House Occupation News

Call for Solidarity with the Imprisoned of Operazione Scintilla, Italy

Summary of the recent repressive operation in Italy in connection with the resistance against the Italian migration regime.

On Thursday 7 February 2019, at 4:40 a.m., the eviction of the squat Asilo Occupato in Via Alessandria 12 in Turin, occupied since 1995, began. The eviction was carried out as part of the Operazione Scintilla (Operation Spark). Several hundred Carabinieri in riot gear, police officers and Guardia di finanza with machine guns and plain clothes police not only evicted the house, but also arrested six anarchists. A seventh person is still being searched for.

The charges are serious: formation of a subversive association, incitement to crime and the possession, manufacture and transportation of explosives in a public place. The charges are related to the resistance against the Italian migration regime, namely against the deportation camps/prisons CPR and CIE (Centro per l’Immigrazione e il Rimpatrio, Immigration and Repatriation Centre: Centro di identificazione ed espulsione, Identification and Deportation Centre).

The Asilo was evicted as part of this operation because the state regards it as the logistical and operational base of this subversive, insurrectional association. The eviction of the Asilo was delayed by the squatters for 36 hours because some of them had retreated to the roofs. In the meantime, sympathizers organized wild demos in the city, where there were clashes with the police. The Asilo was made uninhabitable in the last few days (destruction inside, bricked up windows, etc.).

A first court date for the prisoners of the Operazione Scintilla will follow in about 15 days, i.e. on about 27 February.

During the big solidarity demonstrations there were several arrests and over 300 identity checks. Many arrested people report bruises inflicted by the police when they were arrested. At least four people had to go to the hospital because of their injuries. The accusations for the twelve people arrested at Saturday’s demonstration are devastation, looting, resisting orders, bodily harm and possession of weapons. However, in the meantime, these twelve people who got arrested at the demo are again free but have to report daily to a police station (as of 13 February).

Freely translated from the communiqué of the solidarity demonstration on Saturday, February 9:

“They wage war on the poor and call it retraining. We oppose the lords of the city.
Behind this banner the demo concentrated. A multifaceted, strong demo, determined to make the hostility against those who benefit from the management of the city concrete and visible. […]
The atmosphere we breathed was an atmosphere of intense emotional participation in the events of the past few days and growing anger at the militarization of much of the Aurora district, a police presence that still does not seem to be diminishing and that restores the sense of normality that the mayor wants to impose on the city. […] The demo fought its way through the streets, leaving barricades of burning dumpsters and shattered cars behind. […] Unfortunately, a final police action at the end of the demo caused the arrest of twelve demonstrators and the injury of four.
[…]
Yesterday’s demo is only the beginning, now it’s time to start a fierce battle that will produce a new flower from the ashes of this repressive operation.”

Details of the accusations (taken from Nuova Societa)

The allegations: formation of a subversive association; incitement to crime; possession, manufacture and transportation of explosives in a public place.

The six persons were arrested at the request of the anti-terror group of the Turin public prosecutor’s office. The indictment is that the accused have promoted, constituted, organised and participated in the creation of a subversive association (ex Art. 270 c.p.) which is intended to and can influence national immigration policy through the repeated destruction of the CIE/CPR and through systematic acts of violence and intimidation against the companies involved in the management of the above mentioned structures.

The arrested are accused of 21 subversive attacks in various Italian cities: On the one hand, 15 parcels of explosives were allegedly sent to companies in Turin, Bologna, Milan, Rome (French Embassy), Bari and Ravenna; six other explosives affected the offices of the Italian Post Office (Poste Italiane) in Turin, Bologna and Genoa. Poste Italiane was allegedly hit because, as the owner of the airline MistralAir, it has held the ministerial mandate for deportation flights since 2011.
Two of the arrested (together with two yet unidentified persons) are accused of having placed explosive devices in front of Poste Italiane ATMs in Turin on 30 April and 9 June 2016.

In order to establish contacts within CPR, they threw tennis balls with a multilingual brochure and a mobile phone number with which they agreed simultaneous actions within and outside the CPR structure. Then they put matches and everything needed to start a revolt and setting fire in packages of biscuits and other goods.

Allegedly, the aim of these actions was to weaken or destroy the CPR’s capacity.

http://www.nuovasocieta.it/operazione-scintilla-sgombero-dellasilo-e-anarchici-arrestati-per-associazione-sovversiva/

The political climate in Italy and other notes

Italy’s politicians want to crack down with all their might:
– Police president Messina describes the (imagined) group of detainees as a highly dangerous cell.
– Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini demands prison for these infamous people and wants to close all social centres frequented by criminals.
– Mayor Chiara Appendino congratulates the police on their eviction.
– Alessandro Ciro Sciretti, a Turin Lega-Nord politician, wishes no mercy at all for the demonstrators of the Solidarity demonstrations for the Asilo Occupato. His suggestion: a little bit of the Diaz school is needed.

Net to all the bad news the following news have been joyful:
Shortly after the demonstration on Saturday, an anti-fascist demonstration took place, like every year, on 13 February, against a fascist commemorative torch march of the Casa Pound in the district Vallette.
The antifascist demonstration ends in front of the prison, where the prisoners of Operazione Scintilla are imprisoned. According to the communiqué, this was “a cordial greeting to all the prisoners and especially to the comrades and friends who had been imprisoned for a few days. A shed in the prison yard catches fire by a happy coincidence (a Molotov cocktail according to the media) and is destroyed.

Practical solidarity

A lot of money is needed, long prison sentences are imminent. People are very grateful for solidarity contributions to the following account:

Giulia Merlini e Pisano Marco
IBAN IT61Y0347501605CC0011856712
ABI 03475 CAB 01605
BIC INGBITD1

The list of those arrested during Operazione Scintilla:

Rizzo, Antonio
Salvato, Lorenzo
Ruggeri, Silvia
Volpacchio, Giada
Blasi, Niccolò
De Salvatore, Giuseppe

You can write to the prisoners!

Name of the detained person
C.C. Lorusso e Cutugno
via Maria Adelaide Aglietta, 35 e
10149 Torino TO
Italy

LARRY, SILVIA, NICCO, BEPPE, GIADA E ANTONIO LIBER*!
SOLIDARITY WITH THE COMRADES IN TURIN!
SOLIDARITY WITH THE ASILO OCCUPATO!

This is an incomplete summary of the events in Turin, in part freely translated from the following sources:

Round Robin https://roundrobin.info/2019/02/torino-aggiornamenti-e-iban-per-benefit/
Macery, anarchist blog from Turin: https://www.autistici.org/macerie/
Radio Blackout , – subversive radio station from Turin: https://radioblackout.org/
Corporate media 

This is an English translation of the original article in German, published by Barrikade Info.
https://roundrobin.info/2019/02/call-for-solidarity-with-the-imprisoned-of-operazione-scintilla-italy/

Squats in Italy: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/IT/type/squat
Groups in Italy: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/IT
Events in Italy: https://radar.squat.net/en/events/country/IT

Prague: Call for support from Klinika

In January 2019 Prague’s only political squat Klinika was evicted by a private executor (debt-collector) and a private security service. For four years this autonomous social centre had been a place for meetings of emancipatory social movements, neighbours and independent culture.
Klinika was one of the first centres of refugee help in the Czech Republic, and after this it was attacked by neo-Nazis and became a target of permanent pressure from Czech right-wing politicians.

