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Rotterdam: The Squatting Info Hour Rotterdam is back

A search for “Kraakspreekuur Rotterdam” brings back some old memories from 2010 and 2005, which is quite a long time ago.
Back to the now: Here in Rotterdam quite some things are happening in the squatting scene. De Tweebosbuurt, Wielewaal and de Burgemeester Roosstraat for example. But in a city like Rotterdam, you would expect more squatters, will you join us?
The Squatting Info Hour Rotterdam has been started by several squatters from the Tweebosbuurt. Do you need a house and have found an empty place? Are you still green and can use some help? Don’t have a crowbar?
We can help. You can reach us for the kraakspreekuur by appointment or if you just have some questions, via ksurotterdam [at] disroot [dot] org. To prepare for this, you could for example read/study the Rotterdamse Kraakhandleiding from 2009 – with quite some outdated information by the way – (use google translate) and research who owns on paper the building which you are planning to move into, using the Kadaster.
If you have general questions about squatting vs anti-squat, issues with flex-housing and housing in general, you can also visit the Bewonersspreekuur Bond Precaire Woonvormen Rotterdam.

Kraakspreekuur Rotterdam
ksurotterdam [at] disroot [dot] org

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Brighton: DIY Kodak Update

Apologies for the delayed update – the past couple of days have been busy! For everyone wondering how the eviction went, we just wanted to let you know that we have managed to find some temporary storage solutions and no one has ended up back out in the streets.

As ever, we fully intend intend to keep this project going and will keep you updated about our next steps.

Watch this space…

With love and solidarity,
The DIY Kodak Collective

Rotterdam: About police actions in Tweebosbuurt

We’ve been silently listening to lots of different people talking about squatters in Tweebosbuurt in the last few days. From the leftist parties supporting squatters and newspapers calling them “heroes of Tweebosbuurt” to far right activists calling them criminals and claiming that they should be jailed or kicked out of the country. We thought that most of what could be said about squatters in Tweebosbuurt has been said. But then Wim Hoonhout, head of communication of Rotterdam’s police, decided to give his opinion on twitter as well, and it says a lot about how this city works: “Anti-capitalists, anarchists and extremists from Europe choose Tweebosbuurt for their actions. Thereby threaten the safety of residents. This requires a strict approach. Police [is] committed to ensuring that safety. Violence must be proportional and subsidiary. These people seek to undermine the rule of law. Leon [a journalist supporting squatters] trivializes their behavior and condemns our action”.

This is important and needs to be analyzed carefully.

Let’s start with squatting: as you might know, squatting is illegal in the Netherlands and was considered a criminal offense. But you should also know that since the 2 December 2010, the state court has ruled that the law forbidding squatting was illegal. Since then, squatting is legally considered as a civil issue, a disagreement of interest between two private parties. It’s not a criminal offense anymore.

Cases of squatting have to be brought into civil court, and it’s a judge to decide if and when the squatters should be evicted. The decision is made by comparing the need for the owner to use the house versus the human right of housing. Housing’s rights apply to anyone, Dutch or not, paying rent or not: if a house is somebody’s home, it’s protected by law, and only a judge can decide otherwise. The judge can also sometime make a decision in favor of squatters and decide that they can stay, if the owner of the house doesn’t have a legitimate motive for eviction. As long as an eviction decision hasn’t been made, homes are protected with “housepeace”.

Housepeace is only for actual people, not companies. It’s different and unrelated to private property and requires someone living inside the house: you can have housepeace when squatting while you can not have housepeace for an empty house that you own. Housepeace protects privacy and integrity of housing. It’s the legal reason why random people (including owner, the police, or anyone else) can not come into somebody’s home without a warrant, whether it’s an administrative warrant or it’s from a judge. Without it, nobody can legally comes into anyone home without authorization of that person.

That’s how law is in the Netherlands. Whether you agree with squatting or not is not the question here: law in the Netherlands makes squatting possible, and squatters have rights. Being a squatter doesn’t make you a criminal. You might be evicted by the court at some point (just as anyone! even if you rent or own your place), and as long as you respect that decision, you’re still not a criminal.

The endpoint of this is that police doesn’t have anything to do with squatting. It’s not a criminal matter, it’s a civil case. As long as the police hasn’t be requested by the owner after an hypothetical ruling of the Court have been disrespected, squatting is not a police matter.

This rises questions. Why is all of this happening? Why are some journalists, politicians and bureaucrats calling squatters criminals? Why is there a disproportionate amount of police in the neighborhood? Why have been there illegal evictions? Why does the burgmester keep saying that everything went according to procedure? Why did police bring a freaking helicopter to evict squatters? Why is the head of communication says that we threaten safety of residents despite multiple testimonies of inhabitants of Tweebosbuurt in the news saying they’re happy with squatters and reporting no feeling of threat or insecurity?

Let’s drop some facts: There is no record of criminal acts in Teebosbuurt committed by squatters. Despite dozens of arrests, nobody got charged of any offense. Police call squatters anti-capitalists and anarchists but it’s not a crime, it’s an opinion. And even then, it’s an assumption of an opinion. They imagine squatters as a united radical organized action group, but that’s far from the truth. Squatters in Tweebosbuurt don’t even all know each others. They have no common political ground and have various backgrounds and reasons to be there. Police says squatters are extremists and choosen Tweebosbuurt to perform actions, but tell us: what actions did you hear about? Did someone burn Vestia’s office? Has people been assaulted in the street by squatters? Don’t you think that with all the media coverage that Tweebosbuurt is under, if illegal actions were conducted they would have been in the top of the news?

We thinks it’s time to talk less about what squatters do and don’t do, and more about the other protagonists of this story. The situation is quite clear: the police action is only justified by assumptions about squatter’s political ideas and fake claims about illegal actions that would threaten other inhabitants. The Tweet we’re answering to is already an answer to a press article that says this:

“The evacuation of Tweebosbuurt in Rotterdam also deserves a critical consideration. According to the squatters, the authorities thereby violated the rules. Primary response: as if breaking in is so neat? No of course not. But that does not give the [police] the right to break the law. The law, rules and procedures must protect the citizen against the emotional reflexes of those in authority. No one – and certainly not an authority – may act as their own judge. Whether it is […] a squatter or whoever, it cannot matter in a constitutional state like the Netherlands. Everyone deserves the same, objective treatment and legal process. Regardless of the sentiments and mood of uncle cop and whether someone’s head is turned on or not.”

