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Solothurn: Wagenplatz “Wagabunten”, 7 years are enough! The “Wagabunten” are still around!

For 7 years now we can be found in our trailers in the city of Solothurn and the surrounding area. 7 years in which we have tried to get our request for a fixed location for our caravan site. But unfortunately there is still no solution for our alternative living project.
In these 7 years we have tried different solutions: we have collected signatures, we have actively approached land owners, be they private individuals, the city, the canton or the surrounding communities.
A concept was also worked out and sent to various parties. But even with the consent of a private land owner and a building permit, obstacles were put in the way of our project. Therefore, the occupation of brownfield sites has proved to be the most effective method for us. In this way we have occupied over 25 derelict sites in the last 7 years. For us “Wagabunten” this means moving on average every 3 to 4 months!
We demand a location for our trailer park!
There are some examples of alternative living in Bern, Biel, Lucerne, etc. that show that they’re in demand and that there are possibilities to legalise such projects.

In October 2020, after several years in the agglomeration around Solothurn, we have decided to move back into the city, as Solothurn was and is the centre of our lives. After occupying the meadow next to the Badi car park the city “generously” gave us the Badi car park for a limited period of 3 months.
Our request to be allowed to use the car park at least until the opening of the Badi season was, to our “surprise”, rejected for reasons of building law. Our request for a joint discussion to find a solution together was simply ignored. We can do that too, we thought to ourselves and let the deadline for clearing the Badi car park pass. But now the Badi will be opening soon and we have been asked to leave the car park again. So our search for a suitable location continues. But we will not be defeated!
We will continue to occupy until one day we can stay!
Trailer parks everywhere!

Los Wagabuntos

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Berlin: rally against gentrification

Gentrification is becoming more and more prevalent in the area of Neukolln. From the restaurants in the so called “Kreuzkolln” area, to the bars on Weserstrasse; from the “Karstadt” at Hermannplatz to all over around Schillerkiez. The newest eyesore of the luxury development under construction “Kalle Neukolln,” brings the issue of gentrification even closer to our neighborhood.
As soon as the German government dismissed the rent cap, construction seems more pervasive than ever before; clear indications that rent increases and displacement has already begun.
On Friday 07.05.21, in our neighborhood, along Braunschweiger Str. and Richardstr. we are organizing ourselves, collaborating together for a self-organized kiez! We invite you to come to meet, dance, and play together for a united neighborhood!
All soli donations will be against repression for a person without papers

Against the gentrification, in solidarity with threatened house projects, let’s take back the streets!

Brauni 53/55
Braunschweigerstr. 53/55, 12055 Berlin
b5355 [at] riseup [dot] net

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Berlin: Køpi Weekend of Protest

Køpi calls for friends and allies from around the world to meet in Berlin on the 15th and 16th of May for a weekend of protest. As Køpiplatz (trailer park) faces the most serious eviction threat to date, Køpi stands united to fight for our homes and families. Køpi has been a DIY project in the heart of Berlin offering living space for people in the house and trailer park for more than 30 years. It also continues to be a home for collectives, events, and creative energy since the day the first door was broken open. We will not give up our way of life for some state backed developers! When the law wants to take our homes away, it’s time to break the law!
The alleged owner of Køpi, Startezia GmbH, is just another example of how our homes and autonomous communities are destroyed by anonymous postbox companies that care only about profit and not about people. Køpiplatz does not face the threat of eviction alone. Other Berlin projects, Potse, Rigaer 94, and Queer Wagenplatz Mollies are also in immediate danger. In the last year alone, crucial left-wing places like Liebig 34, Syndikat, Meuterei, Diesel A, Sabot Garden and G17a have already been evicted.
This greed has already gone too far, we don’t forget and we won’t forgive!
Køpiplatz is our home and we are here to stay!
Take action, large or small in your city or town.
Make it loud, make it dirty, be creative! Just like Køpi!

Save the Dates:
Bring your anger to Berlin! Block the streets! Stop the city!
15 May – 20:30Wagenplatzdemo
“Don’t wait until it’s too late, this capitalist take over must stop!” Starting point TBA on KØPI channels – demo will leave on time so dont be late – stay safe, take care of each other & wear a mask.

16 May – 13:00Rally / Wagenplatzkundgebung in front of Køpi between Schiling & Adalbertstr. with “Reactory” (local Metal) – “Visions Of War” (crusty from Hellgium/Int.) – “Strach” (Punk from the Kiez) – “Alice Dee” – “Rapkreation” – “Yeshe” (all Kreuzberg Rap) – “Day Before Wednesday” (performance) & speech contributions.

Don’t wait until it’s too late, this capitalist take over must stop!

Køpi & Køpi Wagenplatz 133 – 138
Köpenicker Straße, 10179 Berlin

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Utrecht: save the Reactorweg

A squat in the city of Utrecht at Reactorweg in the district of Lage Weide is being threatened with eviction. The reason? The Utrechts Studenten Corps (Utrecht Student Association, USC from here), a Fraternity, wants to throw its 77th annual “lustre” party in the 3 squatted buildings that house 25 people and numerous social, cultural, and political initiatives. To make such an eviction during the COVID-pandemic and a housing crisis in Utrecht, the students are essentially helping the owner evict the 25 squatters, putting them on the streets.
But we still have hope! If we manage to raise sufficient funding we can initiate a higher appeal, in which other judges will revise the case.

The situation

A court ruling last week decided that the people living at the Reactorweg in Utrecht will be evicted to facilitate a week-long party organized by the USC.
The living groups think it is unacceptable that a student party gets precedence over their right to proper and affordable housing. Consequently, the living groups went to court to prevent this from happening. “The people living here are very diverse. Some live here as there are no alternatives, others live here more out of ideological reasons.” In the court case, the squatters emphasized the urgency of the case and said they will be homeless if the eviction continues. “Some have applied for social housing a decade ago and still can’t find proper housing,” one of the defendants explained.

Utrecht knows there is great housing crisis. Over the last decade, the municipality has not succeeded in providing or facilitating sufficient, affordable housing. Rather, they choose to demolish already existing neigbourhoods in order to make place for expensive housing. Therefore, it is crude to see that the USC chooses the house of 25 people to throw their party, while In Lage Weide specifically one out of five offices buildings are vacant.² Odds are high that the buildings will be left vacant or demolished after the party. And the owner does not have any building plans prepared. The living group believes it is the goal of the owner, Vastgoedbedrijf de Waal BV, to evict them by means of the USC.

Other members of the living group explain that the housing market does not provide enough alternatives in which people can experiment with creative forms of communal living and working. “My ideal way of life will never be realized in a casual house,” one of the defendants explained. In the court case, they showed declarations of support from neighbours to prove the social value they have in the area.

The squatters seriously doubt whether the student party can take place in the first place, as the Netherlands are still subject to extensive and strict corona measures. The fact that the USC did not yet even apply for the necessary permits, while the municipality already has to work through a big pile of applications, says enough about the precariousness of the event, explained the lawyer.

² Bron: Utrecht-monitor


One of the inhabitants explains about the life at the Reactorweg:

“We are always open to people that have their own ideas about how to organize and arrange the spaces in this place; people can always come by if they are in need or want to be involved in ongoing projects. Before Corona broke out, we cooked large dinners for donation basis (called eetcafe) for acquaintances and neighbours, using saved food or vegetables from our own garden. We also have a free shop where people can find or donate clothing, books and other objects, plus we have a music room, we organize yoga lessons and language classes. People who have become homeless can (and have) temporarily stay(ed) at our place. In this way we help them finding another place to live. In short, there is always something to do or build and we have created a very nice space for experimental, social, cultural, and political initiatives.”

So here you have it: On one side is the USC, that wants to throw a week-long party in a building in Lage Weide; and on the other side, the 25 inhabitants, organizing a variety of social, cultural, and political initiatives.

What can you do for us?

As a growing group of people have taken a stance against the eviction of the Reactorweg living groups, the groups have decided to take the fight to the next level: higher appeal. They have created this page to share their side of the story and raise money for the upcoming court cases. This is what you can do to help us:

1. Donate:
2. Share this page.
a. If you choose to donate € 10 or more you will receive a creative digital thank you!
b. If you choose to donate € 20 or more you will be invited for nice and cozy dinner (which will be organized within the possibilities of the covid regulations)
c. If you choose to donate € 100 or more you will be able to get an exclusive ride in the Reactor Cabri-yolo! (See the picture!)
d. If you choose to donate € 500 or more you can participate in the lottery during the great dinner, in which you will win a great price guaranteed!
3. Send a message to the municipality expressing that you are against the eviction. You can do this by following this link. On the page, you can write a text as you want or you can choose to copy/paste this example:

Choose: “Stuur uw vraag, opmerking of idee”

– Example text –

Title: Stop the eviction of the Reactorweg!