The executor has claimed 1,600,000 CZK (62,000 Euros) as the costs for the eviction. He blocked the personal bank account of one member of Klinika’s collective who had signed the contract that legalised Klinika for one year in 2015. As a consequence, her wages go straight to the executor (debt collector) and she cannot use her bank account. We understand this as an attempt to exact the exemplary punishment of political activists. All this is happening in the context of the Czech Republic being discussed as an executors’ mafia state – which has brought almost 10% of the population into insurmountable, precarious life situations.

The amount of 62 000 EUR exceeds the financial possibilities of the Czech social movement and that is why we are asking for financial solidarity or advice of who to turn to for help in paying these costs. We will fight the executor’s claim at court and in case we get the money back we are ready to return them if requested. Nevertheless, now we are in the urgent need of paying the money so that the member of the collective is free from the tough restrictions caused by the execution (her personal property is now under threat of repossession too).

Klinika
klinika [at] 451 [dot] cz
https://squ.at/r/3ll
https://451.cz/klinika/

Klinika event archive: https://radar.squat.net/cs/prague/klinika/archive

Groups in Czech Republic: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/CZ
Events in Czech Republic: https://radar.squat.net/en/events/country/CZ

https://klinika.451.cz/2019/02/call-for-support/

Squatters Of London Action Paper – Issue 10

SLAP! (Squatters of London Action Paper) is a monthly DIY newspaper for squatters in London. It is available in print and online as a PDF. The paper combines news, pictures, analysis and humour and aims to strengthen connections between squatters in London in order to encourage direct actions and other forms of anarchist organising. Download here.

The above info was taken from NFAAF.

In SLAP10 there is the following news about changes to practical squatting nights in London:

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Turin (Italy): Asilo Occupato and CSO Giulio Cesare evicted

Thursday February 7, early in the morning, the cops with the help of the fire brigade, stormed the Asilo Occupato, a place that has been occupied since 1995 and been scene of organisation of social struggles (against evictions, against prisons for migrants, still a few years ago against the TAV…). People climbed on to the roof, where they remained for over 24 hours. In the end, the cops managed to get everyone out and condemn the building. Same thing for the occupation of Corso Giulio Cesare.

Several solidarity gatherings took place in the neighbourhood, which had been completely cordoned off by the cops. Apparently some people have been arrested for resistance or violence against the blues. The evening rally to discuss the situation at Radio Blackout turned into a wild demonstration.

In addition to evicting the premises, the aim of this repressive operation was to arrest persons accused of subversive association. The 6 arrested (another person, under arrest warrant, wasn’t found) are accused of a series of explosive attacks against companies and institutions (including the French Embassy and several Post Offices) related to the detention and expulsion of migrants.

A small solidarity demonstration was held in Bologna on Friday evening.

Today, Saturday, a demonstration has been called in Turin.

Freedom for Larry, Silvia, Niccolò, Giada, Beppe and Antonio!

Summary from Macerie and Radio Blackout / Thursday 7 and Friday 8 February 2019

Asilo Occupato
http://asilosquat.noblogs.org/
https://squ.at/r/16v4

CSO Giulio Cesare
https://squ.at/r/31s0

Squats in Italy: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/IT/type/squat
Groups in Italy: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/IT
Events in Italy: https://radar.squat.net/en/events/country/IT

https://actforfree.nostate.net/?p=32707

Amsterdam: Mobiele Eenheid Evicted from Gedempt Hamerkanaal 86

On Friday first of February, the Mobiele Eenheid left Gedempt Hamerkanaal 86 and the adjoining Spijkerkade 2 following an eviction ruling from civil court proceedings. Six people have been made homeless and Amsterdam has lost yet another non-commercial social space.

The original eviction verdict was made on the basis of the property owner’s supposed plan to begin renovation works on the building for the purposes of building a hotel.

Though the owner has a permit from 2013 – prior to the city’s policy not to build more hotels – he has taken no further steps since this time, nor did he present any concrete plans or contracts in court demonstrating this intent. The contention of Mobiele Eenheid was that the owner has been speculating on the property for the more than 12 years in which it has largely been empty, since it was last squatted in 2006.

Mobiele Eenheid argued that the owner’s true intention was to await the municipality’s forthcoming development plan for the Hamerkwartier in 2020, whereupon it is anticipated that much of the area will be redeveloped for housing. At this point, the owner will attempt to sell his property at the higher land value commanded for a hotel, having played the system for his own benefit at a cost to the city.

This is a story of property speculation that has played out across Amsterdam numerous times. It is a story that the city authorities, including the judiciary, have actively encouraged.

The judge ruled on November 20 that the squatters must leave on February 1 2019 owing to an arbitrary date on which the owner said he would begin renovations.

In the period between the ruling and the eviction date, Mobiele Eenheid approached city officials to look into this specific case on the suspicion that the owner was speculating with his property and that there was no concrete plan to build a hotel, thus contradicting the city’s supposed policy of “no evictions for unjustified emptiness.”

The alderwoman of Amsterdam, Marieke van Doorninck, drafted a letter in reaction to questions asked by various council members that contradict a number of the claims made by the owner in court. The letter made clear that construction of a hotel was still in the negotiation phase and did not align with the future development plans for the area. The letter also drew attention to the fact that since the verdict, the owner has sought to “trade” his hotel permit with other businesses in the area.

This letter made it possible for Mobiele Eenheid to reopen the court case on the basis that new information had come to light. This was presented in court at which point the owner put forward a new plan, again with no concrete basis, to temporarily rent out the space as a ‘congress hall’ until the hotel plan is put into action.

The judge, once again, sided with the owner. The ultimatum for February 1 remained in place.

Mobiele Eenheid left the building in a much better state than which we found it. Evicted for emptiness.

This outcome has become the new normal in Amsterdam. The free reign of speculants granted by city authorities to leave buildings empty does not only repress squatters. It is also the cause of the increasingly precarious and unaffordable housing situation throughout the city.

Mobiele Eenheid stands in solidarity with all those who suffer under and struggle against the takeover of Amsterdam by capital interests. We will continue the fight.

Mobiele Eenheid
https://squ.at/r/6cza
https://mobiele-eenheid.org/

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

https://mobiele-eenheid.org/updates/

Prague: Future of the Radical Library

Public plenary discussion about the Radical Library on 31.1.2019, 19:00

Let’s discuss together the future of the Radical Library, which is already for four years contributing towards a development of critical thinking. The aim of the library is to offer access to the literature that is oriented on theoretical background of left movements and on reflection of engaged approach within this field. Some of the books are not well distributed and so hard to reach. We are connecting the libraries of particular collectives on the base of shared on-line catalogue, that enable us to build decentralised web of alternative book’s collections. We are not just describing the reality, we are trying to change it.

Likewise it is possible to change the character of the Radical Library and it’s course. You are invited to the plenum addressed to the topic of the future direction of our library, what we can offer and what our goals should be. Beside the discussion you can use this opportunity to visit our space at Pobřežní 8, to meet others readers, or to return borrowed books and take new ones. You can surely become a new reader or involve yourself in the collective of the library.

Within the discussion we will explore together following themes:

– The contribution of Radical Library to the movement and types of activities that are worth to develop.

– The possibilities of cooperation with other collectives.

– The contemplation on a new space that we could use after the house at Pobřežní 8 that we are sharing will be demolished.

You are welcome to send us ideas and other topics that could be involved in discussion or you can just open new themes during the plenum. We are looking forward to have a fruitful discussion and we believe that it is worth offering books and space for their critical reading.

