front of the Victoria Fountain.

As I was photographing the protesters on the gates one of the officers reached up and grabbed the bottom of the large banner, managing to tear off the small part naming Prince Charles under his quotation. Encouraged by this he climbed further up the gate and grabbed the whole bottom half of the banner with the Prince’s text and pulled on this. It gave way and he lost his hold, falling to the ground. Fortunately the bottom on which he landed was well padded and he rolled over having hurt little but his pride.

One of the protesters on the top of the gate was Phil Thornhill, the coordinator of the Campaign against Climate Change, and he had taken a megaphone up with him, so was able to tell the crowd of tourists who were watching what the protest was about and why it was necessary. In between speaking he used the megaphone as a ‘climate siren’ by generating some extremely loud feedback.

I left the protest roughly half an hour after it had begun and there was still no attempt being made to remove the protesters, with a small police presence simply watching them. It wasn’t clear if they were waiting for a specialist cutting team to remove the protesters or simply waiting until they got bored and came down of their own accord. They did however say that the protesters who had climbed the gates would be arrested, and suggested that others involved, including the legal observers who had come with the protesters – and even the photographers – might also be charged. But perhaps the officer speaking was simply rather frustrated and having been outsmarted by the protesters.

http://www.demotix.com/news/1294425/climate-siren-buckingham-palace-royal-protest#.T-bbNhfgjTo

There are also video clips at:

http://youtu.be/TQkMSOuNqYw   and  http://youtu.be/_tRbG9s2b1Y

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17 June 2012 (BBC)

Rio+20: Prince Charles in climate change warning

Video clip of his comments at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18479724  Clip courtesy The Royal Channel on YouTube

The Prince of Wales has warned of the “catastrophic” consequences of inaction on issues such as climate change, at a UN sustainability conference in Brazil.

Prince Charles said he had “watched in despair” at the slow pace of progress on the “critical issues of the day,” in a pre-recorded video address in Rio.

He urged world leaders to adopt a more integrated approach to issues such as climate change and food security.

Waiting for the worst to happen would be “too late to act at all”, he said.

Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, is attended by heads of state and representatives from governments, non-governmental organisations and the private sector.

In his address, the prince said scientific evidence showed the potential consequences of ignoring the risks.

‘Sceptical reluctance’

“Like a sleepwalker, we seem unable to wake up to the fact that so many of the catastrophic consequences of carrying on with ‘business-as-usual’ are bearing down on us faster than we think, already dragging many millions more people into poverty and dangerously weakening global food, water and energy security for the future,” he said.

“One thing is clear. We need to be much more informed about the actual state of the planet.

“We do not have nearly enough knowledge on which to base the decisions that will be the best for the long term.

“Until we do, we expose ourselves to the mounting danger of major shifts in policy that are not well conceived, but come as panicked responses to crises that could have been avoided.”

He said the “outright, sceptical reluctance” by some to engage with these issues had often slowed progress “to a standstill”.

Pointing to the work of his International Sustainability Unit, a foundation set up to campaign on global sustainability, the prince said a better picture of environmental problems was needed before effective policy could be implemented.

‘Don’t have long’

He said data on energy, water, biodiversity, forestry and soil, which is collected separately, needed to be combined and analysed as a whole.

“If this could happen, at least then we would know what the state of the planet actually is – and then plan accordingly,” he said.

He went on: “We do not have long to capture such a comprehensive picture, and so I would appeal to you as you meet here in Rio to make an even greater and concerted effort to persuade policy and decision-makers to act before it is finally too late.

“It is, perhaps, a trait of human nature to act only when the worst happens, but that is not a trait we can afford to rely on here.

“Once the worst does happen, I am afraid that this time around it will be too late to act at all.”

The conference marks the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s second largest city.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18479724

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“Grow Heathrow” in court facing eviction from their organic gardening site in Sipson – (now delayed a few weeks)

The “Grow Heathrow” community, who have turned an area in Sipson that was once a “derelict mess”, into a thriving market garden, are facing eviction. However, the young people living there are popular with the local community, who want them to stay. When they arrived several years ago, they cleared as much as 30 tonnes of rubbish off the site, renovated greenhouses and now grow organic lettuces, courgettes,squashes etc.  The site happens to be where a 3rd runway was to be built – a location in many of their neighbours’ interests to protect. The owner of the land wants his land back, and a hearing at Central London County Court began on Monday but the judge has decided to take more time, so they are not due back in court for several weeks.  The court is expected to weigh up the human rights and hard work of those who have moved in against the simple fact the land is not theirs.