That’s what happened in Tweebosbuurt. In 42 De La Reystraat, after Vestia’s employee tried to break the door (and housepeace) of the inhabitants, police granted themselves a search warrant to investigate on the suspicion of breaking of housepeace by the squatters (they claimed that they couldn’t know if the building was actually empty before it’s been squatted and they needed to come in to investigate if a crime has been committed by settling inside). That’s already absurd, as they literally witnessed Vestia committing a crime and didn’t’ react, but decided to investigate on the squatters instead. They did eventually come in, arrested everyone “for the time of the investigation”, and then concluded that there was no crime committed and released everyone. Legally, the place was not evicted. So according to the law, inhabitants of 42 De La Reystraat were totally allowed to come back in their own house, as the investigation concluded they didn’t break the housepeace of somebody else. Unfortunately, Vestia used the time the building was empty to seal it illegally, breaking squatters’ housepeace again. That’s also illegal, and that was also committed in front of the police, with their passive support. So, indeed, police didn’t illegally evict the place, but they played a key role in letting and helping Vestia to do it. And mostly, when inhabitants came back, police came back agin and evicted the place. Again. Without even showing a warrant to the inhabitants this time, so now nobody even knows what is now the legal status of 42 De La Reystraat. And they did it with a helicopter!

This is very symptomatic of what we’re trying to talk about: police actions in Tweebosbuurt are not motivated by the enforcement of the law. Those actions are not only partial, they are political and they’re actually helping Vestia to commit criminal activities. The reason why those decisions are made is because police makes decisions as their own judge. They bypass the law and justice to take direct actions against squatting and squatters. That’s only one example of what they do. Harassing inhabitants, beating up people and other exaction they commuted are also a consequences of decisions made against squatting. Police and Vestia works together to organize a political repression against us, because they see squatters as a threat to them. Police in Tweebosbuurt is nor protecting law and order nor protecting inhabitants of the neighborhood, they’re fighting for Vestia’s private interests and through that for their own political opinions, because they are against squatting themselves. Why do you think they keep describing squatters as criminals knowing perfectly that squatting is not a crime and there’s no record of criminal actions? They try to convince public opinion that their actions are legally justified. But they’re not. They act and shape society as an independent political force, making decisions for themselves.

Nobody but the police decided to help Vesita illegally evict a house twice in a week, nobody but the police decided to harass people in the streets on the neighborhood by declaring it a “sensitive zone”, nobody but the police decided to close their eyes to Vestia’s criminal activities. They’re trying to make squatters’ life a nightmare not because law says so, there’s no law for what they do, but because they want to, because they’re afraid of what squatters could do, they’re afraid that squatters might change society and take political actions in a way they disagree with ; and they’re taking actions against that now because they can afford it. Give guns, power and freedom to break the law to a bunch of far-right people and trust them to not abuse their power to enforce their own opinion, how is that suppose to work? Nobody cares about squatters, nobody cares (or even knows) about their rights, and they know that most of them cannot afford to defend themselves in front of a court or to fill a complaint because it’s simply too expensive.

That’s how Dutch society deals with squatters (and with poor people in general), it leaves them into the hands of the police and looks somewhere else. Police has so much power to decide how they conduct their actions and there’s literally no affordable way to defend against them. It leads to that kind of ridiculous situations: and helicopter and 30 police trucks to illegaly evict eight peaceful people from their own house without any legal motive, just because police disagreed with their ideas. They don’t even have to justify themselves when they make this kind of circus : all they have to do is to wait for the Burgmester to claim police is enforcing the law and everything is going according to the procedure. Then Police can even claim on Tweeter that the use of force was proportional and subsidiary because you know, they were anti-capitalists. And if you dare criticizing them, they would answer you make the squatters’ actions trivial. This is important: in the Netherlands, police is confident enough to openly confess on Tweeter that they abuse their power to strictly repress people based on their political opinions without legal motives only because they decided it’s dangerous opinions. If you don’t think that is a symptom that your society is silently rotting and drifting towards fascism, you need to think again.

Call to donations

We’re looking for donations in order to appeal our courtcase (total costs are around 2000 euros). Last wednesday the judge decided that 3 squatted houses in the Tweebosbuurt have to be evicted. Today we decided to start an appeals process. We do this because we think that Vestia does not ‘urgently’ need our homes, and that we do urgently depend on the roof over our head. Since the neighborhood won’t be demollished for at least 1,5 years awaiting Vestia’s appeal against the 17 neighbors that were alowed to stay, as decided by a judge on the 10th of january, it is unreasonable and unfounded to evict us now already. The first judge decided otherwise, but we bielive to have a chance to win with another one.
But, an appeals process costs money. That is why today we also start a fundraising campagain.

You can donate to:

steungroep NVDA te Utrecht.
citing Tweebosbuurt.

Donations that are left over after the appeals proces will be spend on electric heaters, toiletpots, and other stuff that Vestia has demolished.

Contact: squat-vestia [at] riseup [dot] net
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Athens: Koukaki fell heavy on them

Since 2017, the Koukaki Squat Community (Matrozou 45, Panaitoliou 21, Arvali 3) set up a different competitive example of communal life in the center of Athens. Through horizontal procedures, collective work and persistence, it set up open and social projects of communal housing, public bath and laundry, clothes sharing, spaces for public events and a multilingual library. Operating in an area which has been transforming from residential neighborhood to first-class tourist resort, the Koukaki Squat Community raised an embankment against the repressive and economic policies of the state and the bosses, against fascism, racism, and patriarchy. A living hearth of resistance, it also actively supported and connected with other struggles, political projects and public assemblies [1].

Such an active community of equality and solidarity could not go unnoticed. As many other squats and political projects in Athens, the squats in Koukaki were targeted multiple times by the state, both by syriza and nea dimokratia governments, as well as through fascist attacks [2]. Facing evacuations and repression, the comrades resisted and defended their community by retaking the houses and through dynamic interventions. Their strong resistance came to become a central political issue on 18/12/2019, when the police evacuated all three squats, and on 11/1/2020, with the spectacular police operations to evict the houses of Matrozou 45 and Panaitoliou 21, both of which had been retaken by comrades earlier that day.