The Radical Library was founded as one of many projects within ASC Klinika, since February 2018 we are located at Florenc in the space of Temporary Working Zone (D-zona). Beside regular opening hours we organize discussions based on reading politically engaged books by the Critical Reading Group, free language courses and various events for public ( presentations, exhibitions, discussions ). Our space is also used as a co-working area, and as a place where differ collectives can organize their plenary meetings and workshops. The Red Secondhand Bookshop is located in D-zona, offering left wing literature for free donation. The house is shared by many collectives and it is legally rented, but the owners decided to demolish the building (we should leave it in spring) though we are dealing with the question about the future.

We hope that you find the time to attain this meeting and you are very welcome to spread this invitation to your comrades.

Collective of Radical Library

address: Pobřežní 8, Florenc, 2nd floor
18600 Prague, Czech Republic

radikalni-knihovna [at] riseup [dot] net
https://squ.at/r/4bsq
d-zona.cz
web catalogue: svobodnaknihovna.cz

Published on https://squ.at/r/6jgf

Groups in Czech Republic: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/CZ
Events in Czech Republic: https://radar.squat.net/en/events/country/CZ

7th Prague Anarchist Bookfair, 18 May 2019 https://squ.at/r/6ef1

Events: book shop/info shop/library everywhere: https://radar.squat.net/en/events/category/book-shop-info-shop-library
Groups: book shop/info shop/library everywhere: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/category/book-shop-info-shop-library

Amsterdam: ADM sleeps on the Dam square

Yes people it is true. Dark days have fallen upon the city of Amsterdam and with it came a wave of oppression. ADM R.I.P. Tonight several ADMers and other groups will take there homelessness to the Dam square for a good old fashioned street sleeping action. Join us and lets keep the cold streets heated with our passion for freedom.
19 January 2019, 18:00, Dam square Amsterdam with live music, speakers, talks, hot food, drinks, games. On the program: Bucket Boyz, The Ex (half acoustic), queer choir, Rhythms of Resistance, Please bring tents, sleeping bags, warm cloths, snacks, instruments, candles, anything else to enjoy a night under the Amsterdam winter sky.

We represent a special kind of homelessness. It is not that they only evict us from our homes, they are trying to evict our dreams. Our dreams which we create and live in free places.

Us, the subculture emerging from unlighted basements, water less fields, ruined factories and deserted offices and slowly but surely rising new solutions, trends, movements. Influencing culture, art, intellectuals and commons without discriminating, always questioning, always caring.

That is what creates home, dreams and love, where someone understands you, not a house. A house that is simple wall of bricks, an empty shell. They can evict us from these houses and houses we will walk away from, but the home is in our hearts and stays there forever.

Don’t try to force us in the places you find suitable. Help us survive in places we find suitable. Being forced into mediocracy is being forced to give up your world, your believes,
your dignity. A house is not home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body

If you do not give us what belong to us in peace, we will take it by force.

This is our city! This is our city!

We grow up here.
We study here.
We are born here.
We fall in love here.
We work here.
We play here.
We make culture here.
But we are not allowed to live here.
Living in Amsterdam has become a privilege.

Social houses are being sold on the free market, rents are un-affordable, free spaces are evicted and homeless shelters are closed. Still Amsterdam is full of empty office space, Anti-squats and Hotels. Because we have no were else to go tonight we sleep here.

The Amsterdam once known for its progressive, tolerant and unique character is suffering from a dangerously contagious disease. Some people call it ‘selling out’ others say gentrification. How ever you name it the main symptom is that wealth of the view is more important then the well being of the inhabitants. In short the decision makers choose profit of people.

Recently Amsterdam has thrown away one of it’s sub-cultural treasures. The ADM was a squatted community in the Westport harbor. It housed more then 120 people for 21 years. This place famous for it’s innovating festivals, self sustainability, permaculture projects, Do It Yourself attitude and wild life was brutally evicted on the 7th of January. This is another example of how the city council clearly chooses to keep it’s business connection happy while shitting on the spirit that makes Amsterdam special.
We grow up here.
We study here.
We are born here.
We fall in love here.
We work here.
We play here.
We make culture here.
But we are not allowed to live here.
Living in Amsterdam has become a privilege.

Social houses are being sold on the free market, rents are un-affordable, free spaces are evicted and homeless shelters are closed. Still Amsterdam is full of empty office space, Anti-squats and Hotels. Because we have no were else to go tonight we sleep here.

The Amsterdam once known for its progressive, tolerant and unique character is suffering from a dangerously contagious disease. Some people call it ‘selling out’ others say gentrification. How ever you name it the main symptom is that wealth of the view is more important then the well being of the inhabitants. In short the decision makers choose profit of people.

Recently Amsterdam has thrown away one of it’s sub-cultural treasures. The ADM was a squatted community in the Westport harbor. It housed more then 120 people for 21 years. This place famous for it’s innovating festivals, self sustainability, permaculture projects, Do It Yourself attitude and wild life was brutally evicted on the 7th of January. This is another example of how the city council clearly chooses to keep it’s business connection happy while shitting on the spirit that makes Amsterdam special.

We are part of this demonstration because it’s important for us that people in this city can live wherever and however they want without being prevented from the capitalist, patriarchal and racist structures we live in.

We find ourselves responsible to fight discriminating structures and the hierarchic power-relations – also the ones in our own minds.

The reason why we want to live in a free space is our wish for independence from hierarchies that we tend to find in houses. Houses belong to owners, they conform to standards and obey rules on which we can’t exert influence. We want to build our own infrastructure in order to understand how they work so that we can finally shape our lives in a self-determined way.

For us squatting is an emancipatory act which enables us to shape vacant rooms and areas according to our own needs. We show our solidarity with all groups and individuals who likewise empower themselves, adapt and fill new rooms.

It is often not enough to just acknowledge the existing power of patriarchal structures. Moreover, we need to consciously resist them by giving space to people who wouldn’t necessarily get it within the heteronormative daily life.

ADM
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
https://squ.at/r/5g4
https://adm.amsterdam/

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

https://adm.amsterdam/article/adm-sleeps-dam-square

London: Squatter’s Digest: A hard-hitting start

What a start to 2019 — some of the news that has kicked off the year has been so big it will already be familiar to many readers. The eviction of ADM for example. For 21 years the squatted docklands in Amsterdam were a place of pilgrimage for squatters and other weirdos all over the world. It’s a damn shame to see it go, the amount of creativity that came out of one space surely lends itself to the argument for free spaces. In response to this many actions were taken out across Europe, and a new squat was opened in Bristol in solidarity. Even more recent was the eviction of Klinika in Prague which began approximately one week ago. Klinika was an autonomous space that for three years hosted a people’s kitchen, political discussions, and had a bar and ran alternative and music events. There’s a lot to discuss about both evictions, but I’d like to touch on some other updates before that.

Back home, in a not-so-squat-related event, the crew from Syndikat, an anarchist pub collective in Berlin, dropped in to pay a visit to their landlords, the Pears Brothers, who were terminating their tenancy without any real reason after the anarcho-pub had been there for 33 years. Pears Global Real Estate Investors are a company that tried to hide their involvement in the ownership of Syndikat through the use of many offshore front companies, and do this all over the world. The Syndikat collective came to London to surprise their landlords with a little action outside their London headquarters. Fun was had making placards and banners, and as a result of showing up on their doorstep unannounced, the Syndikalists were rewarded with meeting one of the executive officers who promised to at least look into their case. Direct action might have at least increased the chances of getting the goods. Keep an eye out for the documentary the crew are producing about their struggle, and hopefully we will know soon the fate of Syndikat.