18 June 2012(BBC)

[There is more about Grow Heathrow on their website at http://www.transitionheathrow.com/grow-heathrow/ ]

 

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Court Update

18.6.2012  (From Transition Heathrow)

Court is now over and the most important thing everyone needs to know is that we have not yet been handed a judgement. The judge is going to take some more time to really read into the issues and both parties are expecting to receive a written judgement at some point in the next few weeks.

Overall we’re feeling positive that all the arguments have been heard and all we can do now is cross our fingers. We will share the news and probably call a press conference as soon as we find out the result. Keep checking the blog and following us on twitter for updates.

A collection of photos from outside Central London County Court can be found on our FLICKR site here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/47991844@N06/sets/72157630181312522/

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From Twitter:

Transition Heathrow ‏@transheathrow  21.6.2012

Baroness Miller (House of Lords) statement added to our statements of support page on the websitehttp://www.transitionheathrow.com/statements/ #defendgrowhrow

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Transition Heathrow ‏@transheathrow   20.6.2012

The waiting game begins. Judgement letter expected in the post in next few weeks. It’s like waiting for exam results but with more at stake

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Transition Heathrow ‏@transheathrow  19.6.2012

Court is all over. Judge taking some more time and will be waiting a week or 2 before sending written judgement. #defendgrowhrow

 

 


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Grow Heathrow: Green-fingered squatters’ eviction fight

By Andy Dangerfield Grow Heathrow, Photo by Jonathan GoldbergLettuces and squashes are grown in renovated greenhouses

Squatters are rarely the most popular residents in a neighbourhood.

But on Vineries Close in Sipson, west London, resides a group of squatters many of the local people are keen to see stay.

Residents say they like the occupants because they have turned what was once a “derelict mess”, into a thriving market garden.

The squatters have renovated greenhouses and grow lettuces, courgettes and squashes that would raise the eyebrow of many an organic greengrocer.

They also happen to be on a site that sits directly in the path of where Heathrow Airport’s third runway was to be built – a location in many of their neighbours’ interests to protect.

But the squatters – who call themselves Grow Heathrow – face possible eviction as the owner of the land wants to remove them from the site.

Imran Malik solicitor’s Stephen Phillips said: “Mr Malik is the legal owner of the land and, as such, is entitled to possession of it.”

A hearing at Central London County Court begins on Monday.

It is expected to weigh up the human rights and hard work of those who have moved in against the simple fact the land is not theirs.

‘Scrapped cars’

Grow Heathrow claims the land had “previously been problematic for the local community and was often a site of anti-social behaviour before it was virtually abandoned”.

It says it cleared “30 tonnes of rubbish” when squatters moved onto the land.

Grow Heathrow, Photo by Jonathan Goldberg
Grow Heathrow says it cleared “30 tonnes of rubbish” when it moved onto the site

“There were needles, there was broken glass, there were scrapped cars, and we found a whole tank of diesel,” said Olive Morris from Grow Heathrow.

But the landowner’s solicitor responded: “Mr Malik was not himself responsible for the state of the site prior to its occupation by Grow Heathrow.”

“It was caused by a tenant of his.”

But even if the land has been tidied up, is this not a bit like getting into someone else’s house, redecorating it, and then saying because you have done that you are entitled to it?

“We were asked by the community residents to come here and to make it something they could be proud of,” responded Ms Morris.

Grow Heathrow also claims to share practical skills such as permaculture design, bicycle maintenance and wood and metal work with the community.

Joe Rake, also from Grow Heathrow, said: “We want to continue the work we do with schools, youth clubs and the residents’ association.”

A Harmondsworth and Sipson Residents’ Association (HASRA) spokesperson said: “Their tireless efforts and support have regenerated enthusiasm for community working that inspires the many people who visit.”

‘Attempted negotiation’

Meanwhile, local Labour MP John McDonnell said: “Grow Heathrow have taken a derelict site that has caused local residents numerous problems and transformed it into a beautiful area, serving the whole community.”

But Mr Malik’s solicitor responded: “Whilst no doubt Grow Heathrow have put in a lot of work in clearing up and improving the site, at the end of the day this gives them no legal right to continue trespassing on the land.

Grow Heathrow, Photo by Jonathan Goldberg
Grow Heathrow has occupied the land for more than two years

“As for the future, Mr Malik has his own plans to utilise the site in ways that he considers will be of benefit to the local community.”

The squatters said “during months of attempted negotiations” they have tried to purchase the land as part of a community land trust.

But Mr Phillips said: “Although there have been offers to buy the site from Mr Malik, they have been for sums that are too low to even consider.”

To remain on the land, the squatters have a tough battle on their hands, but if they win the case could set a precedent for land use elsewhere.

A previous court case for possession of the land at Uxbridge County Court in November 2011 was adjourned because the judge accepted some of the defendants’ arguments which were based upon Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights – the right to respect for private and family life – meaning a higher authority was needed to rule on the case.

