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UK: Eviction moratorium 2?

A letter from the Lord Chancellor (which we have) says that the High Court bailiffs (and we understand County Court too but they’re less of an issue) have agreed not to carry out evictions from residential properties in Tiers 2 and 3 areas, and everywhere from December 11 to January 11.

We hope that this, and waving a copy of this letter at bailiffs and cops should be enough to stop possession orders being acted on for the moment but fear this is not enough.

Let us know what happens where you are ….

Advisory Service for Squatters
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Italy: Solidarity with Nuovo Cinema Palazzo

A [machine translated] statement from Ex Asilo Filangieri (Naples) in support of the recently evicted Nuovo Cinema Palazzo in Rome:

The Nuovo Cinema Palazzo has for years been one of the most important expressions of solidarity, hospitality, mutualism and real democracy. A fundamental place for his neighborhood and for the whole city, the demonstration that the speculation of a few can be contrasted with the aggregation and joy of the community.
It has always been a point of reference for all of us,
Its evacuation is a real crime.
With these words we want to express maximum solidarity and closeness.

Dijon: Invitation to come and discover the Quartier Libre des Lentillères

With this second lockdown, we sense that we will have to learn to live with the global pandemic a little longer. For some time now, we had also understood that we would have to deal with the ecological crisis. Rather than gently waiting for the next state of emergency, what we are trying to build here at the Quartier Libre des Lentillères is a possible way to continue to live in spite of these crises. By imagining and creating a world that makes us envious, built of non-market relationships, based on solidarity and a sense of the common, connected to the environment in which we find ourselves, organized in self-management.

From a small, very localized struggle against an urbanisation project such as there are so many of them, a neighborhood rich in the diversity of its activities (from market gardening to self-construction, from small gardens to neighborhood festivals) was built over 10 years, without planing, trying this and that, and also rich of people who come along, garden and live in it. And rich in possible imaginations. Together we are constantly reinventing ourselves collectively.

Of course, these last few months, we are just like everyone else: we are affected by the health crisis that is sweeping our planet. In these moments of doubt, being able to exchange opinions, express our fears, discuss our limits, debate and, in the end, try to agree collectively on the measures we put in place to take care of our health and continue to create something common, it seems all the more coherent to us. The self-management that we are experiencing and that we experience here on a daily basis allows us to do this. It’s not obvious, and it’s a process that’s still underway, but it’s a necessary step. Far from a pyramidal policy that inspires mistrust, far from an individualistic vision of responsibility, far from a strategy of guilt, we intend to continue to trust each other in order to learn to develop together a politically relevant way of thinking.

This text is an invitation to come to this liberated hub, which is an integral part of the city (whether the town hall likes it or not). We are not building here an outside world, but an open, porous and welcoming space. In these times of lockdown, when most of the places of sociability that can be found in the city have closed their doors, when certain organisations are prevented from carrying out their actions, it seems all the more necessary to us to remind people that the freedom to circulate and organize, still in progress here, is accessible to everyone.

Indeed, while we hear on the radio that to take care of our loved ones, we should not approach them anymore, we tell ourselves on the contrary that to meet in the open air with people we love is fundamental. That a world where sociability is only allowed within work and family space, for many of us, does not correspond to any known pattern. That gardening can ensure the psychological well-being of people who quickly feel trapped without their few square meters. That we don’t feel like cowering and doing things together, that’s how we see learning. That in order to continue meeting each other, we want to go and distribute vegetables on the nearby roundabout.

In fact, the neighborhood continues to live. Its residents, human beings, hedgehogs or slugs, move around freely, without having to “prove” a good reason to be where they are. The autumn harvest is abundant, and needs to be shared with as many people as possible. This is the time to rotate the crop and prepare the soil for winter. We can’t put the living on hold. Since when are we no longer part of the living?

So don’t hesitate to come and see us in the neighbourhood whenever you want or to come and have some leeks (accompanied by a coffee) on Friday morning in front of the traffic circle! We will propose this distribution during the whole time of the confinement.

We also invite you to support as much as you can the Engrenage Gardens, now threatened with eviction, as well as other spaces of freedom and exchange that are being evicted, cannot see the daylight or be maintained. Let’s keep them alive and defend them!

Le Quartier Libre des Lentillères
39 au 45 rue Philippe Guignard
21000 Dijon, France
tierraylibertad [at] potager [dot] org
https://squ.at/r/qjt
https://lentilleres.potager.org/

Some squats in Dijon https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/city/dijon/squated/squat
Evicted squats in Dijon https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/city/dijon/field_active/1/squated/evicted
Groups (collectives, social centres, squats) in Dijon https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/city/dijon/country/FR
Events in Dijon https://radar.squat.net/en/events/city/Dijon

Some squats in France: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/FR/squated/squat
Groups (collectives, social centres, squats) in France: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/FR
Events in France: https://radar.squat.net/en/events/country/FR

Berlin: Reflection text for the “United We Fight” Discussion and Actions days

We publish this text from the Interkiezionale-Bündnis as an evaluation of the international discussion & action days that took place from Friday the 30th of October to Sunday the 1st of November in Berlin. We chose to write a text for both the demo and the discussions, as we consider it important to be transparent on the thought processes, ideas and motives of the Bündnis. We believe that transparency is an inherent element of our politics, as the sharing of information breaks down unwanted hierarchies of “insiders” and “outsiders”, and gives space for discussion, (self-)critique and (self-)reflection to take place in the broader scene.

THE GOALS OF THE CALL

Intekiezionale is a coordination of threatened projects, groups and individuals in solidarity, that attempts to fight back against the eviction of our spaces. One of the main means of achieving this for us is through providing the space for the movement to experience collective moments. As we consider the stuggle of the projekts, a struggle of the whole movement in Berlin, we consider it important to organize events open for people to take part in and fight together with the projekts. This can be through mass demonstrations, in which the scene can express itself collectively in the streets before or after evictions, but also through general assemblies or info-events, which give the space for an exchange of views and sharing of experiences.

With regards to the latter we believed these days of discussion would be a welcome boost to this area, and offer the space in different settings (smaller events but also big general assemblies) for people of the scene to come together and discuss, reflect, criticize and in the end better understand the experiences we had together in the last months, after the two evictions of Syndikat and Liebig34. This would then create perspectives for the struggles to come.
The international aspect is something that would reinforce the above process, as in many places in the world, autonomous, self-organized spaces are under attack. We consider it important to bring attention to these similar fights, which include different experiences, as this could be a step forward in adapting and adopting new ideas and strategies and creating new perspectives.

SET-BACKS

The planning of the international days started already in summer, after the eviction of Syndikat, and began intensifying during September. The first major setback we faced was the announcement of the eviction of Liebig34 on the 9th of October. We decided to go forward with the international call for two main reasons. First, we considered that the eviction would expand our mobilization for the defense of Liebig34, turning the issue from a one-day event on Tag X and the few days around it, to an action month centered around the defence of our projekts. The second reason was that we believed this would put pressure on the state when they were planning an eviction at the beginning of a month, knowing that there was an internationally mobilized weekend on the same topic at the end of the same month.
On the downside, the situation of having to organize and mobilize for two events in the course of just a few weeks in October of course detracted from and drained capacities. Although people really put a lot of effort into all this organization, perhaps we underestimated the work involved in these events, or overestimated our capacities to realize them.
A second major setback was the announcement of the new anti-covid19 measures from the state, not only in german territory, but in multiple other places in the world in which we had mobilized in the previous weeks and months. This created a set of problems, beginning from finding places to host events, to mobilizing people, not only internationally but from Berlin itself, to come and take part. We still decided to make the call, although we understood that the situation would reduce the participation and the overall dynamic.
Firstly, we believe that we shouldn’t act according to the state’s proposals. We consider the pandemic a real threat, and we think we should take measures against it. However, in the same way that there was not a problem with the Day X demo for the eviction of Liebig34 on the 9th of October, there should not be a problem to continue acting on this topic from the next day on, just because the state has decided that this is the point to take their measures against the pandemic. The second aspect that led to the decision, is that we see the state-measures as two-faced. On the one hand they forbid people to gather, and on the other they allow the influx of thousands of cops into Berlin in order to evict Liebig34. They deny people their leisure time and social life, but do not have any problem in continuing to force people to go to work. In the end the measures leave untouched all the issues we struggle for and against, but forbid us from actually acting upon them. The pandemic is a big threat to our lives and the lives of those around us, but the same stands for evictions, gentrification, repression and cop-violence, and we cannot step back, stand silently and observe this just because the state has told us to do so.

CRITIQUES

Cryptic Concept
Looking back on the concept our attempt to circumvent possible problems from the cops under the excuse of Covid19 measures did not work. We tried to be too inventive but in the end we didn’t calculate that people would be confused or even demotivated with the concept of the infopoint. A second mistake with the infopoint was that it only opened on the first day of the events, which was too late. Looking back, we should have maybe offered multiple infopoints in different neighborhoods in the days prior to the events, so people would have a broader time frame and more options around the city to get informed about the locations of the events.

Late Mobilization
Another aspect that worked against us was late and limited mobilization. As mentioned above, due to the eviction of Liebig34, a lot of the planning and particularly the mobilization for the international weekend was postponed due to lack of capacities and the focus on the eviction of one of our projekts.
The idea that the eviction of Liebig34 would be enough mobilization for the weekend was also not materialized, partly because of the limited mobilization on our side, with too few posters and texts spread around. The fact that many of our spaces are closed or operating with limited capacities due to Covid19 restrictions made the possibility to mobilize even less.
A second reason that this did not work is a kind of ritualistic mentality that widely exists in the scene which sees Day X as the peak of the struggle, with not much taking place afterwards. One of the goals of the call was to try and intervene and work against this mentality, and since this did not work, this remains an open question for the future.

