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Berlin: Information on the raid on 9 July 2020

At 7:00 in the morning, the cops have been breaking into Rigaer94 and have occupied parts of the front building. Allegedly it is a search of an apartment in the front building. The cops have been using violence when they entered our premises via Rigaer 93. In the meantime, doors in the front building have probably been destroyed. Cops are also on the roof. It’s still unclear how many are they in the surrounding streets. More information will follow.

A few days before today’s raid on our house, letters were delivered to the administrator of Rigaer94, which are supposed to represent a change of the property management. On an extremely reduced copy of a letter allegedly certified by an alleged notary in England, an illegible signature follows this name, Thorsten Luschnat, Kuhnaustr. 6 in 12623 Berlin (born 27.11.1965). In his letter of 6 july 2020, he claims to operate a property management company under the name of Luschnat Immobilien and to act in the interest of Lafone Investment Ltd. Anyone who has information about this further letterbox company of the real estate mafia is welcome to send it to us.

Workers of a private security company are gathering in the street. Their company is the same one that participated in the failed eviction of Kadterschmiede: Smart Guard Protection GmbH. In addition, after the raid on an apartment for which they had a search warrant, the cops tried to break into several apartments in the front building.

Rigaer94
Rigaerstrasse 94, Berlin
https://squ.at/r/49pd
https://squ.at/r/5fm
https://rigaer94.squat.net/

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

The Hague: Housing Action Days, call for participation!

On Friday and Saturday 31st of July and 1st of August, Housing Action Days will take place in The Hague. The theme for Friday is social housing and precarious modes of housing, and the theme for Saturday is the selling out of the city and gentrification. During these two days we will make a collective fist against precarity and the housing shortage.

In the past couple of years the city has become the stage of a social struggle. Capital is increasingly controlling housing and public spaces. The city is transformed into a revenue model, a new apparatus for a select group to accumulate wealth. This has drastic consequences for many of us. De waiting lists for social housing are ever lengthening, rents are already way too expensive and the political unwillingness to take up these issues is stifling. In the inner city, one loft gets restored after another and only expensive private sector housing is built. Hip coffeehouses and their terraces are spreading like an oil spill. We don’t want a city merely for consumption but a city in which we can live!

Paired with the gentrification, the state’s net to control public spaces tightens. Concurrently to being forced to pay increasingly high rent for increasingly small spaces, we are being dispossessed of the streets: hanging out in the street is perceived as suspicious and will get you castigated for gathering. The only places where you can still gather in public are parks or sports field – but never without the supervision of cameras. Our living spaces are shrinking, we will no longer put up with this shit anymore!

For this reason, let us meet on 31st of July and 1st of August, to take action against the selling out of our cities and our lives. We invite everyone to come to The Hague, the belly of the beast, to struggle for the right to live and to the city!

Housing Action Days 2020
The Hague, Netherlands
woonopstanddenhaag [at] riseup [dot] net
https://woonactiedagen.wordpress.com

Sleeping Places

During the action days we will facilitate sleeping places for people joining from outside The Hague or The Netherlands. Sleeping places will be available from the evening the evening of July 30th until the morning of the 2nd of August.
If you require sleeping places please send an email to woonopstanddenhaag [at] riseup [dot] net and add [Sleeping Places] in the email subject line.
Then proceed by reserving sleeping places for you or your affinity group with a name (you choose!) and by stating how many sleeping places you require.

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: https://woonactiedagen.wordpress.com/2020/07/03/callout/

Amsterdam: Always Anti-Anti-kraak

Sunday afternoon there was a small action at a former squat in Amsterdam Noord. The squatters are angry, because in the evicted building is now an anti squat workspace. The building, that had been squatted already for 3 times, got evicted last summer. It turns out it got evicted for anti-squat. Below a statement of the squatters:

Today we are here to put the situation surrounding the building in the middle of your neighborhood under attention. The old pizzeria on Statenjachtstraat 598. Probably the recent history of this building is still known to you, but to summarize:
After years of vacancy, last year the building got bought by to rich real estate dealers, Axel Veldboom and Frans Blom. Last summer, the place got resquatted (it was already squatted 2 times before). It was clear for the squatters that there were no short term plans for the building. But the owners did have a plan. A pretty ambitious and unrealistic plan, to build an enormous building in the middle of the neigbourhood.
The state decided to start a procedure to evict the squatters, squatting is forbidden, and the owner claims to have a plan. The squatters decided to fight the state in court, to prevent the eviction. In a court case like this the importance of interests is being weighed against each other by a judge, or at least it should be. On one side the needs of the state for having the place evicted, and on the other side the needs of the squatters, to be able to have a place to live.
The story of the owner was simple, the asbestos had to be taken out of the building, in order to be able to demolish it, ready the ground for construction, and start the new building plans. By the time they would have destroyed everything, they figured they would have all the permits ready.
The state without doubt took over these statements, and the judge agreed. The squatters got evicted.
By now, the asbestos has been taken out, and the building has been empty again for couple of months.
Then all of a sudden, last week, an advertisement shows up on facebook that there is a “creative, slightly destroyed, but not lost work space” is available in the Banne.
The house is being rented out as an anti-squat atelier. As the squatters predicted, the plans are far from finished. 7 People lost their house. Evicted by the state to protect the rich housing speculators, that want to put a yuppie flat here. And now there will be some kind of hip atelier, with the only goal being the prevention of the building being squatted again.
Anti-squat might sound nice, you can get a cheap nice place to do something creative, or even live. But you shouldn’t forget the point of anti-squat. The point is preventing that the building gets squatted. It’s a tool that is used by real estate owners to speculate and make money. You lose all you rights. Sadly there is not much we can do anymore with this building, but we didn’t wanted to go quietly.
The action went pretty smooth, some banners were put on the fences surrounding the building, some music was played, flyers were handed out to the neighbors. Some interested people stayed for a bit to discuss the situation. Incidentally, the anti-squatters were there at the same moment, settling in their new work space. They were not sure what to think about the situation, from one side they thought it was sad the squatters got evicted, from the other side they were happy with the new place they are renting for 200 euro a month, to start their new furniture workshop. Police came, after the usual nitpicking they gave their permission for the “demonstration”.

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

antikraak = antisquat
source: Indymedia https://www.indymedia.nl/node/48138

Athens: Solidarity action for Dervenion 56. An international call for solidarity

On friday 26 june, in Exarcheia, the Greek state evicted and sealed Dervenion 56 and the building at Dervenion 52. An immediate gathering of solidarity was held on Exarcheia square for several hours. In the evening of the same day, a solidarity march was held with the participation of 300 people. The march ended at the Dervenion squat, barricades were set up around the perimeter and then comrades broke the concrete blocks of shame. Police never came and after some hours the protesters left. Riot cops made again an operation the next morning, building again a concrete wall in front of the squat’s door. According to information, in the following days, various solidarity actions followed, a demonstration took place on the main shopping street of Athens, Ermou, where slogans were shouted, and apparently some people attacked multinational clothing companies in Ermou in the occupied -by the police-, center of Athens. Even the rich yuppie nephew of the Prime Minister, the mayor of Athens, Costas Bakogiannis, could not escape the anger caused by the evictions. The pioneer of violent gentrification and his bodyguards were attacked with coffees and other items by dozens of people at a local religious festival. In the following days a march was held again at Exarcheia where comrades demolished the walls of the sealed migrants’ squats at Themistokleous 58 and Spirou Trikoupi 15. All these days, texts of solidarity were written and banners were put in various locations in Greece.

From our side, as a gesture in solidarity with Dervenion 56 and as a reminder to the people of power, we teared down the concrete blocks that held the door of Matrozou 45 squat in Koukaki. Our message is that “Nothing is forgotten.” We sat as long as we needed to and left greeting our neighbors and handing out texts to the people. On the same day, a rap concert of solidarity with Dervenion 56, was held on Exarcheia square. At the end of the concert, the organizers call the people to march together towards the squat and to open it. People headed for the squat, barricades were set up everywhere, and the demolition of the concrete blocks became a common practice with the participation of anyone who wished. After a while the cops chose to attack but this time there were people who responded with Molotov cocktails and stones. Clashes spread throughout the neighborhood, and in retaliation, the cops beat, tortured, arrested, and broke into shops. Anger grows.