Mr Phillips said: “As regards the Human Rights Act issues that have been raised in the defence, and that Article 8 applies to the claim, if the Court were to uphold this it would fundamentally transform the law on possession actions, even against private tenants.”

The coalition government has ruled out building a third runway at Heathrow. An aviation consultation will publish its findings this summer.

The hearing over Vineries Close is expected to last for two days.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-18460865

 

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Earlier:

Transition Heathrow. We’re not going anywhere !

 

17.11.2011 (Transition Heathrow)Transition Heathrow’s “Grow Heathrow” project were due to be in court on 17th November, for a hearing about having them evicted from the site they are occupying at Sipson.  The judge took into account the human rights arguments and adjourned the case to the higher authority of Central London County Court where a two day hearing will take place in a few months time. The owner of the site wants the land back, though it had been neglected for years, and Grow Heathrow has turned it into a thriving community venture.http://www.airportwatch.org.uk/?p=5978 

 

 

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New video from Transition Heathrow to mark the group’s first birthday

 

 

 

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Peaceful protesters clash with police in Frankfurt at departure of pro-airport Mayor

There have been peaceful, but noisy, protests in the centre of Frankfurt, against the expansion of Frankfurt airport.  The protests happened in the city centre, outside St Paul’s Church were Chancellor Angela Merkel was attending the retirement ceremony for the Mayor, Petra Roth. Angela Merkel praised Petra Roth as being one of the most successful mayors in Germany. The Mayor has been in favour of expansion of Frankfurt airport and the new runway, which has been the cause of the new aircraft noise problem that so many Frankfurt citizens are suffering. This protest, by  perhaps 1,000 people, who threw foam balls, let off sparklers and banged drums, was in addition to the weekly protests against the noise that take place at the airport. There were some scuffles with the heavy police presence.

 


 

 [Apologies for the very, very bad translation below of these German articles – but it gives the gist of what is being said] 
12.6.2012

Protest at the departure of OB Petra Roth

 Inside, everything is festive, while outside the aircraft noise opponents loudly demonstrate but peaceful. The only stones that fly towards the police, are made of foam.

Before Paul’s Church in Frankfurt on Monday afternoon, according to show organizers of the 3000 people against aircraft noise, while adopted in St. Paul’s Church OB Petra Roth after 17 years in office.

 

 

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Police say nearly 500 aircraft noise activists and about 70 autonomous.

Photo: AP

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Outside, in front of St. Paul’s Church, are still at the police cordons.

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Members of the Black Bloc at the start of the demonstration in the Braubachstrasse throwing foam rubber balls

 

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Police push protesters at St. Paul’s Church behind a barrier.

http://www.fr-online.de/petra-roth-peter-feldmann,11317964,16350398.html

Scorn and ridicule rain on Monday afternoon, not only in the form of words for the police officers down. The 70 activists, the so-called black bloc throwing, laughing with black painted foam blocks around and to the officials who let this stoically endure. “Thank you again very much to the police for their successful blockade concept,” scoffs Antifa activist Leo Schneider in the direction of the uniform.

Three times as many civil servants are dressed in the black Braubachstrasse.Access to them is a 15 Paulsplatz clock nor denied. The tram lines 11 and 12 were diverted, blocked off the area around the spacious St. Paul’s Church. The Federal Criminal Police Office had passed because of the participation of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), and many bankers in the adoption of Petra Roth (CDU) to an increased safety concept.

Farewell ceremony for OB Petra Roth (CDU)

While the activists with children fireworks and sparklers “rampage”, drums and whistles, which are increasingly becoming the enemy aircraft noise arriving guests receive the commemorative event. Do not meet the very different parties. Torsten Welte of the Civil Air Transport Initiative Offenbach commented on the arrival of the guests of honor from the direction of Berlin street with the words: “This was to be expected, that do not arrive on this page. Merkel has “come he is the official adoption of Roth’s, so that” no interest in a dialogue with citizens’ initiatives. Does not have a brilliant finish. “

http://www.fr-online.de/petra-roth-peter-feldmann,11317964,16350398.html

Kudos to Roth

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and OB Petra Roth (CDU). Photo: AP

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) commends Petra Roth (CDU) at St Paul’s Church as one of the most successful mayors in Germany. Headwinds coming from outside. There demonstration aircraft noise activists.

http://www.fr-online.de/petra-roth-peter-feldmann/abschied-von-ob-petra-roth-zum-abschied-protest,11317964,16354410.html

There are some that these clouds parting. Mayor of Frankfurt Petra Roth goes after 40 years in local politics and 17 years at the helm of the city. The Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) party of their friend in St. Paul’s Church, “a heartfelt thank you,” says, take the 900 guests of honor with applause. Even Merkel’s judgment: “You can be proud of your performance as Mayor and President of the German Association of Cities look!”

