France: Water cannons, tear gas deployed as clashes continue over ZAD occupation

Police fired water cannons and tear gas against protesters who took to the streets of Nantes, Saturday, to show support for 'Zone a Defendre' (ZAD), a militant occupation 20 kilometres (12 miles) northwest of Notre-Dame-des-Landes. As the protest escalated, demonstrators hurled rocks and bottles at police forces, who responded with water cannons and tear gas. At least one journalist was... Еще reportedly injured by a grenade launched by police forces. The eco-activists from ZAD initially came together in 2008 to protest against a proposed airport in Nantes. The plan was recently abandoned but around 200 activists remain at the site and refuse to leave it, despite eviction orders and threats from the authorities.

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