Too many events/actions
Since summer, Interkiezionale and the projekts it consists of have been in a constant process of organizing bigger or smaller events against the evictions and in support of the projekts. The „Raus aus der Defensive“ demo on 1.8, the Day X demo for Syndikat on 7.8, the Feminist Action week on 7-13.9 which included a demo on the 12.9, the Day X demo for Liebig34 on 9.10 and finally the „United we Fight“ weekend and demo on 30.10-1.11. In between and parallel to this a dozen info-events have also taken place in different cities in Germany and abroad to mobilize, along with several general assemblies for organization and reflection in Berlin. As mentioned before, this led to the overworking of the Bündnis and the individual groups and projekts in it.
Another critical point, apart from with regard to our capacities, is that the bombardment of events might sometimes lead to a fragmentation of the general capacities of the scene, spreading participation and perhaps confusing people on the importance of each event. Big events like these are not the only way of bringing the scene closer and strengthening the struggle of the projekts, and we should also explore other ways of doing this.

Repression’s role in our relationships and discussions
It could also be added that a weekend of events with discussion and collective growth/development as central to its aims inevitably comes up against problems when faced with a culture in Berlin’s anti-authoritarian scene of clandestinity and anonymity. Of course we recognize and respect that there is often an extremely valid need for this, due to the nature of some groups or actions and in the face of repression, it may be a contributing factor in poorly attended info events, less discussion prior to and in reflection of events, and a general wariness of more open cooperation and collaboration. In this way we see the insidious workings of repression pushing our politics further and further to the margins of the public sphere.
It is interesting and rather ironic that on the one hand, the social makeup of VVs is always changing, hindering a development in discussion as points are often repeated by or for newcomers, while on the other, smaller discussions, at least in the case of this weekend, were always attended by the same people, again meaning that, although discussions could develop more fruitfully, points were often repeated from discussion to discussion, which may not have happened had the attendance been larger and more varied. This can lead to a hierarchical situation in VVs where we as the orga answer questions and take feedback in a top-down manner, rather than an occasion for a collective sharing of information in order to develop. It can be the case then that the ever changing public attending VVs and the like feel unable or unwilling to involve themselves further, while many of those organized already do not want or do not feel able to discuss things in more open scenarios. Repression, of course, has a central role in all of this, as not only does it put off organized people from more open discussions as mentioned above, it dissuades newcomers from becoming more invested in our struggles, and arguably creates an atmosphere in which they can not be as easily welcomed.

POSITIVES
Despite these critiques the weekend was full of interesting discussions. From youth centres to the Ohlauer school occupation, the spectrum of topics in the events was broad, and offered much to think about regarding one of our main concerns in „connecting urban struggles“. Events on the topic of autonomous zones, the registration law, self-organization in times of corona and urban struggle in the city of Paris were some of the examples. People got together and exchanged views and perspectives. Both events we held the most hope for- the FLINT VV on the first day and the open VV on the last day- had the highest participation, proving that people are interested in coming together to discuss, build together strategies, and set up goals.
Given the circumstances a lot of people from abroad came showing their solidarity. Their presence was really empowering, showing us that even during this period people choose to be active and present, fighting and resisting. Bonds were made, ideas were shared and projects were initiated which will hopefully come to fruition in the future.
The output of the weekend was the shared need of connecting our struggles more, of creating common strategies, and of realizing collective moments where all the different struggles come together and meet under a common perspective.

DEMO
One central idea to the whole international weekend was the demonstration on the 31st of October. After discussion, we decided on the route, starting from Helsingforser Platz, continuing to Warschauerstr and Südkiez, and finally arriving in Nordkiez, with the peak of the demo outside the evicted Liebig34 and its dissolution there.
Deciding on this route our goal was first of all to have a powerful demonstration in one of the most gentrified areas of Berlin- Sudkiez. Having a demo marching in this area could allow us a social-address to the people hanging out at bars and restaurants there, spreading our struggle and content.
Südkiez, besides being a highly gentrified area, is one of the areas in which Padovicz possesesa large number of properties, so by choosing this area we chose to target one of the biggest real estate owners and the company which brought the eviction of L34 to court. By having this route in this district we also gave the opportunity those in solidarity coming from abroad to pass in front of some of the infra-structures of the movement and see the relationship that the house projekts have with the scene. Moving to Nordkiez, our main goal was to pass by the most recently evicted house-project, Liebig34, recognizing the importance of L34 as an active house in the neighborhood but also as an anarcha-queer-feminist collective, with the aim of giving a strong and optimistic message to the crowd: standing in front of the house, reclaiming the public space against state, capital, cops, and machos, and making clear to them, that even if they have evicted the house the fight is not over.
People’s participation from the beginning was demotivating. In the starting point we were not more than 80 people. As the demo marched we managed to reach approximately 1200. While we understand the situation with the corona measures, with the ongoing attack on autonomous spaces the number of participants didn’t reach our expectations or goals. Even if there was an attempt to reach and involve a broader spectrum, the results were not as positive as expected. We lacked organized people, but also bigger blocks and organised groups. Recognizing our own responsibility for this we are working on finding solutions to connect with other structures. Although we didn’t find a solution on connecting the struggles, we have faced this obstacle beyond this specific demo.
The fragmentation of the topics and the mentality of political expertise on different political sections does not move the struggle forward. In addition, facing the perception that considers Day X as the peak of the struggle and immediately redirects its focus to the next Day X, we recognize that, as part of the movement, we lack true bonds and connections between the movement and the struggles. Recognizing and pointing out the known problems we should all work towards establishing deeper relationships amongst different struggles.
Starting around 19.45 the demo marched through Warschauerstr. in the direction of Südkiez. Despite the fact that people were shouting slogans, the energy was low. However as the demo was continuing, people were getting more and more active by spreading flyers and shouting slogans loudly. Passing by various house projects the atmosphere became more dynamic and the people got more confident. When the demo arrived at Frankfurter Allee there was a split for a few minutes that was quickly recovered. Arriving at Dorfplatz in view of the evicted house, people got even louder. In this moment people from the roof of Liebig34 dropped a banner and lit pyros, symbolically re-squatting the roof of L34 and proving to the state and its cops that they cannot evict a movement. At the same time a barricade was burning at Liebigstr and 2 more around Forkenbeck park. After staying for some minutes at Dorfplatz the cop’s kettle became more and more unbearable. People were leaving and the cops were getting more. Beatings and arrests started to take place so the demo decided to continue until Bersarinplatz and dissolve there.
The stance of the police was clear from the beginning. An escalation from our side wouldn’t be an option. The mass checks at the starting point made it obvious that the cops had a plan and were well prepared. During the demo the cops were always on both sides kettling the body of the demo. They were moving in teams of 5-6 cops -not 10 as usual- ,a form that gave them the chance to be flexible and quick. Observing every situation and always ready to brutally intervene, they made it obvious that their stance also had a political and tactical concept behind it.
A confrontational demo from our side on a day that was not close to an eviction cannot be accepted because it could create the idea that we, as a movement, are in a position to choose the means of our politics outside their plans and their agenda.
Following the demo offensively from Dorfplatz, the cops decided to escalate and attack the first and the last block. Beating up and pushing the first and the last rows, cops were trying to arrest as many people as possible. In this moment the demo was able to defend itself, avoiding arrests by jumping in to intervene, and proving that being confident in the streets does not only mean attacking the cops, but also defending the body of the demo, our comrades and our friends.
Facing our mistakes and areas lacking, we also noticed positive outcomes of the demo. Apart from the banner drop at L34, the barricades and the solidarity that people showed during arrests, we managed to show that the fight is not over. 3 weeks after the eviction of L34 people once again got together, demonstrating against the state, the capital and the city of the rich.

PERSPECTIVE
Our call also joined the call from Terra Incognita Squat in Thessaloniki to turn October into a month dedicated to solidarity and struggle for every occupied ground threatened by repression. We have to recognize that as in Berlin, the plans from our comrades and friends in the greek territory were confined by repression. Very few actions took place in October, and the pandemic state of emergency with a curfew since the beginning of November, made every move against the regime, and the rebuilding of our own structures, very difficult. This proves the urgent need for new approaches to escape this grip the state has, which attaches great importance to the use of public space.
Potse, Meute and Køpiplatz, are still under threat of eviction, and thus are in need of support, especially in the times of restrictions we are going through. Liebig34 has made clear that despite the eviction, the collective will keep working and fighting further. This shows how our struggle does not end or even peak with the eviction of a projekt. The projekts we are defending are more than the rooms that host them, and this is the reason we fight for them in the first place. In a city that is becoming more and more hostile to the excluded and isolated, not only through gentrification but through other restrictions against the oppressed, the struggle for self-organization and anti-authoritarian spaces is becoming more imperative. We need points of reference to meet and discuss, safe spaces away from what oppresses us and strongholds to defy and attack them.

Groups in Berlin https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/city/berlin
Events in Berlin https://radar.squat.net/en/events/city/Berlin
Stressfaktor https://radar.squat.net/de/stressfaktor

Groups in Germany https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/DE
Events in Germany https://radar.squat.net/en/events/country/DE

Interkiezionale https://interkiezionale.noblogs.org/post/2020/11/30/reflection-text-for-the-united-we-fight-discussion-and-actions-days-on-30-10-01-11/

Wassenaar: Bats at Ivicke

Potential Roost Destroyed And Building In Danger After Municipality Of Wassenaar Ignores Directive To Stop All Works.
The municipality of Wassenaar removed Ivicke’s gutter despite an Omgevingsdienst Zuid-Holland directive to stop all works on the building immediately due to the suspected presence of bats. The removal of the gutter also did not accord with the municipality’s own work plan, meaning Ivicke is now at serious risk of water damage.