But the protesters with whistles, drums and horns are people out there in front of St. Paul’s Church not think so. 450 airport expansion opponents and 70 left-wing activists is one of the police. Around 3000 there were according to the organizers.Aircraft noise opponents accuse Roth as autonomous, to have the end of their term of office once again restricted the freedom to demonstrate. The citizens’ groups against the new runway erstreiten only before the Administrative Court that they may enter the Paulsplatz at least marginally. This is an “absolute scandal,” says Michael Wilk of an alliance of citizens’ groups against airport expansion in Wiesbaden. “In the course of Blockupy demonstrations of what we saw that the issue is to allow democratic rights only when they are used in a non-disruptive way for the ruling politicians.” To the maximum sound decreed by the Court of 80 decibels at the rally holds None of the speakers. “This is a de facto ban on speaking the same, because we had so sound for only three to four meters,” says Wilk.

 


There is more news and information (in English) about Frankfurt airport at Frankfurt Airport

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Opponents of the Munich airport expansion hang “Stop the 3rd runway” banner on Siegestor tower

Campaigners from Robin Wood, and Plane Stupid Germany have carried out a spectacular action in the centre of Munich, protested against the planned third runway at the airport.  They fixed banners reading “Stop the third runway madness!” on the Victory Tower (Siegestor). They also had banners saying “No on 17.6. because they are asking the electorate to vote against the construction of the runway in Erdinger Moos in the referendum on 17th June.  They are also demanding a statement from  Mayor Christian UDE (SPD), on how he is able to justify supporting the expansion of the airport, as well as the Festival for the environment and sustainable mobility ,as patron of Streetlife. 

 

Opponents of the third runway climb Siegestor (Victory Tower) in Munich

8.6.2012 (de Bild)

Action against third runway at Munich

Environmentalists have with a spectacular action on Friday in Munich protested against the planned third runway at the airport.  They fixed banners reading “Stop the third runway madness!” on the Victory Tower. And “No on 17.6.». The organization Robin Wood appealed to the electorate, to vote against the construction of the runway in Erdinger Moos in the referendum on 17 June.  The activists were supported by Germany Plane Stupid, a community of action against the airport expansion. Their common demand: Their common demand: A statement by Mayor Christian UDE (SPD), on how he is able to justify supporting the expansion of the airport, as well as the Festival for the environment and sustainable mobility ,as patron of Streetlife. Link to article 

 


Runway opponents climb Munich’s Victory Tower

Startbahngegner klettern auf Münchner Siegestor

runway opponents climb on Munich’s Siegestor (Victory Tower)

Munich (DAPD-bay). A week before the referendum opponents of the third runway at Munich Airport have called for a vote against the expansion plans. On Friday, several activists climbed on the winning goal and had placards with slogans such as “Stop the 3rd runway madness” down, as the environmental organization Robin Wood announced.

With the action, the runway opponents mobilize over a million citizens eligible to vote, on 17 To vote in June against the controversial project.The event was supported by the network Plane Stupid Germany.

Startbahngegner klettern auf Münchner Siegestor

München (dapd-bay). Eine Woche vor dem Bürgerentscheid haben Gegner der dritten Startbahn am Münchner Flughafen zu einem Votum gegen die Ausbaupläne aufgerufen. Am Freitag kletterten mehrere Aktivisten auf das Siegestor und ließen Plakate mit Slogans wie “Stoppt den 3. Startbahnwahn” herunter, wie die Umweltorganisation Robin Wood mitteilte.

Mit der Aktion wollen die Startbahngegner die über eine Million wahlberechtigten Bürger mobilisieren, am 17. Juni gegen das umstrittene Projekt zu stimmen. Unterstützt wurde die Aktion von dem Netzwerk Plane Stupid Germany.

http://www.welt.de/newsticker/news3/article106445663/Startbahngegner-klettern-auf-Muenchner-Siegestor.html

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Berlin campaign against the opening of Berlin Brandenberg airport next year

John Stewart, Chair of AirportWatch and of HACAN, was in Berlin on Sunday 3rd June. He was speaking at a rally of over 1,000 people who demonstrated outside the town hall in Central Berlin against the new Berlin Brandenberg near Berlin, which is due to open next year.  The airport was due to open this year, but this has been delayed for many months, due to safety issues.  This delay has given the protesters against the airport in Berlin time to mobilise and really oppose the opening of the airport. With active protest taking place in Frankfurt against the noise from the new runway, and active opposition in Munich against a proposed 3rd runway at the airport, it is likely that a German AirportWatch will be set up, bringing together all the campaigns, and making them all more forceful in their concerted action.