The Dervenion 56 squat, in Exarcheia, opened in September 2015, hosting solidarity structures for immigrants and refugees. Medical care, food, clothing, lessons, etc. At the same time, many anarchist and anti-authoritarian groups found shelter to organize their struggles and hold events that had anti-fascist, feminist, ecological and, of course, anarchist content. Events that do not fit into the festivals of authority, events without financial and institutional exclusion. In the times of the imposition of the quarantine fascist law, Dervenion 56 continued to operate, breaking the depressive misery of isolation and “individual responsibility”. A large part of the a / a scene was still active on its squatted ground and continued to organize and intervene against fascist laws, forming mutual aid structures supporting hundreds of locals and immigrants, unemployed, all of social base people. It was this space where collective processes, common ground and time survived against the situation that the state tried to impose.

Without a doubt, the state’s motives for evicting Dervenion 56 can be found in the squats contents, the actions of solidarity and mutual aid. Where militants meet, where authority is doubted, there is an enemy of the state. Everything else about violence, property, unpaid bills, legality, drug dealing, are just fake excuses from the state, the bankers and their business associates. In any case, they themselves are the main exponents of oppression, arbitrariness and destruction, actions that they refer to as “development”. The squatters, along with the rest of society’s resisting people, are considered an internal enemy because they do not go with the flow, because they do not submit to the dictates of those in power, because they see no salvation in capitalist development, but only another trick to make some profits through our own exploitation. A more recent example is the “big walk of Athens”, a project made with the tax money of the workers of Athens, the same workers who cannot stay in the center due to the gentrification that they themselves are called to pay.

The part of society that is considered an internal enemy of the state, are those who revolt and clash with the units of repression when the state either left or right kills, when it leads us to economic misery, when it destroys the environment, when it drowns free life into even deeper conservative waters. The “internal enemy of the state” seems to step back and shrink from time to time, but in reality we always prepare the conditions to come forward again, to defend neighborhoods, roads, rivers and mountains, to transform schools, universities and working spaces in battlefields.

A battle between those few who want everything for themselves against a countless crowd that wants EVERYTHING FOR EVERYONE.

Dervenion is still a house of the movement and as such, we will defend it.

We are calling for international actions in solidarity with the squats. Make the Greek state, the Greek capital and its partners regret the choice they made to attack the movement and its spaces in Greece.

To defend Dervenion 56 and all squats, to prepare the ground for the coming social uprising.

Koukaki Squat Community

Dervenion 56, Exarcheia
https://squ.at/r/1lps
https://dervenion56.espivblogs.net/

Koukaki Squat Community
m45community [at] riseup [dot] net
https://squ.at/r/43uf

Some squats in Athens: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/city/athens/country/GR/squated/squat
Some evicted squats: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/city/athens/country/GR/field_active/1/squated/evicted
Groups in Athens: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/city/athens/country/GR
Events in Athens: https://radar.squat.net/en/events/city/Athens/country/GR

Some squats in Greece: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/GR/squated/squat
Groups in Greece: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/GR
Events in Greece: https://radar.squat.net/en/events/country/GR

Indymedia Athens https://athens.indymedia.org/post/1606123/

Berlin: 30 years Liebig 34 – We never stop!

The Liebig 34 will celebrate its 30th birthday at the beginning of July. Eviction titles, media hype and annoying cops don’t spoil these days. Viva la Liebig!
Thirty years ago, after the fall of the Wall, people from a wide variety of backgrounds flocked to East Berlin to take advantage of the chance offered by the unresolved chains of command and the unspeakable vacancy. Entire streets and blocks of houses were occupied, redesigned and filled with ideas and creativity. The streets of Friedrichshain were full of life and very practical solidarity. At one corner there was a discussion meeting, in the next open-air cinema and there food was cooked for the whole street.
In these hours also lies the origin of our collective, which entered the rooms of Liebigstraße 34 in July 1990 and thus made the beginning of this project. In the following years a lot changed: the squat became a feminist house project without cis men. Through hard work and years of struggle it was tried to create a shelter and to offer an alternative to the cis-sexist everyday life.
Now, 30 years later, is the project to end?
Even then, the summer of anarchy was ended by brutal evictions by the cops at the behest of major investors, such as in the day-long street battles around the defense of Mainzer Strasse in November 1990.
We had to watch how our sibling project Liebig14 was taken to us in 2011. Only a few of us were able to save ourselves, in whatever way. Too many projects that have shaped the neighbourhood over decades and made it what it is have been (brutally) cleared over the years. This summer, many houses would celebrate their round birthday. 30 years of self-organization, non-conformity and rebellion. We would be happy to celebrate this great day together with our companions. But too many have been removed from the cityscape and defaced into pretty yuppie paradises.
It must not and will not happen to us like this!
We will continue to resist and we will celebrate these 30 years Liebig 34. No eviction and no macho-assholes can stop us.

Come on 04.07. and 05.07. to the Dorfplatz and to Liebig34 for a very interesting program.
Liebig 34 lives and celebrates!

Happy Birthday L34 Let‘s be careful with each other so we can be dangerous together

Let‘s get active, creative and bring our rage to the streest with decentralized actions.
On Day X, the Interkiezionale calls for a powerful sponti at 9 pm.
Keep an eye out for announcements!

Liebig34 has a 30 year long and eventful history which is now, 10 years after the Padovicz Group bought the house, is in danger of coming to an end. The handling of housing as a commodity of the capitalist system, has forced evictions, displacement and has become a bitter reality for thousends of people. With a total of over 200 houses only in Friedrichshain, Padovisz company is responsible for eviction, displacement and homelessness and has been very active in solely developing properties for the city of rich.

For us, the value and significance of the house cannot be measured by dirty capitalist figures. Nor can the meaning of the house be replaced by money and power. We see the struggle for the Liebig34 not only as a struggle for the house, and with that as a living space, but also as one for queer-feminist resistance in Berlin and beyond.
Living in patriarchal social order with heteronormative values lead to the oppression and exclusion of people because of their gender identity or sexual desires. The freedom of self-determination of those people get, on a daily basis, threatened and affected not only by structural but also by physical, psychological and economic violence.

The Liebig34 is one of the few remaining autonomous anarcha-queer-feminist houses in Europe.
It organises itself as a house without cis-man (*) and which people from different places, contexts and with different (a)-gender identities collectively live together. They create the space according to their inidividual needs and try to live an anti-patriarchal practice in which conscious space is created for people to define themselves and live out their identity. It is a place where social and kapitalist power structers are questiones and opposed, where queer-feminist resistance and queer-feminist political struggles become visible. Espacially in the last years the Liebig34 has encouraged an autonomous and militant queer-feminist fight, which many people feel addressed and empowered by.

As non-cis-men residents of Rigaer94 we also feel empowered and inspired by our fighting neighbours in Liebig34. We too are fighting against hetero-patriachal and capitalist structures and for Liebig34. The house enriches the neighborhood as a place of social and political struggles, with the küfa and the provision of food donations as well as solidarity with people who are not cis men and need a safe space. It is one of the few space in Friedrichshain which is focused around organizing without cis-men.

Within the radical movement of an anti-capitalist queer-feminist consciousness that focuses on self-dtermination and self-defence, the Liebig34 takes a vital place. Lets fight together for Liebig34!
No matter who threatens the house, it will conitnue to take this place.
Liebig34? Can‘t touch this!

Let‘s get active, creative and bring our rage to the streest with decentralized actions.
On Day X, the Interkiezionale calls for a powerful sponti at 9 pm.
Keep an eye out for announcements!

FIGHT LIKE LIEBIG34!

(*) Cis-gender: is a term for people whose gender identity matches their sex assigned at birth.

Liebig34
Liebigstraße 34
10247 Berlin
liebig34 [at] riseup [dot] net
https://squ.at/r/4u9p
http://liebig34.blogsport.de/

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

Indymedia https://de.indymedia.org/node/92033
Radar https://squ.at/r/7wu1
Liebig34 http://liebig34.blogsport.de/2020/07/02/30-years-of-liebig-34/
Indymedia https://de.indymedia.org/node/93157

Wassenaar: Ivicke’s Zoning Plan, a Monumental Fuck Up

Enforcement of a zoning plan would suggest there is a plan. There isn’t.

The municipality of Wassenaar has decided to pursue our eviction from Huize Ivicke on the basis of the building’s zoning plan which designates its function as an office, not a residence.

Their reasoning for the decision appears to be that ‘Kantoor Ivicke’ must become ‘uninhabited’ once again in order to be ‘presentable.’ Strange, since we all seem to recall that Ivicke being uninhabited is what led to it becoming unpresentable in the first place.

The fact that it is a house, that it has largely been used as a house, that anti-squat guardians lived at Ivicke for several years under the current owner’s watch, and that many thousands of people are living “illegally” in non-residential (and often state-owned) buildings as anti-squat guardians across the country is apparently irrelevant.