On Tuesday 24 November, Omgevingsdienst (OD) Zuid-Holland ordered the municipality of Wassenaar to stop the works on Ivicke because of the strong possibility of bats roosting in and around the building. The municipality hasn’t conducted any assessment on this, or sought permits for the work in general, even though this is precisely why the owner, Ronnie van de Putte, was prevented from carrying out works on the building several months ago. The workers left the site early on Tuesday 24 and weren’t here on Wednesday 25, pending the results of the OD’s investigation.

(At this stage of the municipality’s works (4 weeks in), there’s scaffolding all around the building, more or less at the height of the now-removed gutter, but it’s not yet fully erect. Before the works stopped, the scaffolding was due to be completed by November 30, according to the plan submitted to us by the architect of the project.)

Representatives from the OD came on the morning of Wednesday 25 and their conclusions were clear. All works on Ivicke must stop immediately. What’s more, they said it was necessary to study the behaviour of the bats around Ivicke – perhaps for up to a year – so they can be safely relocated, if necessary, at which point works on the building could proceed. These findings were immediately communicated to the municipality, the architect and the site foreman.

On the morning of Thursday 26, however, from around 7.00 the foreman and a worker removed Ivicke’s guttering around three sides of the building. Ivicke’s walls are now exposed to the rain. Two and a half years after we intervened, made Ivicke watertight and dried it out, the municipality has sabotaged our efforts and flooded our current home.

The architect came a little later that morning and told us he thought the work was permitted because they weren’t causing vibrations. The municipality repeated this line to us by email. We later ran this claim by the OD representative and he said that doesn’t allow the removal of the gutter, and reiterated that the necessity to stop completely had already been communicated by Tuesday 24. It’s worth noting the municipality incorrectly informed the OD representative that the gutter had been removed on Tuesday 24, prior to his visit on Wednesday 25.

On Thursday 26, several hours after the gutter had been removed, we asked the architect why the foreman and worker removed the gutter now when that wasn’t scheduled to happen until after the scaffolding is fully erect (with appropriate overhead covering) in December. He had no explanation, because it makes no sense to do so without first protecting the structure from the rain. Later, when we contacted the municipality, they repeated the architect’s line and told us they were working on a solution to this ‘problem’ with the OD. They have scheduled a meeting together for Tuesday 31 November.

What’s happened though is crystal clear. The municipality has made a serious error in its plans for Ivicke’s renovation. It did not carry out due diligence, and now that this issue has been raised it’s facing a huge financial hit, not to mention a stunning embarrassment. In order to mitigate against this, the municipality is trying to manufacture greater urgency for Ivicke’s renovation by actively damaging and endangering the building to try and force the works to continue according to its flawed plan.

They’ve not only broken the law that protects the roosting areas of bats, astonishingly they’ve also arguably broken the law that protects national monuments. In doing so, they’re now holding Ivicke hostage to serve their own financial interests. Which reminds us of someone… Though this isn’t an entirely fair comparison. After all, with regards to Ivicke, Ronnie van de Putte is only guilty of breaking one law.

In short: The municipality of Wassenaar has stooped to thuggish gutter politics to try and avoid facing up to their fuck up.

Villa Ivicke
Rust en Vreugdlaan 2
2243AS Wassenaar, The Netherlands
ivickeautonoom [at] riseup [dot] net
https://squ.at/r/64fv
https://huizeivicke.noblogs.org/

Some squats in the Netherlands: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/NL/squated/squat
Groups (social center, collective, squat) in the Netherlands: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/NL
Events in the Netherlands: https://radar.squat.net/en/events/country/NL

Source: Huize Ivicke Autonoom https://huizeivicke.noblogs.org/post/2020/11/29/bats-at-ivicke-potential-roost-destroyed-and-building-in-serious-danger-after-municipality-of-wassenaar-ignores-directive-to-stop-all-works/

Villeurbanne: the Collectif Solidarités Cusset opens a squat in the rue de l’Egalité

We, Collectif Solidarités Cusset, have occupied a vacant building at 4-6 rue de l’Egalité in Villeurbanne since Wednesday 18 November. We are a neighborhood collective bringing together residents of Cusset. Since the first lockdown, we have decided to organize ourselves collectively in the face of the health and social situation in order to propose a concrete and popular solidarity with the most precarious: students, unemployed, undocumented workers, workers, large families, retired people…
For 4 months, we tried to contribute to the food and health emergency by distributing food and hygiene products in the form of a free market, with the support of several associations in town. Over these 4 months, twice a week, we held these distributions, and it is more than 80 families and isolated people that we helped.

Strengthened by this experience and the multiple links that we have built, we re-mobilized at the beginning of this second lockdown, notably through the organization of marauds. These allowed us to see that our means were not equal to the great precariousness in which too many people found themselves, especially those who had no housing.

This is why we decided to occupy a building that has been empty for many years, located at 4-6, rue de l’égalité, in Villeurbanne. This occupation is fully in line with our previous actions, while allowing us to expand the range of our activities. It also follows an official request for premises by the collective to the Villeurbanne Town Hall in September, whose response was unsatisfactory in view of the conditions we were requesting. We can hope for the support of the city council following the Declaration of the Rights of Homeless People that it adopted in city council on October 12, 2020 and which stipulates that: “Any shelter, whether it is makeshift or provided, must be recognized and respected as such” (article 2).
In its habitable part, this place will house people in need of housing. On the first floor, we will set up the premises of the Collectif Solidarités Cusset as well as spaces dedicated to activities that meet the real needs of the neighborhood: tutoring, tools to bridge the digital divide, administrative assistance for the most isolated, reception area, solidarity canteen…

In the face of the major economic crisis and the government’s attacks on freedom and liberty, we want to open a place that is at the service of our neighborhood and anchored in it, where everyone can feel at ease. We want an open space, where solidarity is built through collective initiatives, and where discrimination and authoritarianism will have no place. Allowing such a place to exist is already resisting the current policies of impoverishment.

In order to restore the building and start our activities as soon as possible, we need a number of things, hence the call for donations.

Let’s organize the solidarity of our neighborhoods!

Le Collectif Solidarités Cusset

4-6 rue de l’Egalité
69100 Villeurbanne, France
collectif-solidarite-cusset [at] riseup [dot] net
https://squ.at/r/84ck

Some squats in France: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/FR/squated/squat
Groups (collectives, social centres, squats) in France: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/FR
Events in France: https://radar.squat.net/en/events/country/FR

Rome: Nuovo Cinema Palazzo evicted

Nuovo Cinema Palazzo was evicted today (Wednesday) in San Lorenzo, Rome. It had been squatted for a decade and was a well-loved community resource. The social centre called for action and there was a big demo in the evening. Mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi (Five Star) said it was an outrage and she herself liked to go there. She called for an immediate meeting to resolve the issue and get the squat re-opened. Also, in better news, the headquarters of neo-Nazis Forza Nuova was also evicted and Raggi took care to say there was nothing at all similar between the two places.

Nuovo Cinema Palazzo released this statement (machine translated) in answer to Raggi’s support:

After what happened today, we welcome the press release that reports the words of the Mayor Raggi, albeit late compared to what happened this morning. We are confident that the immediate opening of a negotiating table involving all institutions can help keep the experience of the Nuovo Cinema Palazzo alive. What happened at the first light of dawn in p.za dei Sanniti is an act of unprecedented violence that affects an entire neighborhood and the whole city. We therefore say we are ready to meet the Mayor Raggi and to participate in a table that takes into account what has been done in these nine years by citizens, associations, artists and committees within the Nuovo Cinema Palazzo and aims to preserve the experience. We also ask that the opening of this table take place in the coming days to prevent the words of the Mayor from getting lost in the whirlwind of an election campaign that begins under the worst auspices.
We wait for you, for the good of San Lorenzo and Rome.
We’re waiting for you, because we’ll be here, watching over a fundamental space for the city.
YOU WILL FIND US AT OUR PLACES

Infos mainly on facebook
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Paris: occupation of the Place de la République, repression and manhunt

The night of the tents: the worst happened. Horror and outrage, the statue of the Republic was petrifiedExtracts from the joint press release

The worst is not the images, it is the night that has once again swallowed the migrants outside. The worst is that the 400 migrants present, at 7pm, Place de la République, will sleep outside again tonight, far away in Clichy, far away in Saint-Denis, hidden under the bridges of the canals or elsewhere, invisible. The worst thing is that again, we will not see them fall asleep wounded in the cold.

No, the appalling thing did not happen when the police took the migrants out, at 8 pm, of the tents that the association Utopia 56 had set up on the Place de la République (20,000 euros of budget according to the association). The police began to throw away several hundred tents purchased this weekend to put them in a safe place. The abandoned bodies of the migrants, taken out by force, the light fabrics flying through the air from hand to hand in police hands, the soon-to-be-torn canvases, the tired faces of all of them… We were only there at the beginning.

Nor was it the worst when lawyers from Droits d’urgence, the Bus de la solidarité, the National Lawyers’ Council, pleaded unsuccessfully with the police to avoid charges. Like all migrants, the Wilson and Utopia 56 associations and the League for Human Rights (LDH), they were charged. It was 9 p.m., Place de la République, and the three successive police charges were still not the worst against this makeshift camp and its defenders such as the associations and collectives Utopia 56, LDH, Solidarité Migrants Wilson.

Later, migrants, associations, chased in the streets of Paris, it was not the worst for tonight, despite the beatings for those who did not run fast enough. From 9:00 pm to 1:00 am, this long race strewn with police charges, LBD shootings, concussion grenades, thousands of police forces squaring the space for two hundred people, this long absurd march, without consistency or respect for rights, was not the saddest tonight.

The worst is not the shocking, horrible and unworthy images, the videos of migrants being chased, of journalists trampled on by the forces of law and order. These images, which will circulate in the coming days in all the media and associative networks, do not show the true horror.

The worst has happened: they will remain outside tonight. This is madness.

