Activists occupied a site in Gonesse (Val-d’Oise) to protest against the creation of a future Grand Paris metro station. An evacuation which took place without violence or clashes.

The defended zone (ZAD) of the Triangle de Gonesse (Val-d’Oise) was evacuated smoothly on Tuesday by means of a large police device deployed on this occupied site for seventeen days to protest against the creation of a future metro station in Grand Paris, AFP learned from activists.

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“The buses are leaving, with people inside,” said Bernard Loup, the president of the Collectif pour le Triangle de Gonesse (CPTG), which is not at the origin of this illegal occupation but actively supported it. “There was no violence or confrontation” between the thirty or so occupiers and the police who came in large numbers, he specifies.

“The CRS arrived around 6:00 am, we were surrounded, they invaded ZAD”, a militant on the spot had testified a little earlier to AFP. Since February 7, a handful of citizens – and up to a hundred on weekends – have occupied this land on which makeshift huts have been built. They defend an alternative agricultural project and denounce the artificialization of these lands deemed fertile, which will accommodate the future station of line 17 of the Grand Paris Express, as well as a possible activity zone s still out of focus. On Friday, the Pontoise court ordered the immediate evacuation of the land, owned by the Ile-de-France public land establishment (EPFIF).

“The government will have to explain why it is maintaining this station and what it will be used for. We must stop talking about ecological transition, it must be done now! ”, Urged Bernard-Loup. “The fight will continue,” he adds. Line 17 is to link Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis) to Roissy-CDG airport in 2030, via the Triangle de Gonesse, where it was initially intended to serve the mega shopping and leisure complex Europacity.

But since Emmanuel Macron announced in November 2019 the abandonment of this flagship project, the fate of these 280 hectares of agricultural land, strategically located about fifteen kilometers north of Paris, remains uncertain. .

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