The normalization of actual offices and other business premises as anti-squat housing – operating in a ‘legal grey zone’ – demonstrates that Ivicke’s designation as an office is incidental; a handy bureaucratic tool the municipality can choose to use or disregard, depending on their interests at any given time.

Their decision to now make use of this tool, while offered by the media as a new twist in the tale of Ivicke, has been a long time coming. Indeed, the way the municipality went about this latest move is a repeat of a strategy they employed late last year.

The Municipality Cautions Against Enforcing The Zoning Plan

At that time, we were aware that the owner had sought our eviction on the basis of the zoning plan since the very beginning of our occupation. In response to inquiries from the owner, the municipality said the following in early January 2019:

“In the case of enforcement activities on the basis of the zoning plan, we must check whether enforcement activities are not disproportionate in relation to the interests involved. Your interest in enforcement must be weighed against the interests of the squatters, in particular your interest in eviction in relation to the need for your own use in the context of renovation and redevelopment.”

The municipality here acknowledges that enforcement of a zoning plan requires discretion; they must take into account competing needs. The owner’s only ‘need’ is to extract profit through the destruction of a national monument. Also, as the municipality acknowledged earlier this year, we are no obstacle to Ivicke’s restoration. The only obstacle is the owner’s unwillingness to actually do anything. This hasn’t changed, yet the municipality’s reasoning has. The municipality’s response continues as follows:

“The public order aspect also plays a role here. If you leave the property empty after the eviction and there is no realistic prospect of suitable reoccupation, there is a danger that the property will be squatted again due to vacancy. As is well known, evicting squats is often accompanied by serious disturbances of public order.”

But the municipality’s latest move suggests that it is now our continued occupation of Ivicke, absent of any concrete plan for the building’s use, that is the threat to public order.

The Municipality Says No

A few weeks after the municipality’s response, the owner lodged an official request for our eviction from Ivicke on the basis of the building’s zoning plan. The municipality rejected this in June that year, arguing that the owner should first make use of other available legal channels, such as starting a civil court procedure.

The owner’s representatives said they could not do this out of fear they would lose the case since, well, they do not intend to do anything with the building but leave it to rot. As such, the owner made clear his intention to lodge an appeal on July 29, which was received by the municipality on July 31, 2019.

This just so happened to be when we were hosting people participating in the No Borders Camp (NBC).

VVD Wassenaar seized on the opportunity, via the ever obliging media, to portray our decision to host people exercising their right to protest the EU’s murderous border regime as proof that we were a threat to public order and safety. This had no foundation in reality.

A judge determined there was no legal basis for stopping the manifestation. The mayor acknowledged there was no risk to the public.

But none of this mattered to Laurens van Doeveren, VVD Wassenaar party chair. When VVD Wassenaar talk about a ‘threat to public order’, they mean a threat to the established order. Anyone who operates outside their law, outside their market, cannot be tolerated. Unless, like Ivicke’s owner, they are rich. Then it is perfectly reasonable to ignore and downplay ‘illegal’ activity, market distortion/manipulation, and continue with the pretence that one is dealing with a serious businessman ‘with whom we hope to have a constructive dialogue.’

During the NBC, Laurens van Doeveren decided to instigate his own one-man counter protest and then impersonated a journalist to access the terrain. VVD Wassenaar, alongside their governing sidekicks the CDA, finally had a pretext to push for an eviction. The camp showed that “we are not sweethearts,” or something…

The owner’s lawyer elaborated on the grounds behind their appeal several weeks after the NBC. It didn’t contain anything of note that wasn’t already in the original request to enforce the zoning plan. That is, except for the claim that the NBC demonstrated we are a grave threat to the building’s monumental characteristics. Anyone vaguely familiar with the owner’s real estate tactics will understand how laughable this faux concern is.

It was at this time that we first heard of the owner’s attempt to have the municipality evict us on the basis of Ivicke’s zoning plan. The owner’s lawyer mentioned it in court during their failed attempt to shut the event down. Shortly thereafter, we contacted the municipality to ask about the status of the owner’s appeal to enforce the zoning plan and whether, as an interested party, we could submit our position. We never received a response.

In the meantime though, the municipality were busy holding votes on our ‘voluntary departure’ and working out a path to coerce the owner into carrying out emergency repairs and restoration works. The municipality imposed an administrative order on the owner concerning this which he challenged in court. The municipality then asked if we could provide a statement to the court to confirm we would provide access to contractors to carry out ‘emergency repairs’, whether they were sent by the municipality or by the owner. We did so.

The Municipality Changes Its Mind

A few days later, after the municipality’s victory in court against the owner’s objection, we received a letter informing us that they had overturned their decision not to enforce the zoning plan. This was their first official contact with us on the matter. We had to leave within 5 months, no later than June 2020. We insisted on submitting our opinion on this decision as an interested party. The municipality eventually relented, and then we heard nothing more about it.

Several months later, with the July 20 deadline for the completion of Ivicke’s restoration looming, the municipality contacted us again to ask for access throughout the building for architects over two days. Y’know, just in case the owner isn’t taking them seriously and the municipality has to pay for Ivicke’s restoration upfront – a scenario described as “unlikely” by the municipality a few months ago. The architects came two weeks ago. On the day they left, we received the municipality’s latest decision to pursue its enforcement of the zoning plan.

So now, if VVD Wassenaar and the council has its way, a new cycle of vacancy and neglect, after already spending hundreds of thousands of euros on Ivicke’s restoration, will begin. “Good news,” as far as Laurens van Doeveren is concerned. His public statements on the issue since the NBC are proof enough that our eviction from Ivicke has nothing to do with the best interests of the building, and everything to do with continuing the VVD-led moral panic against squatting as a legitimate and necessary response to the structural violence of the financial housing market.

The Municipality Is Full Of Shit

Before, we could indulge this pretence as long as the municipality largely left us alone, in the absence of any concrete plan for the building. But this zoning plan decision means the municipality has laid its cards on the table and made its priorities clear: for many in the council – certainly those with the most power – any concern for Ivicke is outweighed by hostility towards squatting.

It is a spit in the face to our efforts to repair and maintain the building, as well as those of monumental organizations. It demeans and undermines our cooperation with municipality bureaucrats, at their request, in the best interests of the building. Anyone with expertise on the matter of building conservation understands the importance of our intervention, even if they choose not to say so publicly or are not given the opportunity to do so. Yet the municipality ignores this and is now openly willing to risk any gains made for Ivicke over the last two years to create another situation of vacancy under the pretext of an arbitrary and malleable zoning plan.

While we are angry, we are not surprised. For decades, squatters have intervened to help save buildings and even entire neighbourhoods from needless, profit-driven destruction. This history is quietly erased, lost to most people. What we are witnessing now is the same process playing out in real time.

So, congratulations VVD Wassenaar, you merchants of bullshit, on your efforts to ensure a new 20+ year cycle of vacancy and neglect at Ivicke. On our part, we can assure you we’ll do everything in our power to prevent it.

However, while Laurens van Doeveren and VVD Wassenaar celebrate their commitment to vilifying squatters and enabling property speculants, figures from monumental conservation organizations are already concerned about this latest development. Discussions are ongoing as to how to protect the building from fire in our absence. If we’re no longer around, will Laurens van Doeveren volunteer as fire-watch? Given his desperate attempts to promote himself as a ‘man of action’, dedicated to the building’s well-being, we can’t think of a more suitable candidate.

Empty → Squatted → Repairs and Maintenance → 500,000+ Restoration → Eviction → Repeat

Huize 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/2020/07/01/ivickes-zoning-plan-a-monumental-fuck-up/

Philadelphia: Report On Attempted Occupation Of Hahnemann Hospital

On Saturday, June 27th, Health-Care Workers And Community Members In Philadelphia Put Up Barricades And Attempted To Occupy The Entrance To The Shuttered Hahnemann Hospital.

For a brief moment on Saturday, nurses, patients and community members seized a shuttered hospital in Philadelphia and turned it over to the people to use as a clinic. Following a rally at the City Hall, a crowd of around 100 people marched north to the empty hospital tower, erected canopies, tables, and chairs, and began to attend to patients who had joined the march and were eager to receive care. They were the first people to be treated at the hospital since the pandemic began, during which the absentee owner kept its doors shut to the city in the hopes of forcing the city to pay a ransom.

Hahnemann Hospital stands in the center of the city, two blocks north of City Hall. Before it was closed in the summer of 2019 it predominantly treated Black poor and working class people of Philadelphia, with social service providers housed in the same tower as doctors and specialists. Its most recent owner, the banker turned heathcare investor Joel Freedman, had bought it only a year before, and when he determined it wasn’t profitable enough he filed for bankruptcy, laid off around 800 unionized nurses, and deprived the underserved population of Philadelphia of their primary source of care.