John Stewart, Chair of AirportWatch and of HACAN, was in Berlin on Sunday 3rd June. He was speaking at a rally of over 1,000 people who demonstrated outside the town hall in Central Berlin against the new airport in Berlin which is due to open next year.  I

The photo is of John being introduced by Florian Sperk, who leads the Munich anti-third runway campaign, and who was also speaking at the rally.

It looks at if there are plans for a German AirportWatch to be set up bringing together all the campaigns.

 

Florian Sperk and John Stewart, in Berlin

 


 

Here’s the link to a short news report which gives a good flavour of the Berlin protest on Sunday, from the daily TV-news of RBB (Radio Berlin-Brandenburg):

http://www.dfld.de/MMhtml/120603i.wmv


 

04.06.2012

 

Protest statt Party...Bildvergrößerung

“The (?) disaster costs us all the last shirt”

Learning from London

The new airport is slow in coming, the protests of the opponents go further noise

4.6.2012 (Berlin – Markische Allgemeine)

John Stewart is the man they are looking at in front of the Red Town Hall. He stands on a small stage, in the drizzle, on Sunday afternoon and speaks to at least a thousand people, aircraft noise opponents as he does.

John Stewart has achieved something that many in the region can only dream of.  Through years of work and protest, he has defeated a seemingly invincible enemy, a powerful coalition of politics and economics: John Stewart is the man who has prevented the third runway of London’s Heathrow Airport.

If anyone in the local audience today wants to protest, they would be a few miles south, to demonstrate in Schönefeld (Dahme-Spreewald) against the opening of the new main airport there. But the launch of “Willy Brandt” airport is known to be delayed.  [Delayed till March 2013, from  June 2012. See below].  This was not caused by John Stewart or protests, but the mismanagement of the owners and builders, and the Supervisory Board.

Stewart’s message that he gives as an invited speaker at the civil society rally in Berlin-Brandenburg is: Now more than ever. “With each demonstration, it will become harder for the government,” he shouts into the thunderous applause.

The Demonstrators wave their banners, some examples of which say: “Wowi in the approach path” or “Platzeck on the departure route.”

On clotheslines worn shirts and blouses  flutter. The demo is themed, “The BER disaster will cost us all our last shirt.”

The airport delay has given the residents a “summer of grace,” as some activists have expressed sarcastically.  But that could now be the major upcoming project challenge of the protest movement. Because today in Brandenburg, the petition was started for a continuous ban on night flights 22pm to 6 am.

The combined aircraft noise that was supposed to have started yesterday (when the airport was meant to have opened) from the new airport is delayed, giving time to mobilise the people.   Or, as fellow campaigner Christine Dorn puts. “The burden is still theoretical.” Christine Dorn of South East Alliance is aware of the changed circumstances  of the petition, now the airport opening is delayed.  She is optimistic that the necessary 80 000 voices will come together in Brandenburg. The noise gives opponents until the beginning of the year, with the chance to (?) reform national legislation (? translation).

So far, Brandenburg has not been a good place for direct democracy, and all eight referenda have failed. But the  period is now extended from four to six months, and people can sign by mail. In addition, the municipalities have more opportunities to set up polling stations.

The airport delay in opening has also increased awareness of the impending threat of aircraft noise for Berlin, because there are more (?) night flights at Tegel airport (in Berlin) says Dorn. “Berlin and Brandenburg have not divided.” This is also the “message of hope” that John Stewart presented the Brandenburg and Berlin airport opponents.  “Ten years ago, we were confronted with the plan of a third runway and today we have managed the impossible”

Cooperation is the order of the day, says the 62-year-old: “With every delay for the airport, the opponents have the chance to win, and the government loses. “(By Torsten Gellner)

 

http://www.maerkischeallgemeine.de/cms/beitrag/12338190/62249/Der-neue-Flughafen-laesst-auf-sich-warten-die.html

 

 


From the origninal German

Von London lernen

Der neue Flughafen lässt auf sich warten, die Proteste der Lärmgegner gehen weiter

Protest statt Party...BildvergrößerungProtest statt Party…

 4.6.2012 Markische Allgemeine

BERLIN – John Stewart ist der Mann, zu dem sie aufschauen vor dem Roten Rathaus. Er steht am Sonntagnachmittag im Nieselregen auf einer kleinen Bühne und spricht zu gut Tausend Leuten, Fluglärmgegner wie er. Stewart hat etwas geschafft, von dem viele in der Region träumen. Er hat in jahrelanger Protestarbeit einen scheinbar unbesiegbaren Gegner bezwungen, eine mächtige Koalition aus Politik und Wirtschaft: John Stewart ist der Mann, der die dritte Bahn des Londoner Flughafen Heathrow verhindert hat.