And the nights to come, they will be there or they will come back, others will be added, there is the unspeakable. As long as this inconsistent cycle of botched evacuations continues, as long as legislative measures do not allow every asylum seeker, refugee or undocumented immigrant, without distinction, access to dignified accommodation, as long as state funds are insufficient to create genuine reception places, the system will continue despite the violent outbursts of one night. From Calais to Paris, to La Roya, the same methods are gradually taking hold throughout the country.

The heaviest fault of the State is finally further away, deeper. Beyond the violation of international and French law, it is the destruction of hope that creeps into our hearts. Hope for a better life after persecuted lives, hope to have here an unalterable, simple and necessary right to obtain protection: a reception, a roof and an asylum procedure that respects rights.

We were under the statue of the Republic, demanding the application of the principles of republican law. All we saw was an outburst of useless violence, with no accommodation solutions for these 400 migrants.

The statue did not react last night, it remained alone in the empty square, crying for its rights, once again trampled on.

First signatories: Utopia 56, Droits d’Urgence, Ligue des droits de l’Homme (LDH), Solidarité migrants Wilson, Syndicat des avocats de France (SAF), Elena, Réseau d’éducation sans frontières (RESF), Avocats pour la défense des droits des étrangers (AADE), Cimade Ile-de-France, Dom’Asile, Syndicat de la magistrature, Emmaüs France.

Paris, November 24, 2020

Paris, two days after the night of shame, where are we?

We will not return here to the scandalous behavior of the police that night, a direct consequence of the criminal orders given by the prefecture. Everything has been said on this subject and there is much indignation, and rightly so. However, we have the feeling that the debate is moving away from the main topic, the consequences for the people who were present at the camp.
Two days after the extremely violent evacuation of the camp, hundreds of migrants are still surviving in the streets in undignified conditions.
We have heard the indignation of various political leaders since Monday. However, indignation is not enough when it is not accompanied by action, especially on the part of those in power.
We heard the announcement yesterday of the creation of 240 housing places by Emmanuelle Wargon, Minister Delegate in charge of Housing, and Marlène Schiappa, Minister Delegate in charge of Citizenship.
This number of places is absolutely not enough. More than 400 exiled people were present on Monday evening at Place de la République, and an even greater number of people left behind last Tuesday when the Saint Denis camp was evicted.
It is thus 1000 places of accommodation that are needed without delay.
If this is not the case, we will be present again on Saturday evening in a symbolic place in Paris with those that the public authorities are abandoning to the streets.

Utopia 56

Gathering Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 6:00 p.m., Place de la République

Following last Tuesday’s evacuation in Saint-Denis, hundreds of migrants were chased away by the police and settled on Monday evening in Place de la République because in the middle of a cold and sanitary crisis they are on the streets, constantly harassed by the police without any decent accommodation. A rally will be held this Tuesday, November 24th at 6:00 pm, Place de la République.

Communiqué from migrants collectives in Paris and surroundings, Utopia56, Solidarité Migrants Wilson, Marche des Solidarités :

Hundreds of migrants settled on Monday evening in Place de la République because in the middle of a cold and health crisis they are on the streets, constantly harassed by the police without any decent accommodation.
The indignity of their situation and the violence of the police reaction were shocking. This time it was filmed and targeted migrants as well as journalists and people from support collectives and associations. But for the migrants this violence is daily.
This is why we call for a rally on Tuesday, November 24th at 6pm in Place de la République:
– for an immediate solution of decent accommodation for migrants on the street.
– for the regularization of their situation
– for an end to police harassment against migrants and undocumented.

Housing for all! Freedom, Equality, Papers!

Tonight an action is taking place with Utopia 56 and the migrants to raise the visibility of those who were not taken care of during last Tuesday’s evacuation and to put the State in front of its responsibilities.

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Pully: imminent eviction from the Spyre

Destroying life to create emptiness: imminent eviction from the Spyre, an ecological and committed squat in Pully, Switzerland. Here is a press release from the Collectif Bambou, living in a squat ecologist and engaged threatened with eviction in the commune of Pully. We would like to highlight the social and ecological issues raised by this situation.

Have you already heard about the Spyre? On an immense green field in Pully, a large villa and its annex is home to a whole world: colorful, lively, communal. For nearly three months now, the Bamboo Collective has been living and bringing these places to life with ecological and solidarity-based ways of life. The occupied buildings were empty, left abandoned since the plot was bought by Dune Capital SA, property developers wishing to raze them to the ground to build twelve new luxury buildings. This huge project had aroused about twenty opposition from the neighbourhood, and the building permit has not yet been issued. “Welcome to our world, the one we build in the dustbins of theirs. We used to live a bit hidden, busy living, creating and fighting, but today here we are, sharing with you what they are about to demolish: our desires, our creations, our houses, our living hope of another world” expresses a resident.

In the contemporary context of climate emergency against the backdrop of social and, today, health crisis, the collective believes that militant places like the Spyre are more necessary and legitimate than ever. “Occupying these places is a double gesture: on the one hand, to denounce the logic of always aiming to demolish in order to rebuild in a polluting and individualistic way, buildings intended for a privileged minority while people have no roof, and in this way concreting more and more… On the other hand, it is also an action where we build a truly social and ecological alternative to the model of society that underlies this kind of project”. The collective says “The need for housing is real, but in the face of the climate emergency we are experiencing, housing must be thought of differently: reuse what exists, create more shared and common spaces, enhance green spaces – such as the forest and the large garden at the Spyre – not yet concreted, which can be used as parks, accommodate light habitats, or serve as a space for local and shared agriculture”.

Until now, the Spyre has been home to about twenty people, and has organised numerous events, such as workshop days to share knowledge, participative work camps to learn about the joys of construction, evenings of exchange around various readings, collective dinners… The Spyre has always maintained a very good relationship with the neighbourhood. It planned to bring this place to life and allow a large number of people to enjoy the forest it shelters, as well as to use the large garden to aim for market gardening autonomy. However, the owners want to put an end to this community and ecological project and empty the premises as soon as possible…although the building permit has not yet been issued. The District Court ruled in favour of them on Thursday, ignoring the arguments in defence of the Collective and asking them to leave the premises within 48 hours.

Biodiversity to be protected

In addition to the social and cultural aspects that this place has experienced in recent times, its biodiversity is also remarkable. “The garden offers an assemblage of large trees which is exceptional in the neighbourhood and is an important habitat, especially for insects, birds and bats. On the other hand, the wooded cordon at the edge of the grounds represents a relay zone for the many species moving within the villa areas, or towards the woods of the Chenaula,” says a biologist supporting the site. It should be remembered that the decrease in ecological connectivity and the isolation of natural habitats is considered “one of the main causes of biodiversity loss” by the Federal Office for the Environment. “In the current context of widespread biodiversity erosion in Switzerland, we find it important and in the public interest that this assemblage of trees, which also contributes to the quality of life in the district, be taken into account and preserved in the future”.

A brutal decision

This imminent eviction decision shows once again that the Swiss legal system is not ready to hear the voice of those who defend a fairer and more ecological future. For the Bamboo Collective, this situation is not just an isolated phenomenon, but illustrates much broader problems and dynamics. “The eviction from the place where the Spyre used to live and meet people may seem like a small wave in the face of the global disaster that is taking place, but it is a very explicit symptom of a system that is on the verge of collapse”. The construction sector is responsible for 36% of total CO2 emissions.

Even if they are not surprised, the inhabitants are nevertheless revolted by the response of the justice system: “It is hard to see what is right in the fact that some people may have several houses, some of which they have not used at all since the day they bought them, while others are on the street. As for the time limit imposed, it is considered far too short. “There were more than twenty of us living here, and many of us have nowhere else to go. Moreover, evicting people who will therefore be without housing during the Covid19 period and during the winter is a rather inhuman choice”. This decision shows that private property weighs more heavily than the right to decent housing.

Conflicting worldviews

The Bamboo Collective has started to empty the premises and is therefore preparing for the possibility of a forced eviction in the coming days, but hopes that the decision will not be carried out immediately. The collective continues to encourage the owners to come and discuss the possibility of concluding a loan-to-purpose contract to use the premises until the planned work begins. Indeed, the owners still have a choice, still an influence on what happens next. They do not yet have a building permit for what comes afterwards. Here are some extracts from the letter that the Bamboo Collective sent them:

We don’t know if you hear us, if you understand us – here we speak the language of sharing and possibilities; you, you answer us with absurd laws, fines, costs, and refusal to trust. Come if you dare to step out of the comfortable paths and high social status that your financial power gives you. Come and see what we do here, how we live with rooms full of beds, heads full of dreams and hearts full of life. Come and taste the homemade rosemary syrup made from the plants grown in the garden. You think we are utopians? We haven’t been for a long time. Our actions are a realisation of realistic alternatives to what is happening in this world. So we will continue to try, we will continue to create more communal, more resilient lifestyles. We will continue to challenge the logic that it is normal that the majority of our time is sold to work that enriches the rich, destroys the living and impoverishes our lives. We squat for many reasons: out of need, conviction, envy; we squat to free up time and devote it to actions that move, at least a little, the deadly world you so ardently defend.

The Spyre is not just a personal housing project, it is a political project that sets up and defends more communal, more supportive and more ecological lifestyles. Work, reflection, logistics, construction, collective decisions, risk-taking. Every time a squat gets evicted, it is a world that crumbles, a possibility that disappears, a breach that dies and people who find themselves without a roof over their heads. Hundreds, thousands of hours of work suddenly disappear. You don’t understand this, you who work to produce, to grow, to exploit. Go ahead, expel people who will never be able to match your privileges, your wealth and your social protection. You destroy a habitat teeming with life in the belief that you are making another one. But in the neighbourhood, the flats of the same type as the ones you are planning are mostly empty because, unfortunately, many of the wallets targeted by your project are not intended to live in these places. You don’t think of these spaces to make them live, but to make them bear fruit, to the detriment of people who simply need spaces still spared by the unhealthy inertia of the real estate industry. You are destroying life to create emptiness, be it physical, social or moral, while continuing to fuel the mechanisms that plunder the earth’s resources and push our society to its limits.