The Syndikat protest was a very peaceful, playful one, one to remind the owners that they knew who they were, and that they wanted to maintain the relationship they had to continue running the pub. A kind of theme for this month’s piece is the (false) dichotomy of violence vs non-violence when it comes to struggles. And of course to look at it from the lens of a squatter. Which is why we’ll return to the plight of ADM and Klinika in a bit. But first, some violence! (I promise I’m not actually glorifying violence, but this one is a good one).

Approximately one month ago three people were dragged from their house in Roscommon, Ireland by private security hired by the KBC Bank to evict them. The physical behaviour of the men provoked outrage, especially as video hit the internet showing the Gardai simply standing there and allowing it to take place, not once convinced that the actions of the bailiffs was anything but reasonable (not that there’s any faith lost when there’s no faith in police in the first place). And then it transpired that the men were in fact from Northern Ireland, and considered themselves British. Well, that didn’t go down well. Twenty-four hours later a mob of 50 people armed with baseball bats and firearms stormed the property, and kicked the living crap out of the security guards and burnt their cars. Presumably having remembered the hell the British had put people through in the past, there was nary a thing said that wasn’t in admiration of the mob. Two men were arrested in the wake, but then released without charge.

I tell you who would like that particular piece of news – those wacky anarcho-squatters from SLAP – the Squatters of London Action Paper. A sporadically-released newsheet that gets distributed across the UK, containing local and international news as well as entertaining quips and features, it’s not nearly as painful to read as the Digest, and I hear from local sources that they may be putting out a new edition very shortly. Keep your eyes peeled for that then when it arrives in physical copy and presumably digitally on here and libcom.org.

So. ADM, and Klinika, both facing down evictions in the space of a week. This really sucks, I have visited both places, have friends there, and found them to be incredible examples of autonomous free spaces. What caught my eye though, was that when eviction was due for both squats, there was communication that any resistance to the bailiffs or police would be non-violent. To be non-violent in itself is not something I want to criticise, I wasn’t there and it wasn’t me facing down the pigs. What I want to do is break down the concept a little, and talk about how we frame these things, and what it means for other people.

Firstly, the executors of the court orders, bailiffs or police, are not prevented from utilising at least some forms of violence in enforcing these orders. So it needs to be acknowledged that to deny yourself or others the possibility or opportunity to engage in “combative” tactics is to potentially (though not necessarily, and I’ll return to this) put yourself at a disadvantage at a practical level. People were still unfortunately arrested and beaten at both ADM and Klinika despite the proclamations of non-violence.

On a more philosophical level, I find it strange that there needed to be a communication that the resistances would be non-violent from the beginning. I appreciate that both of these squats are places that see a multitude of people come through them, so there is a need to respect the capabilities and requirements of individuals on site (including children), and there may be people attending the eviction that need communicating to about particular boundaries, but to publicise this intention in advance not only informs state forces ahead of time, it starts to creep dangerously into that false dichotomy, and hierarchy, of violence and non-violence in struggle. Other similar concepts appear in the squat world, the good squatter/bad squatter divide, or the deserving and undeserving poor. I don’t mean to insinuate that fellow squatters are intentionally promoting this divide or hold these views, but I question the need to ever describe any action as non-violent due to the immediate image it throws up of any actions that are not non-violent being negative in contrast. Just like the good/bad squatter trope, the idea is not invalid, but presents more of an internal issue for people to work out the dynamics amongst themselves, I feel that it shouldn’t be externalised for publicity’s sake, playing one group of people involved in a struggle off against another. (This in fact recently happened in a squat in London in which a crew attempted to stave off the owner of a building from evicting them and other crews by blaming the other crews for illegally using electricity and suggesting that the owner should use the police to evict the “bad” squatters. It unsurprisingly didn’t work).

Now as I mentioned, I don’t mean to slag off the idea of non-violence in favour of some machismo-centred indiscriminate violence. Non-violent resistance can be effective, empowering, and can in fact hold the high ground where violence may be futile. And not just the metaphorical high ground. I haven’t stated that Klinika has actually been evicted, as it is a story that has not yet played out to the end. Their resistance is ongoing. Initially the thugs broke in and started clearing people and furniture out. But then it became apparent that there were people on the roof (high ground, geddit?), and there weren’t enough security to effectively clear everyone out from the building. What resulted was a pause in the eviction, and people returned to the squat to hold a political hip-hop and hardcore gig that night, despite there still being security in the premises, who proceeded to pepper-spray punters. The people on the roof have now been up there for 6 nights, in freezing temperatures, with people throwing up food and drinks to the roof-top squatters to keep them going. How long they will last is unclear, but the massive support and publicity they are receiving only grows the longer they are there.

Would they have been more successful if they had taken baseball bats to the security? Probably not to be fair. And that’s why each situation needs to be dealt with according to its circumstances. Most successful revolutions and struggles have not been exclusively non-violent, and to deny that can play into issues of privilege (Peter Gelderloos has a lot to say on this in How Non-Violence Protects The State, and The Failure Of Non-Violence, I’m too lazy and ill-informed to expand on these ideas right now). That’s why I believe we should not polarise the issue of violence. It’s not that people aren’t supporting each other, it’s not that most people don’t believe in a diversity of tactics, but I feel that we need to be aware of how that is presented and communicated so that we don’t inadvertently throw others under the bus.

When it comes to squats, I support anyone who chooses whichever method they see best to defend their homes and spaces. Violent resistance has not necessarily provided success in relation to other passive resistances. In fact most times when we have provided “active” resistance we have still ended up on the street with our possessions, just as much as we have when not fighting back. But then we have other examples, such as the more recent case of squatters in Manchester who fought back against bailiffs and police, who buggered off as a result. It works sometimes and that’s a fact. We’re in this struggle together against the property magnates and developers, we should support people however they choose to resist. The division is upwards, let’s not make it sideways. From London to Amsterdam, to Prague – keep supporting squats and eviction resistances everywhere.

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

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

https://freedomnews.org.uk/squatters-digest-a-hard-hitting-start/

Prague: Notes from the eviction of Klinika

The eviction of the autonomous centre Klinika in Prague was announced to happen on Thursday, 10 January. Yet, on Friday, 11 January, it was still not over and Klinika was still breathing. There were still several people occupying a platform on the roof. We talked to an activist at Klinika.

The context:

The strategy used by the authorities in the eviction of Klinika differs from previous evictions in Prague. Usually, it is the cops who carry out the eviction. This time, a bailiff (“exekutor”) is in charge of the procedure, and a private security company that seems to recruit its personnel from the ranks of hooligans/fascists enforces it.

The building and the surrounding garden are owned by the State Railway Administration Agency (SŽDC). In the negotiation process preceding the eviction, SŽDC seemed cooperative at first, saying the collective could continue to use the premises if they managed to gain support at City Hall. There had been negotiations with City Hall as well; however, they stopped communicating with the collective in December 2018.

In advance of the eviction, City Hall expressed its fear that resistance against the bailiff-led eviction at Klinika would inspire other people to rebel, too. After all, many people are affected by bailiffs confiscating their personal belongings, which links the Klinika eviction with the larger-scale social struggles.