So jemand kommt an beim hiesigen Protestpublikum, das heute eigentlich ein paar Kilometer südlich aufmarschieren wollte, um in Schönefeld (Dahme-Spreewald) gegen die Eröffnung des neuen Großflughafens zu demonstrieren. Aber der Start des „Willy Brandt“-Flughafens ist bekanntlich gestoppt. Kein John Stewart hat das bewirkt, sondern das Missmanagement der Bauherren und des Aufsichtsrats.

Stewarts Signal, das er als Gastredner auf der Kundgebung des Bürgervereins Brandenburg-Berlin gibt, lautet: Jetzt erst recht. „Mit jeder Demonstration wird es für die Regierung schwieriger zu gewinnen“, ruft er in den tosenden Applaus. Die

Demonstranten schwenken ihre Banner, auf denen Sätze stehen wie: „Wowi in die Einflugschneise“ oder „Platzeck auf die Abflugroute“. Auf Wäscheleinen

flattern abgetragene Hemden und Blusen. Die Demo steht unter dem Motto: „Das BER-Desaster kostet uns alle das letzte Hemd.“ Die Flughafenverspätung hat den Anwohnern einen „letzten Sommer der Gnade“ beschert, wie es manche Aktivisten sarkastisch formuliert haben. Doch das könnte dem nun anstehenden Großprojekt der Protestbewegung gefährlich werden. Denn ab heute startet in Brandenburg das Volksbegehren für ein durchgehendes Nachtflugverbot von 22 bis 6 Uhr. Der gebündelte Fluglärm, der eigentlich seit gestern vom neuen Standort in Schönefeld ausgehen und die Massen mobilisieren sollte, lässt auf sich warten. Oder wie es Mitstreiterin Christine Dorn ausdrückt: „Die Belastung ist theoretisch geworden.“ Christine Dorn vom Bündnis Südost weiß um die veränderten Vorzeichen, unter denen die Unterschriftensammlung nun steht. Sie ist dennoch optimistisch, dass die nötigen 80 000 Stimmen in Brandenburg zusammenkommen. Den Lärmgegnern verschafft die Anfang des Jahres reformierte Volksgesetzgebung Rückenwind. Bislang war Brandenburg kein gutes Pflaster für die direkte Demokratie; alle acht Volksbegehren sind gescheitert. Nun aber wurde die Sammlungsfrist von vier auf sechs Monate verlängert, Unterschriften können auch per Post geleistet werden. Außerdem haben die Kommunen mehr Möglichkeiten, Abstimmungslokale einzurichten.

Die Flughafenverspätung habe auch das Bewusstsein der Berliner für drohenden Fluglärm erhöht, etwa weil in Tegel jetzt nachts länger geflogen wird, sagt Dorn. „Berlin und Brandenburg lassen sich nicht auseinanderdividieren.“ Das ist auch die „Botschaft der Hoffnung“, die John Stewart den märkischen und Berliner Flughafengegnern präsentiert. „Vor zehn Jahren hat man uns mit dem Plan einer dritten Bahn konfrontiert und heute haben wir das Unmögliche geschafft.“ Zusammenarbeit sei das Gebot der Stunde, meint der 62-Jährige: „Mit jedem Mal, da sich der Flughafen verspätet, gewinnt ihr und die Regierung verliert.“ (Von Torsten Gellner)

 


 

Berlin Brandenburg Airport opening date postponed – till March 2013

17.5.2012

The new Berlin Brandenburg (Willie Brandt) airport will not now open till March 2013.  It had been due to open in June 2012, and was postponed recently until August 2012.  The problem appears be the fire safety system. The airport can only commence operations with a fully automated fire safety and control system as originally planned, and the interim solution of a partly automated system will not be allowed. This will take until December 2012. In addition, the risk would be too high to move the airport in winter due to adverse weather leading to operational restrictions.  The Managing Director Operations, responsible for the construction of the airport, will have to leave the company. Keeping open the two older Berlin airports that this one will replace will cost about €15 million a month.  http://www.airportwatch.org.uk/?p=1920

 

 

Fire safety problems delay new Berlin airport yet again – opening on 3rd June delayed to late August

May 9, 2012    The opening of Berlin’s new airport will be delayed by up to 3 months due to fire safety problems. This an embarrassing blow to the German capital’s flagship project less than a month before its planned launch, which had been due for 3rd June. Berlin-Brandenburg Airport, which will also be known as Willy Brandt Airport after West Germany’s Cold War chancellor, may now open in the 2nd half of August, after the school holidays in Berlin and Brandenburg. Flights were to have been transferred from Berlin’s Tegel airport, to the new one. The problem is that the fire safety installations – notably smoke extractors – were not ready, so a safe evacuation of passengers could not yet be acheived in the event of fire. The delay will cost the two existing airports, and some airlines, money. The opening of what will be Germany’s third largest airport after Frankfurt and Munich, has been postponed once already.    Click here to view full story…