Retaking and defending the squats was an action against the fear which state repression subjects us to … a reasonable response to the irrationality of a financial system which violently throws people in shit holes, streets and concentration camps, while thousands of buildings remain abandoned and empty [3]. Through their strong resistance, the comrades responded to the violence enforced on all the squats and struggling people through evictions, arrests, terror and fear. Through their collective resistance, the comrades gave a symbolic answer to the state and capital’s attack on labor, healthcare, education and housing, the neoliberal plunder of natural resources and the necropolitical management of lives. A symbolic answer to the all-pervasive violence that state powers sow daily in cities, local communities and borders, from the prisons of Moria, Petrou Ralli and Korydallos, to Skouries, Agrafa and the Aegean.

The hatred with which the police attacked the comrades of the Koukaki Squat Community, as well as local residents and comrades in solidarity, came as no surprise. The state is well aware that collective resistances and solidarity must be hit relentlessly, so that they won’t become an example to follow for all those who (may) deny and challenge the individuation and the wild competition of the free market, an example to follow for all those who resist to take their lives in their hands. Yet what they will always fail to grasp is that our collective bonds, struggles and ideas are not confined to walls and cannot be evicted. We will continue to stand in solidarity with our comrades, with all those who resist in the social struggles that unfold. Because the fight is neither legal nor illegal, it is just.


Dervenion 56 Squat, February 2020, Athens

[1] More about the Koukaki Squat Community |Κοινότητα Καταλήψεων Κουκακίου/
[2] Evictions on 12/3/2018, 18/12/2019 and 11/1/2020, and fascist attacks on 26/02/2018 and 14/03/2018.
[3] Text for the re-taking of Matrozou 45 and Panaitoliou 21 on 11/1/2020

Koukaki Squat Community
Matrozou 45, Koukaki, Athens
m45community [at] riseup [dot] net

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Athens: Update from the trial for the eviction of Gare squat

Three were the accused at yesterday’s trial for the police operation of the 26th of August 2019, when the new wave of state attacks against squats begun. The charges were those relevant with illegal occupation, in another words the offense to private property, and the new package of prosecutions against squatters which is theft of water and electricity.

The accused, each with their own speech , defended the moral right to the use of an abandoned building for social and political work, on top of the “housing needs” and they denied entirely the responsibility of the charges . They referred to the open procedures, events, political and cultural which Gare squat housed, and to the public bath which was operating daily and in a self organized way by its users , the migrants, homeless and excluded.

The questions of the prosecutor focused entirely on the holy law of property, through the lense of the myopic bourgeois spirit… “Who gave you right to enter the building since you did not see the owner ?” In a nutshell the accused answered from the outset : An empty building offers by itself the moral right to each one of us to provide it for social needs. However the persistence of the prosecutor points to an attempt to come up with moral instigators to the “crime of squatting”. They didn’t manage it.

Moreover, what was tested in this trial was to load the squatters with huge debts for the use of electricity and water. The prosecutors, from the side of those acting as owners, were prepared with relevant documents from the water and the electricity company and they presented incredible amounts of several thousands euros as a debt for the period from the 2nd occupation in March 2018 to the last evacuation on August 2019. It is obvious to try to pin their own debt to the squatters. The legal defense argued that it is impossible to define the specific consumption of each of the defendants, whilst the comrades defended the use of those resources as self evident and necessary. In the end only one of the three comrades was convicted for these ‘thefts’ and only for the duration for which he declared he was resident, while the other two were acquitted as guests. In total, 3 months for disturbance of peace to the two comrades and 7 months for disturbance of peace and the theft of electricity and water to the third, all with a 3 years suspension.

We must mention the presence and witness account of the so-called owner Iacovidou. This heir demonstrated in all its grandeur the essence of the bourgeois owner : amoralism and hypocrisy, on the one hand to cover her own ass and on the other hand to serve state repression. Those who appeared as so called leftists, and with reference to the history of resistance, could not but defend their inheritance right with lies and tricks. These issues had already been answered in a text by the collective whose initiate was to open squat GARE (link: Today, they came to slander the squatters by saying that they had kicked out the owner leaving the poor woman to take only but a few “souvenirs”, and that the building was open for everyone except for her, who could not even “pass by outside” , as well as that the squatters caused serious damages.

For history sake , the heirs, both of Iacovidou and of Dagli, had access to the building whenever they so wished in communication with the collective body of the squat so as to empty it from whatever was valuable to them, with the practical aid from the squatters in this housemove.

The mud with which all the medley of media, cops and owners likes to spred around regarding cases of squats, is that the barbarian squatters destroy buildings causing damages. Who if not those who use, live and become alive inside a squat have greater motive to take care of the building against the damages of abandonment? The building on Kalidromiou 74 was taken care of , cleaned and repaired by the dozens of people who found their “home” there bearing personal costs and labour. The Public Bath, a space with obvious structural damages from years of abandonment was taken care of daily by homeless migrants with the only gain, the provision of a valuable ressource to each other. Moreover, the space was maintained materially by the offerings of neighbours and solidarians, again at their personal cost and without any gain. All of this as well as the building itself, the cops broke into , smashed and looted not just once but three times. For these damages , for this pillage, not a word from Miss Iacouvilou. By the way we never saw miss Iacouvidou with a mop in her hand to take care of the space. Naturally why should she if there is no money coming in at the end of the day? Such is her culture. Built on indifference and disregard to solidarity. But it does not go a long way this culture .

Finally, let’s remind Miss Iacovidou that, indeed, the building was open to all , even to her on the condition that each of us sheds the decrepit culture of private interest and to work collectively for social duties – (which are none other that the liberation of humans from tyrannical authority.


Assembly of GARE

Gare squat
Kallidromiou 74, Exarcheia, Athens

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Rubí (Catalonia): Rally against the risk of eviction from El Mirlo community garden

Call out from El Mirlo community garden.

Saturday 15 February 2020, 12:00, rally in front of Rubí train station.

If the speculator persists, El Mirlo resists!

