Prenons La Ville
On July 1, 2017, 1500 of us marched through the streets of Geneva against the planned eviction of the Malagnou collective house and for the Right to the City. There was a common desire not to be crushed by the disastrous evolution of the city, which is primarily aimed at self-managed places, at everything that does not fit into the administration's narrow spaces. More generally, the inhabitants are suffering the consequences of a development policy led by the right and the real estate sector and oriented above all towards profit: increase in rents, gentrification of working class neighbourhoods, aseptisation and privatisation of public space, widespread surveillance and attacks on the right to demonstrate.
Who owns the city? This is a question that can only be answered in practice, in struggles and on the streets, because the authorities too often remain deaf to our needs. A city should belong to its inhabitants, not be used for the benefit of a privileged few.