The occupation began with a rally that took place on the north face of city hall, across from the spot where one of the PPD cruisers famously burned during the riots weeks before — famous because a Philadelphia resident, Lore-Elisabeth Blumenthal, was arrested by the FBI supposedly on the basis of a photo posted to Instagram depicting her delivering a Molotov cocktail to the windshield. The burnt structures and gutted cruisers were quickly removed but the asphalt below the car is still scorched.

The rally was called by the Care Not Cops coalition of health workers, patients and community members which had formed a few weeks prior, moved by the examples set by the occupied Hilton in Minneapolis after the burning of the 3rd Precinct and by the James Talib Dean houseless people’s encampment up the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia established two weeks before as well. They also took inspiration from the Black Panther Party and Young Lords’s moves toward community self-defense through direct provision of health care coupled with militant street activity. These models showed it is possible for the people to seize the means of care for ourselves back from capital and the State. And the quickly shifting character of the uprising, moving from riots to contacting city council members within a month, meant that it was time to act.

The George Floyd rebellion of late May and early June arrived in Philadelphia in the form of burning cop cars, widespread looting, skirmishes with police, stolen weapons, and mass mobilization. Unorganized Black teens were the protagonists. Its repressive turn was marked by tear gas, white vigilantism, FBI investigations and the transformation of riots into demands. Left organizations, Black-led or not, were the main actors here. The descent of the rebellion from exhilarating, liberatory action into the familiar street choreography of different left groupings was a barrier to taking creative advantage of the strategic situation, and appeared to have sapped much of the initiative the first weekends of revolt had produced. This action was an attempt to demonstrate that acting outside of organizational patterns allowed more incisive and bold movement, to resist the pacification and demobilization effect these protests often have, and to help drive imaginations toward bigger and better possibilities.

Speeches by members of ACT-UP Philly and the Black and Brown Workers Collective as well as local hospital workers drew connections between the anti-Black violence of the Philadelphia Police Department and the pathogenic society it upholds. The hospital had closed before the uprising or even the pandemic, after all, because all social existence is subordinate to profit. But even if it had still been in operation, it would have been part of a system which dispossesses Black power, destroys Black families through the family court system, harms Black disabled people, refuses care to Black trans people, and sequesters industrial toxins in Black neighborhoods. Sterling Brown from the BBWC sharpened this systemic critique by naming the individual city actors who carry it out: city manager Brian Abernathy, Mayor Jim Kenney, head of the office of homeless services Liz Hersh.

The crowd, now energized, took the streets. “1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Fuck 12!,” and “What do we want? Care not cops! When do we want it? Now!,” joined chants of George Floyd, Remmie Falls and Breonna Taylor’s names. Marching against traffic up a side street, the people advanced up the loading ramp to the rear of the hospital while an organizer announced the plan was now to occupy the base of the building and set up a clinic for the people. While nurses busied themselves unfolding tables and laying out equipment, a rear contingent quickly set up barricades with wood pallets across the narrow street for protection against the few cops which had trailed the march.

Heavier equipment rolled in on a van which had been waiting for word around the corner. But as the nurses began to take out their blood pressure monitors and PPE, occupiers noticed the Philly SWAT team assembling on the street opposite the building. The advantage of using the base of the hospital was that it was accessible to the crowd for quick occupation without having to breach any doors or walls, but this also made it vulnerable to police attack. A debate broke out regarding the desirability of mounting a defense if the barricades didn’t keep the cops out. Some patients were determined to stay, while some nurses felt they couldn’t risk their license by getting arrested. The split in sentiment itself determined the outcome. Lacking the numbers and will to defend against police violence, the occupation packed itself up and moved on together, but not before treating the first patients at the Hahnemann site for months. There were, crucially, no arrests and no injuries from police violence, despite the intense escalation of barricaded streets and captured property. When we act together, we can care for each other and keep one another safe.

Though the occupation itself was extremely short-lived, the response it drew was indelible. Observers online and in the city immediately recognized the significance of taking over a hospital, and of the cops’ role as enforcers of a hated regime of property and social death. “[N]urses took over a shuttered hospital and open a free clinic. the police proceeded to threaten them with violence until they left in order to make sure the building stayed empty and unused,” summarized a Twitter user. The cops moved to protect the villainous hospital owner’s squatted property, guarding it against any use for the health of the people. And organizers were disappointed but not deterred. The first bold attempt at liberating the means for self-organizing community care was a strong start. It will certainly not be the last.

by an autonomous jawn

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Madrid: The High Court of Justice rules that the eviction of the Ungovernable was illegal

The Madrid High Court of Justice (TSJM) ruled on two appeals filed by La Ingobernable in June and November 2019, confirming that the Madrid City Council did not have the legitimacy to carry out the eviction but claiming that “the damages are not irreparable”.

Bitter victory for Madrid’s neighbours. Justice agrees with La Ingobernable and shows how partisan interests are above legality and the common good. The TSJM ruled in favour of the Social Centre La Ingobernable, arguing that “the Madrid City Council lacks legitimacy” over the eviction that took place on 13 November 2019 in Calle Gobernador 39.

La Ingobernable denounced that “the City Council did not have the legitimacy to initiate and process the eviction process because there was a current assignment to the Ambasz Foundation and in any case they should have initiated the procedure through criminal law” explains Naomi Abad, lawyer from Red Jurídica who filed the appeal with the TSJM in June 2019. “The administration was perfectly aware that they did not have the legitimacy to do so and yet they ordered the eviction procedure.

On the other hand, the second judgment that responds to the appeal filed by the social centre in November 2019 against the provisional application of the eviction in the process of a ruling by the Supreme Court of Justice considers that “neither can it be seen that irreparable damage will be caused if the measure is not adopted since, as the order under appeal states, such damage is compensable if the claim of the appellant is allowed” referring to the previous appeal. According to Abad it is a bit contradictory: “We were saying in November, you cannot carry out the provisional application of the sentence (eviction) because if we win the Supreme Court of Justice and you give us the reason you are going to have carried out an eviction without having the legitimacy to do so. The first appeal (June 2019) was left sleeping the sleep of the just, the eviction of La Ingobernable was carried out in November and finally in February of this year are ruled, by coincidence the same day, the two appeals filed with five months of difference giving us the reason that the council did not have legitimacy to execute the eviction and, at the same time, saying that nothing happens because the situation is reversible and there are some damages that can be compensated, we do not agree with that and we wonder how the administration is going to make this situation reversible and compensate all the neighbors who have not been able to use the center and its activities since then. »

Evictions from any self-managed space are irreparable damage to the social network they support. It is for this reason that the lawyers of La Ingobernable will study all the legal ways to continue with this process, including the one of patrimonial responsibility. We would like to highlight our surprise at the fact that the Supreme Court of Justice did not issue a ruling on the measures of reparation that are the responsibility of the Madrid City Council after having carried out this illegal eviction.

https://ingobernable.net/wp-cotent/uploads/2020/06/GabiSerliTSJMbaja.mp4

We entrust the current Mayor of Madrid, Martínez-Almeida, with repairing the damage at this time of unprecedented crisis. The social centres are vital spaces for solidarity and mutual support. In these very hard times of social and health crisis, the neighbourhood networks and the self-managed spaces have been the real axes that have sustained life in the city of Madrid.
Food banks, care initiatives, the creation of neighbourhood networks have been the spaces for claiming life in the midst of pain and the ineffectiveness of institutions. It is on this way of living and doing politics that we bet, knowing that, beyond legality, our legitimacy is born from these horizontal and mutually supportive practices. We take advantage of this bitter victory to remind our neighbours and the institutions that we are preparing a very special return.

We are looking forward to seeing each other again, side by side.

La Ingobernable
https://squ.at/r/3ar6
https://ingobernable.net/

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Caen: eviction of the squat of the former Guy Liar College in Mondeville

On Wednesday 24th June, from 6am, the Calvados prefecture evicted a squat in Mondeville, the former Guy Liard college on rue Albert Bayet at the request of the owner, the departmental council and with the agreement of the town hall of Mondeville. Four families were housed in four former staff housing units, two other families and single people had been living in a former administrative building since January 4th. A total of about 40 people, including about 15 children, were evicted this morning. The Prefecture communicated as early as 6.15 am on social networks, proposing a solution of one week’s re-housing in a hotel after studying the individual situations, and it “will invite foreign nationals in an irregular situation to leave the national territory”! This means that families will either be placed under house arrest at the hotel (daily judicial control at the police station, obligation to be present at the hotel from 6pm to 9pm…), or deported to the CRA (Administrative Detention Centre) in Oissel near Rouen (the one in Rennes is closed and will reopen on 30 June) awaiting a hypothetical deportation.