May 2016, we occupied the land on 44 General Prim Street, opposite the Ateneu Anarquista la Hidra, owned at that time by Arrels CT Finsol, a BBVA real estate company, in order to build a community garden among all of them. Since then we have been giving life to this space, making use of an abandoned land. El Mirlo (the Blackbird) and its plants have not stopped growing with the effort of all of us, day after day and in each of the open days to the neighbors that are organized every 15 days. We cultivate vegetables, medicinal plants, tubers and we do it all together to learn together and thus share knowledge. The garden is also a meeting place for people and groups, a corner protected from the asphyxiating pollution and asphalt of this city.

Now, El Mirlo is under threat by a well known enemy: real estate speculation. The construction company Domomarina S.L. is taking us to court next February 20th, they want to evict us to build flats. It is worth remembering that here in Rubí there are 3500 empty houses. It is nothing new that banks, construction companies, vulture funds, are carrying out a very aggressive housing construction campaign destroying historical heritage buildings, parks and green spaces in order to profit, making the inequality in our neighborhoods even more evident. Gentrification has been banging on the door of Rubí for some time now, we see how the City Council is spending money on a tunnel of lights, but this does not stop the rise in housing prices and rents in this city.

Excavators will come to destroy this space full of life. The machines will destroy the Blackbird’s eyes and the earth will be replaced by brick, cement and concrete, burying the ecosystem that lives in the garden. In its place, there will be a building that will end up like many others in Rubí: empty…

But we won’t allow it. We’ll keep moving. You’re gonna have to come and get us out of here, because we’re not leaving. They make a point of the walls, they make a point of the property. We give value to our ideas, that they cannot be evicted, we respect the land and we give strength to our hearts, which will not go out!

With the help and solidarity of everyone in the neighborhood we can stop them!
The Blackbird cannot be touched
Living neighborhoods, fighting neighborhoods!

February 20th at 10:30, rally in front of the Rubí courthouse

Hort Comunitari El Mirlo
Carrer del General Prim, 49
08191 Rubí
elmirlo [at] riseup [dot] net

Ateneu Anarquista la Hidra
Carrer del General Prim, 47
08191 Rubí
ateneuanarquistalahidra [at] riseup [dot] net

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London: Police Station is squatted! Join the resistance!

London squatters are organising an anarchist social centre in a notorious secure police station in central London. It is leading to a week of action for GAF, Green Anti-capitalist Front, from 24th February to 2nd March. Come and help with this once-in-a-generation opportunity to perfect barricading and organise towards the COP26 and more! We look forward to welcoming you to this liberated space for global resistance in a centre of international capitalism.

Green Radical Anticapitalist Social Space (GRASS) in Paddington

Was nice to meet Oli (and Rich!) from the other day! The GRASS (Green Radical Anticapitalist Social Space) was originally formulated as the result of a public assembly to come up with ideas to tackle capitalism in ways that not only ‘stick it to the man’, but demonstrate that it’s entirely practical and possible to build a new society. A society based on fairness, compassion, co-ordination and communal working and living. The sort of society where no one will be without a home or a chance to live a fulfilling life.

This isn’t about ‘fucking the system’ or rebelling for the hell of it. It’s about showing what people can do when they work together and cooperate – not because of some unjust, enforced hierarchy but with solidarity, mutual aid, and respect. It’s about showing you don’t need hierarchy to do that (we have no leaders, everyone is on an equal footing). It’s about creating a world where people of all races, gender identities, sexualities, and abilities can thrive, and don’t have to face the prejudice they do now. It’s about offering an alternative to what we’ve all been told is the only way.

If you think the system is working well, that thousands of people on the streets is normal, that giving the vast majority of your days to a job you don’t really like to make money for someone who doesn’t even know your name while the planet burns is how things should be, then deride this. Ignore it. Good for you. But if you see what we see, and feel there is something pretty wrong with how society is working right now, then join your voice with ours and help to build something better.


2 – 4 Harrow Road
W2 1XJ

Green Anticapitalist Front
greenanticapitalistfront [at] riseup [dot] net

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Zaragoza: statement by the CSO Kike Mur

If the Kike Mur falls, Zaragoza will rise up.

Greetings to anyone who feels identified with the values of freedom, self-management, anti-fascism and with the CSO Kike Mur . First of all, we would like to thank all the comments, communications and expressions of support that are reaching us from both collectives and individuals, they transmit a lot of strength and reaffirm our resistance, it is the people who really give meaning and life to space, who have managed to make this dream come true. It is because of all this that we feel strong, we know that we have the support and solidarity of the best people of this city and other places, and that is the best weapon we can have.
Kike Mur is a busy social center. A social center because we have given life, for more than 9 years and after having resisted an eviction, to a space as gloomy as an old prison where thousands of anti-fascists were executed. An endless number of cultural, social and political activities have been carried out, open to the Torrero and Zaragoza neighbourhoods. An enormous number of groups, both from Zaragoza and from other parts of the world, have also participated in the space, filling it with activity and building it together. Within these walls there has been room for ecological agriculture cooperatives, workers’ assemblies, consumer cooperatives, barter markets, toy exchanges, housing advice, social market and clothing collection for refugees. Guitar, English, sewing and school revision classes have also been given, all without financial benefit. More than 500 concerts, 200 talks, and hundreds of workshops. The space has the goal of creating a social fabric of solidarity and mutual support by and for the integration with the neighborhood and the city, it has spaces like a free shop, where anyone can come and take what they need and/or leave what they no longer use, a community garden, an anarchist library, a boulder, gym, exhibition hall open to artists, multipurpose room and cafeteria.
And it is squatted because we believe that squatting is one of the best tools we have to fight speculation and private property, indispensable pillars of capitalism, as well as to promote other forms of organization that allow both individual and collective development. We attack property because it is a clear symbol of social inequality and state domination. We choose to make use of a space that would otherwise only be used for speculation, economic performance or to be abandoned, and not to create a social and associative fabric.
The City Council, with Jorge Azcón at its head, and sticking out its chest to VOX, wants us out of this space as soon as possible, and it is not just a question of legality, but because with our mere existence we show that there are other ways of thinking, living and relating far from the dynamics of this capitalist system. We want to manifest that we are not afraid, that the CSOs are, have been and will be spaces of conflict and resistance subjected to the constant threats and repression of power. We also know that this system is only maintained through the use of physical and psychological violence and we are aware that in this case it is not going to be different. This is why if you touch the Kike Mur you will hear its walls rumble. If you touch the Kike Mur you will find us on the streets stronger and more determined than ever. This is not an attack on a building or a single group, but on all the people and groups of Zaragoza that have entered through its doors to organize conferences, workshops, talks, assemblies, concerts or exhibitions and everyone who has put light in the midst of so much darkness. We believe that it is vitally important to point out that our space is not the only one that is in danger, since the pitiful City Council that we have in Zaragoza seems constantly determined to destroy the social and associative fabric of the city. Any activity with a self-managed or grassroots tint seems to be the target of persecution and repression, but this is precisely what makes us stronger. If they want to kill the city, what we will do is fill our neighbourhoods and our spaces with life; if they want to dye our streets grey, we will light them up. Let it be very clear to you that we will not give you an inch, and that we will fight tooth and nail for what is ours and what is everybody’s.
We want to make a call for solidarity at all levels by any person or collective that feels a little bit of ownership of this space or the struggles that have taken place within these walls. Therefore, we encourage any action as a sign of solidarity and to be alert to the different calls that arise.

