France: Tear gas used as 2,000 police remove eco-activists from forest

Police used tear gas to disperse eco activists from a forest in Notre-Dame-des-Landes on Thursday which was once planned to be turned into an airport.

More than 2,000 police officers forcibly removed around 200 protesters from the Zone to Defend (ZAD) site.

Tensions erupted when police officers used tear gas against activists who were trying to protect their installations.

ZAD activist said this action is destroying the residence of people who moved their lives and their projects in Notre-Dame des Landes in pursue of a life based on eco-farming and agricultural projects.

The eco-activists came together in 2008 to protest against a proposed airport in Nantes. After the plan was abandoned around 200 activists remained at the site and refused to leave despite eviction orders and threats from the authorities.

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