What an aberration to know that the houses we live in are going to be forcibly evicted to remain empty for a long time to come. To conclude, we will quote just one sentence from the court, which is emblematic of the absurdity of the situation: “… the argument that the buildings would remain empty for several years before being demolished in no way legitimizes the members of the Bamboo Collective to usurp the premises, each owner being free to exercise his possession as he wishes.

The Spyre
Chemin de Rennier 53 55, 1009 Pully, Switzerland
collectif-bambou [at] riseup [dot] net
https://squ.at/r/840s

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Saint-Denis: new evacuation of camp, police violence against migrants

New evacuation of a migrant camp in Saint-Denis. Another communication operation on the shoulders of migrants!

This morning, Tuesday November 17 at dawn, hundreds of migrants were evacuated from the camp near the Stade de France. Prefect Lallement was present on the spot and willingly answered the microphones of the media, who had obviously been warned in advance of the evacuation.
Between 65 and 70 such evacuations have taken place in recent years in the Île-de-France region. The State’s solution is to evict people without any real care. It is a policy of “burying one’s head in the sand”. When it becomes too visible they evacuate. A few days or weeks later a new camp is formed until… the next evacuation and so on.
As usual we are told that it is for the good of the people present, that they cannot live in this situation (which is true). The 70 buses requisitioned (one day we may have to say what we think of the bus companies involved in these transfers) will put the people concerned in so-called “sheltered” places in the Ile-de-France region.
Of course, this will be an opportunity to place undocumented migrants in Administrative Detention Centers (CRA) for their future deportation.
Not all people could be rushed in the buses. As a result, the police have turned away migrants who do not know where to go. Blows, gas and tear gas. Approximately 500 people were left behind. In a state of shock, sometimes injured, they found themselves on the street, without solutions, after several hours of police repression.

Support migrants!

Evacuation of the Saint-denis camp

Migrants and our teams of volunteers wake up with the shock of the previous day in mind (November 17, 2020).
Yesterday, without any explanation and after ten hours of a grotesque police operation marred by violence and inhuman behavior, a manhunt was carried out on more than 1000 asylum seekers who were not offered any accommodation solution. Asylum seekers and volunteers were chased from the Saint-Denis camp to the gates of Paris with tear gas, threats and physical violence. Volunteers from the associations present, including ours, speak of a war zone.
Yesterday evening, the Prefecture of Police shared a communiqué congratulating itself on the success of the operation and the sheltering of all those present in the camp.
Lies! 1,000 people once again found themselves on the street, without tents, without blankets, without resources.
Our associations are mobilizing on a daily basis in the field to respond to the situation as best they can.
We are preparing a press release, collective legal actions against the services of the prefecture and we will contact the rights defender in order to shed light on this filthy eviction.

Police violence against migrants evacuated from Saint-Denis

During the extremely violent operation of “sheltering” migrants from the Saint-Denis camp on Tuesday, November 17, cops left nearly a thousand people homeless after destroying their tents and confiscating their blankets. Since then, systematic police harassment in the north of Paris has left them no rest.

During the night of Monday to Tuesday, the evacuation of the Saint-Denis camp, where thousands of migrants had been living for several months, took place.
At 4 a.m., the camp area was cordoned off by dozens of police trucks – CRS and gendarmes. Some of them were along the canal, along the highway slip road that formed the northern border of the camp and along the main road linking the Porte de Paris to Paris.
After 4 a.m., it was very difficult for anyone to enter the camp – most of the journalists who came to cover the event were thus confined to the press zone a few dozen meters from the camp. During the whole day, no one could leave the camp (with a few exceptions made, but only people of French nationality).

The blue lights of the police vehicles projected fear throughout the camp. It must be realized that until then (and indeed during the entire evacuation) no explanation was ever given to the migrants about what was happening.
The militant associations trying to help the camp had gotten the information through an unfortunate leak at the prefecture – such an operation mobilizes so many people that it can hardly remain secret. So everyone in the camp more or less knew that this police operation was linked to the morning evacuation.
I don’t quite understand why the people who organized the “sheltering” of thousands of people did not choose to send social workers and translators to inform the people concerned about the operation, but rather decided to have the camp surrounded in the middle of the night by armed men at gunpoint who were babbling at best a few words of English and who certainly had no orders to answer questions. The anguish of uncertainty was redoubled by these silhouettes who patrolled silently around the camp and occasionally threw their blinding torch in the face of a migrant.

During three hours, we waited in the night for the first buses to arrive. A hundred families, children wrapped in blankets to fight against the November cold, were already queuing near the main road in the hope of getting on the buses first.
On the camp, the tents were dismantled and their belongings were packed. Little by little the camp was dismantling itself, everyone being convinced that a bed would finally welcome them next night. “Oh you know, I couldn’t sleep today, it was too cold, but tonight, Inchallah, I will finally have a house.” How many times have I heard such a sentence.
In the middle of the night, here and there, big fires consumed all that was left of the jungle. The few barracks also burned down one by one. Everyone watched in amazement, still in the sleepy haze, the red flames rising into the sky. Were they bonfires? Farewell fires? Were they fires of anger? To me, the orange heat of the fire seemed to resist the blue hooting of the police cars.
Then as the day dawned and the first buses arrived, the police decided to move into the camp. They pushed back hard all the migrants in the area near the road. Some had not finished packing their things, others were still warming up around the braziers; nothing could be done, still without a word, with their batons in their hands; they advanced into the deserted camp in a martial way.

It was strange to see in a few hours this camp disappear, the braziers extinguished for good. There were several dozen braziers in the camp. It was around these fireplaces that the life of the last weeks was organized. People met there to fight against the cold and, when we managed to find a few eggs, a leftover tomato paste, an oil base, we cooked succulent meals to which everyone sitting in the circle was invited. Firewood – pallets, old furniture – was gleaned here and there in the city, and was brought back in whole carts.
For two weeks, barracks had been open where balanis, fried bread stuffed with potatoes or corn soup was served for one euro. A man was cutting his comrades’ hair: “So which model will it be for you? 2019 or 2020? I’ll make you my special one! ». We always asked where we could find French courses or showed the youtube channels of French courses that they follow online.

What was the daily life of the people that the police had just swept away? French classes and administrative appointments at the prefecture. They were frequently asked to translate their administrative papers issued by the prefecture, papers that the migrants could not understand because all immigration documents were written in French. I have never seen anyone taking so much care of their documents, wanting to follow the procedure so well. After a translation, we would invite each other for a cup of tea that was too sweet. In a corner, we regularly played marbles with Afghan rules (very complicated!) and pretty cat-eye marbles. And so, as the days went by, the daily life took over the ignoble camp and recreated a warm and welcoming world.
Many people had known each other for a long time. Some had travelled together from Sweden or Germany, from where they were expelled after living there for four or five years.
Few of them have just arrived in Europe, most of them have been tossed around for years by the European administration, crushed by the arbitrariness of the Dublin Regulation and asylum procedures in general. The majority of the camp’s inhabitants came from Afghanistan, a country with which several northern European states have signed an agreement to facilitate the deportation of migrants to their country of origin and limit the number of asylum applications accepted. Several hundred Sudanese and Somalis were also present in the camp, including several families.

Once the police finished their gruesome job of “cleaning” the camp and checked every unfolded tent to make sure that no one escaped their control, the most violent part of the evacuation began.
Thousands of migrants are crowded on the esplanade at the entrance to the camp, near the road where the buses are parked. The buses fill up extremely slowly, and I am told that every person is searched thoroughly because, almost laughing at a migrant, “They think we are terrorists. ». He has just told me that he left for Europe to flee the arrival of the Taliban in his village, the idea that he and his comrades in misfortune could be terrorists seems absurd at best.
While the wait has been going on for six hours now, there is still no information given to the migrants, so they instinctively rush to the buses. I find a migrant friend who has just left the queue, he couldn’t bear to see the policemen threatening the people close to the barriers to spray them with tear gas: “You know, it reminds me too much of the war scenes I experienced in Afghanistan. As soon as I see violence, my memories overwhelm me and I feel like I explode. “How did it come to this: a French police force that is reemerging war traumas?
A few minutes later, the first gases are launched and provoke a panic movement on the whole esplanade. A man cries, a woman faints – the police won’t let her evacuate – and children start running around.
Then, recalling the law in an elliptical fashion, a police officer grabs – at last – a microphone and says, “Watch out, I’m going to use force. I will use violence. First summons”. This is the first time that a word is addressed to people that the police have parked like cattle for hours in the cold. Probably no one understood it as it was in Frenglish.
The gassing resumes, the baton blows are raining down. Some people defend themselves as best they can by throwing their shoes, but what can they do? Most people are exasperated and panicked. They are prisoners on the esplanade – only people of French nationality are allowed to leave the camp. I see an elderly woman desperately showing an officer the keys to her accommodation to prove to him that she just wants to go home, that she was on the camp to take care of acquaintances but that she has no intention of leaving on the buses. The agents do not even answer her. Nor do they answer the French and German statutory refugees who show them their precious documents.

Buses fill up as best they can all day long. I went home enjoying – once again – my privilege of being French. Around 5pm Afghan friends called me: there was not enough room for everyone. More than a thousand people were left without housing solutions. The police violently dispersed them, ordering them to leave the camp without letting them get their tents or blankets back.
A migrant friend who tried to reason with them was taken into custody for a few hours. His phone was broken during his arrest. In addition, the tents and blankets that the migrants and activists had patiently folded and put away were thrown away by the police, and the associations were unable to redistribute the material. After waiting for days for this shelter operation, more than a thousand people found themselves tonight without any resources. The French police destroyed the camp where they were living and stole everything, even their blankets.