If they take away one CSO we will open a thousand more because we have the keys to all the doors. They will never sleep peacefully.
We will continue

Centro Social Okupado Kike Mur
Plaza de la Memoria Histórica
50007 Zaragoza, Spanish State
okupazaragoza [at] riseup [dot] net

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[Communiqué published in Spanish on 5 February 2020 by CSO Kike Mur.]

Berlin: Whoever buys Köpi buys trouble…

Berlin is number one nationwide, when it comes to the rapid increase in real estate value. This is what the latest “Global Residential Cities Index” reveals. Therefore it is no surprise that after a few years of relative peace, the Köpi has once again become desirable to investors for its huge profit potential. This time the owner is “going big” and is offering Köpi and the adjacent trailer park as part of an almost 100 million Euro heavy real estate package. During times of casino capitalism and zero-rate policy, it comes as no surprise that there are already several prospective customers interested in this package…

The seller is a notorious figure – the ambitious real estate juggler Siegfried Nehls, CEO of Sanus AG. He is well-acquainted with the court system for various accusations including: the forgery of documents, the misuse of titles and fraud. Nehls likes to operate out of an opaque network of fictitious companies and subsidiaries, which is so confusing that he sometimes loses the overview himself. In 2007 he “forgot” to pay out his former fictitious agent, Besnik Fichtner, who was supposed to buy Köpi at an auction for him, accordingly. This is a man who had explained to astonished journalists that he wanted to build a marina on a piece of newly acquired property, but apparently had no time to take a look at the city plan beforehand…

The Nehls network appears to frequently cheat small craft companies and subcontractors out of their money, which even led to a major nationwide raid in 2007. Nevertheless, Fichtner officially became the owner of Köpi after the auction and concluded unlimited rental agreements for the apartments. In addition to this, the ground floor and cellar were rented to the residents. These contracts remain valid, even though meanwhile, the two rogues appear to have reached an agreement, and Startezia GmbH, based in Cologne, is now the official owner. However, this imaginary name is nothing more than a dodgy business front for the Nehls network.

The following is not only true for the dubious seller, but rather: WHOEVER BUYS KÖPI BUYS TROUBLE! For almost 30 years, it has not only offered affordable living space, but is also home to various self-organised projects. It is also one of the last places in the center without commercial motive, where people from all over the world can meet and exchange ideas. We live, work and party HERE and have maintained the house with a lot of effort over the years. We also do so consciously without having ever begged for a single cent from the state, city, political parties, landlords or other “benefactors”. Why should we? The Köpi belongs to us, we organize our lives by ourselves, and it will stay that way!

Since 1990 countless bands, theatre groups and political activists have conquered and intense friendships have formed with visitors and like-minded projects, far beyond the borders of Berlin and Germany. These are people who we know we can count on for their solidarity when things get serious, just as they can count on us. We never walk alone; and we have nothing to lose…

Even Nehls, who has the reputation of being an unscrupulous businessman in Berlin, has recognized this. For example, Sanus AG, located at Braunschweiger Str. 21, which is also part of the 100 million package, is sticking to their construction plans for luxury micro-apartments, despite massive protests by residents, the dream of a boat trip to a Köpi concert seems to be over. An attempt is now being made to get rid of the potentially conflict-laden site of Köpi and leave the risky new development to a potential buyer instead. But we will neither be impressed nor intimidated by a new owner.

Köpi remains venture capital!

Rozbrat zostaje!

Köpenicker Straße 137
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Athens: Notara 26 attacked by cops


Last night at Notara26 Refugee/Migrant Housing squat, we were attacked for the third time in the past six months by the state uniformed bullies.
Around 4:30 am – only a few minutes after one more attempt by undercover police to intimidate one of our comrades who was on her way to our squat- a riot squad, totally unprovoked, surrounded our squat twice.
The first time they were flashing their torches and laser pointers into our lobby persistently trying to see our faces and how many we were. They then withdrew for about ten minutes but came back reinforced. Τhis time apart from torches and laser pointers, they tried to force our squat’s door open.
These practices of the uniformed state terrorists DO NOT SCARE US! We are here, we continue our everyday struggle against fascism, racism and repression. We form strong solidarity and comradeship ties.
The only result this kind of bullying can have is to bring us even more together and our ranks closer!!!
There is only one thing to say…

Assembly of Notara 26, 10/2/2020

Housing squat for refugees/migrants Notara 26
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Athens: Hands off Exarcheia. New Democracy’s War on Anarchists

On July 8th, 2019, the New Democracy government of Kyriakos Mitsotakis assumed power in Greece, after campaigning on a promise to ‘clean up’ the central Athens neighbourhood of Exarcheia, and ‘take it back’ from the anarchists. Since then, the Greek state has launched a renewed attack against the anarchist and self-organized migrant movements, targeting squats and promising future raids. Against this threat, Greek anarchists have responded with characteristic resolve and determination.
Featuring interview with Pangiotis Varthalis of the squat Lelas Karagiannis 37
Translated by Boubouras (Act For Freedom Now)

Lelas Karagianni 37

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London: Paddington Green Police Station occupation in anticipation of our week of action

On the night of February 7th, a group of activists from the Green Anti-Capitalist Front, alongside squatters and other activists, occupied the abandoned High security police station at Paddington Green. The intention is to hold the space and turn it into a community centre, the activities of which will culminate in a week of action against capitalism.
This is motivated by the belief that capitalism by its very nature will continue to destroy our planet and ultimately our civilisation. We chose this building because the police have time and again shown that they will gladly break their own laws to suppress any challenge to the entrenched, unjust, systems our society is based on.
Only by moving beyond the inherent oppression of capitalism to a system based on co-operation and communality, can we hope to survive in any meaningful way to the end of this century.
During the week of action the space will host workshops, skill shares, socials, planning sessions and a wide variety of other informative and entertaining events while also acting as a base from which to launch actions to reclaim our public space from corporations and government, and strike at the very heart of capital. We will show the mega rich and powerful that we will not stand for their greed and corruption.