Text: Stop the eviction of the living group living at the Reactorweg in Lage Weide. The squat will be evicted for a party organized by the USC. This means that these people will be made homeless for students that want to party for a mere week. I support the living groups and their social, cultural, and political organizing. Stop the eviction! Evictions are not Utrechts!

Financial transparence

Let’s start with the good news: if we win the court case, all donations will be returned to the donators (minus the transaction costs charged by the platform)!

However, if we lose the cases this means we will have to pay all the costs, including the costs of the state’s lawyers. As the Reactorweg consists of multiple buildings and groups, there are two separate court cases. The costs of the first court case have already been covered by one living group. For the second court case and the higher appeal in the first court case, we will need more money. Below we will explain how the costs are divided:

1st Court case
Last week the court case for the eviction of the office buildings took place. The judge decided that the living group’s housing rights are less important than the owner’s right to facilitate a student party in times of a COVID-pandemic. The complete court ruling can be read here (and can easily be translated on Google).
The costs of the first case: € 1683,-, which has already been covered by one living group.

2nd Court case: Higher appeal
The living group has decided to take on the battle and fight the power of the owner, a real estate speculator, in a higher appeal. The date for the higher appeal has yet to be decided.
The costs for the higher appeal have been estimated to be € 2600,- (goal #1)

3rd Court case
On the 12th of May another court case will take place. In this court case the judge will decide on the eviction of the terrain where people live, including a warehouse.
The costs for the second court case will be € 1683,- (goal #2)

Do you want to help us in another way? The living group is very open to ideas! Don’t hesitate to contact us.

Reactorweg 164-172
3542AD Utrecht, The Netherlands

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Saint-Étienne: le Steal, new squatted space

Since Sunday 18 April 2021, we have been occupying le Steal, a former music school in Saint-Etienne, which has been empty for several months and which belongs to the city. We wish to make it a place of struggle, life and discussions open to all.
We occupy this building because we refuse to choose between a growing precariousness and a world of profit more and more dehumanizing, to always more toiling while others amass billions and to rent slums while the city hall leaves buildings to the abandonment. This place is meant to host various cultural and political events and to support anti-capitalist, anti-racist, LGBTI+, ecologist struggles, etc… and therefore open to all people and groups wishing to organize, meet and discuss around them.
We will keep you informed about the next events and we want to keep the communication around this place.
Do not hesitate to come and meet us!

Le Steal
17 rue Benoît Malon
42000 Saint-Étienne, France

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Amsterdam: squat eviction, what happened at Oudezijds Voorburgwal 136

This is going to be personal, this is going to be emotional. We are people with feelings, with political convictions, with longing for freedom. Our struggle and our wounds are written and felt in our bodies. We are angry and we are sad, we are tired and we are determined. Evictions are public spectacles, collective traumas. Certain people are to blame. So we will name them and we will shame them.

Why we squatted Oudezijds Voorburgwal 136:

There are many reasons to squat. The line between personal reasons and political is – as always – blurred. We not only squat because of a need for affordable housing with an imagination of what this space could be, but also with anger towards the racism, colonialism and capitalism this building represents. Watch the video to see our political statement.

On the illegal eviction:

We don’t believe in justice under this racist, patriarchal, capitalist system. We don’t recognise its laws, courts or authority. Nobody needs more than the house they live in. All property is theft and everyone that needs a home should take it from those that have multiple houses- especially when they are not using them. Still, it seems worth mentioning that this was an illegal eviction. We are not surprised when those in power break their own laws; we quickly learned to expect it. We had been in the building already for 5 days and had made it our home, we provided the cops with evidence (see here: ). Initially, when the cops showed up (pretty soon after we dropped some banners), they said they would respect our house peace (“huisvrede”) and told us everything looked okay when we handed them the evidence. Only to come back a few hours later to inform us that the riot cops were on their way to evict us. We were told by the head of police that it was Femke Halsma the mayor of Amsterdam who called for the eviction, there is a clear conflict of interest there, as it is the Municipality that owns the building.

It took 12 riot vans and about 100 cops to evict the 3 people inside from our home and political space. Comrades and sympathetic bystanders got beaten by cops while rich neighbours sipped away at their chardonnay enjoying “the spectacle”, like our lives are some kind of entertainment. One of our comrades got snatched, beaten and abducted by plain-clothed cops.

On the attempted murder of our comrade by the riot cops, their racism and the snitch ass neighbour from next door:

Some might have seen a picture or a video of one of our comrades hanging from a window on the 7th story of the building. Some bystanders might have watched it from across the street, we know you were watching too, Janny Alberts. If our comrade would have died, their death would have been on your hands too. Before going out of the window, while the riot cops were smashing our front door, the comrades inside were upstairs. When looking out of the window, the neighbour next door encouraged us to come to his house. We asked if we could come to his balcony and he replied by saying “Yes, of course” . Essentially, he told us he would provide us safety and help us escape. It was this that encouraged our comrade to climb out of the window. When we realised they were not going to be able to make the climb, we tried pulling them back up. It was at this moment that the riot cops grabbed us, the people who were holding our hanging comrade, and pulled us away, even though we stated multiple times that if we would let go, our comrade would fall and possibly die. It was luck, not care on the cops’ behalf, that caused our comrade to survive. Luckily, they landed on a little latch on the side of the building. If our comrade wouldn’t have landed there, or if they would have slipt and lost balance while falling down, they would have died. The cops tried to kill them. After the attempted murder of our comrade, they called us “tyfus wijven” twisted our wrists and pushed us down the stairs. The first thing the neighbour told our comrade, who was still standing on the little latch, was that they were under arrest. The arrest took place on the roof and was executed through the neighbour’s house. Later we would realize that he had already let the cops inside before he encouraged us to climb out – or maybe he was an undercover.

After being dragged away from our comrade, who was still in a dangerous situation on the rooftop, a male riot cop searched our black femme comrade, both inside the building and outside by the riot van. Even though she protested that she should be patted down by a female cop, they did not listen. Various cops inquired about 5 times whether our black comrade ‘had any sharp objects on her’. This question was not once asked about our two white comrades. Furthermore, an innocent black passerby got snatched and beaten by the cops without provocation.

By no means are we trying to say that this situation is exceptional. Cops are class traitors and racists. They are and have been murdering and harassing POC on our streets, in their houses and in prisons, whenever they can, whenever they feel like.

NV ZEEDIJK’s Green Light District is a state-sanctioned gentrification project paid for by tax payer’s money:

NV Zeedijk is a company largely owned by the municipality (78%), they bought the building on the Oudezijds Voorburgwal 136 with taxpayers money. Janny Alberts is the Director of NV Zeedijk. The municipality has been buying up places like this one from whom they see as “criminals”- (in our eyes all landlords are parasites, whether they are criminals or not, because all wealth is made through the exploitation of working-class people) to make the red light district “nicer”. In reality, NV Zeedijk’s “greenlight district campaign” is gentrification mixed with a good dose of greenwashing. They are pushing out the poor and the situation for sex workers, who are already in a precarious situation, is worsening. With the many windows closing, rent prices for the ones that left have gone up. Because of this, sex workers are forced to accept worse contracts. The municipality’s campaign of “cleaning up” the red light district is a campaign of social cleansing. Removing people they don’t like out of their sight.

Oudezijds Voorburgwal 136 used to be social housing. The families that lived there were forced to leave after the person, in whose name the original social rental contract was made, died. Though NV Zeedijk is still waiting for planning permission on permits and there are no clear plans with the building yet, it looks like they will build luxury apartments in a place that used to be social rent. The building was empty for 3 years when we squatted it, except for some property guardians (anti-kraak- property guardians are not tenants, they are guardians that live under precarious conditions and have signed away their tenant rights).

NV Zeedijk represents everything we resent. They use the language of being socially woke to cover up their social cleansing campaign. They evicted 3-4 families so that a supposedly environmentally friendly company can sell their over-priced soap bars. They left the top floors (the ones we were occupying) empty for three years. And they proudly display the slavery and colonialism The  Netherlands participates in on their building.

What you can do to support:

Continue squatting, get involved with Anarcha-Feminist Group Amsterdam, do anti-racist work. Stand in solidarity with Marisella de Cuba ( and other anti-racist activists.
Spread the word about NV zeedijk and the shady stuff they do.

Anarcha-Feminist Group Amsterdam
anarchafemsterdam [at] riseup [dot] net

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Basel: actions days, new squat on Florastrasse 23 evicted


With the rapid deepening of structural inequalities, lack of solutions, and the economic crisis amplified by Corona, a void has entered many of our minds, bodies, future plans, social interactions, relationships, and wallets.
Stay at home and do nothing? We have a different idea of solidarity! Let’s denounce grievances together! Point out where the problems of the crisis are buried! Question the principles of our society! Share experiences! Time for unconventional solutions! Civil disobedience is more than appropriate! Solidarity with hand and foot can be lived! Together against emptiness!