I can imagine what must remain of the camp tonight, remains of the blazes, disemboweled tents. Perhaps there is still this draft notebook, which I left there, on which a young Afghan boy patiently copied his first words of French.

Kadaré

Note: Since Tuesday the situation has worsened. The almost one thousand people thrown out on the street are subject to daily police harassment, day and night. The slightest grouping of migrants is dispersed with truncheons and tear gas. The police gave them no respite and conducted a ruthless manhunt in the north of Paris.
You can mobilize with Utopia 56, Wilson Solidarity and other associations that day after day denounce with the migrants the violence they suffer.

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Poznan: Anarchists successfully stop allotment gardens eviction

Anarchists from Rozbrat squat in Poznań, together with other groups, have successfully stopped the eviction of neighbouring allotment gardens “ROD Bogdanka”.

The allotments are a part of the city’s green belt and have been used by the community since 1953. For decades, the land belonged to the state treasury. In the early 90s, it was acquired by a somewhat shadowy developers’ company Darex. Darex took out a loan to purchase the land, but then never paid it back while still maintaining their ownership rights. As of today, the company is still listed as an official owner in the land registry records for both the allotments and Rozbrat.

Over the years, the municipality of Poznań attempted to reclaim the land, but so far without too much luck. In the meantime, the land has become a prime estate for developers and dramatically increased its monetary value. The developers, of course, plan to turn it into some form of a posh “regeneration” project and have been harassing both the allotment holders and the squatters from Rozbrat to get them to move on. In the past year, there were reports of arson on the allotments, and Darex has also been threatening the plot holders with absolutely overwhelming financial penalties should they chose to hold on to their gardens. By these methods, they have successfully intimidated many people to leave their plots; however, a few are still remaining.

The attempted eviction took place yesterday morning, when Darex, with the assistance from the police, turned up intending to clear the space to get it ready for so-called redevelopment. This triggered an immediate resistance from anarchists, environmental groups, tenants’ groups and the allotment holders themselves. An impromptu direct action was organised with people blocking the developers and the police from accessing the land. After a stand-off, Darex and the police have given up on their forceful removal attempt: for now at least.

According to the statement released by Rozbrat this morning:

We were ready for the arrival of the businessmen. Thanks to the joint mobilisation of the allotment gardeners, tenant groups and anarchists, it was possible to stop the plan to demolish the existing buildings.

Darex is a peculiar entity: in the past 30 years, it has not run any real business activity. The company appeared in 1990 to “buy” the land of the then state-owned enterprise for one-tenth of its value, take a loan for ten times more and disappear. However, it did not buy the site from the state, but from a private person who also soon disappeared. (…)

Today Darex crooks are back to life. In their shadow, some developers wish to get hold of this part of Poznań, now worth much more than thirty years ago.

In practice, Rozbrat and the allotment holders are on the same cart. Only by joint effort will we free this land and the rest of Poznań from further waves of privatisation. An eventful winter and spring is coming, as Darex is certainly not giving up.

Rozbrat
Pułaskiego 21a
60-607 Poznan, Poland
https://squ.at/r/kdu
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Santurtzi: Demonstration, create, support and defend squatting

With this short text, we would like to invite you to the demonstration that will take place on November 28th at 12:30 from the Kultur Etxea de Mamariga in Santurtzi.

Because of the media campaign against squatting that is being carried out from the disinformation media, the anti-occupation neighborhood mobilizations with racist and classist tendencies that force evictions and the the aggressive actions that threaten us and come from the city council. From Mamarigako Kultur Etxea, Mamarigako Gaztetxea, La Kelo Gaztexea and people in solidarity; we have seen that it is essential to organize ourselves to give a forceful response to this situation that affects all the squatting movement.

We want to open this initiative that arises from the squatted spaces of Santurtzi to the rest of the collectives and networks. We would like to make you participate by proposing to use this call to make visible in your environment the different local problems and that November 28 under the flag of the squatting be a meeting point to claim our struggle and the defense of our spaces.

Without any desire to centralize and being open to different proposals, we hope that this mobilization will serve to give continuity to the demands, motivate self-organization and give rise to future actions.

Create, support and defend squatting.

Do we have the right to housing? Do we have the right to work?

We need a roof over our heads, not to be manipulated, beaten, detained or exploited.

Do we have the right to decide in our neighbourhoods and our lives?

We need to make our own decisions, to disobey, to fight and not just be given rights.

Repression is in the streets, at work, in bars, in leisure centres and, sadly, also in the family environment and in unhealthy relations of friendship or coexistence. Repression is within us.

Squatted spaces have always been a refuge for political struggles, where solidarity and mutual support are created without violence, as well as relationships of coexistence between equals and diversity. Conscious spaces, confronted with unique thinking and working together towards critical thinking. Living spaces in a world that wants us submissive, uniform and without a horizon beyond producing and consuming until our body, brain and heart are exhausted.

Always in the spotlight of repression, and not just police repression, the disastrous management of the political class over the COVID-19 leads us to the repression of all activity that is opposed to capitalism.

You must consume, spend your money, and go to work. However, the danger of contagion only increases in spaces that do not interest them. You are allowed the option of buying a book in a shopping centre, but not borrowing it from a library in a squatted centre. You are forbidden to attend lectures, but their parliamentary circus continues its activity. Movie theatres are open for the latest Hollywood rubbish, while you cannot go to a squatted space to watch a political or social documentary. You can also continue to frequent restaurants, but they see it as dangerous for you to go to a vegan people’s kitchen, where in addition to having an ethic about non-human animals, they are usually free or the prices are within everyone’s reach. In this situation, we have become so aware of the repression that we are the ones who reject ideas and projects for fear of evictions and/or exorbitant fines. In short, the system does not want thinking, creative and organised heads.

The system has robotised us, making it clear that we are never expected to produce without considering for whom and consume without considering where and how. They dehumanise the city by taking away the few spaces that escape their control and their mercantile relations.

When renting a house, estate agents demand a monthly payment of the price of the house, to which we must add another two monthly payments, in most cases, and finally the price of the rent itself. Experts from these real estate agencies assess the movements of your account to ensure that you are a wealthy bidder. It could be that the only flat that suits your purchasing power, not your needs, is more than an hour away from your job, family or place where you grew up. You may be lucky enough to find an affordable rental, but it will undoubtedly be a scam with some of your neighbours with whom you will have to collaborate by rehabilitating the house, in the best of cases. The little shame and lack of scruples of some owners has no end.

It is common when you go to the town hall to register that they require you to present rental contracts or the permission of the owners to grant it. This practice is illegal, and they know it, but they ignore the law that they defend so much when it suits them. When you ask them to explain it, they solve it with a sharp “mayor’s orders”. We can expect nothing from laws that they themselves define, but we cannot forget that these same laws deprive many people of the few tools they have to survive. The result is a labyrinth in which housing, social assistance, precarious work and registration converge, and in which the only way out is submission and slavery.

In the face of all these pressures and conditions exerted by the housing mafia, the situation becomes even more complicated for people without work permits or proper papers. Their only way out is through equally expensive illegal rentals, overcrowded families, unhealthy spaces and no guarantees, as there is no contract. Faced with this situation, and with the amount of empty spaces that exist, the fairest and most sensible solution is squatting.

It is no coincidence that rents are becoming more and more expensive thanks to different speculation strategies such as gentrification of neighbourhoods or touristification. This points to the conversion of cities into commodities and not into places to live in, making it easier to consume them as a tourist than to inhabit them as a neighbour.

Real estate agencies, banks, construction companies and town halls are seeking to profit from the speculation of community land. They turn the last strongholds of neighbourhood life, together with their communal and neighbourhood fabrics, into areas of passage where the only possible relationship is the exchange of money through production and consumption.

In our town another new urban plan is in process. Some of its consequences are that where there is now a house with a vegetable garden, in the future we will see a block of buildings; that the streets where people used to stop to talk, will be avenues with shop windows where the masses of consumerist zombies flow; that what used to be a neighbourhood bar used as a meeting point, will now be the fashionable franchise where people drink their coffee looking at their favourite screen. It also means that the neighbours you used to know are individualised people who work an hour away from home and only go out to shop, thanks to the new parcel delivery companies perhaps not even that.

An orchestrated media campaign aimed at our neighbours, our potential allies, leads them to inform on their own neighbours for going outside the norm. It is increasingly common to find demonstrations organised by some neighbours to force an eviction. This practice, apart from being more illegal than the occupation itself, makes us think about where we are going as a people. Probably, towards a society in which we prefer to attack the squatter rather than the bankers, while evictions are taking place around them and remain unpunished. A society that criticizes and fears the squatting but does not fear the clearly armed and violent security forces and does not know how to channel its resentment and hatred against the real oppressor.

We are well aware of the power of the media of disinformation, but we cannot help but be surprised that there are people who feel more anger because someone cannot or will not pay for a home, than for leading a slave life just to have a home. The power of the media is such that they get neighbours to attack families rather than speculators. We are sure that in some cases I know about this situation because of misinformation and fear. But we know, sadly, that this situation is also due to envy and racist, classist, patriarchal and fascist attitudes.

The political parties also maintain their criminalising campaign, accusing us of mafia practices when neo-Nazis instituted in legal mafias profit from extortion and harassment of the movement. It is not by chance that these people come to light in times of economic crisis when people lose their jobs and cannot pay their rents and mortgages.

These companies of thugs allied with the big owners and fascist ideology have managed to legitimise actions that they have always carried out out out of hatred, under the protection of the law and public opinion.

We know that this system has individualized us, so we create collective spaces where we can come together, share our experiences and fight in a horizontal way. We believe that this society is commercialised, which is why we are committed to self-management and collective work in search of autonomy. We see that racism has separated and criminalized, so we know that we have to make an effort to make our spaces break those barriers. Having a home to live in is more than a right to do business with, it is a basic need. That is why we take abandoned houses where we can build a decent life.