The January eviction is also different from previous situations where Klinika was evicted and then quickly reclaimed by activists since it comes after a court order. Activists were anticipating that these would be the final days of the squat. They removed most of the furniture in advance to prevent it from being confiscated by the executor, which means they would have had to pay a fee to get their stuff back.

Against this background, squatters tactically agreed on a consensus of „nonviolent and passive resistance“ against the eviction.

The eviction:

Originally, the eviction had been scheduled for Thursday, 10 January, 10 a.m. Many people spent the night from Wednesday to Thursday at Klinika. Squatters and supporters gathered for a breakfast inside the house at 9 a.m. At 10 a.m., the bailiff showed up, accompanied by private security guards and cops. The activist‘s strategy of resistance on Thursday was to stay inside the house with a critical mass of people, which worked out pretty well.

After the bailiff had entered the building, the thugs from the security company had invaded it too and got control of about half the house. The ‘security’ thugs barricaded the windows in the part of the house held by them and welded the backdoor shut. There were still people inside the other half, and numerous supporters outside. In the afternoon, the eviction was postponed to continue on the next day. This is a small victory for the squatters.

Since early on Thursday, there are several activists on a platform on the roof of Klinika, defending the space with their presence. While they are there, the eviction cannot be completed. These fucking amazing people were still there on Friday noon, protected only by plastic sheets at temperatures well below 0°C.

Am Donnerstag Nachmittag wurde etwas abseits eine Person von ziemlich aggro auftretenden vermummten Zivi-Cops wegen eines abgelaufenen Passes festgenommen und einige Stunden später wieder freigelassen. Einer der Zivi-Cops trug ein bezeichnenderweise ein Thor-Steinar-Shirt.

On Thursday afternoon, one person was detained by rather aggressive masked plain-clothes cops because of an expired passort. A few hours later, the person was released. One of the cops was wearing a Thor Steinar shirt.

On Thursday evening, the cops reinforced their presence in the streets around Klinika. That night, there was a hip hop and hardcore gig inside the house, and people were pepper-sprayed by security thugs inside the house. About 30 people spent the night at Klinika.

On Friday morning at 8 a.m., security thugs blocked the main entrance so comrades could not join to defend the house. The people inside decided it was not reasonable to stay after the bailiff returned this morning. Staying on the premises would have been considered a criminal act, and 30 people facing charges would have put an unreasonable strain on the community in terms of repression.

Together, the people who had spent the night inside and supporters waiting outside walked up the hill behind the premises, where the people on the roof could hear and see them. The next step as of Friday, 11 a.m. was to stay there and show moral support to the activists on the roof. (In previous eviction, people had stayed on the roof for up to 7 nights – in winter.)

In an attempt to put pressure on the collective, the bailiff threatened to charge them the cost of the destruction of their autonomous social centre, announcing costs of 4000 to 24000 Euros.

For updates and more information, visit https://klinika.451.cz/ or the Klinika social media accounts.

„They can evict us from this house, but they cannot evict our ideas.“ (One activist at Klinika).

There are 7000 empty houses in Prague.

Naší zbraní je solidarita!

Solidarity is our weapon!

Originally published by Indymedia DE. Found on enoughisenough

Amsterdam: ADM eviction

The ADM eviction has started on monday morning, 7 january 2019. Time line, pictures, videos and more news are to be found on Indymedia Nederland. No statement at the moment about this eviction on the ADM website. More news to follow as soon as possible…

ADM
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
https://squ.at/r/5g4
https://adm.amsterdam/

Some squats in Amsterdam: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/city/amsterdam/type/squat
Groups (social centres, collectives, squats) in Amsterdam: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/city/amsterdam
Events in Amsterdam: https://radar.squat.net/en/events/city/Amsterdam

Trespass Journal Issue Three

We’re glad to finally present Issue 3 of Trespass Journal!

In this issue, which is online and freely distributed, you’ll find a translation from English to Dutch of a journal article about how a moral panic was generated to enforce the criminalisation of squatting in the Netherlands and a translation to French of a brief text about migration on Idomeni in Greece, near to Macedonia, which was previously published in Trespass 2 in Italian.

As interventions in five languages, we have an analysis of the lack of support to the ZAD in Brittany, plus short pieces about the opening of a new anarchist social centre in the Paris suburbs, community resistance to preserve a park in London, the demolition of a community gym in Athens, an (unsuccessful) eviction threat in Catania, and an eviction in Catalonia. And a report on the resquat of the watertower in Utrecht! There’s plenty more news and analysis on this website.

The language diversity contained in this issue mirrors the commitment we have been putting in towards overcoming the dominance of the English language and creating a journal that goes beyond borders. We’ve also been updating the blog in different languages. HOWEVER as you will no doubt have noticed, this introduction is only in English and we are sorry for that. We can only do so much, and this issue was already very overdue … to translate it into Catalan, Spanish, Dutch and French is too much work.

You’ll notice that this issue we have no peer-reviewed articles, something that leaves us wondering why the journal hasn’t been able to attract more deeper analysis. Of course these pieces take longer to write. Maybe this is something people are not interested in? Yet we hear the conversations around us every day and hope people are motivated to submit for issue 4. Feel free to join in! But then again, recent shitty experiences lead us to clarify that this journal won’t be publishing career-oriented academic texts.

To continue further, the activist / academic divide is an interesting one, since it is not uncommon to violently denounce those professors detached from reality up in their ivory towers parasiting on social movements for their own cultural capital gains, whilst everyone hates the activist who guards their own special shiny truth and tells everyone else they are wrong, normally because they are younger. Although academic debates might be easy to dismiss for those who are alien to it, its dire consequences can be observed in many places, might it be the ZAD of NDDL, the scene in Barcelona, etc. Dissent being silenced by middle class politics.

Academics play a crucial role in this, with progressive bureaucrats eager to write their latest book or phd candidates being paid 3,000 euros a month to study deprivation… What we are seeing is the standard colonial dynamic, which is pretty fucking ironic considering the current academic trend to talk about the commons. Meanwhile, most people actually exist somewhere in the middle of this bullshit dichotomy, engaged in the university as a way to make money but also going on demos, or having a heated discussion about Foucault’s relevance or not for the Arab Spring whilst sitting in a squatted social centre. Besides being involved in local and transnational struggles, we ourselves write academic articles sometimes and see it as part of the struggle (whilst constantly interrogating ourselves as to whether our work is actually useful to movements or not).

Last but not least, we’re still gloriously unconcerned about graphic design and will continue to place our energy on providing quality content. People have offered to make “nicer” issues, but then they flake. Nevertheless, we’ll be happy to get support to improve whatever could be enhanced, just let us know.

Enjoy the issue and submit something for issue 4!

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Berlin: 2019 A decisive year ?

Within the next days the contracts of Liebig34, Potse, Drugstore, Großbeerenstraße 17a and Syndikat are ending. The future of many other projects like Meuterei, Rigaer94, Brauni is not much clearer. Whether they just have more time or the so called owners are playing with concealed cards, we have to develop and adopt a defense for these projects.

