COMPANY – But they should not be expelled immediately …
The court of Saint-Nazaire on Tuesday authorized the deportation of opponents who have a set of huts built on the site of the contested future airport at Notre-Dame-des-Landes near Nantes, it was learned from a judicial source.
However, given that the report of the Committee of dialogue at this airport – whose work has produced a truce on interventions by the forces or law and order for four months – must be made in early April, the likelihood of their immediate expulsion this Tuesday was very thin. These cabins – a dozen built in two clearings – are at the center of the area of occupancy of opponents, and form a hamlet called “la Chataigne” (The Chestnut) by opponents.
To prevent the destruction of huts, authorized by the court on 11th December, 2012 , several opponents were nominally declared the occupants, forcing Airport Grand West (Vinci) to initiate a new and more lengthy deportation procedure.
Constructions of “La Chataigne”, built on November 17 at a huge rally together with 13,000 to 40,000 people (according to differing estimates of the State and the demonstrators) have become a symbolic place of this struggle. They have since welcomed people from all over France, to the “anti NDDL” collective, and they take turns each week.
Counsel for the opponents, Pierre-Henri Marterêt, hoped on Tuesday that the court’s decision was not executed until the report of the Committee of dialogue was made. The airport at Notre-Dame-des-Landes, being built to replace the current Nantes airport located south of the town, was to have been opened in 2017.
The dialogue commission is due to report in early April
But intense demonstrations and violent clashes with the security forces which took place at the time of the autumn 2012 attempted eviction of some 300 anti- capitalist opponents installed on site had already led to the postponement by several months of certain phases of work such as clearing, which was initially scheduled for January 2013.
The dialogue commission set up by Jean-Marc Ayrault at the end of November to ease the crisis is due to report in early April but no date had yet been set on Tuesday.