We take up the baton of those that came before us and we are not ashamed of what we do, but we are proud of it. Squatting was, is and will be a way of life and a tool of struggle.

In the face of their aggressions they will always find us in front of them.

Create, support and defend squatting.

La Kelo Gaztexea
Las Viñas kalea 63, Santurtzi, Basque Country
https://squ.at/r/63ha
https://www.lakelogaztetxea.net/
https://lakelogaztetxea.blogspot.com/

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Bristol: Picton Lane site resists eviction

Last week Freedom reported that the Picton Lane site in Bristol was facing eviction after having been given a notice to leave. The notice was not a court order and was delivered only a day into the lockdown 2.0. Picton Lane site is a home to a number travellers & friends.

The current government lockdown guidelines state that evictions mustn’t happen unless it is a case of “emergency”. There is no emergency on Picton Lane: the owner of the site has been applying, unsuccessfully, for a planning permission since 2017, and the decision to evict people from here during the covid pandemic is more than inexplicable.

Below, we publish a short report from Picton Lane residents, who resisted the illegal eviction attempt with the support from others.

Awake most of the night, we were pleasantly surprised to see supporters begin arriving as early as 5am. However, the bailiffs were not so keen. Even police reacted quicker, with a few officers coming down at around 7.10am.

The group outside continued growing until maybe up to 50 people stood outside, including some media. In high spirits, we assumed the Andrew Wilson & Co bailiffs would simply not show.

Eventually, past 9, one gained access to us by going through the back of a shop on a nearby street and speaking to us through the fence. They never even attempted entry via the front. Clearly not happy about the situation, he explained the eviction would not occur that day and that, in time, it will be done via a court possession order. Another victory for Bristol’s dirty squatters!

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Freedom https://freedomnews.org.uk/bristol-picton-lane-site-resists-eviction/

Dijon: Engrenage Gardens under threat. Vegetables and trees are rooted, they will not leave.

The decision of the Dijon court has confirmed the eviction of the land occupied by the Engrenage Gardens as of November 20. The house is not affected by this decision. Despite the headlines in the local press suggesting that the case is closed, the vegetables are growing, the gardeners are gardening and the walkers are wandering around!

After the October hearing, the court handed down its verdict on November 4. According to the local press (le Bien Public). “The court noted the occupation without right or title of the land located between 45 and 65 avenue de Langres and ordered their eviction within fifteen days if necessary with the help of the police force. The court, however, declared itself incompetent with respect to the occupation of the small house. »

The Engrenage Gardens are :

– A Collective Garden of more than 2000 square meters, cared by its regular users as punctual, despite the bulldozers of the town hall visit on July 24th. We can still find potatoes, beans, kohlrabi, lamb’s lettuce, black radishes, spinach, leeks and cabbage (thanks to global warming).
– A space of conviviality created by the local residents, which takes the form of a public park with benches, tables, a small refreshment bar, chairs, paths, where it is good to walk, sit down, walk your dog or play with your children.
– A perfectly functional small house where a few people live.
– About fifteen plots of family gardens occupied by neighbors.
– A lovingly groomed large petanque court that can also be used for other recreational activities.

These plots belong to the municipality. They belong to the residents of this city. No neighbor, no resident, no citizen of the city of Dijon wants the “Garden State” project imposed from above by Rebsamen and Ghitti, with a lot of false allegations. No one in Dijon, except those with interests in construction and speculation, wants 8-story concrete cages instead of the city’s trees and gardens. Justice and planners believe that the leeks and spinach must gather their little leaves and leave or else they will perish.
But the vegetables and trees are rooted, they will not leave. If they have to be destroyed, they will be destroyed in the name of profit, on the orders of a megalomaniac mayor representing barely 15% of the registered residents, without any democratic debate, without any form of consultation with the residents.

THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES! LET’S TAKE OUR FUTURE INTO OUR OWN HANDS! LET’S PROTECT CULTURES AND NATURE!

To do something constructive for the Engrenage Gardens, it’s very simple :

– Share and relay this text and the following (or your own productions).
– Talk to as many neighbors and people as possible about what’s going on at the gardens and in this city.
– Go for a walk at the gardens this weekend (it’s allowed!), judge for yourself what has been undertaken and get some news.

You can take the opportunity to join the association of the Friends of the Engrenage Gardens and sign the petition on the spot.

Engrenage Gardens
61-63-65 avenue de Langres
21000 Dijon, France
jardinlengrenagedijon [at] riseup [dot] net
https://squ.at/r/7wl8

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Bristol: urgent call for support to resist site eviction

Freedom received the following call-out from the people living in the Picton Lane site in Bristol. If you are able, support them tomorrow, 9th November, in resisting illegal eviction. Pass it on.
We are a group of travellers & friends currently residing on a site in Picton Lane, Montpelier, Bristol, in caravans. Just one day into the second lockdown, we were given a notice to leave by tomorrow morning, 7am by Andrew Wilson & Co bailiffs. The notice was NOT a court order and even included a spelling mistake.
The owner of the land we are on has been applying for permission to build apartment & offices there for years, with applications going back to 2017. We are sure these would not be affordable flats and locals oppose them. All of these applications have been rejected. The land has been staying empty for years, excluding another group of vehicle dwellers who were evicted about 18 months ago.
The current government lockdown guidelines state that evictions mustn’t happen unless it is a case of “emergency”. We don’t think this situation is an emergency at all. No planning permission has been accepted and we have just started a second lockdown. Criminal cases fall under “emergency” in these guidelines, however, this is a civil matter.
We seek support on the day, 7am and earlier, as we expect the bailiffs to be aggressive. We feel we must resist and that our demands should be met: 1. To have contact with the owner 2. To be allowed to remain until the end of lockdown and 3. If an eviction must happen, we want it to be done via proper means aka via a court order.

Groups in Bristol: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/city/bristol/country/GB
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Freedom https://freedomnews.org.uk/bristol-urgent-call-for-support-to-resist-site-eviction/

Amsterdam: Het Schip, Queer Feminist Squat opened

About two weeks ago a house in de Kinkerbuurt was re-squatted. The building was left empty for over a year after the previous occupiers were asked to leave, as supposedly it was to be demolished and replaced with four luxury apartments. The resquatting was done silently and after a few days the cops recognised the occupiers domestic peace.

A message from the occupiers:
We are against the state, patriarchy, police violence, capitalism and all forms of hierarchy and oppression. We will defend ourselves, and our right to exist and live the way we want. Gentrification is a direct attack on our communities, our livelihood and our freedom to be in the city. We are queer, feminist, antifascist and we are tired of this shit. Our free spaces are under attack everywhere and we will not stand by quietly watching their destruction. The time to occupy, resist and strike is now. The pandemic has had a disproportionately negative effect on working class people, womxn, Queer and BAME folks and other marginalised groups. We will not let ourselves be the collateral damage of this crisis. We take care of us. We stand in solidarity with womxn and queer people everywhere, fighting capitalism and patriarchy. Solidarity to our neighbours from Liebig 34. Our movement is international, it cannot be evicted by the state or contained within national borders.

If you are interested in helping out, learning more, or joining our Open Assembly. Shoot us an email on janhanzenstraat115 [at] protonmail [dot] com

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Nantes: New squat on rue Babonneau. You can’t lockdown people outside!

Every evening during the meal distributions the volunteers of l’Autre Cantine (the Other Canteen) meet single men, families with babies and children who have no accommodation. They are out in the cold, often in the rain with wet clothes and wet mattresses. In September they even saw their belongings being thrown in the garbage by the municipal police. They ask us where to sleep and if the state will shelter them.
Since last March we have been in a sanitary crisis due to Covid-19 and have been locked again for 4 days. But them, how can they lock them outside? Why don’t the State and the town hall plan anything? Neither masks, nor shelter, it is once again the most precarious who are voluntarily forgotten.
It is inconceivable for us to see a hundred people on the street, it is a heartbreak to which no one can remain insensitive. This is why we support the new occupation of an empty building, 2 Rue Babonneau!
L’Autre Cantine promises material aid (clothing, mattresses, blankets, food) to the building’s occupants until the state takes over.

Squat empty buildings!

Statement from DAL 44:

Faced with the immobility and impassivity of Nantes’ institutions (prefecture, metropolis and city hall), civil society has mobilized once again to say ‘No’ to the senseless policies of our leaders, and to highlight their ineffectiveness and lack of reaction.

Yesterday, Monday November 2, L’Autre Cantine Nantes announced and supported a new occupation thanks to which more than a hundred people were sheltered (still in need of clothes, mattresses, etc.). More than a hundred people who, until yesterday, were still waiting for a state care that never arrived.

When our leaders continued to evict squats, to put people on the street, harass and drive them out of the city center in an attempt to make them invisible, citizens mobilized and clearly refused the banalization and normalization of misery, a misery that is only reproducing and expanding with the liberalization and commodification of the right that is the right to housing. What sense is there in imposing a lockdown when hundreds of people who do not have the means to lock themselves are left on the street?

DAL 44 obviously supports this occupation, and we hope that it serves not only to shelter people who until yesterday had no shelter, but also to make evident the failure of institutions that prefer to turn a blind eye.
We hope that it serves to force them to open their eyes and look, to undertake the necessary debate on the right to shelter, the right to universal care for all citizens.

BECAUSE A ROOF IS A RIGHT!!!
RIGHT TO HOUSING!!

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Sabadell: 7 years later, trial against Can Piella postponed

Hello friends,

We want to inform you that next Wednesday, November 4th, we were going to be judged. Five days ago, our trial was postponed, supposedly because of the Covid issue.
As you know, Can Piella has been a community and social project that was developed during three and a half years in the farmhouse Can Piella, near La Llagosta, Vallès Oriental (Can Piella was evicted on May 15, 2013) . A community that was growing in participation and support, and carrying out the rehabilitation tasks that were necessary and, little by little, was developing a social project and economic self-management. Coexistence and social transformation have been two fundamental and closely related lines of work.