This morning, april 21 2021, Florastrasse 23 was occupied. The house has been empty for a year and should have been used again. The owner, however, was not happy about this news and called in the police without further notice. A constructive conversation or other negotiation between the squatters and the owner was unfortunately not possible. The house was thus evicted by the police after a few hours. There were no arrests.

Call out of the action days “Together against emptiness! – Who owns the space?”

Who owns the space? What are the reasons for emptiness?

There are many empty houses, apartments and office spaces in Basel and throughout Switzerland. The reasons are (in short) real estate speculation, total renovations or upgrading processes, family disputes after an inheritance, pending construction projects due to regulations or the laziness of the ownership. The list of reasons is long and everyone knows about the ongoing struggle for housing, the struggle for the city, the struggle for space – but serious changes can probably not be expected in a system where capital determines. The struggle for housing remains with the tenants and their supporters. Property (thus ownership) is protected as the highest good.
More information on the sobering situation “Who owns the space?”, as well as facts on the real estate situation and its owners in Basel can be found here.

Space as a privilege

While some people can afford to leave houses empty for years, others have very limited access to housing. The people affected are those who have no roof over their heads, who cannot afford housing on the market, who are denied space through bureaucratic processes and discriminatory standards. – All those who have few opportunities for a dignified, self-determined home!
People living in camps have no place of retreat, no access to good health care, had to live together in bunkers (detention centers) in cramped spaces during Corona (see 3rgg)

People in the emergency aid structure are not provided with housing, but vouchers are distributed for the overcrowded emergency sleeping facilities. Such facilities are tied to several racist hurdles and deportation for people without a Swiss passport, as the example in February 2021 shows. A group of Romas was exempted from the costs of staying overnight in the shelter for a fortnight, with the condition that they had to take care of their “journey home” within two weeks or report to the migration office and risk probable deportation. So after a short time, the shelter was empty again.

In the Basel area, the emergency shelter offers space for 25 women and 75 men. In the city of Basel alone, 175 people live in the emergency aid structure, plus people without shelter – these figures alone in comparison show how the system of the emergency sleeping facility does not work. In addition, the emergency sleeping facility – both for people in the emergency structure and for other people without shelter – does not serve as a place to stay but is closed from 8.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. Where are the people without a home supposed to spend their days? Where should people without a home spend their days during the Corona crisis and in general? (see 3 Rosen Gegen Grenzen)

“A Home for All”

For us, a home is a space that everyone needs and that no one should be denied. A space that is meant to be empowering, a personal (small) free space, a protective space. To stay healthy, now more than ever, we need this space, the possibility for hygiene, the possibility for retreat, for rest, the possibility to take care of ourselves physically and psychologically.
During Corona, the situation became more precarious for many precarious people. People with no budget are forced to live together in a small space. FINT persons are even more exposed to domestic violence, parallel childcare and home office. The list of grievances is long, which are related to the problem of “Who owns the space?”. A home is more important now than ever before!
The April 2020 campaign from Zurich, “A Home for All”, has a solid idea of solidarity as a measure against the crisis. People without homes should be able to use empty houses as shelters.
Squatting as a way to fill the many unused spaces.

We join the proposals from Zurich “A Home for All” and demand:
– Are you a homeowner and your properties are empty? Open them up to those who don’t have a home! Open them up to people who are locked up in camps!
– Open hotel rooms as living space! Abolish Airbnb’s
– For everyone else: If big corporations and others don’t want to share their properties: squat a house. Share it with those who don’t have one. Demand justice.”

With this occupation we offer a direct solution to the situation in Basel. We occupy a house that has been empty for a long time and ask the owners to give it to us at the cost of water and electricity.
Solidarity is more than soap and distance.

The same demands count for Basel as for Zurich and everywhere:
– A home for all. (Together with their home against the crisis).
– For all, the possibility to protect themselves.
– For all, a secure existence.
– All camps and prisons close immediately.

gegenleere [at] immerda [dot] ch

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Dijon: Ransacking at l’Engrenage

Very early this Tuesday morning, a police force accompanied by an armada of construction machines was deployed to devastate the land on Avenue de Langres that had been occupied for almost a year.
Several bulldozers, excavators, trucks and the DESERTOT company’s manitou were mobilized to try to put an end to the gardens, as well as loggers who were in charge of cutting down the trees.
The municipality deploys the great means. Flowers, blades of grass, everything goes. The will is clear: nothing must remain of what can look like greenery.
This ransacking operation comes at the beginning of spring, whereas for weeks the gardeners had been working to make this place an open and shared place of passage between the residents.

The house located in the middle of the gardens remains protected by a court decision, and will not be evicted today (unless the cops decide to illegally force their way in). It is thanks to the presence of the inhabitants in this house that the alert was given early in the morning. The call relayed by friendly neighbors allowed people to converge in solidarity from the first minutes. They tried to block the construction machines by overtaking the police force that had just been set up. Some people were thus able to reach the house to defend it, while several others climbed on the roof of the house.

Quickly, faced with the arrival of people determined to defend the gardens, the police started to use tear gas. The demonstrators continued to harass the police by repeatedly undermining them. Different forms of resistance were then deployed: a machine was damaged, the dump trucks were blocked while they were taking away the earth… The town hall was not satisfied with destroying everything, but chose to plunder the topsoil. At 1pm, more than 40 truckloads of topsoil had already been removed from the gardens.

The objective is clear: the city council will leave behind a lunar landscape in order to better boast of defending the ecology in Dijon. The municipal hypocrisy has no limits. On the one hand it is running for European green capital, on the other hand it is destroying the land and the initiatives that are organizing to defend it. While resistance to the metropolization of Dijon has been growing for a year, we can’t wait to see what bogus arguments will be deployed to justify such an ecological disaster.

At 2pm, the operation is still in progress, the people on the spot call to join them!
All support and solidarity towards the occupiers and gardeners are welcome.

Engrenage Gardens
61-63-65 avenue de Langres
21000 Dijon, France
jardinlengrenagedijon [at] riseup [dot] net

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Barcelona: rally in support of arrested comrades on 27 February

For more than 50 days 7 of the 8 comrades arrested last February 27th in the center of Barcelona have been imprisoned. They were arrested during one of the last demonstrations that began in the name of freedom of expression and that continued for 15 days assuming more and more the voice of the general dissent towards the situation we are living. An suffocating reality characterized by an institutional violence that does not stop increasing every day, that leaves the majority of the population without a future and that absolves and defends those who are really responsible: police, institutions, politicians and the royal family. It is a disturbing authoritarian drift that is taking place today throughout the world and that is concealed under a strictly formal subsistence of the democratic institutional framework that serves as an alibi for a despotic government.

Following the arrests, violent police searches took place in 2 squatted houses in Maresme, with the intention of demonstrating an alleged non-existent criminal organization.

The 8 arrested have been charged with attempted homicide for the material damage to a van of the Guardia Urbana, membership of a criminal group, public disorder and assault on authority. Disproportionate accusations typical of police set-ups. Made in order to end the wave of protests that for weeks has been growing exponentially throughout Catalonia and divert the focus from the real violence that has been perpetrated with impunity against the protesters by the police that in addition to 160 arrests throughout the state has left an 18 year old girl without an eye.

Is there anything simpler than blaming everything on foreign anarchists?

They do not learn that anarchism, which is under attack again, only for the ignorant is synonymous with criminality or terrorism. The anarchist idea clearly speaks of individuals who look out for their freedom and that of other beings, always against power and its lackeys, it never spoke of vertical organizations.

Today, after the release of one of the detainees thanks to the forensic evidence, the credibility of the police report has been questioned, the set-up is beginning to collapse. Will they have the courage to continue to maintain this farce and the pre-trial detention without bail decreed at the beginning? We denounce all the police forces, unpunished violent and responsible for mutilations during the days of protests. In particular the Guardia Urbana of Barcelona, famous for its tortures and implicated in the state suicide of Patricia Heras of the 4F case.

We denounce the buzzards of the regime’s media, who do without any real investigative work, taking the Mossos d’Esquadra’s report as the only source of truthful information, spreading only sensationalist images and content and violating the presumption of innocence by publishing names and photographs of the accused. They are only mercenaries of the pen in the service of power!

We denounce the statements of the Mayoress of Barcelona joining this campaign of criminalisation by presenting herself as a private prosecutor against the arrested people and following the interests and requests of the employers and the Generalitat de Catalunya who asked for a tough hand to put an end to the disorder.

Faced with this situation, we demand the immediate release of the comrades arrested on 27 February!

This Tuesday April 20 in the Provincial Court of Barcelona will be held the hearing to settle the appeals of the seven prisoners who remain in the penitentiary centre Brians 1 for more than fifty days.

We call for a rally on Tuesday 20th at 9am in front of the Provincial Court of Barcelona (Arc de Triomf).