As part of the state of health emergency, the winter truce has been extended until July 10th. This measure applies to all the squats under the jurisdiction of the Tribunal d’Instance (ten out of twelve squats currently). This squat was evictable since February 21st by decision of the Administrative Court, therefore it could not benefit from the winter truce from a legal point of view. Nevertheless, given the current circumstances, it is perfectly scandalous to throw dozens of people out on the street after a week of rehousing in a hotel or to consider their eviction in some cases. During previous evictions, the Calvados prefecture claimed in the press that it carried out evictions only during school holidays so as not to disrupt the children’s schooling. All the children are schooled in the Caennaise conurbation and had resumed school (compulsory again two days ago! ). What urgency prompted the prefecture and the departmental council to proceed with this eviction less than a fortnight before the school holidays when, as far as we know, the demolition/reconstruction project is far away?

We, activists of the Assemblée Générale de Lutte contre toutes les expulsions, are outraged by this eviction and demand the application of the Right to Housing and the requisition of empty houses!

We invite you to come and attend the Mondeville town council tonight at 8pm to express our indignation and demand explanations.

Caen, June 24th 2020

Assemblée Générale de Lutte contre toutes les expulsions
Caen, France
ag-contre-expulsions [at] riseup [dot] net
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https://agcontrelesexpulsions.wordpress.com/

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Notre-Dame-des-Landes: eviction alert on the ZAD

Eviction alert on the ZAD in Notre-Dame-des-Landes… the bailiff who had come (alone) to note the occupation of La Chèvrerie (for 2 years) about ten days ago, returned yesterday around 8am accompanied by 3 gendarmes in camouflage to signify the imminent eviction, at the request of the municipality of Vigneux de Bretagne.
Other places and huts can be evicted in the area, we invite all those who wish to join us in these last squats.
Sleepings, huts and camping areas are at your disposal to spend “active holidays” (or not) for free and without sanitary constraints…

Welcome!

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Zürich: Juch resists! New occupations

This evening June 20th, Grimselstrasse 18 and 20, Saumackerstrasse 67 and 69 have been squatted. The squatters* took these spaces in response to the Juch eviction on 23rd May.

If you evict one space, we* will open a new one!

Exactly one month ago today, the Social Department of the City of Zurich filed a criminal complaint and subsequently had the Juch area evicted by a large contingent of the Zurich City Police. This is only because the neighboring stadium construction site of HRS Real Estate seems to need more space to turn its trucks around and thus expand its empire as quickly and profitably as possible on behalf of the city. Marco Cortesi (spokesperson for the Zurich city police) also stressed in an interview in front of the freshly evicted area that the main thing now was to immediately make the area uninhabitable and then guard it with private security forces. Even the left-wing parties of the city of Zurich complain that it is extremely questionable and inappropriate to destroy residential and cultural spaces for a building site installation, and wrote in a jointly published media release: “For us it is clear: the demolition of buildings for the use of an area as parking space is unacceptable. Although no meaningful use was promised and a shady deal between the city of Zurich and HRS was settled without any transparency, the squatters* had to leave the Juch area. It cannot be said often enough: This is outrageous from the city of Zurich! We are furious!

We keep our promises and do not let ourselves be driven away so easily.
The Juch area will be razed to the ground, but not our concerns.

With the eviction of the Juch area not only an autonomous space has been destroyed but the city is also trying to make the Juch history invisible. From the 1960s until 2019, the Juch was a place where people were housed by the city of Zurich. At first it was the guest workers who had to live in the barracks in a very confined space and had to work in this city for the wealth of others under the worst conditions and for the lowest wages. Then the barracks were used as asylum accommodations. With meter-high fences, entrance controls and far too many people in the tiny rooms, people were locked up in the area. The city of Zurich took and is still stealing the freedom of these people. Juch was a prison and the asylum shelters are camps. The camp policy is not history. They still exist in Urdorf, in Duttweiler, in Embrach… Immediately after the inhabitants of the Juch area were trasnfered to the newly built asylum camp in Duttweiler, the Juch area was squatted.

The property squatted today June 20th belongs to UBS and thus to one of those who benefit from the constant upgrading of this town. We continue to fight against evictions. We continue to fight against the destruction of spaces where people can network, politicize and organize. We continue to fight against a capitalist urban revaluation that does not take into account all the people of this city. We continue to fight against systematic, structural exclusion and against the exploitation of people!

An occupation like this is only one of many answers to the compulsion of exploitation and classification in urban space. Occupation is a practice in which much is possible, but which also excludes people because of various contexts. We are aware that occupations, especially in the beginning through their criminalization and possible repression, are spaces in which more privileged persons can stay more easily. However, this space should be maintained in the long term and then become more and more accessible to everyone. But repression is not the only exclusionary factor in an occupation. Here too, the various discrimination structures of this society are present. In order to create spaces that really try to be open for everyone, we have to deal with our own discriminatory patterns, take responsibility for discriminatory behavior and fight against it. The space should be open for all people who want to shape and participate in shaping it.

We have come to stay!
The resistance does not stop!
Juch resists!

Juch
unten [at] protonmail [dot] com
https://squ.at/r/7gaw
https://juch.zureich.rip/

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Roma: About operation Bialystok

Communiqué from Bencivenga Occupato:

The umpteenth anti-anarchist repressive operation began at dawn on 12 June 2020, in the territories of the Italian, French and Spanish states. In grand style, wearing balaclavas and carrying weapons, the cops searched several houses, seized the usual equipment and arrested seven people, five of them are in jail and two under house arrest.

Nothing new under the starry sky.

The charges that the state moves against them are various, including the usual subversive conspiracy to commit terrorism as well as arson, incitement to commit crimes, etc…

Now, it is not important to stay behind their judicial loopholes, but it is necessary to reiterate that direct action, mutual support, rejection of all hierarchy and all authorities and that the practice of solidarity are an expression of our anarchic tension.

We are not interested in entering into the logic of innocent / guilty, the individuals affected are our comrades and will have our support, solidarity and complicity.

Ros scum.
To each their own.

Some occupants of the Bencivenga Occupato

Addresses of the anarchists actually in prison:

Nico Aurigemma
C. C. di Rieti
viale Maestri del Lavoro 2/C
02100 Rieti
Italy

Claudio Zaccone
C. C. di Siracusa
strada Monasteri 20/C
Contrada Cavadonna
96100 Siracusa
Italy

Flavia Digiannantonio
C. C. di Roma Rebibbia femminile
via Bartolo Longo 72
00156 Roma
Italy

Francesca Cerrone
C. P. de Almeria — El Acebuche CTRA
Cuevas-ubeda, km 2,5
04030 Almèria
España

Roberto Cropo
N. d’écrou: 1010197
Centre pénitentiaire de Fresnes
1, Allée des thuyas
94261 Fresnes
France

Bencivenga Occupato
Via Generale Roberto Bencivenga 15, Roma
https://squ.at/r/16i0
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source: insuscettibile di ravvedimento https://insuscettibilediravvedimento.noblogs.org/post/2020/06/20/it-en-italia-operazione-bialystok-arrestati-sette-anarchici-comunicato-dal-bencivenga-occupato-e-indirizzi-12-06-2020/

Dijon: Land occupation on Avenue de Langres

Statement from the June 17 Collective – Land occupation in Dijon as part of the June 17 appeal against the repeated intoxication of the world!

Today wednesday June 17th 2020, despite the rain, we were nearly four hundred people to demonstrate from the Place de la République to the abandoned plot located at 63 avenue de Langres. Armed with spades and pitchforks, the participants were able to clear the land to make gardens, set up new meeting and breathing spaces in the heart of the neighbourhood, plant vegetables, debate the common future on this land and beyond, or share a meal.

This land is threatened by a real estate project carried by the council which, with a great deal of “greenwashing” communication, is trying to impose yet another useless urban plan. According to the INSEE, there are more than 6000 vacant homes in the commune of Dijon alone. Except for the municipality – which wants to grow at all costs to establish its status as a “metropolis” – for whom is it a priority to have more new housing?

Caught up in their logic of profit and concrete (even painted green), the authorities get lost in projects that only deepen the risks of disaster. There is no inevitability for concrete to cover all the arable land in the agglomeration.

With the troubled times we are living through, it seems essential to change our relationship to the land, to our food, but also the way we relate to each other by building local networks of mutual aid. This 2 hectare wasteland, as confirmed during the confinement, has a real use for the neighborhood: to walk there to pick cherries, to take your pet for a walk or to play hide and seek. In addition, there is a real enthusiasm in Dijon for shared parks and gardens, and it is highly likely that this momentum will intensify further with the consequences of the current health, social, economic and ecological crisis. It is up to us to preserve and bring to life spaces that are not affected by this, and to spread the desire to act so that everything does not start all over again as before! In this land, in this city, only what each person sows can grow. What kind of world do we want to see germinate?