 

More news and information at  Berlin Airports

 

 

 

 

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Munich protest banner drop off the spectacular Stadhaus – “No Third Runway”

Protesters from Plane Stupid Germany have performed a stunning protest against the proposed third runway at Munich airport. They displayed two large vertical banners beside the huge clock, just above the Munich Stadhaus  world-famous Glockenspiel. One banner reads “KOA Dritte” – No Third Runway. The other reads  “Weltstadt”  with a heart, as Munich has as one of its slogans, World City With a Heart. The protest is about runway plans, without a democratic referendum, and that the airport has tried to influence the decision process by contributing about €1 million to the pro-runway campaign.  The new runway would demolish a village, ruin the homes of many people and devastate a huge area. Plane Stupid also fear the contribution to climate change, as the airport is the largest CO2 emitter in Bavaria.



 


Plane Stupid Germany – press release

30.5.2012

Will the capital of Bavaria screw up it’s courage?

Two banners hanging off the marvellous Munich Town Hall  (the world renowned Glockenspiel is just below, out of shot. The left banner says “Koa Dritte” which means “No third” in Bavarian, meaning “no third runway”. The banner on the right says “Weltstadt + Heart?” which refers to Munich’s slogan of being a “Weltstadt mit Herz” – World City with a  heart. ?

On Wednesday the 30th May, the intergenerational activists from Plane Stupid
Germany droped banners from the town hall of Munich in an act of peaceful civil
disobedience.

After about 30 minutes the action was stopped. The police were cooperative
and did not escalate the action. Plane Stupid Germany appealed to the state capital, to
be courageous, to have consideration for all those who will be affected and future generations, to stop the third runway at Munich by holding a referendum.

The Munich airport is the biggest single thread to the climate in Bavaria.

“Out of deep concern of what we have built in our lives, and in deep concern of the world we
will leave to future generations, we have decided to follow the way of civil disobedience,”  Plane Stupid Germany explained. They say: “It is not acceptable that the protection of
property, health and the climate protection written in the Bavarian constitution, are not valid in
Bavaria and it’s capital when it comes to a third runway.”

The people of Munich are currently enduring a tremendous ordeal,  waiting for the Munich runway decision to be made – but without the right to vote on it, especially because so much is at stake and would be sacrificed without demand. Without properly consulting those affected.

But when it was leaked that the airport  is influencing the referendum with a million euros, it
was clear that something had to happen. This led to the adaptation of the successful
methods of activists of planestupid.org.

“No one can demand of us that we keep quiet and accept this, when the decision on the airport expansion is being influenced by the airport paying a million euros.  “Even at the referendum of the people the airport manages to marginalize the people,”  Plane Stupid Germany declared, noting  “Munich airport has crossed the Rubicon. This referendum is not a decision of citizens, but demands all virtues of citizenship. We will start resistance, for our home, for the village of Attaching (which would be demolished) and the home of all of us – the climate of the earth.”

The action was taken by about 15 activists. The intergenerational activists from Plane
Stupid Germany are united by the concern for our home, and the Earth’s climate.

There are many photos of the protest at http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4031336307329.2177562.1399274720&type=1
Contact:
Florian Sperk,
0176 830 79 549,
florian.sperk @ googlemail.com

 

 


 

The €1 million is for the campaign in favor of the 3rd runway in the referendum in Munich City.

 

PM: Eine Million Euro gegen das Volk

 

Pressemitteilung
München, 30.3.2012

Eine Million Euro gegen das Volk

MdL Mannfred Pointner (Freie Wähler) hat die bayerische Staatsregierung angefragt, welche Gesellschaften oder Organisationen, an denen auch der Freistaat Bayern beteiligt ist sich beim Bündnis “Pro 3. Startbahn” beteiligen und wie viel Geld sie dafür investieren. Das Staatsministerium der Finanzen erklärt, dass die Flughafen München GmbH bis zu 1 Million Euro in das Pro-Bündnis investieren wird.