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Brussels: School 404 evicted after fire

Press release of the school 404

This Saturday, April 10th, a fire took place in the former school 14, rue Capronnier 1, in Schaerbeek. Renamed School 404, this place was inhabited since March 2020 by about thirty people and several associations including Hope4ever and the ASBL 404. Fortunately, there were no physical injuries. On the same day, the municipality enforced its decision to evict these inhabitants from their dwelling by the police.
The course of this day and those that followed, the handling of the situation by the public services, the forces of order, the firemen, the media and the owners of the place, reveals various mistreatments, discriminations and abuses of all kinds.

We will not keep quiet about our anger and refuse that once again, our dissident voices are silenced and stripped of their political dimension. We refuse the stigmatization of squatters, and claim squatting as one of the most relevant and emancipating political dynamics in the city of Brussels today.

The 404 collective and the Hope4Ever association have reinvested the old school to welcome, in the short and long term, dozens of people, for a shower, a coffee, a night, 300 nights, administrative support or emotional support, bike workshops, crafts, artistic activities, free distribution of food and clothing. The vitality of spaces like this one has multiplied in the face of the health crisis and the shutdown of reception, food, social and psychological support structures. Squats are a place of refuge, of habitation, of collective research, of deconstruction, of counterpoint to the commercial, racist and sexist system that surrounds us.

It is thus extremely violent for us, to find ourselves criminalized by the police as soon as they arrive on the scene, whereas they had ignored our complaints and our requests for investigation during the two previous fires. This stigmatization started from the beginning of the intervention, with firemen who did not carry out the classic procedures of securing a building (the tour of the rooms to check that everyone was out of danger was not done correctly: two people who were not woken up found themselves in a critical situation). The police deployment in proportion to that of the firemen was once again unjustified. This omnipresence of police had for effect only a rise of the tension and the violence as the intervention went on. We were thrown out in the rain, barely pulled out of bed by the flames. 26 people were administratively arrested and deprived of their freedom for several hours, forced to declare their identities, interrogated, and humiliated with sexualizing, transphobic, racist, and classist speeches. The negligence of the police chief in not relieving the police officers present at the scene resulted in tired and aggressive officers taking out their physical and moral aggression on the occupants. The police are responsible for beating residents with batons, and for making forceful arrests that prevented people from getting their essential belongings. They also arrested and took three of our comrades into custody for “rebellion”, releasing them a few hours later for lack of probable cause. Moreover, in an illegal way, it refuses to communicate us the number of the agents involved. Within a few hours, we find ourselves on the street, our house barricaded. Not surprisingly, when we came back to move, we found our rooms looted, destroyed, some of our beds covered with urine.

It seems important to us to underline the reaction of the municipality: after a year of half-hearted verbal support without any concrete help, the burgomaster takes the decision to evict us. This public institution is also an accomplice of the violence of the police on Saturday. The public authorities leave us in the hands of the police the whole day, without sending the least psychological or food support, without proposing the least shelter and without setting up the least solution of rehousing. The municipality of Schaerbeek then makes it absurdly difficult for us to negotiate the move, granting us only one day to empty 3500 square meters and imposing the presence of the police on us.

We would like to remind you that, for the past year, we have received visits from representatives of the municipality of Schaerbeek, asking us if we were able to take in homeless people, thus relieving itself of the responsibility for what it is. On several occasions, we have asked for financial support, material aid, and help with rehousing. Nothing has been put in place.

We have great difficulty, logically, in believing in the “humanism” of this municipality which sells public property to companies and evicts the people who live there, under a federal moratorium which forbids it. This is an illegal eviction revealing the systematisms that continue to repress the most precarious in the name of the interests of the authorities and the private sector. The occupation of the school was physically opposed to a gentrification project in a popular neighborhood: the premises have belonged for several months to the firm BPI Real Estate (26 and a half million in turnover and 6 million in profit in 2019). It plans to demolish the whole, to build a building of private social housing, and a ground floor of more than 2000 square meters of commercial surface (notably for a Lidl), with a parking lot and two advertising signs. An imposed project, rejected by the majority of the inhabitants of the district, whose voice has obviously no weight in front of the real estate monster, because as we know, it is the entrepreneurs who control the spaces, and not the ones who occupy them.

The media finally reported the facts without any testimony from the occupants, using a language that despised the squat and glorified the same police officers who did violence to us. They do not mention or hardly mention the fact that this space was a place of life, and simply omit to mention the uninterrupted socio-cultural activity that has been developing there for a year, nor the political reaction, that is to say the immediate eviction procedure applied by the municipality, nor the fate of the thirty evicted occupants, for whom none of the ten or so media that relayed the information will show the least interest.

We oppose this criminalization of alternative lifestyles, and we will continue to fight for the valorization and expansion of places like ours. We denounce the private and capitalist dynamics and the complicity of the public services, which impose absurd and soulless projects on everyone and reinforce the socio-economic inequalities that only enrich a few. We demand grassroots solidarity, civil disobedience, a collective and horizontal handling of the health crisis and socio-economic problems, and we will continue to work collectively, through our daily lives in the city, for the abolition of a system of oppressive and brutal privileges.

The public and social services of Brussels must recognize the immense, daily, and free work produced by the squatters throughout the city, and urgently activate an in-depth reflection with them, in order to set up a real policy of concrete support for these initiatives.

La 404
1 rue Capronnier, Schaerbeek
Brussels, Belgium
ecole-404 [at] riseup [dot] net

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Dijon: opening of a house for exiled women and gender minorities

A house for exiled people in Dijon

Since Wednesday, April 7, a house located at 23 avenue Roland Carraz in Chenôve has been occupied, with the objective of making it a place of residence for exiled women and gender minorities. Women represent nearly 30% of asylum seekers, but they are still invisible in the media and public discourse.
However, being an exiled woman, and even more so being LGBTQIA+, means being exposed to more difficulties, on the one hand on the migratory routes but also once you arrive in France: precariousness, sexual violence… and administrative violence, inflicted by the whole asylum application process. In the OFPRA offices, among other absurd and painful justifications, LGBTQIA+ people are obliged to prove their sexual orientation or gender, undergoing the heavy (and often impossible) task of telling their intimate story, while possibly not being believed if they do not fit the stereotypes.

In order to find accommodation, it is difficult to find solidarity, intimacy and to feel comfortable, whether in “conventional” reception places (CADA, Samu) or in alternative accommodation places. Wherever they are housed, people find themselves in spaces that are mainly inhabited and organized by men. This can increase feelings of isolation and make it more difficult to rebuild after a migration experience. Creating this new living space provides an opportunity for people in need to find a space where they feel comfortable to support and care for themselves. In these times of epidemic, this small-scale housing also allows people to protect themselves and to live the confinement in decent conditions.
We find it absurd that the number of vacant housing remains so high while people are still living on the streets. And since the state chooses to engage in systematic repression or to tear down tents when it is actually its responsibility to house these people, it seems legitimate to us to organize ourselves to requisition housing.

Squat Carraz
23 avenue Roland Carraz
21300 Chenôve, France

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Lyon: Maria’s trial, call for a rally

Friday April 9, 2021, rally at 8:30 at the courthouse, 67 rue Servient in Lyon.

Through its public landlord Grand Lyon Habitat, the Metropolis of Lyon, held by “the left” and “the ecologists” is preparing to put back on the street the Maria Carré, one of the most populated squats in Lyon. In the writ of summons, they demand an immediate eviction and the abolition of the winter truce, provided for by law to protect the most destitute.

In the midst of this catastrophic sanitary and social situation, while inequalities are increasing and precariousness is on the rise, the inhabitants are threatened, with no solution in sight for rehousing.

The authorities recently forbid any gathering against evictions, rallies against fascism, shamelessly and illegally evicting squats! We must not leave the residents alone in the face of the threats of the Metropolis.
Their trial will take place at 9am on Friday 9 April at the Lyon courthouse, 67 rue Servient. So meet there at 8:30 am to denounce the actions of the Metropolis and demand that no one be evicted to the street.

Le Maria Carré
La Guillotière, Lyon, France
lemaria [at] riseup [dot] net

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Berlin: Demonstration – 6 Months Undead – Liebig 34 is Everywhere

Friday 9 April 2021 – 16:00, rally at Dorfplatz (Friedrichshain), Rigaerstr. Ecke Liebigstr
Saturday 10 April 2021 – 12:00, demonstration from Dorfplatz.

Six months since Liebig 34, as the constellation of the haus on the corner of Liebigstrasse and Rigaerstrasse, ceased to exist. Six months since years of struggle culminated in an eviction in the morning, a riot in the evening, countless other acts of solidarity -including an attack on the ringbahn which left it out of service for days- and ultimately the loss of a global symbol of anarcho-queer-feminism.

But six months on and Liebig lives; in Bristol where last week a demonstration -following the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard by a Metropolitican police officer- against gendered violence and a new authoritarian policing bill escalated into a night of violence against the police; in London where the same struggle resulted in the occupation of a disused police station; in Mexico City on International Women’s day, where militant feminists broke down the fence surrounding the National Palace and set fire to the riot cops’ shields; in the last week in Berlin where the eviction of Meuterei and the ongoing threat to Rigaer 94, Potse, Koepi Wagenplatz and other projects saw demonstrating and attacks. With the haus gone Liebig is at once nowhere and everywhere.