Green Anticapitalist week of action
24 February – 2 March

The British government has been elected and, with the Tories in power, it looks bleaker for the future of our planet than ever before.

Now is the time to fight back.

To show resistance to the ecocide being committed by the capitalist class and supported by many in Parliament, we call you to join us for a Week of Action! Every day for a week in February (24/02–02/03) we will be organising events and protests to let the leaders and the people of this country know that we are here to fight for the survival of our planet by facing capitalism head on.

From reclaiming unoccupied buildings for our communities, organising workshops and social events to raise awareness and encourage self-reliance, to reclaiming public space for nature by guerilla gardening, and being loud and clear about our rage against profit-making by stockbrokers and their like at the expense of our planet and fellow humans – join our Week of Action, whether by organising yourselves locally or joining our actions, to let them know that even under Tory rule we’ll keep fighting capitalism for our planet!

Email greenanticapitalistfront [at] riseup [dot] net to get involved with organising.

Activists occupy Paddington Green police station

On the night of February 7th a group of activists from the Green Anti-Capitalist Front (GAF), alongside squatters and other activists, occupied the abandoned high security police station at Paddington Green in London. If all goes well, the activists plan to spend the third night in the building today.

The police station was best known as a high security detention place where people suspected of terrorism were held and questioned. It was closed and decommissioned in 2018.

According to GAF’s press release, “the intention is to hold the space and turn it into a community centre, the activities of which will culminate in a week of action against capitalism. This is motivated by the belief that capitalism by its very nature will continue to destroy our planet and ultimately our civilisation. Only by ending capitalism and finding a new system, immediately, can we hope to survive in any meaningful way to the end of this century. During the week of action the space will host workshops, skill shares, socials, planning sessions and a wide variety of other informative and entertaining events while also acting as a base from which to launch actions to reclaim our public space from corporations and government, and strike at the very heart of capital. We will show the mega rich and powerful that we will not stand for their greed and corruption.”

Yesterday, the police attempted to illegaly evict the space, claiming that it is a residential building (and therefore illegal to squat) and, reportedly, that not allowing the cops to come in and use the toilet is a breach of human rights. This eviction attempt was succesfuly stopped by the activists.

Currently, the police station is being turned into a community space: Green Radical Anticapitalist Social Squat aka GRASS: a move GAF London described as “the first time since it’s construction that this police station has been put to good use!”

Paddington Green Police Station occupation happened at the same day when the group of activists known as BP or not BP took over the British Museum to protest BP’s sponsorship of a Troy exhibition. The British Museum occupation ended after more than 50 hours.

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Madrid and Berlin: brochure from squatters and resisting spots

A sea of possibilities in the concrete desert: Territory, city and insurrection’ – Madrid & Berlin

This publication is a compilation of texts that emerges from the discussions and the work we started in the wake of the event “A sea of possibilities in the concrete desert. Territory, city and insurrection” that happened in Madrid during June 2019 in la Emboscada and Local Anarquista Motín. Is the product of a joint work of some comrades from Berlin and Madrid, that does not finish with the publication of this pages and pretends to extend the discussion that we have shared.

What does it mean to take territory against the State and Capitalism? How can we take it through our struggles? How does it work domination in the territories that we inhabit? Does it mean our way of living in a territory a conflict with the system?

December 2019,
Madrid and Berlin.

La Emboscada
Calle de las Azucenas 67 – Tetuán
28039 Madrid
laemboscada [at] riseup [dot] net

Local anarquista Motín
Calle de Matilde Hernandez nº47
28025 Madrid
localanarquistamotin [at] riseup [dot] net

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Rotterdam: Free Anton !

He has a smiling face, his eyes are filled with sweetness and in the midst of silence, I can still hear him shouting Fuck them and their law.

He recounts how he got arrested. How he just wanted to go back to see some friends, saw cops passing. And no luck, they started following him. Abusive identity check. The arrest quickly turned into a humiliating and violent chase. He was the first victim of the heightening repression in the neighbourhood. January the 22nd two thousand and twenty. 1:12 p.m.

He shows us how the policeman kneed him in the stomach. They beat him.

And despite the fractures caused by his violent arrest, he has not received medical treatment. He is simply given painkillers without any psychological assistance. Inhumane reality of these closed places.

They refuse to release him before his hearing. He will therefore have to wait alone behind bars.

But we are not going to let him go in silence.

He remembers Belarus, prison, political persecution; the horror to which they want to send him back.

I recall how our lost paths crossed in Tweebosbuurt. How soon we will be separated.

On February 12th, 2020, Anton’s demand for asylum will be heard. Six days to decide on someone’s life or death.

Anton wrote his asylum request alone, without a lawyer, beaten by the heartbreak of his flight and the suffocation of his dreams. It will surely be refused. They’re incapable of hearing the truth which he expresses in his own words.

Anton is thus at risk of losing his last trial and will probably be thrown on a plane on the evening of February the 12th.

Anton will then arrive in Poland, where he is dublinized, but the fascist drift of the government will quickly take him up in the air to Belarus.

Anton has no strength left and risks taking his destiny in his own hands for one the last time.

Anton risks death here or elsewhere.

For Anton, because no one should undergo such treatment, let’s come together this February 12th at the court of Rotterdam (Wilhelminanplein 100-125) or in front of the Dutch embassy closest to you!