Long live the shared and occupied garden of the Avenue de Langres!

Le jardin potager
63 avenue de Langres, 21000 Dijon, France
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Strasbourg: La Pigeonne, feminist and queer squat

Why are we squatting?

We, women and queer people, feminists, precarious, exiled and marginalised on several levels, are occupying a building in Strasbourg that has been abandoned for several years. Since February 27th 2020, La Pigeonne has become a squat for housing and organization in a selected mix (without cisgender men*).
As women and queers, we are targets of physical, sexual, economic, social and administrative violence. We suffer more poverty and precariousness. We claim our unconditional right to have a roof over our heads. We find it aberrant to be on the street, to lack care or food while the wealthy one are wasting and continue to enrich themselves. Precariousness has never been a choice for anyone. It is the result of a political, organized and reaffirmed will of the dominant to maintain an exploitable class. Neither the institutions nor the bosses want our autonomy. On the contrary, they participate daily in our precariousness.
Therefore, our priorities are to protect ourselves, to build solidarity among ourselves, to denounce together a patriarchal society and an economic system that sacrifices the most vulnerable. For a social transformation and the emancipation of all women and queer people, we favour initiatives made by us and for us.
In the face of the incompetence of the state, the violence of its institutions, and its sexist, queerphobic and racist police repression that is increasingly violent and systematic, we organize ourselves. We are occupying the space we are being denied.

La Pigeonne
Strasbourg, France
lapigeonne [at] riseup [dot] net
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*a cisgender person is someone who is consistent with the gender/sex assigned to him/her at birth.

Porto Alegre: Okupa Pandemia is born!

In times of global pandemic with a virus spreading around, an outbreak of resistance appears in the extreme south of Porto Alegre: the Okupa Pandemia. We have been occupying a snack bar, abandoned since 2007 (as far as we know), on the shores of the Guaíba, in the Lami neighborhood.
Moved by the immediate need for housing and the desire to confront the system that increasingly intensifies its control and repression in a subtle way, we decided to make the move even with few people willing to live in the place… Aware of the difficulties that implies, we have counted on the support of a few people since the occupation, but who cannot be physically present all the time.
The arrival on the site (on sunday May 25th 2020) was calm, given the conditions of easy access and without obstacles. There were no gates, chains, locks etc.!!
After almost three days of apparent disinterest, the owner appeared accompanied by a goon claiming to be a sergeant (Wednesday, 27) … The first contact gave the impression that they were buyers and were already negotiating the property, giving an ultimatum to leave. However, we stayed.
Then they returned in their true social figures, trying to intimidate and threaten us and, given the refusal to leave, calling the repressive apparatus of the State. The thugs arrived, with blood in their eyes and the typical desire to break something or someone. With the intervention of two neighbors, we managed to avoid the stick and were given a deadline of one week to leave. The first match won, we went on squatting the space.
In the meantime, we look for strategies to try to remain squatting and not being kicked out. And it would seem that we won another battle, our initial deadline is over, and the owner is wondering what to do… It seems Okupa Pandemia may have a longer life…
We want to resist and give them a hard time as much as possible. For that it is essential to be surrounded by compas and solidarity. Anyone is welcome to come to support us!

Okupa Pandemia
oqupa_pandemia [at] protonomail [dot] com
https://squ.at/r/7vfs

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Rome: Anarchist comrades arrested. Operation Bialystok, part of a strategy

A new repressive chapter of the Carabinieri from the Ros (political police) in Italy against anarchists, leads to the arrest of seven anarchists who are linked to various insurrectionary attacks… and in solidarity with the imprisoned in the operation “Pánico”.
On this occasion, the version of the anarchist “triangle” going from Greece, Italy to Spain, is transformed into a pentagon, adding Chile and Germany.
The arrested comrades are Claudio Zaccone, 33 years old from Messina, Roberto Cropo, 34 years old from Turin (arrested in France with a European arrest warrant issued by the Rome prosecutor), Flavia Di Giannantonio, 39 years old from Rome, Nico Aurigemma, 30 years from Rome and Francesca Cerrone, 31 years from Trentino (arrested in Spain with a European arrest warrant issued by the Rome prosecutor), on suspicion of forming an anarchic “cell” of the FAI-FRI, based in the “Bencivenga Occupato” social centre in Rome. They are accused of association for terrorist purposes, subversion of the democratic order, attacks against the state and a whole repertoire of acts of sabotage with the alleged aim of reorganising the insurrectionary anarchist movement. The arrests were made with the collaboration of the French central police and the Spanish national police.
The investigation was initiated following the attack with explosives on the carabinieri station of San Giovanni in Rome in 2017, an act claimed by the IAF-FRI, and in which one of the arrested comrades is suspected of having participated.
Five of them are already in prison. When the addresses are made public, we will disseminate them.
We recall that in Bologna seven more anarchists were arrested in the operation Ritrovo.

Indymedia Barcelona, June 12th 2020, http://barcelona.indymedia.org/newswire/display/531028

Operation Bialystok, part of a strategy

Numerous Italian media reported as a spectacular “success” of “police” and “anti-terrorist” collaboration, the arrest of seven “dangerous” anarchist in Rome (Italy), Saint-Etienne (France) and Almeria (Spain), and the raid on the Bencivenga Occupato social centre in Rome, which they consider the headquarters of an alleged anarchist “cell” to which the detainees allegedly belonged.

In the police operation against the social center, their assailants found nothing to justify the assault. In these operations it is usual to search other houses by the police, but so far there is no evidence that they found anything significant in any of them. These searches are always used to appropriate various materials, personal effects and money. It doesn’t matter that what is seized does not serve to prove anything, since these indiscriminate assaults and appropriations are part of the repressive strategies that seek to leave the comrades without resources, as well as to create in public opinion the imaginary of a serious potential risk for “dangerous materials” and, in the collectives and individuals of political affinity, to internalize the threat of revolutionary solidarity with their comrades and the fear of having certain materials such as books, magazines, T-shirts, music, etc, or to manage publications, websites or other means of dissemination of ideological content and anti-systemic slogans.

In the repressive operation Bialystok, the idea of an international network of anarchist “cells” with “terrorist” aims is insisted on, which according to the prosecutor’s office was intended by its subversive actions, on the one hand, to destabilize the democratic system and its states, and on the other hand, to “reorganize internationally the anarcho-insurrectionist movement”.

The security agencies of the countries, have tried on many occasions, to invent “national and international terrorist conspiracies”, in order to neutralize the groups and individuals of the anarchist community.

Repressive social engineering has in the creation of the speeches of the official versions, one of its main strategies. In these reports written by the political and anti-terrorist police, the dissemination of these discourses or repressive operations never coincide by chance but rather act to complement the criminalising official versions about the detainees and the movement, so that if in a first arrest they are not imprisoned, the cases are not closed and remain linked to subsequent arrests.

The Marini trial in Italy, in the mid-90s, would be a clear example and starting point for this strategic international judicial and police collaboration, in which events in one country unleashed repressive police actions in others, which were attempted to link or relate, creating these imaginaries of anarchist networks and cells organized for terrorist, ecoterrorist, and anarchist insurrectionary purposes.

Thus, in the year 2000, in the territory of the Spanish state and in the context of the struggle against the FIES, there were several arrests of anarchists who tried to link up with other anarchists in prison, creating the absurd criminalising logic that singled out the prisoners as “attack” brains and “target-markers”, and the anarchists in the street, as their executors, inventing the “anarchist triangle of the Mediterranean” that linked the aims of the insurrectionary anarchists of Italy, Greece and the Spanish state, and that could serve to create any situation of alarm against social peace.

It is not a coincidence that the recent arrests in Italy of the Operation Bialystok, have been linked to another anarchist prisoner of Italy, Alfredo Cospito, who is considered the “brain of the cell” and to the detainees who are executors of attacks, anonymous or not.

Nor is it a coincidence that this operation has been carried out, “after years of investigation”, when we are on the verge of reviewing the trial against the comrades charged in the “Scripta Manent” operation, in which among the prisoners with long sentences, is Alfredo Cospito who, from prison, has continued to denounce the criminal Italian state and to spread his ideas of insurrectionary struggle.

The name of the operation has not been a product of a random choice, but of the repressive perversion that already with the name, points comrade Alfredo Cospito as an ideologue, since it has been extracted from a book prefaced by comrade Alfredo, in which the history of struggle of some Russian Jewish anarchists of the end of the nineteenth century in the town of Bialystok was explained.