With the crisis of late stage capitalism made acute by the corona pandemic, governments globally attempt to strenghten their arsenals in their repression of emancipatory and revolutionary movements. New anti-protest policing bills are proposed in the UK and France and enacted in Greece. Squats and autonomous spaces are evicted in Athens, in Ljubljana and in Berlin. Antifa and the anarchist movement are turned into the USA’s internal enemy while the same narrative leads to the arrest of eight anarchists in Barcelona following the protests against the imprisonment of Pablo Hasel.

As a physical space, Liebig 34 is no more; but our ideas and our solidarity are as resilient and adaptable as they are precisely because they do not rely on property. Capitalism may teach us that the value of a hausprojekt is the house itself, but we know and experience that it goes far beyond this. Liebig34 is not the house on Liebigstr. 34, it is what the people made of it. The eviction of the house is a loss because the inhabitants lost their home and because as a society we lost the space it presented. But it is no defeat. The collective Liebig34 may have been founded within the walls of this house, but it doesn’t need them to exist. It lives on. And so does everything it stands for. Cultural practice and political organization may need material space, but ideas don’t. Our visions go on. And so does our fight. Liebig34 is everywhere because everywhere it is needed. Liebig34 will never die because it will always be needed.

Governmental authorities may believe to silence us by beating us to the ground. But they forget that this is the very reason for us to fight in the first place. The harsher they treat us, the harder we will fight. Because it is not about one specific house. Because it’s about the reason it was forced from its people. Because it’s about the system of property ownership in general. Because it’s about our social structures as a whole. How can we be silent after such an act of violence? How could we ever ‘just let it go’ when it’s about the very essence of our lives? Political work is not a hobby, it is the struggle for a better life. Everything we do is a social interaction, so why would we ever stop caring about how society is structured?

We can’t. And that’s why we need to get up, once again. We can’t afford to stand still. Let us, once again, make clear what we want. Let us, once again, show them that we won’t tolerate their violence.
Stay on the offensive. Alerta!

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Rotterdam: You can’t evict a movement

Dear neighbours,
This week are threatened with eviction by Woonbron. The police will arrive on the street and the local news might write an article about “squatters in the Havenstraat”. We will not leave the building until we are forced to do so. We want to take a moment to explain our perspective and thank you for your support.
We are not criminals. We have been working to setup a neighbourhood social center in the Havenstraat for over 2 months as part of a campaign to create political pressure for more affordable and well maintained social housing and a higher minimum wage. Since we have occupied this building, we have made it accessible to the neighbourhood and the city, repaired the damage caused by Woonbron’s neglect in the building and organised public activities.
Woonbron used false claims to win a court case against us and force an eviction. Please see the post where we make a public response. Unfortunately, we know there are no clear plans for socially responsible use of this building. Because of this, we want to propose a new name for Woonbron: Leegstandsbron.
We have met some of you visiting in the building, showing solidarity with posters on your windows and some of you have even made press statements in support of our action. We would like to thank you very much for your support.
We will continue our campaign in another location in Delfshaven. We still believe direct action is the most effective way to solve the social crises we are all facing. We won’t wait on the politicians, landlords and property developers.

The HS231 neighbourhood social center group

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Athens: Zizania, new squatted social center in Victoria

Welcome to Zizania, a squatted social center in Victoria, at the corner of Fylis and Feron streets. May it be a neighbourhood space for self-organisation, social interventions, collective resistance and community building. Let’s meet in this space for sharing thoughts, food, coffee, clothes and whatever else we can imagine. For freeshops and free haircuts, for caffeneios and screenings, for learning and reading, for workshops and assemblies. Let’s celebrate it as a step towards the liberation of more public spaces, let’s make the best of this opportunity, as we are the ones who shape and take on our own struggles and shouldn’t rely neither on other people, designated institutions, nor better circumstances to do so.

With Zizania we foremostly aim to create a breathing space from the racist, sexist, capitalistic violence of the state and society. We envision a space of interaction and exchange between people of different backgrounds, origins, identities and ages, who speak different languages and have different opinions. These are conditions we must create and concretise together, through meeting each other, strengthening relationships inside and between our communities and connecting our struggles. For too long we have only been dreaming about something like this – surely we weren’t the only ones – and now we want to take action. In that spirit, we invite you to bring your issues, ideas, initiatives, and struggles to discuss how we can shape this space together.

Victoria is where we live, where we met and in different ways we became part of the area’s constant struggles. Living here gives us a primary spot to observe and experience the multi-level crisis that is unfolding — economical pressure, informal labour, border violence, healthcare system failure, lockdown measures and a general psychological state of fear and anxiety. In this particular neighbourhood, the swift fascist turn Greece and Europe are taking, is obvious – we see the glorification of nationalist rethorics, the militarization of our streets and public spaces, the oppressive violence around school, university, low-wage labour and street life, and the repression of resistance. Victoria is and has been a neighbourhood of the marginalized— migrants, queer people, sex workers, drug users, poor people, and those the state and society pushes to the outside. This marginalization is created and maintained with racist police checks, fascist attacks, sexist harassment, forced social isolation, and deep housing precarity. And more recently, one thing we are all experiencing is the lack of social spaces, since our squares have been invaded by cops and taken over by capitalistic interests.

The state and their fascist allies have long used racist rethorics and modes of actions and repression to convince the public that the problem of Victoria is migration and not the capitalist alienation, lack of social services, and lack of community. This has reached new heights in the summer of 2020 when people from migrant backgrounds were forced to live on Plateia Victoria, denied access to basic needs, harassed by the surrounding shop-owners and finally transported against their will to camps and prisons around the country. At the same time fascists accompanied by Bogdanos and Kasidiaris made an appearance on the square, reviving old traumas from Golden Dawn members hunting and beating people around Agios Panteleimonas.

Victoria acts as an internal border that (re)produces the violence of Greece’s outer borders. As on the islands and in Evros, Victoria is a place of constant evictions, threats of push backs and no access to healthcare. These are used by the state to deter people on the move to stay and keep them from deciding their own fates. Meanwhile, Victoria remains full of empty buildings, privatized areas, deprived of social spaces and filled with NGOs that people are forced to rely upon despite their paternalistic methods, dehumanizing “vulnerability” criteria, profiteering goals, and impermanent solutions. We won’t pretend that we have easy answers and solutions. For us the way forward is to resist and confront the capitalistic and legal structures that brought us here. We squat against cops, state, real-estate, patriarchy, church and ordinary indifference. We see this as a radical move to continue our struggles together and embed them in the neighbourhood. We squat to breathe new life into abandoned spaces and open up new possibilities. We cannot rely on the state or NGOs to build a community inside the neighbourhood. Let’s rely on ourselves and our relations.

By taking this step, we openly embrace the illegality and precariousness that characterises Victoria. Indeed, what isn’t made illegal here at this point? People who have no other solution than sleeping on the square or inside unused buildings are told it’s forbidden and hunted down, day-time hanging out is barely tolerated and organising politically to comes with accepting fines, threats and surveillance — and the cop-state does its best to criminalise it. What is clearly legal however, are the means of the state, the police and the property owners: evictions, increasing rents, and racist harassment. We are squatting today and will keep squatting because we understand it as a key tool in our hands to form new relations and break down these structures. We do not care about staying inside of the lawful boundaries, quite the contrary even. We thrive to challenge, deconstruct and abolish all norms, economic boundaries and borders. We will shape and build community through practices of mutual aid, active solidarity, inclusive and horizontal organization. We will work to reach out to all those in the neighbourhood who want to struggle on such terms and build connections to break the state alienation. We invite individuals and groups to reach out to us. Together we want to break down the divisions instigated and capitalized on by the oppressions of the state and society and bring out the creative and powerful multicultural potential of the neighbourhood. We seek to reassert an antifascist presence and consciousness in the area and challenge the status quo of the balance of power and fear through enabling connection and creation. By choosing to occupy a space that used to be an autonomous squatted archive, in such a general social context, we also seek to rekindle the legacy of squatting, of combativeness and resistance that is part of Victoria’s complex history. We have called ourselves Zizania because like weeds, we grow and flourish amidst the chaos, against all control, time and time again.

See you in Zizania, on the streets, and in Victoria.


Feron 30, Victoria
Athens, Greece

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Susa Valley: about the eviction of the Casa Cantoniera

For a year now, the pandemic has disrupted the lives of billions of people, and in the dystopian world where the huge increase in surveillance and control systems is legitimised by the doctrine of war on the virus, where everything is illegal except going to work, the evictions do not stop.
Two and a half years after it opened, the Casa Cantoniera Occupata, the self-managed shelter in Oulx, was evicted.
Inside the House was full of people: the pandemic has never stopped those on the move without the privilege of having a place to stay.