Free Anton!

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Brazil: Olive Garden urban occupation under threat of eviction

Activists from the Black Flag anarchist collective report that the squatted site, which houses more than 200 families in the southern Brazilian city of Araquari, is fighting back against threats from the City Hall to send the dogs in.

Jardim das Oliveiras (The Olive Garden) is a self-organised squatted zone near the center of the city which has existed on the site for more than a decade, but received a court repossession order just before Christmas giving them 30 days to leave.

The land is controlled by the Secretaria do Patrimônio da União (SPU), a federal body linked to the Ministry of Planning, and has seen multiple prior eviction attempts the families including raids and notices to leave in 2014 and 2017.

Despite the State’s hostility however about 680 people still live on the large site, including 245 children, most having been forced there through rent difficulties or having lost other land and in recent years residents had been hopeful of some permanence after they started paying utility bills to the city council fir services such as rubbish removal. Much of the community is self-sustaining, with residents growing their own food on site.

Residents have been mobilising to ask for “regularisation” (the right to stay) in all houses which are currently in place and earlier this month around 800 people including residents and supporters rallied at Hercílio Luz bridge and City Hall to bring attention to their troubles. Eight houses were originally regularised in 2009 but the government has been reluctant to offer the same security to anyone else.

SPU had previously, in 2018, given the nod to City Hall to essentially donate the area to the residents, however municipal authorities, led by Cabinet chief Pâmela Cristina Vieira, failed to take them up on the office citing the “urbanisation costs” of streets, lighting and sanitation, and the offer has now expired.

One resident, Solange Borges Mota, lives at the site with her two children, a three-month-old and a seven-year-old girl. She explained: “I don’t have a relative’s house, I have nowhere to put my children. I have no way to pay rent, we have already come here because we have nowhere to live.”

Indigenous resident and occupation activist Josias dos Santos has been part of the occupation for the last nine years. At the city hall demonstration he said:

We just want to live, to be able to have our family around us, to have schools, the best for society.

Among us there are people who are in wheelchairs, people who are not even able to give a rallying cry today.

In a supporting statement, the Black Flag Collective said:

In the last few weeks we have been informed about the possibility of these 200 families being evicted by the State, including its use of guard dogs, judicial and police powers to meet the demands of the ruling class.

In the last few decades we have followed the terrible interest in profits of large companies and local politicians who, with false speeches about bringing “economic development” make the land profit only the few, destroy the natural wealth of the locality, violate indigenous peoples and massacre the working class that migrates in search of work, education, housing, health, transportation and leisure.

What is the fear of the powerful with the permanence of 200 families, including 245 children and adolescents, in cental Araquari?

They fear the organization of the low. In this scenario the 200 families of Jardim das Oliveiras might open windows to build other forms of resistance against all the exploitation that Araquari has been suffering at the hands of the local and international political and economic class.

Therefore, we understand that, even with the little strength we can have in front of the powerful, we are joining forces in the act of solidarity with men, women of all ages, children and adolescents in the occupation.


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Brighton: Direct action to prevent deaths on the streets

A squatted night shelter in Brighton is housing homeless people. The Canary visited the squat and spoke to residents about the project.

Back in December 2019, people in Brighton called an emergency meeting to discuss how to act in solidarity with those facing life on the streets. The initiative was taken by Brighton’s Queer AF anti-fascist alliance and other grassroots groups.

Soon, activists took control of an empty Kodak shop on Brighton’s London Road and began using it to house rough sleepers. This week, the group squatted another unused building: the old Poundstretcher building on London Road.

The group named itself the DIY Kodak Collective [and can be found on Facebook].

Pinky, a homeless person who is part of the squatting crew, told The Canary why the project was needed:

People died on the street in Brighton last year, and there are 665 empty commercial buildings in the city.

We knew that this winter was going to be even more brutal than last year.

Figures released in 2018 showed that at least 20 rough sleepers had died in Brighton in the past year, out of a total of at least 449 deaths across the UK.

[Brighton and Hove] Council has only opened the SWEP [Severe Weather Emergency Protocol] shelter a handful of times this winter.

Benny, a regular user of the squatted shelter, explained why people often don’t want to use the SWEP:

The SWEP has been opened a handful of nights because of the severe weather. You get a little something to eat and then get kicked out by 7am. It’s depressing.

Here you can sleep as long as you want, and it’s a safe space.

Vicci, another member of the crew, said that it’s not safe for immigrants without papers to go to the SWEP, as the council are working with the Border Agency.

The Canary contacted Brighton and Hove Council for a response. We had received no reply by the time of publication.

“The strength of the project is that housed and unhoused people are working together,” said Vicci. And according to Pinky, “activist networks and the street community have merged to form the Kodak collective”.

The shelter is staffed by a crew made up of both rough sleepers and housed people, who ensure that the shelter remains a safe and welcoming place. The squats provide a sociable community space in the daytime and a warm place to sleep at night. They are also being used as a place to distribute essentials like food and bedding.

The collective makes decisions about the project by consensus, and the collective members try to avoid hierarchies emerging between the housed and unhoused people. According to Pinky, “it wasn’t like anyone was telling each other what to do”.

The collective is holding regular meetings, and has set up a ‘Mediation and Care Crew’ to solve any disputes as well as a media group and legal team.

In the future, the collective wants to set up a queer-feminist space and a youth space too.

Vicci said that several rough sleepers who came to the night shelter have since been housed after the collective helped them to put their case to the council.

Meanwhile, residents at the shelter are selling Dope Magazine – a new quarterly publication by anarchist publisher Dog Section Press. Copies of Dope Magazine are distributed free to homeless people for them to sell.

Benny told The Canary:

Sometimes I don’t feel in the space to go to the meetings… but I know they are being held with the best interests of the people here in mind.

Homeless people can perfectly easily get into buildings [and squat them] – but with the support of the collective we work together to make them liveable.

The way this space is run is so fantastic – a space that’s looked after by a team of trustworthy people. If I’m unwell and have to leave for a few days, I can come back and the space is still open and welcoming.

It’s so important, especially if you are unwell and depressed.

According to Matty, another resident and crew member:

Here you can invite a friend in and they’re also welcome, whereas in a hostel everyone who is not a resident is banned

The DIY Kodak Collective is a good model that could be replicated across the UK. “People should start similar projects where they live,” said Pinky. “There’s one in Manchester, the Manchester Winter Shelter.”