A good moment to go into a counteroffensive

The restructuring of the city is thundering on and even a bourgeois middle class can not ignore the consequences anymore. The City is becoming more and more dense and those that still fit in it richer with every wave of gentrification. Houses are getting forcefully vacated, renovated and turned into condos. Renters get forcefully evicted when the so called owners are coming up with more modern schemes of maximizing their profit, renters cannot keep pace with rent raises or are just plain “too annoying”. The last vacant lots are getting covered with new luxury lofts even when they very well were used since their beginning by the people around. Commercial premises are being rented out at such a steep price that businesses inevitably have to become more high priced and exclusive even when the operators might not want that.
And those falling by the wayside – just have to work even harder or they should leave?
In the world of these so called owners and politicians 13€/sqm are socially compatible and HartzIV is more than sufficient if you just live the right way. At the same time they are astonished and indignated at the rage and hate thrown at them by those that have fallen by the wayside.

Getting out of individualization and the isolation of the projects and finding strength together

For the majority of the affected, the mentioned (house-) projects are neither the peak nor the root of the iceberg that is breaking apart. It does mean the decay of structures and possibilities of organization for a leftist scene though. Each of these projects plays an important role in local structures in their neighbourhood.
Where will FLTI* people looking for contacts and context to organize themselves go without 34 around?
What will become of Dorfplatz if Liebig34 is not around anymore?
How can the square still serve in the fight for Rigaer94 and against the city of the rich?
What is Schillerkiez without Syndikat?
A completely renovated and clean gentrified area with Lunte as the only eyesore?
Where to go after a demonstration in Kreuzberg when Meuterei is gone?
Where can the youth meet when they don’t want commercial stereotypes, be pressured to consume, have some “adults” patronizing and dictating their behavior?
Where when potse and Drugstore are gone?

These projects are all part of a fabric trying to break out of capitalist exploitation logic. Whether they provide space for people to get together and meet, organize uncommercial events where people can educate and inform themselves, or recreational and cultural activities, does not matter. These are all spaces that first and foremost don’t want to partake in a capitalist grid of exploitation, competition, domination and hegemony. With gentrification coming down on these projects we are running into the physical problem of loosing the spaces in which we live, we get together, socialize and organize ourselves. Structures grown in the past decades which have become something many of their users got used to taking for granted. “Where to go now?” , is a sobering question probably running through quite some minds now. The number of targets that will be threatened within the next year is even more appalling and an occurrence we haven’t seen in the last couple of years.

Making the question of Where-to even more unanswerable at first glance.

Nevertheless it’s much more than our spaces that is getting attacked , it’s our political convictions. Certainly subcultures places are equally being exploited for profit in the restructuring of the city, they are however places where people can find support and solidarity. Spaces in which people are coming together and getting active to question and attack prevailing social norms. Places connected not just through their threatened existence but through their open enmity of a system built on capitalism, racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination and thus dependent on states and their apparatus. Thus there seems to only be one valid direction as an answer to the where-to..

As the Interkiezionale¹ we see it as an utter necessity to join forces to fight for the preservation of these spaces- so the year 2019 wont be eviction-fated. All actors shall get to fear our rage and realize they cannot do any step unseen and unresisted. Our means can be as manifold and varied as the actors. (This comment is a neat little collecting of some targets and measures.) None of the evictions should happen and if they do only at a steep price. Whether it is a court order for an eviction, a raid or another attack, any attack is an attack on all of us, and can not go unanswered. In this process we think it is important not to just wait for a DayX but take a step forward and make use of the time in which we can choose freely when, how and where we get active. Let’s get creative decentraly
We call to raise the pressure.

May the year 2019 be a decisive year for us winning this fight!

The die has not been cast yet

We will all stay irreconcilable

¹The Interkiezionale understands itself as a group, independent of the threatened projects, seeking to organize a conjoint defense and work towards a reality in which we can put our forces together to get closer to our ultimate goals of liberation

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

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

https://de.indymedia.org/node/27577

Amsterdam: ADM claims “eviction is cancelled by United Nations’ Human Rights Committee”

We received great news that the United Nations will stand up for our rights, yeah!

This is the statement of our wonderful Human Right’s lawyer Electra Leda Koutra:

“Great great news for “free spaces” across the world. Fulfillment and relief (for now). The ADM Amsterdam stays!!! NO EVICTION TO ANY SPACE THAT DOES NOT RESPECT INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS CAN TAKE PLACE. The Complaint of 60 ADMers has been communicated to the Dutch Government with request for observations that have to be submitted until 26 June 2019. Then we will comment on them.
The Amsterdam Municipality had adopted a superficial “law and order” approach, based on the final decision of the High Court which was ordering their eviction. However, the Municipality obviously disregarded its own obligation, as regional government, under international law to ensure that an eviction is compatible with international standards and showed intolerance to the applicants’ socio-cultural minority status and the need for relocation of the whole community as a whole (unregistered residents and house boat residents too) in “a site better than the current one”. Not temporarily, but permanently. Taking into account the needs of individuals and the community. Making “consequences’ assessments” which take into account individual circumstances, such as disability of some community members. With respect to their fundamental rights, their culture, their need for a space allowing enhanced freedom of expression. I am certain that the Municipality’s cynical stance, as also expressed in the Council Meeting of 20/12, contributed to the indication of an interim measure by the UN.
The Dutch Government will also have to answer on the complaint that the space allowed for expression and free thinking is targeted indirectly, in that the “space” for it is either shrinked disproportionately or over-regulated to a degree not allowing such an expression. This tendency to sacrifice creativity before profit considerations has been decried by many rights movements globally. The stance of the HRC will affect these movements too.

It is interesting to note that the European Court of Human Rights had recently not only rejected the 53 ADMers’ (in that request) claim for urgent protection, but rejected their application… before it was even lodged. Upon inquiry as to how this is possible, it was argued that according to a recent practice of that Court, an interim measure can lead to the rejection of the whole “underlying application” (as it would potentially be submitted in the future!), if the Court believes that the information it holds is sufficient for considering the case.
The different levels of respect and protection afforded by European and UN mechanisms (in equivalent complaints protected in parallel by the ECHR and the ICCPR) are of wider concern and interest.
The communications between the applicants and the ECtHR were sent to the HRC, which obviously considered that the applicants’ protection, on EU jurisdiction, at all levels, has been inadequate.”

This is the letter that was send by the United Nations Human Rights Court: PDF icon ADM – LETTER ON ACCEPTANCE OF INTERIM MEASURE REQUEST AND COMMUNICATION OF THE APPLICATION.pdf

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Statement by ADM residents, as it was read out to the press (at 12.00):

Yesterday our request to stop the eviction of the ADM site has been honored by the United Nations because it is in conflict with international human rights. This statement is in the interest of all the free-spaces and freethinkers of the world.

For more than 4 years we have litigated in Amsterdam and The Hague for our right to a life of our own and our human rights.
This has not been recognized in Amsterdam and the Netherlands until now.
With the appointment of a green left coalition and the new mayor mrs. Halsema, we expected that this would be different.

For this reason, we were forced to appeal to the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations

The answer from the UN’s HCR was sent to the city council this morning by our Greek lawyer Electra Leda Koutra.

The Dutch government is currently considering this new situation. We expect more news about this within a few hours.

Today, the municipality of Amsterdam wants to enter the ADM area with the enforcement department to initiate the eviction of our community.
We strongly advise the municipality of Amsterdam to refrain from this until the UN’s HCR has issued a final judgment on this matter.

Our wish is that the city and state administrators hold their warm Christmas feelings and not come home from a cold FunFair.