Occupied in December 2018, it was a place created to give solidarity to people who wanted to cross the French-Italian border at the Montgenèvre Pass. A place of struggle and self-organisation, against all borders and military and political devices that seek to control and select.

A free refuge for all those who believe that the earth has no borders or masters, and that everyone should have the freedom to choose where and how to live. An occupation that has made active and daily solidarity its base, and that has tried to get in the way of those racist laws that make borders and their controllers a cursed and murderous line. A place that has supported a precise direction of struggle, that has indicated a practical tool to anyone who wanted to actively fight the segregationist policies of this murderous Europe.
In our Alps, people are forced to walk on high mountain paths, hiding only because they lack the ‘good’ piece of paper, while goods and tourists, for whom this border is invisible, pass by quietly. Just as in the forests in Croatia and Bosnia, where the police beat and steal, butchering people’s feet to make them stop walking. From the Tamarasset desert to the Aegean Sea and across the Mediterranean, where a conscious genocide is taking place, with prisons and patrol boats paid for by the European Union, where people continue to die while governments are busy blocking rescue boats and repressing all forms of solidarity. Part of this genocide is here, in our mountains, and continues from day to day.

The House was evicted on Tuesday 23 March; they arrived at 7 am: the usual parade of police, carabinieri, digos (political police). It took them over an hour and a half to get in.
More than 60 people, including many families with minors, were let out and taken away.
The contribution of the fire brigade was fundamental: they positioned the stairs to get in through the roof and helped the digos to break through the protective barricades that they could not open. The eviction also saw the collaboration of the Red Cross, which set up a tent in front of the House to make anti-covidium swabs.
The “undocumented” people and their families were taken to dormitories in Susa (in the nuns’ convent), Bardonecchia (at the Alveare association) and Oulx (at the Salesian refuge). Those without families were taken to the police station in Bardonecchia for identification and then let go.
Now, at the shelter of the Salesians in Oulx, nobody can enter if not “authorised”. Police and digos are very present and oppressive in the whole border area. In the village, a few trucks of Celere (riot police) are stationed. The mayor has expressly asked the citizens to report any ‘suspicious’ person wandering around Oulx to the police, after the much desired eviction.

The responsibility for this eviction is entirely political.

From the prefecture to the municipality of Oulx (the eviction was requested from the first day of occupation and the mayor Andrea Terzolo, elected almost two years ago, made us part of his election campaign). From the states, Italian and French, to their armed arms, various police and digos. From Anas (the owner of dozens of houses abandoned for decades all over Italy – as well as the building in Oulx – which immediately filed a complaint against the occupants) to the petty national journalism, which has been busy defaming that place in every possible way. They all played an active role in criminalising this experience and making its closure materially possible.
And it makes us even angrier to know that Anas, which dragged 24 of us (plus the 13 comrades in solidarity present inside the house when the cops entered) into a trial for occupation that ironically began on the morning of the eviction, has put 100 houses for sale. There is talk of converting them into bars, restaurants and charging stations for electric cars. People will be happy to be free to travel wherever they want, to drink coffee and recharge their luxury cars on a road stained with the blood of those who have to walk at night, hiding from the beatings of the cops and from the clutches of a reception system that fattens many pockets on the skin of the people.
Now hundreds of thousands of euros will also arrive to the border municipalities for the “management of migrants”, a new merchandise. At least 600,000 euros to Bardonecchia, plus who knows how much money to the municipality of Claviere.

And on the other side of the explicitly repressive face, the ‘invisible’ responsibilities.
Even during the day of the eviction, Rainbow for a Africa, played its role as a good association providing shelter to the migrants thrown out of the terrible anarchic shelter: the same NGO that for three years has been working between Bardonecchia and Oulx to give an institutional response to “migratory flows”, trying to discourage departures by offering unreal solutions of a reception that is only a business; the same one that recently won a tender to make tampons in Turin and tries to find legitimacy even inside occupied spaces.
We know that organisations of this kind rely on volunteers who are only trying to help, and who do so with their hearts. But the functioning and the political choices made by this NGO have specific consequences, precise responsibilities, and we don’t agree, and we want to remember that. Moreover, the president, Paolo Narcisi, has always defamed us.
And in the same way we reject the falsehoods said by the archbishop of Turin, Nosiglia, that as the bishop of Susa some years ago, Confalonieri, who is now calling for Catholic solidarity,
Both men of that Church which on the one hand pretends to talk about help and solidarity and then applies itself to allowing evictions (the trial for the occupied Chez Jesus is going on now).

In conclusion: the eviction of the Casa Cantoniera is part of a global repression against freedom of movement, against places of solidarity and occupied spaces where people can organise in freedom. Everywhere in Europe spaces of struggle are under repressive attack by the states. The militarisation of borders and the normalisation of push backs and repatriations inside and outside European borders is fed by the increasingly racist and fascist sentiments in society and politics. Meanwhile, those who continue to provide solidarity to people on the move and refuse to enter into this racist and normative logic are constantly under attack.
On this frontier, numerous trials are underway for aiding and abetting illegal immigration (two major trials in the coming months on the French side). Many people are under investigation for initiatives, actions, occupations, marches on the border on both sides.
The repression against the people passing through is manifested in a visible increase in militarisation, in ever tighter violence, and now in controls even in the facilities where they are housed.
Yet people continue and will continue to pass through, because the desire and determination to decide where to live will never stop.

We would like to thank all those who have been in solidarity with this experience over the years, from the Susa Valley – which despite being forced to host this infamous border, but where we have found many friends and sisters who have shared this struggle with us – and from every corner of the world.
The need to rebuild real solidarity is great. Everything is needed, there is a need to reorganise. Another open assembly will be called, also in an attempt to give an answer to the ever increasing repression.
We are also looking for a collective vehicle, be it a van or a big car, to continue to be present on the border. If anyone has a (cheap) vehicle or useful materials, please write to us.

Every contribution is welcome.
Always against every border.
We will be back.
Some and some enemies of borders

The following text is an attempt by some of the people that were involved in the occupied Casa Cantoniera to analyse the eviction of our space and reflect on the past years of our presence in this part of the border.