The squats have all received papers informing the residents of eviction proceedings. But the collective is calling for donations to keep going:

we need to raise funds… These funds will go towards transport for the furniture and other donations at the site, towards securing the next space and making it safe and habitable, towards stocking it with the necessary resources to continue to provide the services that the Kodak shelter provides, and towards helping find a long term housing solution for the residents of the shelter. Please give what you can, thank you.


Amsterdam: Five years since Bungehuis occupation

2019 was the year of the demonstration. 2020 will be the year of the uprising. That’s why we’re not only looking forward to this film night with the Vrije Bond Amsterdam, but also look back on previous protests to see what we can learn from them for the future. We pay special attention to the student protests. We will watch Street Politics 101 and have a discussion with veterans of the student protests, but also with the new generation of demonstrators.

We will hold a somewhat special performance of the film evening to mark the fifth anniversary of the Bungehuis occupation. We will also try to learn from this history and talk about new protests, such as the occupation of the P.C. Hoofthuis in 2018. What can we learn from each other for years to come where an even more repressive state and further deterioration of social services threaten? How can we work together towards more freedom and solidarity?


Rotterdam: Illegal eviction currently at De la Reystraat

Since 15:30 today there is a big police operation at De la Reystraat in the Tweebosbuurt. One squat is threatened with illegal eviction again. You can join there to just witness the scene, it would be really supportive!
Kraaken in ze abyss!

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Athens: “The best days have yet to come”

On the 2nd of February we took the initiative to burglarize our own house. Gare is not just for the members of Gare, it belongs to the entire movement. We hung a banner in solidarity with the free spaces and in solidarity with D. of Gare banner saying “Power to the wanted Comrade D. Chatsivachiliadi, Solidarity to the Squats, The State is the Only Terrorist”. We do this action in solidarity and also as an act of resistance: our way of fiercely protecting our ideas, our lives, our spaces, our houses, and our futures.

On 26th of August, Gare was evicted and bricked up and was one of the first in a new wave of repression against the free spaces. Gare was one of the first targeted because the job of the state is to smash the most radical parts of the movement in order to clear the way for further repression and pacification. The state is trying through law and police oppression to put a straight jacket on the furious body of the oppressed peoples. In October, after a robbery action which led to the finding of a weapons cache, including the weapons of Revolutionary Self-Defense. D. was forced on the run and made a fugitive by the state.

“It is exclusively I who took the decision and the practical responsibility to keep these objects, knowing what I had in my possession. It was a personal political decision for the safekeeping of the history of social resistance and the contribution to the needs of defense of the social struggles whenever that would become necessary and feasible, in the midst of the raw murderous attack that is endlessly inflicted on the exploited, the excluded and the movements.”

He is in this situation because the state is in the process of criminalizing the anarchist movement. They treated his positioning as a terrorist one because this is the only way they can publicly acknowledge the combative political struggle and thus depoliticize it. They then used this designation to target anyone in the movement who might have had ties to him, spreading further fear of association. This is part of their way of forcefully separating the militant and combative parts of the anarchist movement from the broader struggle.

This criminalization doesn’t just apply to this case it is also being applied to all free spaces. In this way the state reveals its true face as the real terrorist. It brings terror to all those who struggle for freedom and all those who might resist its tyranny. In this way it builds a social climate of fear and silence. The state is also targeting the squats because they put into question the authority of private property which is the foundation of capitalism. This climate of fear the state is imposing is also an attempt to isolate those unassimilable and resisting people from the broader society: to quarantine them in the ghettos of criminality and prepare for their imprisonment.

The state media is also trying to portray D. as a leader of the anarchist movement. This is part of the state’s attempt to incorporate and make understandable the anarchist movement in the state’s own language: through privatization and individualization. Civilization, capitalism, and patriarchy pretend that history is made by “great men.” We know that history is made by people working together collectively, people whose names will most likely never appear in the lines of a history book. We use horizontal structures because we understand this fact, and organize accordingly.In putting people into the position of fugitives, in attempting to impose isolation, the state pursues their plan of separating those who fight combatively from the rest of the movement, and thus in working together in the struggle against the system. This is their way of defanging our struggle.

As a movement we must attack with full force this attempted isolation. Our strongest weapons are solidarity. We cannot succumb to the fear of association which is part of the states attempt to separate the anarchist movement from its radical wing.In our action we are breaking this isolation and silence. We are declaring our solidarity and support publicly for the wanted comrade. We will fight and resist state terrorism and repression. We will not allow the state to marginalize us and pretend we are separated from the social body. We will not go into the dark silently. We refuse victimhood and propose attack.

We are the thorns on the rose of freedom! We will make you bleed every time you to try cut down life with your cages and mercenaries.


Anarchist Solidarians

Gare squat
Kallidromiou 74, Exarcheia, Athens

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Vienna: Still lovin´squatting! Action in solidarity with squats! Smash §92a!

In November 2018, activists occupied an empty building in Vienna. They called their new house “Nele”. The occupation has been evicted after three weeks. There was a massive presence of police, including a lifting ramp, an emergency air cushion from the fire department and helicopters.
16 of the evicted people refused the ID control by the police and have been arrested. Two have been identified nonetheless, one other was put into custody for several months.
One of the two identified persons, who stayed on the pitched roof got a letter demanding a payment of 3808 €. The claim is that the person put themselves in danger by climbing the roof; hence is responsible to pay for the overblown police operation.
When the “Sicherheitspaket” (safety package) became law on may 25, 2018, in Austria, the §92a was updated. Because of the new interpretation of §92a SPG, it’ s now possible that people who cause a police operation can be obliged to pay for its costs if they bring themselves in danger.
Especially that the authority to decide, whether a person is in danger or not lies within the police makes this new way of interpreting the law vulnerable for misuse against all kinds of social or environmental activism. Simply people blocking a street in protest, everything could be affected by this new interpretation of the law.


Solidarity to all who are affected from evictions and repression! Solidarity with all who fight for autonomous Spaces!
Solidarity with the struggles in Italy, Greece, in Tweebosbuurt and in Berlin regarding Liebig34!


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