The residents of the ADM

ADM
Hornweg 6, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
https://squ.at/r/5g4
https://adm.amsterdam/

Some squats in Amsterdam: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/city/amsterdam/type/squat
Groups (social centres, collectives, squats) in Amsterdam: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/city/amsterdam
Events in Amsterdam: https://radar.squat.net/en/events/city/Amsterdam

https://adm.amsterdam/article/eviction-adm-cancelled-united-nations-human-rights-committee-december-26th-2018

Prague: We must defend Klinika, to be evicted on January 10th!

Callout to those who are not indifferent to the fate of this space.

Despite the promising ongoing negotiations about the future of Klinika with SŽDC (the railway administration), the police has decided to evict. In the fall, when the new SŽDC management started to open negotiations, we welcomed this initiative and we came together in a specific way to preserve the social center and to resolve the future of the house to a mutual satisfaction. Nevertheless, the State decided to use violence to kick us out. Evicting Klinika does not make sense because of the ongoing negotiations, SŽDC doesn’t not even want to demolish the building. The eviction would just lead to another empty and decaying house.

We don’t exclude the possibility of further negotiations, but we don’t want to put up with the fact that the state is trying to resolve the situation with violence and a demonstration of force. Indeed, the court’s decision does not force SŽDC to perform an eviction. This decision is a political one, apparently taken under police pressure. The eviction will take place on January 10th 2019. Therefore, early morning that day, we are calling for a solidarity breakfast, a protest gathering at Klinika. We’ll defend Klinika from an eviction as many times before. Show your solidarity to Klinika.

For details, keep an eye on your network and around the corner.

Klinika
Jeseniova 60
Prague, Czech Republic
klinika [at] 451 [dot] cz
https://squ.at/r/3ll
https://451.cz/klinika/

Klinika event archive: https://radar.squat.net/cs/prague/klinika/archive

Groups in Czech Republic: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/CZ
Events in Czech Republic: https://radar.squat.net/en/events/country/CZ

https://klinika.451.cz/2018/12/branme-kliniku/

Amsterdam: The Kløkhuis squat threatened

The Kløkhuis squat threatened by Hagatex BV, the textile company of Maged Hagagg.

On 30 September 2018, we squatted an empty building, the Kløkhuis, on the Zeeburgerpad 22 in Amsterdam. The building, owned by Appelbeheer BV since the end of 1990, has been rotting away for the most of the time. The building has been squatted several times since then. The building has finally been taken back into use by us as a social place and living space. We had to clean the terrible mess left inside and throw away more than a hundred garbage bags of waste.

This was the state in which we found the property, a complete ravage. And yet on 16 December, we received a very informal letter stuck on the door. In this letter Hagatex BV claimed that it is their business premises and that if we had not “delivered and evacuated” the next day before midday the police would take us by force out of the building.

They came with tools to break the door open, threatened to do so if we didn’t leave ourselves and started to pull the lock out of the door. Hagatex has lost a lawsuit with the owner after sub renting the property and renting it to students for parties. Such a company on no account has the right to access the property and claim that in the havoc in which we found it, their business is nestled.

They were stopped and sent away.
We will not leave and continue to use the building as a social place and living space.
Squatting continues!

Het Kløkhuis
Zeeburgerpad 22
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Some squats in Amsterdam: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/city/amsterdam/type/squat
Groups (social centres, collectives, squats) in Amsterdam: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/city/amsterdam
Events in Amsterdam: https://radar.squat.net/en/events/city/Amsterdam

Amsterdam: ADM Christmas Newsletter 2018

Early November the ADM residents received the official letter of the mayor, in which everyone is ordered to leave the terrain before the 25th of December. De municipality offers the sludge-fields in the North of Amsterdam as a temporary emergency solution. This terrain does not provide a solution for the many ADM people who do not have a mobile house or who live on ships and houseboats. Only for 2 years this terrain will be available, it is nearly impossible to build anything (It is forbidden to dig poles into the polluted soil) and winter is is starting to kick in. A humanitarian drama, but nobody calls the municipality to account.

This summer, when the Council of State passed the verdict, the municipality stated the sludge-fields were immediately available. The Council of State gave the ADM 6 months to move.

But the polluted sludge-fields were not ready: first the top layer had to be removed and the polluted soil underneath had to be covered with plastic and sand, an investment that needed to happen anyway in relation to the future plans for the terrain. In stead of June 25th this took till November, and the terrein was not available until the 5th of December with access to the mains sewer and water supply , only 20 days before the deadline of 25 December. The logistic nightmare of moving a whole village that took 21 years to build in less then 3 weeks needs no explanation. Law enforcers must have realised this too, and have announce absurd measures, fines and confiscation to increase the pressure. ADM-ers, who in the past years have consequently been extremely polite and cooperative towards the city council’s relocation approach, are now treated as burglars. Last week Mayor Femke Halsema sent a letter to companies in the West harbour announcing zero tolerance law enforcement in case squatters attempt to enter their property.

Our neighbours in front of the gate received a notice to quit too: they must prepare for relocation on Dec 26, and will be moved to an already overpopulated caravan site next to the powerstation, full of other official undesirables, or be taken into health care.

The planned eviction of the ADM terrain and waters would obviously finish many important functions and activities of ADM – there would only be space for residential use on the sewage fields. This would be a major cultural setback and a disaster for the many small-scale businesses and non-profit initiatives that exist on the ADM. Amsterdam hardly has any affordable space left for non-profits, or for enterprises of people that do not have access to capital. Move? Where to?

Apart from that, the function of ADM as meeting-place for international democratic movements would also disappear, and young residents of Amsterdam will loose an important source of knowledge and experience. Eviction of all these facilities will affect many thousands of ADM volunteers and visitors, as well as the international (sub)cultural community in which ADM is an important hub.

In the past weeks these issues were addressed during every city board meeting, but with very little result: a council promise to make an effort to help relocate ADM in or around Amsterdam when in two years’ time the sewage fields will need to be vacated.

This temporary Slibvelden offer and promises of possible future relocation of free-spaces receive encouragement, but come at a high price: quiet departure from the ADM terrain.

This week a request for a court case at the European Court concerning the violation of the human rights of the ADM cultural community was turned down.

On Dec. 4th the free-space debate in a fully packed Pakhuis de Zwijger was organized by ADM people to discus the concept free-space with professionals, experts and politicians. The concept Free Experimental Zone was launched. https://adm.amsterdam/event/vrijplaatsen-debat-pakhuis-de-zwijger

There continues to be a lot of media attention for ADM, unfortunately mainly in a voyeuristic sense. The crucial issue: the legal and financial cover-up which produced the ADM eviction order is avoided, nobody forces the council to explain why they are prepared to use the strong arm just to help the heirs of Luske’s criminal fortune to make a huge profit. Thanks to the council stretching the planning restrictions the value of the terrain is likely to multiply 5-10 times.

An attempt to address this scandal was the symbolic donation of a golden container in front of Chidda’s office. https://adm.amsterdam/content/gemeente-geeft-kapitale-bonus-aan-nazaten-onderwereldfiguur-luske

Apart from this there have been weekly cycling protests in support of ADM, and to promote the 15 december demo against evictions and gentrification.

These times require measures against climate change. The sanitation of the Amsterdam harbor, one of Western-Europe’s biggest port for fossil fuels, is unavoidable. This is what Amsterdam voted for, with a majority of citizens voting for Green-Left policies. Not for the felling of the thousands of trees in the ADM forest and not for the eviction of a climate proof pioneer community in a post-industrial landscape.