Dazu erklären die SprecherIn des Bündnisses München gegen die 3. Startbahn Katharina Schulze, Christian Hierneis und Prof. Michael Piazolo:

“Es ist ein Skandal, dass die FMG keine Zinsen für Darlehen der Stadt und des Landes zahlt, aber sage und schreibe eine Million Euro für die Kampagne zum Bürgerentscheid ausgibt! Uns zeigt die horrende Summe außerdem, dass die FMG wenig Vertrauen in die eigenen Argumente hat. Auch viel Geld kann nicht darüber hinwegtäuschen, dass es keinen Bedarf für eine 3. Startbahn gibt. Die Rollenverteilung für die Mobilisierung zum Bürgerentscheid werden immer deutlicher: Auf der einen Seite die Argumente und das Engagement, auf der anderen Seite viel, viel Geld. Wir sind überzeugt, dass die Münchner Bevölkerung sich davon nicht blenden lässt und die richtige Entscheidung am 17.6. treffen wird.”

http://www.keinestartbahn.de/pm-eine-million-euro-gegen-das-volk/

 

Translated (badly, by Google/ Yahoo) into English below:

 

 

PM: One million € to the people

Press Release

Munich, 03.30.2012 

One Million Euros against the people

One million euro against the people

 

MdL Mannfred Pointner (Freie Wähler) has requested the Bavarian Government, which companies or organisations in which the State of Bavaria is involved participate in the Alliance “Pro 3rd runway” and how much money they invest in it. The Ministry of Finance explained that the Flughafen München (Munich Airport) GmbH will invest up to EUR 1 million in the Pro Alliance.

 

To explain the spokesperson of the Alliance Munich against the 3rd runway Katharina Schulze, Christian Hierneis and Prof. Michael Piazolo:

 

“It is a scandal that the FMG pays no interest on loans from the city and  the country, but believe it or not, (they are spending) €1 million for the campaign to influence  the citizens’ decision!” The horrendous amount also shows us that the FMG has little faith in the own arguments. Also a lot of money cannot obscure the fact, that there is no need for a 3rd runway. The roles in the mobilisation of the citizen  to vote are becoming increasingly clear: on the one hand, the arguments and the commitment, on the other hand plenty of money. “We are convinced that the Munich population will not be dazzled and they will make the right decision on the 17.6..”


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Thousands gather at German airports to protest against aircraft noise

On Saturday 24th, thousands across Germany – perphaps as many as 30,000 – took part in protests at airports, against airport expansion and aircraft noise. At Frankfurt airport there were around 10,000 people, wanting a night flight ban from 22:00 until 6:00 and a cap on the number of take-offs and landings each day. At Berlin there were about 10,000 protesters against the planned new Brandenburg airport. And at Munich airport, over 500 people had a picnic in the terminal, protesting against a planned 3rd runway, the decision on which is due in June. There were also protests at  Halle, Düsseldorf, Leipzig, Bonn and Cologne – as well as at Nantes.

 

Photo: DPA

Thousands gather at airports to protest noise

25 Mar 2012 

(The Local. Germany’s news in English)

Online: http://www.thelocal.de/national/20120325-41545.html

 

Crowds of protesters gathered at Germany’s biggest airports on Saturday 24th March to stage mass demonstrations against air traffic noise. A combined 20,000 people took part in the protests in Berlin and Frankfurt alone.

With just months to go before the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport opens its doors in June, the demonstration against aviation noise in the German capital was the biggest of its kind so far.

Organisers said about 10,000 people attended the protest in Berlin, with roughly the same number gathering at Frankfurt Airport, Germany’s biggest hub.

Demonstrators staged smaller rallies in Munich, Halle, Düsseldorf and Cologne.

Citizen groups in Berlin have spent months contesting flight route plans at the future BBI airport. The initiatives have called for a strict ban on flights between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Protesters swarmed Terminal 1 in Frankfurt, calling for more extensive night flight regulations.

“We continue to call for a night flight ban from 22:00 until 6:00 and a cap on the number of take-offs and landings each day,” said Michael Wilk of the “Rhein-Main” citizen initiative coalition.

In Munich, the demonstration took aim at domestic air travel. “We cannot keep expanding air traffic inside Germany when we have such well-developed road and rail networks,” said Florian Sperk of the “Bund Naturschutz” group in Bavaria.

 http://www.thelocal.de/national/20120325-41545.html

 

 

Part of the Munich airport protest


 

Photos and videos of the Saturday German airport protests

One of the many photos of the Munich airport terminal picnic

 

Up to perhaps 30,000 people took to the streets on Saturday to protest against airport growth in Germany. 

10,000 in Frankfurt against the impact of the newly-opened 4th terminal.  Video at   http://www.fluegel.tv/beitrag/4041

Another 10,000 in Berlin against a new ‘out-of-town’ airport. 

In Munich, where the protest is against a proposed 3rd runway, over 500 people had a picnic in the terminal.  Great photos at  http://www.jbn.de/wir-ueber-uns/bildergalerie/picknick-im-terminal-2-243/   Video from Munich, with a special message for campaigners in London:  http://youtu.be/6B2juC4FhtY

There were also smaller protests in Cologne, Bonn and Leipzig, largely over the hated night flights.

And in France campaigners against the proposed new airport at Nantes occupied the centre of the city.   Video of Nantes protest  http://youtu.be/JYXtb6_giLM   

 
 

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