In order to make visible the nonsense of a system that allows speculation with abandoned spaces by large fortunes, with the terrible socio-political consequences that this implies, we decided to carry out a symbolic but forceful act of peaceful resistance. As a consequence of the repression of this act, in which more than 180 riot cops participated, 5 arrests were made with unjust accusations and the corresponding fines and associated costs.

The five people arrested face charges of attack, injury and resistance, with sentences ranging from 10 months to 2 years and 9 months in prison, depending on the case. The legal costs together with the sentences requested by both the public prosecutor and the Generalitat are estimated at between 9,000 and 16,000 euros depending on the outcome of the trial that was to take place on November 4 in the courts of Sabadell, until it has been suddenly suspended 5 days earlier. Right now we do not know the date of the trial.

How can you support us?

For this reason we ask, as far as you are able, for your collaboration:

Sharing this info, sending around this video https://vimeo.com/473157343

With a financial contribution:
To provide financial support to the cause, you can use the following account number ES45 2100 0148 5502 0033 6382 to make a donation, mentioning “Suport”. In case the donations exceed the final costs, the money will be given to another cause that we consider to be similar.

Thank you very much and we hope you are well. A hug.

Can Piella
canpiella [at] gmail [dot] com

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Wassenaar: Municipality Wants To Ivickt Us Without A Court Hearing Or A Plan

The mayor and executive board (B&W) of Wassenaar rejected our request to suspend our eviction from Ivicke until at least six weeks after a court has ruled on the case.

After almost two and a half years of our residency at Ivicke during which we have cooperated to ensure the municipality can start essential repairs to the building, the B&W demands we leave without exercising our right to represent our interests in front of a judge, nor with a plan in place for Ivicke’s future use. The B&W says a postponement would neither serve the interests of the owner or the public, though it offers no explanation behind this assertion nor an opinion on our interests as Ivicke’s current residents.

Let’s be clear. The B&W’s eviction order has nothing to do with Ivicke’s repair works. At least, legally speaking. The municipality’s contractors are currently preparing the terrain. Our presence here doesn’t prevent the works from happening.

Rather, this is a political decision based on the absurd municipal council vote last year. It certainly isn’t a decision taken in the best interests of the building, while it’s clear the ‘owner’s interests’ aren’t exactly the B&W’s priority. And to speak of serving the ‘public interest’ while ordering people’s eviction from their home so it can be left empty during a pandemic as we enter winter is beyond cruel and reckless.

For all the money the municipality is throwing at Ivicke (one million euros and counting…), its current destination is neither residency nor office. It’s more emptiness. The municipality are quick to congratulate themselves, with the support of an obliging media, on their efforts to tackle Ivicke’s owner. But what has actually been achieved? And at what cost?

When the works are finished, what comes next?

Nothing will fundamentally change. The VVD’s dramatic conversion to state interventionism against the so-called “free” market will be short-lived since they, of course, have no interest in the structural problems their policies create that necessitate squatting and enable assholes like Ronnie van de Putte. I mean, fuck, the best idea VVD Wassenaar chief Laurens van Doeveren had was to make a “moral appeal” to investors not to put their money in Ronnie van de Putte’s company, Bever Holding. And when sweet, naive lil van Doeveren learned the world doesn’t work that way, his next big boy move was to write a strongly-worded letter of complaint about Beverto Euronext stock exchange chief Simone Huis in ‘t Veld, which no doubt went straight to the top of her ‘ignore pile.’

Because in the real world, for financial capitalists, punishing Bever and its investors would be an unacceptable precedent to set since it’s hardly the only real estate speculatorgoing against ‘every social interest’ and ‘parasitizing society.’ It’s the very nature of what these fucks do. The main difference with Beveris it doesn’t pretend otherwise.

Laurens van Doeveren’s posturing won’t change the fact that Ronnie van de Putte will remain the owner of Bever Holding, it will remain on the stock exchange and rich people will continue to invest in it because – thanks in part to the VVD – predatory property speculation makes money. What’s more, he will remain the owner of Ivicke. And so the answer to ‘what comes next?’ is quite simply more emptiness, more neglect, more decay, potentially sabotage, with the added bonus of even more costly legal battles as the municipality tries to recoup its costs from a man who has built an empire on extorting money and evading financial obligations. In short, the municipality has created a situation that threatens to turn Ivicke into Wassenaar’s very own ‘white elephant’ at the taxpayer’s expense.

Congratulations. And good luck.

We didn’t expect to live in Ivicke indefinitely. We do, however, expect the basic courtesy of having our say in court. And for attempting to deny us this, fuck you B&W. Denying our right to a hearing concerning our eviction for emptiness – during a pandemic in winter, no less – doesn’t just threaten the housing rights of squatters. It’s a precedent that threatens all low-income people in the Netherlands suffering under insecure forms of tenancy.

If only housing rights were as strongly enforced as the rights of (certain) monumental buildings. If only municipalities cared to house people (or at least get out the fucking way) as much as it cared to restore counterfeit architecture.

No court hearing? No plan? No Ivicktion for emptiness.

Huize Ivicke
Rust en Vreugdlaan 2
2243AS Wassenaar, The Netherlands
ivickeautonoom [at] riseup [dot] net
https://squ.at/r/64fv
https://huizeivicke.noblogs.org/

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Source: Huize Ivicke Autonoom https://huizeivicke.noblogs.org/post/2020/10/30/wassenaar-municipality-wants-to-ivickt-us-without-a-court-hearing-or-a-plan/

Lyon: evacuation of Collège Maurice Scève

Press release following the evacuation of the Collège sans frontières Maurice Scève by the collective support migrants Lyon Croix-Rousse, October 28, 2020.

The evacuation of the Collège sans frontières Maurice Scève on October 27, 2020 went off without a clash with the police, which is appreciable after the violent intrusion on October 6. We regret that, for what could only have been a move, such a police deployment was necessary (preventing in particular the supporters from being on the premises), stigmatizing these young migrants as potentially dangerous, whereas they are rather endangered by the lack of State support, but we note that all the actors on the spot did their utmost to ensure that the operation was carried out in good conditions.

The collective would like to thank the elected municipal and metropolitan officials and the mediators who came to the site despite the early hour of the morning, showing their commitment to ensure that everything went as smoothly as possible.

The collective and the inhabitants also thank all the neighbors who came in large numbers to show their unfailing support and their vigilance during the day, and who, since the opening of the place, have been able to see in these young people something other than the image that some try to convey about them, and have been able to integrate them with benevolence.

We congratulate all the young people who have kept their self-control despite the general stress. They proved by their calm all the absurdity of the oversized police deployment organized by the prefecture.

The collective also underlines its commitment since several weeks to promote a good organization of this evacuation/re-housing. They were thus almost alone at work in the afternoon, with the inhabitants, so that all those present in the morning were effectively accommodated in the evening.

The figures for the accommodation are as follows:

More than 180 people have been taken care of and will be accommodated this evening in a hotel, before the more permanent accommodation we require:
– Approximately 70 people are accommodated by the State, in accordance with its regulatory obligation;
– More than 100 people, including more than sixty minors awaiting recognition of their minority, are taken care of by the Lyon Metropolis.

Unfortunately, about forty inhabitants, in a precarious administrative situation, have preferred not to cross the Prefecture’s services and find themselves today outside the accommodation facilities offered by the Lyon Metropolis.

In total, over the past year, and thanks to the commitment of all the actors, including the collective, about 300 people will have been accommodated by the State, as provided by law. We do not forget that it took two years of struggle and living in very precarious conditions to finally have this right respected. Some of the inhabitants will have lived through the bumpy road of the asylum process without ever being accommodated by the State.

We can only hope that respect for this right to accommodation will not remain exceptional and conditioned by the need to empty a building in order to carry out a real estate transaction. Unfortunately, we know that tens of thousands of accommodation places are lacking in France for asylum seekers and that after not having financed any creation in 2020, the budget only provides for 4,000 for 2021.

In line with its campaign commitments, and committed to an extra-regulatory will to protect young migrants, the Lyon Metropolis has sheltered all minors awaiting recognition and some adults. We thank it for this and call on it to continue in this direction.

We are going to ensure a follow-up of all these young people, who will be accommodated in hotels for the coming days, and then in more permanent accommodation. Solidarity will not stop with today’s evacuation.

However, the collective is asking the question of the future: the new arrivals who came to rest at the Collège after an often very difficult journey, who found human warmth there (for lack of comfort), will now have no place of relief or shelter. In the end, the Collège was a very convenient place for all the institutions that directed them there: where will they go from now on, whether they are minors or adults?

We are therefore urgently asking for a reflection with the town halls and the Lyon Metropolis, to open one or more places of welcome and relief, day and night, following the example of what is happening in other municipalities. Vacant premises exist, which could be dedicated to this welcoming and permanent accommodation, places that could function harmoniously thanks to agreements. The experiment conducted at Croix-Rousse in the squatted school showed, through the richness of the exchanges between the neighborhood and its inhabitants, all the interest of a downtown location for such places of welcoming, inserted and open to their neighborhood, contrary to the institutional arrangements so often established in the suburbs.

Finally, the collective demands that a policy based on tolerance, respect and dignity be directed towards other squatter-type accommodation, by agreement, so that living conditions there are acceptable while waiting for permanent housing.

The collective support migrants Lyon Croix-Rousse

Collège with borders Maurice Scève
8 Rue Louis Thévenet, Croix-Rousse, Lyon, France
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lecollege [at] riseup [dot] net
mineur-isole-lyon [at] riseup [dot] net

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