Italy has placed itself in the vanguard of repressive policies against social and political movements, influencing various countries in European democracies.

These strategies of categorization made by the Italian state and its repressive bodies of anarchists, differentiating between multiple “modalities” of insurrectionism and separating between “good” social anarchists and “bad” individualist anarchists, are explained with total clarity by fellow anarchist Anna Beniamino, sentenced to 17 years in prison for Operation Scripta Manent: “The fact that there are different tensions and tendencies within anarchism is real, but it is also true that this kind of rigid categorization is an inherent characteristic of the mentality and requirements of the inquisitors, who are dedicated to delineating a specific area in order to do their maneuvers as best they can: it is in this space that the next operation resides.

With these repressive strategies, what is being judged is not “the censorship of democratic freedom of expression”, nor a hypothetical “crime of opinion”, but a war against the anarchist foundations of propaganda by the act, which links thoughts and actions. These attacks on the anarchist media and information reaffirm not only their validity but also their fundamental role against silence and domestication.

In the words of comrade Anna, the Italian State “has decided to prosecute a whole anarchist tendency: anti-organisational anarchism”.

To those who turn their backs or look the other way in the face of insurrectionary struggles and repression against insurrectionalists, we inform you that we know with absolute certainty that the states and their repressive forces have never considered stopping there.

Indymedia Barcelona, June 14th 2020, http://barcelona.indymedia.org/newswire/display/531036

Notes:

Three new arrests of anarchist comrades in Madrid and Oviedo
https://lahaine.org/espana/tres_oviedo.htm

The anarchists are coming!
https://madridapoyomutuo.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/que-vienen-los-anarquistas-1.pdf

Letter from comrade Anna Beniamino about Operation Script Menent, Italy
https://difusionacracia.noblogs.org/post/2017/05/11/carta-de-la-companera-anna-beniamino-sobre-la-operacion-scripta-menent-italia/

Statement by Alfredo Cospito at the trial of Operation Scripta Manent
https://difusionacracia.noblogs.org/post/2017/12/20/declaracion-de-alfredo-cospito-ante-el-juicio-por-la-operacion-scripta-manent/

Publication Anarquista Ecologista Fenrir, in which a paper by anarchist Alfredo Cospito appears
https://vozcomoarma.noblogs.org/files/2018/11/Fenrir-9-ESP_ridotta.pdf

Alfredo Cospito’s hunger strike against censorship and update on operation Scripta Manent, Italy
https://difusionacracia.noblogs.org/post/2017/05/11/huelga-de-hambre-de-alfredo-cospito-contra-la-censura-y-actualizacion-de-la-operacion-scripta-manent-italia/

CrimethInc. report and analysis of state repression against anarchists and antifascists in Russia. What is happening, why it is important and how we can help those who are facing state brutality.
https://eulaliobe.wordpress.com/2018/11/17/importan-los-casos-de-tortura-sobre-los-anarquistas-en-rusia/

https://crimethinc.com/2018/03/26/why-the-torture-cases-in-russia-matter-how-the-tactics-that-the-russian-state-uses-against-anarchists-could-spread

About Anarchists of Bialystok. 1903-1908
https://www.todoporhacer.org/ensayo-historico-anarquistas-bialystok-1903-1908/

https://www.portaloaca.com/historia/historia-libertaria/13841-libro-anarquistas-de-bialystok-1903-1908.html

https://anarquia.info/historia-del-anarquismo-anarquistas-de-bialystok-contra-el-imperio-ruso/

Anarchism in Russia
https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anarquismo_en_Rusia

Bencivenga Occupato
Via Generale Roberto Bencivenga 15, Roma
https://squ.at/r/16i0
http://bencivenga15occupato.noblogs.org/

Directory of squats in Roma: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/city/roma/country/IT/squated/squat
Directory of squats in Italy: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/IT/squated/squat
Directory of groups (social centers, collectives, squats) in Italy: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/IT
Events in Italy: https://radar.squat.net/en/events/country/IT

London: Police exploit anti-racist BLM rally to arrest green activists

Three people, including green activists, were arrested by a City of London snatch squad at today’s Black Lives Matter march.

Two who were sitting in Hyde Park in the early part of the day were swarmed by around 20 police who arrested them under a City of London warrant, allegedly over an incident on February 28th.

Freedom has since heard that a squatted social centre in Islington was also raided under a Section 18 search.

The arrests are just the latest of many which have taken place over the course of the last week, as police attempt to keep a handle on a militant mood which has driven large rallies against racism and in support of black lives matter.

The march itself, which was moved at short notice to today following threats from the far-right, was otherwise a success, with thousands of people marching from Hyde Park to Trafalgar square as part of the peaceful protest.

A lineup of young speakers and musicians gave the event the air of a political festival, with hundreds of people ending up dancing on the steps of the square.

The large number of arrests has stretched detainee support networks such as the Activist Court Aid Brigade and a number of people have stepped up to ask for legal observer training from the Green and Black Cross. Both groups are calling on protesters to familiarise themselves with what to do in the event of further arrests, which seem increasingly likely following threats from the government of “fast-track justice” procedures.

Legal support:

If in need of advice you can email courtsupport [at] protonmail [dot] com, or call 07946 541 511 in an emergency.

Solicitors:

Netpol maintains a recommended list here.

FAQs and further reading:

Check out the series of guides and graphics by GBC.

Groups in London: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/city/london
Events in London: https://radar.squat.net/en/events/city/London

Groups in UK: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/GB
Events in UK: https://radar.squat.net/en/events/country/GB

Source: Freedom News https://freedomnews.org.uk/police-exploit-anti-racist-blm-rally-to-arrest-green-activists/

Berlin: Attack the city of the rich. Defend the projects

The gentrification in Berlin continues incessantly, and with it displacement. Not only people but also spaces are affected: Spaces of the radical movement, open spaces, safer spaces for people affected by discrimination, non-commercial spaces, spaces of subculture, of political networking and spaces where people try to live concrete utopias.

One struggle – one fight
In recent years, spaces such as the Liebig14 house project, the youth centre Drugstore , the community space Friedel54, the wagon places DieselA & Sabot Garden, the O-Platz occupation and the occupied school in Ohlauer Straße have already disappeared.
But it does not stop there. Many other spaces are currently under threat. The youth centre Potse, the house project Liebig34 and the bar collective Syndikat & Meuterei expect an eviction before the end of the year. Other spaces such as the house project Rigaer94, the house project Köpi137, the community house Lause10/11 or the community garden Prachttomate face a similar threat in the near future.

No spaces – no movement
All of these are spaces that live and fight for a different Berlin: a Berlin in which we know our neighbours, in which we create our houses and our neighbourhood together and jointly determine how public space is used. A Berlin where there is room for self-chosen living concepts. A Berlin in which we can try out alternatives to the exploitative and oppressive relations of wage labour, care work, educational system and on the basis of rent and ownership.

How do we want to fight for such a city when these spaces are evicted? Where do we meet for assemblies? Where do we paint banners? Where can we make events to educate ourselves? Where can we hold non-commercial and sub-cultural events, concerts, reading groups, workshops, trainings or have people’s kitchen? Where do feel safer from patriarchal and racist violence? Where can we meet away from authoritarian control – for example by parents, teachers, professors, the police, superiors or security personnel – or without consuming anything?

In our struggle for a liveable city, the struggle for these projects is an essential part. We fight for:

Liebig34: https://squ.at/r/4u9p http://liebig34.blogsport.de/
The Liebig34 is a self-organised anarcha-queer-feminist house project, directly located at the “Dorfplatz” in Berlin-Friedrichshain. The house is used by different collectives; the info shop “Daneben”, the L34-bar and the living collective which is organised without cis-men. People from around the world, with different backgrounds and (a-) gender identities.
Spaces where we can try out collective living, alter gender and identity, where we can develop, extend and exert anti-patriarchal structures, spaces where we reflect power structures and privileges and where we can empower each other are urgently needed.
Our contract ran out in 12/2018 and the landlord G. Padovicz refused to extend it. On 3rd June 2020 the court decided in favour of our landlord and we are now preparing for the announcement of our eviction day.

Meuterei: https://squ.at/r/5kr http://www.meuterei.tk/
Meuterei is a collectively organized neighbourhood pub in Berlin-Kreuzberg for almost 11 years. It serves as a meeting place, plenary room or location for information and music events for people from the scene and the neighborhood. For one year now, it has existed even without a rental contract and has therefore had to be evicted, as Goran Nenadic of Zelos Properties does not want to extend the rental contract and arrived with absurd purchase offers between 650.000 – 750.000€.