Now, more than ever we want to call everyone to come to the border in order to show that the eviction of our spaces, the repression of people on the move and people in solidarity with them, will not stop us from expressing and exercising our resistance. We are trying to regroup and organize presence in the border. We don’t know yet which form this will take, because it depends on what is going to happen in the next days and weeks. If you are interested and want to stay updated, write an email to chezjesoulx [at] riseup [dot] net (pgp key on request).
In the early morning of March 23rd, the cops along with firefighters and certain NGOs evicted the occupied Casa Cantoniera in Oulx, a small village at the italian-french border where thousands of people have transitted in recent years. The 13 comrades that were present in the house during the eviction have been accused of occupation, while over 60 people in passage have been forcibly tested for coronavirus, identified, fingerprinted, and then transported to different structures.
The way this eviction has been executed demonstrates once again all the contradictions of the european* migration policy. The repression of free movement is only possible with the complicity of so called «humanitarian» institutions. While the cops are the visible face of state repression, humanitarian organizations are used (and complacently so) as the friendly face of this repression.
The Red Cross and the association «Rainbow 4 Africa» have provided the infrastructure of transport and processing for the over 60 people in passage without consent that were present in the house during the eviction, shipping them off in different directions while backtracking them away from the border. The firefighters assisted the cops with breaking the barricades of the house and enabled them to sneak into the house from the roof windows using their equipment. Without the help of these institutions, the eviction of the Casa Cantoniera would have been much more difficult and time consuming (and, thus, visibile to the public.)
It is not the first time that the Red Cross has collaborated with the police – at this border or in other places. There have been various occasions in which its members were repeatedly present on the border, trying (in vain) to persuade people in passage not to cross instead of providing something useful or allowing them to decide for themselves. They often were accomplices to police intervention, aiding them to carry out push backs. On several occasions the Red Cross has consciously exploited people’s trust in their institution while openly collaborating with the police.
The association Rainbow 4 Africa has a long history of trying to collaborate with social centres and have repeatedly tried to force their presence on the Casa Cantoniera, while at the same time supporting the CPR of Torino with medical staff (in which the neglect of the physical well-being of people imprisoned is daily routine) and providing medical infrastructure for the eviction of the house. When the protest on eviction day arrived at the dormitory of the Salesiani in order to bring solidarity to the families that were brought there, we realized that the main gate of the structure has been locked since their arrival, preventing them from exiting. This shows once again that their perception of the people they are directing their “services” to is not one of equal free individuals but of manageable and confinable objects.
For over two years the Casa Cantoniera has attempted to create a space of practical solidarity and resistance against the border and the oppression and violence that comes with it. A space that refused to participate in the «management» of migration, where those on whose backs our privileges and wealth are built are not treated as objects, as dangerous delinquents nor infantilized victims, but as individual subjects that are able to make their own decisions.
The border is evidently permeable to the continuous passage of money, tourism and commerce, but not to people lacking the “adequate” piece of paper. Our aim was never to provide a service to people but to build an inclusive struggle with people that are oppressed by the system of capitalism and state in different ways.
A lot of people who passed by the Casa Cantoniera participated actively in the management of daily tasks. The fact that this house has been open to people without pause for 828 days was only possible because we collectively compiled our knowledge and skills, maximizing possibilities by adapting and appreciating the differences in our capabilities. Sharing through our anger and frustration in common but also passing moments of affection and joy helped us to get stronger and more determined in our opposition against the violent reality of this world.
In the occupied house people have shared their stories, dreams and struggles among each other, finding strength in not being alone. Sometimes these moments consisted of simply sharing a coffee in the morning, passing a platter of something delicious and fried to share during discussions, dancing to pop music from all over the world while preparing a collective meal, four different people offering their last respective filter, paper, tobacco, or lighter for a much needed cigarette…
This opposition that is created, is not merely in contrast to the systemic oppression of the border – parallel to it, it seeks to build an alternative reality.
That house has been a place where we confronted many forms of oppression:
There was a self-organized garden,to rethink our way of relating to food and nature with regards to consumerism.
There was a space reserved for women and non-binary/gender nonconforming individuals, because the system of patriarchy is dismantled in part by validating and giving space.
There was a library with books and self-published texts in various languages, from comic books and novels to self care and DIY, aiming for a radical** alternative which demands constant reflection, self-criticism and expansion of knowledge.
While we have on some occasions accepted material support from NGOs, we have never subjected ourselves to conform to their paradigms and we have always tried to self-sustain the house with the financial and material support of people that share or support our ideas.
Obviously, in a world that is based on violence and in which all of us have internalized dynamics of oppression and certain stereotypes, it is impossible to not make mistakes. Many people that have passed the house have survived trauma and loss. We don’t want to deny that the house has seen episodes of violence and that we have made mistakes in certain situations, but in order to create something outside of the logic of profit and domination, we have to practice and learn from the mistakes that have been done in the past, although we have not always succeeded in doing so.
We are disgusted by the way these episodes have been used as a way to gut an alternative approach, as if to prove that another world is not possible; in fact it is brutally ironic that these episodes of violence are a direct result of the oppressive systems that the nation states are so keenly upholding.
From the beginning of the project, lots of speculation and misinformation has been spread about this house. Right after the eviction had been carried out, photos of inside the house (which obviously was in a terrible state post bombardment) had been shared, instrumentalizing it in order to confirm their narrative of the « dirty squatters and wrong doers ». We refuse to speak with journalists, because we don’t want to be portrayed according to the stereotyped idea of the « anarchist », instrumentalized for making profit out of spectationalism.
So now this tiny space of autodetermination which gave us the possibility to breathe for a moment submerged in a world of harsh policies and racialized laws, is gone…
The eviction of the Casa Cantoniera is just a part of global repression against freedom of movement, solidarity structures and occupied free spaces in general. All over europe* long existing occupied spaces have been evicted in the last years, while attempts of creating new spaces and struggles are instantly met with the full force of repressive state organs. The militarization of borders and the normalization of push backs at internal and external european* borders only feeds ever growing racist sentiments and the fascization of society. At the same time those who refuse to buy into this logic and continue to support people on the move are continuously being attacked.
In Calais food distribution has been illegalized, in other places people are prevented from practicing their solidarity individually and are being forced to register with an NGO, in hungary* all forms of support for people on the move have been illegalized since years. The aim is on the one hand to create conditions that will make migration as difficult as possible, and act as a deterrent to prevent others from trying to make the journey. On the other hand, it is sending the message that humanity and support is only possible when herded into a state-approved method and context.
However, the repression of solidarity structures and the fortification of borders will not prevent people from exercising their will and need to migrate. Migration is as old as humanity and as long as this world is divided into parts of those that are exploited and those that are profiting from this exploitation- as long as wars and conflicts are fuelled by the need of capitalism to produce profit and the need of nation states to expand their power and influence- people will continue to migrate from one place to another. And as long as this inequality exists between the ‘global south and the global north’ of the world, people will continue to try to come to europe*. And as long as europe’s* wealth is built on this inequality, its nation states and institutions can’t give another answer to migration than militarization and violence.
The eviction and repression of the Casa Cantoniera will not stop people to pass this part of the border. It will only lead to them being forced to use ever more dangerous routes, to more people desperate, and to the arrival of smugglers that make profit off the misery of other people.
They can take our spaces, they can criminalize and imprison us, but they cannot bury our ideas and they cannot silence the truth, and that truth is this:
As long as the world is organized according to the principle of domination -of nature by humans, or of one kind of human over the other, or of an economic system based on the exploitation of resources and human lives- we cannot be free. We need and we will find other ways of expressing our opposition, of building and fighting for spaces where we can learn, create, live in freedom.

*names of states are left without capital letter on purpose
** we use the word radical in its original sense, meaning that we want to get to the “root” of the problem instead of just reforming what we believe to be fundamentally dysfunctional.

ex Casa Cantoniera Occupata ChezJesOulx
Via Monginevro 96, SS24
Oulx, Susa Valley, Italy
chezjesoulx [at] riseup [dot] net

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Berlin: Køpi taking the threat seriously

Statement – 22.03.2021
Our current situation:

At February 4th we received a formal letter filed in court from Startezia GmbH to vacate the Køpi Wagenplatz (aka Køpiplatz) by February 28th 2021. After more than 20 years, Startezia GmbH thinks they can force us to leave Køpiplatz but of course we have not left, and we are unwilling to give up our homes. Until now the first court date has not been set, but it is definitely coming sooner rather than later. We have been under threat of sale or eviction before, but this time, as gentrification and new construction surround us, we believe the risk to be more serious than ever before.

Facts about the owners of Køpi:

Here are some facts about Startezia GmbH, the current owner, who are the company pursuing legal action against us:

Startezia GmbH acquired Køpi & Køpiplatz in an insolvency auction in 2013 from Novum Koepenicker Strasse 133-138 under the direction of Besnik Fichtner. Fichtner together with Siegfried Nehls had a side company called Plutonium 114 GmbH. Before renaming it Plutonium 114 GmbH, the company was called Vitales Altbauten and also owned by Nehls. Plutonium 114 then became Novum Köpenicker Strasse 133 – 138.

In 2013 a new Novum Grundbesitz und Beteiligung AG was established with Yervand Chuckhajyan listed as the head of the company, the same owner as Stratezia GmbH. It looks like Startezia GmbH transferred the ownership of Køpi and Køpiplatz properties from its own company Novum Grundbesitz und Beteiligung AG, previously Novum Köpenicker Strasse 133 – 138. All these companies are interlinked with the same people named as the owners in most of the cases. Nehls’ “flagship” company is Sanus AG and all companies mentioned above seem to be sub-companies. Nehls along with 10 of his companies currently owes 3,2 Million Euros in tax debts in Zossen, a city offering the lowest corporate tax in Germany.

Since Startezia GmbH appears to be just a letterbox company based in Köln, we believe they have no intention to build anything concrete soon, but rather leave Køpiplatz land standing empty merely for speculation. In fact they have had a building permit since 2015 and are only acting now because the permit is set to expire in November 2021.

Why we take the threat seriously:

In the last few years we have witnessed dramatic changes in Berlin where self-organised places have started to be evicted one by one. The youth centre Drugstore in Schöneberg, opened since the 70s, was forced to hand over their keys in January 2019. Followed by Syndikat bar, a left scene icon in the Neukölln neighbourhood, was evicted in August 2020 after 35 years of existence. Another victim of brutal gentrification was queer-feminist house project Liebig 34. To forcefully evict this landmark in October 2020, Berlin deployed 2,680 cops and the estimated cost was at least 1 Million Euros. Does the city of Berlin really want to spend this amount of money on evictions rather than finding a way to protect alternative, self organized spaces that offer immense value to the cultural diversity of a city?

The list of places recently evicted goes on with Sabot Garden, Diesel A, G17A, Friedel 54 and Berlin’s largest homeless camp at Rummelsburger Bucht, Its eviction was masked as “humanitarian” while in reality it paved the way for the construction of a giant aquarium park.

There are even more spaces currently under threat: house project Rigaer 94, autonomous left wing bar Meuterei who already have an eviction date of 25th March 2021, youth club Potse and us – Køpiplatz. It might be a pure coincidence that these places are being evicted or threatened with eviction so close to each other, but this wipe-out tactic has been used in other places around the world. Strategies like these serve to try to exhaust and overwhelm people and make it more difficult to effectively organise to support each other.

An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us, we stand in solidarity with one another and each endangered project.

Our Way of Life:

We strongly believe that non-hierarchical, self organised places have a great impact on how people think and offer an irreplaceable alternative to the way people live, enjoy culture and perceive the world where solidarity rather than money is in the foreground. We have created a community not only for living space but for people to test ideas, organise art, skill share, learn and grow. We do not insist that everyone must conform to the way we live, but respect our choice to live this way. We believe we have something valuable to contribute to the cultural fabric of the city, and without us, and other diverse spaces, the city becomes a homogenous wall of anonymous glass facades.