Syndikat https://squ.at/r/71v https://syndikatbleibt.noblogs.org/
Syndikat is a bar collective existing since 1985 in the Schillerkiez neighbourhood of Berlin-Neukölln. From the beginning on it was more than the usual bar place, but more like an extended living room and organizing space for the residents and beyond. 2018 its contract was quit without reason and negotiations. Research by the collective and friends uncovered a network of letterbox companys belonging to the British billionaire family Pears. Up until then completely unknown in Berlin, they are now amongst the 10 largest real-estate owners in Berlin. The eviction case in court was lost in November 2019 and the eviction is dated for the 7th August.

Potse https://squ.at/r/1cm http://www.potse-berlin.de/
Potse and Drugstore are Berlins oldest self-organized youth centers. For almost 50 years they organized antifascist , non-commercial and self-organized youth work in the Berlin neighbourhood Schöneberg. But in 2015 their rooms were quit by the neighbourhood council. Its not possible to pay the rising rents anymore as the neighbouhood gets gentrified agressively. The autonomous centers are being replaced by the co-living and co-working agency Rent24 and the business school BSBI. At the end of 2018 Drugstore had to handover its keys but Potse is still keeping their place occupied to fight for an alternative space and keep the pressure up. The next court date for eviction is scheduled for the 8th of July 2020.

Before Day X
For us, day X (day of eviction) is too late. We want to prevent an eviction and we will defend our spaces no matter what happens. This is why we are already fighting against those who want to evict us: among others the landlords, the courts, the police and the Berlin Senate. Berlin will have elections next year and the ones who are selling the city are looking for votes. The last thing the government parties want is rioting and direct actions overshadowing their election campaign.

Fight with us
On the day of each eviction (Day X), we call for a powerful ‚sponti‘ at 9 p.m. The location will be announced shortly under: https://interkiezionale.noblogs.org/tag-x/. It is possible, that the police will only announce the date of eviction shortly beforehand or not at all. Therefore we also call for decentralized actions in Berlin and everywhere on the day of the eviction.
But we don’t want to wait for day X. Invite us for info events, come by or do actions in your own city. Let us be creative, solidary, resistant and militant, against the city of the rich – defend the projects!

And more:

Hausprojekt B5355 (Rental contract expires soon)

Wagenplatz DieselA (09/2018 occupied, moved and evicted 09/2019, new occupation 06/2020)

Kiezladen Friedel54 (in exile since the eviction 06/2017, soon a new location?)

Großbeerenstr.17A (cleared out April 2019)

Hausprojekt Köpi137 (Property sold in spring 2020, future unclear)

Hausgemeinschaft Lause 10/11 (threatened since change of ownership in 2017)

besetzte Ohlauer Schule (evicted 01/2018)

Jugendzentrum Drugstore (in exil since 12/2018)

Hausprojekt Rigaer94 (State seeks eviction options, ownership unclear)

Wagenplatz Sabot Garden & öffentliche Brache „Widerst(r)and“ (occupied as DieselA 09/2018, cleared out 02-04/2020)

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

sources:
Interkiezionale https://interkiezionale.noblogs.org/
Indymedia https://de.indymedia.org/node/88050

Rotterdam: Temporary new place of DHZ

Since March we have been going through a lot, globally and also in our workshop.

After a fire at our neighbour we had to close the workshop temporarily. It then turned out to be a serious damage to the building and we were evicted from our lovely workshop on Burgemeester Roosstraat where we stayed almost 6 years. It is very sad for us all but we would like to keep our activities going on.

Right after the fire epidemic broke out, which affected us all. During this period, protection measures caused delays for removing our stuff out and also finding a new place. Thanks to the efforts of our devoted volunteers, we could transfer all material from the workshop partly to a storage space and a temporary new location.

From this week on, at least until the end of summer, we will be operating from a very nice shed at a park on Banierstraat in Agniesebuurt. We are looking forward to seeing you again.

We have a new place! Schout Heynricstraat, 3032 VA Rotterdam

DHZ

Uppsala: Imminent eviction of Försvara Blodstensskogen

The occupation of the forest aim to stop the clear cut of a centenary forest. Besqab company and Uppsala commune have plan to build luxury apartment.

The gentrification of Uppsala has been an ongoing process over many years. 2013 saw a luxury renovation of Rikshem’s housing in Gränby, 2016 saw the demolition of the community center (sw. allaktivitetshuset, colloquially known as Allis) on Kungsgatan for a luxury housing development project by Magnolia Bostad. The end of 2020 require the youth center (Ungdomens hus) to move for the space it currently occupies can be used for more lucrative endeavors. These mentioned are only a few examples of gentrification and urbanization that results in increased rent and degradation of living standards. However, the gentrification monster is still hungry and has its sights set on the forest. Blodstensskogen along with other various surrounding nature areas are on the menu as the appetizer, Norra Lunsen as a possible main course, and we can only imagine what will be served as dessert.
Eriksberg is currently in the most acute danger, as the company Besqab plans to begin its housing development project of Blodstensskogen. The company, along with the municipality, believe that something more important than biodiversity is luxury housing (four 8-story apartment buildings and five 4-story apartment buildings) along with a shopping center where customers can consume relentlessly.

Blodstensskogen plays a crucial role for a healthy and thriving natural environment in Eriksberg as it functions as a green corridor allowing various species to move between the nature reserves Stadsskogen and Hågadalen. Furthermore, Blodstensskogen is an old-growth forest containing trees attaining an age of over 200 years old without significant disturbance. Old-growth forests such as this one, that are not intensively harvested, exhibit unique ecological features and they crucially allow biodiversity to thrive. The importance of such natural areas is well established in the scientific community and has even been reported on locally in P4 Upplands radio documentary “Hundreds of species suffer as the forests of Uppland are cleared” . More than 700 red listed species are facing the threat of extinction as they are negatively impacted due to intensive forest clearing. Allowing trees to follow their natural life cycle and permitted to die naturally is perhaps the most important aspect of a large problem in Sweden. This problem is caused by constant and intensive forest destruction to feed the ever-lucrative forestry industry. Animals, plants, insects, and fungi that rely on fallen trees find it increasingly difficult to find an appropriate habitat, and are thus facing extinction. Blodstensskogen, for example, is inhabited by the black woodpecker (Drycopus martius). This woodpecker is an endangered keystone species (one that plays a key role in holding ecosystems in balance) that rely on old fallen trees as both breeding grounds and a source for food. The Bern Convention (EU’s treaty for the conservation of fauna and flora) identified the black woodpecker as seriously threatened and placed them as a species strictly protected. Furthermore, their habitats are protected under Sweden’s national laws, specifically “§3 i jaktlagen (1987:259)” and ”§1 i artskyddsförordningen”. How is it possible that Besqab is granted permission to cut down a forest that most clearly should be protected?! Does the municipality prioritize profits over a living and breathing ecosystem?

It is not only these aforementioned endangered species, but also humans that rely on Blodstensskogen. The health of residents in Eriksberg will suffer from this planned deforestation. The forest provides locals with clean air and a place for outdoor activities such as cardiovascular exercise. With a school nearby, it provides the children contact with nature that is becoming difficult to come by thanks to industrialization and digitalization. This is not a question of free time activities being disrupted, but a vital component to the equation for good health. The Corona crisis we are currently experiencing has highlighted how urbanization leads to a higher risk of infection and how pandemics are a direct consequence of environmental degradation due to industrialization and urban sprawl. In a recent article regarding COVID-19 published by “The Guardian” , experts underline how critical it is to change our way of living to avoid future pandemics. Public health should be a priority for the municipality rather than profits.

Those that would rather Blodstensskogen remain a forest than a concrete monstrosity includes more than the scientific community. The network “Rädda Eriksbergs skogar” has an ongoing appeal against the exploitation and therefore the felling of the forest has not yet begun. Regardless of the network’s efforts, the appeal may be difficult to win as the forest and housing industries are influential markets where many politicians have interest. This situation has prompted the construction of a treehouse in order to occupy Blodstensskogen in protest until Besqab cancels plans to develop this area. The municipality has written that they plan to demolish the treehouse as early as June 7th. Occupation will be maintained out of solidarity for all black woodpeckers, beetles, Lophophanes, squirrels, natterer’s bats, and residents of Eriksberg that are threatened by inflated housing expenses and destruction of their local environment.

No compromise for a living Uppsala!
Updates will follow.

We are the nature that defends its self.

Försvara Blodstensskogen

Groups in Sweden https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/SE
Events in Sweden https://radar.squat.net/en/events/country/SE

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