However, we are not the only one suffering because of gentrification, so are small businesses, people on lower income as well as older people who are being forced to the margins of the city. Out of sight, out of mind. This needs to stop. We are not only fighting for our homes but for an inclusive society we strongly believe in.

Today, Køpi is 31 years old. At the beginning this space was unlivable, but a small group of dedicated squatters built what would eventually become home to activists, artists, musicians, and freaks living in the house and Køpiplatz. We are also an autonomous space for a variety of collectives. We have several venues for live music, performances, soli events, a cinema, infoshop, Food not Bombs kitchen, practice and recording rooms, gyms, as well as bicycle, screenprinting, and other workshops.
In Køpi and Køpiplatz, we have spent years building up our homes, we have chosen to live in a way that defies the normal standards of apartment city life but we believe the way we live is valid. We have maintained all of this on our own without asking for a single cent from the government or any institutions. It took time and effort to create and we continue to put all our effort into maintaining and running it day by day. We won’t simply give up our way of life, built over years, for property speculations. We took an uninhabitable space and made it a vibrant living space, and we refuse to see it broken apart and left standing empty for years to come.

Køpi & Køpiplatz stay united and the fight for our home continues!

How you can support us, watch out for further updates. Save the date May 15th and 16th.

Køpi & Køpi Wagenplatz 133 – 138
Köpenicker Straße, 10179 Berlin
Pressekontakt: presse [at] koepi137 [dot] net

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Montpellier: The Bat du Peuple does not mind being helped

The squat in the Beaux-Arts district is consolidating. It is useful to bring materials to it. Occupied since the beginning of the school year at 1 rue Substantion, near the Corum, a former garage has become the Bat du Peuple, which is run by people from the former Casa del Sol. Its philosophy remains close to that of the former Casa del Sol, with a clear anchorage in the social movement, for example the movement against the laws of separatism or global security. The references of the Bat du Peuple are rooted in the Yellow Vests movement, and the actions of sharing and food solidarity are at the heart of its practices, with waste recycling, free groceries, people’s kitchen.

A month ago, the passage to court was rather satisfactory, where we noticed a not very vindictive owner. In any case, as for any occupation, this deadline meant a form of stabilization, since it opened the period of judicial instruction, and the delays of treatment which automatically go with it. For the Bat du Peuple, it is therefore the moment to call for any kind of material contribution. Are welcome essentially furniture, tools allowing in particular the manufacture of furniture, which takes place on the spot. Also small electronic equipment that can be repaired.

About the Bat du Peuple… It was initially a project of poorly housed people, precarious, working poor, students, many women, people struggling to survive, etc… who knew each other throughout the Yellow Vests movement. After occupying an abandoned building in September 2020, it has been worked on and made usable to host activities: meetings and assemblies about various struggles, actions of autonomy and food solidarity, administrative support, well-being workshops but also a freeshop and a free library.
All those (“organized” or not) who struggle, cultivate alternatives or weave popular solidarity are invited to appropriate this place. Together, let’s build a place at the disposal of social movements, an inclusive place to serve and support emancipatory struggles, as well as the people and groups that lead them, let’s organize on a large scale solidarity for more autonomy in terms of housing, food, well-being, with all the good wills. Whether we are offering a workshop or bringing a project to life, we want to build together a place that is open, inclusive, and organized without hierarchy.

Bat du Peuple
1 rue de la Substantion
34000 Montpellier, France

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Berlin: Defend Meuterei!

The best place is still at the bar – The best place is still on the street

On March the 25th the kneipecollective Meuterei is facing eviction, after almost 2 years without a contract.

Traversing a period where Berlin is facing a big transformation and the autonomous infrastructures a great attack, places as Meuterei, are necessary.

They are necessary for the people of the neighborhood who cannot afford the price list of the new posh bars, for the people of the scene who need a meeting point to socialize and politicize, for young people who seek for moments outside parent’s and teacher’s controls, for homeless people who need a place to rest without cops and security controls, for people who do not get pressured or kicked out if they dont buy.

Meuterei as a bar collective is always an open space to people and groups who want to get organized and use the rooms, solidarity events can take place and social events can bring us closer.

For us it is clear: state and capital are showing again their true face. By evicting autonomous spaces, where the struggles acquire territory and self-organized spaces where people self-determinated their way of living, the ruling class once again excludes every oppressed and exploited. The government of Berlin by enforcing a cop state, antisocial and racist politics, by using the pandemic in order to make more profit and lead more people to precarity and intensifying the authoritarian character of the state, does nothing else than serving the interest of capital and preserving it’s dominance and it’s violence.

We, as part of emancipatory and anti-autoritarian struggles, once again should make obvious that we do not blindly obey their directives, their laws, their system.


24.3 – 20 Uhr Kufa outside, with speakers and music, at Rigaer94 in solidarity with Meuterei
25.3 – 6Uhr – Day X – Dezentralisert euch! – Day and evening actions,
25.3 – 6Uhr – Day X – Meuterei ist überall
25.3 – 19Uhr – Day X Demo,

Chaos for Meute

We as Interkiezionale call on all solidary and freedom-loving people to bring the city into turmoil on and around March 25 against the eviction of the Kiezkneipe Meuterei.

The pub collective Meuterei has been creating a space for exchange, networking and solidarity in Reichenberger Straße for 10 years. Such places are increasingly being pushed out of this city. With the Syndikat and Liebig34, we had to say a painful goodbye to two autonomous spaces, and after the eviction attempt of Meuterei, many more attacks on left-wing projects will follow.

Yuppie stores and start-up offices are moving in where there were once places where it was not about consumption, but primarily about social exchange and collective organizing. Gentrification is slowly creeping into every corner of this city to make profit out of the last hole. The cops make sure that even every rotten owner can raise his rent and hawk living space into commodity. For this they beat us out of our stores and houses and our comrades from the streets. Neoliberalization also ensures that politics is oriented towards capital interests and obviously crawls out of and into the asses of investors. Instead of discussing and negotiating with the urban population, they send the cops to beat away annoying calls for justice and affordable rents.

When the cops „regulate“ any political struggle and take away all our places, we are left with only the street as a place of resistance. We want to take the streets for Meute and uncompromisingly show who this city belongs to.

If our protest is to be nipped in the bud, we should act from ambush. If every demo is accompanied by cops in a trellis, we should create chaos.

If there are hardly any places left that we want to and can defend, there is no reason not to attack the places that displace us every day.

Organize in your affinity groups and with your projects and come to the neighborhood on March 25th from 6am. But not only in Kreuzberg protest should become visible, but all of Berlin must get to know what we think about displacement and evictions!

In the evening there will be a powerful Interkiezionale Day X demo.

DEMO | 25.03 | 19UHR

Stay tuned, get ready.
The fight for the city from below is not over yet.
Keine Beute mit der Meute!

Reichenberger Str. 58, Berlin

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Barcelona: Sara released with charges. Freedom for 27F prisoners. Enough of police set-ups

Yesterday, monday March 22, at the last minute, we received the news of the release (with charges) of Sara, one of the eight imprisoned for the demonstration on 27 February in Barcelona. The appeal lodged by the defence would prove, by means of expert evidence, that it could not have been her who sprayed flammable liquid, as the police statement claimed.

Once again, this story, with its categorical assertions, reproduced by so many media outlets, is beginning to fade. Sara was arrested, charged and imprisoned as the perpetrator of the van fire without the right to the presumption of innocence. Just like the rest of the people arrested and today imprisoned.

Sara’s photo, her name and details appeared in the media, first in La Vanguardia, echoed by the Italian press. A few days before she was due to serve a month in prison, she was released with charges after her lawyer and an expert witness for the defence proved that it was impossible that she was the person accused by the police, the public prosecutor and the court.

This is a first step and a very important one. It breaks the frame-up and let’s hope it stays that way. An alleged criminal organisation of which nothing is known because it does not exist, formed by anarchists and Italians. An alleged attempted murder attempt, that after viewing the images and the police searches, a bic lighter and clothes with the smell of gasoline remain as evidence.

The unanimous reaction of the employers, the City Council (Ada Colau) and the Government (interior minister), and the media was very serious. Not even a month has passed since the arrests, and already the whole process is being called into question, forcing the court to release Sara on bail, pending trial and with precautionary measures. The appeals of the rest of the prisoners are still pending before the provincial court and we hope that they will be released.

As happened previously in operations Piñata and Pandora, also against anarchism and anarchists, after a few months in jail it finally came to nothing, the people released and free of charges. But no one resigned, asked for forgiveness or took responsibility.

Congratulations to Sara for her freedom, although under surveillance, and let’s hope that the rest of the appeals will also be attended and they will be released.

El Lokal
Carrer de la Cera, 1 Bis
El Raval, 08001 Barcelona

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