On December 15 a demo will be held in Amsterdam against the sell-out of Amsterdam: In support of ADM, Lutkemeerpolder, the student protests and the Kinderen van Mokum (Kids from Amsterdam – Mokum is slang for Amsterdam). This demo is for everyone who thinks the city is becoming too expensive to be alive and to live in. 15u J.D. Meijerplein

Bring fairy or bike lights, noise and message. The demo will pass centrum, de Pijp and will finish in the East, on the Steve Bikoplein. With several marching bands, and even a choire participating.

On December 16th the ADM christmas market @ ADM welcomes everyone in need of the most original present for half-son, step-aunt or great-brother. From 13h the christmas market will open, at 17h the auction will start. The profit will be reserved for logistic expenses in case of eviction. In the evening bar, more food, live music and live broadcasting.

HAPPY CRISIS!!

ADM
Hornweg 6, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
https://squ.at/r/5g4
https://adm.amsterdam/

Some squats in Amsterdam: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/city/amsterdam/type/squat
Groups (social centres, collectives, squats) in Amsterdam: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/city/amsterdam
Events in Amsterdam: https://radar.squat.net/en/events/city/Amsterdam

https://adm.amsterdam/article/adm-newsletter-14th-december-2018

Dublin, Ireland: “Home For All” Acts of Vandalism

Over a night in December acts of vandalism were carried out in Dublin against banks and ATM’s. 3 banks had locks glued up, 2 banks had message of “Homes for all” sprayed across windows, and 3 ATM’s were glued up. These acts were carried out in conjunction with struggle for housing being waged across Ireland.

Dublin: Acts of Vandalism

These acts were but small acts of defiance and revolt against this prison society, to subvert the capitalist spectacle, if even only for a few hours. Actions like these expose the vulnerable spots of capitalism.

Reforms wont bring liberation, the state will never grant freedom. Reforms might make this prison society a little bit more nicer, but a prison is still a prison. The delusions and cowardice of the left has clearly failed. It’s parties and unions betray and sell out every time.

FUCK THE LEFT, FUCK THE RIGHT, FUCK POLITICS

FUCK THE STATE

FUCK LANDLORDS

FOR STRUGGLE WITHOUT LEADERS, POLITICIANS, AND BUREAUCRATS.

FIRE TO THIS PRISON SOCIETY

[Source: Act For Freedom Now on December 11th, French translation.]

London: Squatter’s Digest: That’s a wrap

Welcome to the second, and final edition of Squatters Digest (for 2018). You made it, faithful readers.

In a shock headline, squatting in the UK continues. Evictions still take place every month, but due to the huge number of empty properties in the country, people are still finding ways to self-house. These properties sit vacant while people struggle with rents, and with capitalism. Sometimes people die, and still these buildings remain empty. As the temperatures look to drop below zero in the next couple of days, and I sit here with a horrible cold, I am reminded that it is coming up 6 years since the death of Daniel Gauntlett, a man who froze to death outside a building in Kent, too afraid to enter for fear of being prosecuted for the crime of squatting in a residential building, the infamous Section 144 LASPO law brought in back in 2012 that so many people with an interest in squatting will know all too well.

On that morbid note, I do have some very regrettable news that will affect friends in both the UK and Europe, and further abroad. Jay, known to some as Moss, sadly passed away in Spain from health complications in the last couple of weeks. They squatted in Brighton, Bristol, London, up in Scotland, in buildings and on sites. In more recent years they spent a lot of time on the continent, in crusty squats and protest sites across Europe. Always busking and begging (and stealing) to get by, Jay/Moss was a truly loveable rogue. I’m sorry if anyone is hearing about this for the first time reading this. I hope in the coming weeks to meet up with others and be able to exchange stories and laugh at situations he often found himself in. Jay lived fast, and died young. Rest in peace.

In London, the Tidemill Garden saga continues. After being evicted from the garden, the campaign group made up of squatters and locals have continued to terrorise the local council, attending their meetings and holding demonstrations. The latest success was that the tree-felling company contracted by the housing association Peabody saw the effect the work was having on the local community, and pulled out of the deal. And after further pressure the council reluctantly dropped the contract with County Enforcement, the security company used to evict the garden and the bane of every squatter’s existence. There is of course many other nasty security companies to fill the gap, but every notch against County is massive.

Another victory recently has come from the “squat village” in east London, a multitude of buildings on one site, all inhabited by different crews. The owners of the property tried to bypass the normal procedures (presumably because having loads of money is supposed to allow you this liberty), by taking the squatters to the High Court with no good reason. They also tried to undermine the process and leave the occupiers at a disadvantage by serving them with the court papers with not enough time to gain legal advice. Or so they thought. Well, All Judges Are Bastards as they say (they do say that right?), but at least this one could see how much of an attempted fix-up this was and told them to go back and start again.

Also in south London, a crew has recently found themselves in possession of a church, confiscated from the corrupt clergy who once prayed there, and wasted no time in putting it to use, hosting benefit parties and gigs to raise money for various anarchist and activist causes. A different kind of congregation you might say, their robes black and spiky, the altar a stage, and the priests of old certainly can’t hold a candle to the alcohol consumption of the new church-goers. Keep your eyes peeled for more events there if you live in London, look for flyers at all your regular local anarchist spaces.

Outside of London there is good news too. In Amsterdam, often thought of (by me at least) as the pinnacle of European squatting, the De Mobiele Eenheid squat collective have managed to win a stay on the eviction of their social centre squat. The judge has ruled that they can stay until February next year. However, to their credit, the collective does not necessarily see this as a victory, not while the property speculators continue to leave properties empty, as they undoubtedly will after February. The collective is continuing to fight for the ongoing activity of their social centre, and intends to the fight the future eviction to the last. I am at this point reminded that I’m long overdue a trip to visit our continental neighbours.

Not all is going as well though in the other major hot-spot of European squatting. In Berlin, Rigaer94 was raided in the early hours a few weeks ago, with armed police storming the complex. Part of an ongoing attempt to shut down the squatted Kadterschmiede bar on the ground floor (most of the rest of the project is rented), this has been going on for years. From the   report though, the anarcha-feminist squat Leibig34 may also be under threat in the coming months. Across the Rhine-Main area of Germany there have been a series of arson attacks directed against squats and social centres over the last couple of months, the latest one on December 3rd at a housing project in a town near Frankfurt. The concerning thing to note is that the attacks have taken place exclusively at left/alternative/anarchist spaces. In an atmosphere of heightened tension, in which there is an undeniable rise in right-wing thought, and action, these attacks demand that we give thought to ways in which to support each other practically, and be vigilant against further repression by reactionary or state forces.

Back in the UK there’s a new, and very relevant, project on the scene! This one is for the “squatters, renters, travellers, occupiers, everyone”. A new collective, Violence Of Evictions, is looking to collate information and evidence of violent and/or illegal evictions. The purpose of this will be “to record and highlight the violence of evictions; to shed light on violent perpetrators, be they individuals or systemic powers and to held them to account. All evictions are inherently violent.” I’m really glad that the people behind this have started it up, as it’s something that we so often complain about, but so often feel powerless to challenge. I know a lot of people who would love to see some landlords and bailiffs get their comeuppance, and in light of the ongoing attacks across the globe against alternative spaces, we need to start supporting these kinds of initiatives to work together more effectively and fight back. Be sure to get in touch with them at violenceofevictions [at] gmail [dot] com as they’ve asked for people to get involved.

Elsewhere, in Manchester there are now squatting workshops taking place 2 to 3 times per month. You can find them at Squat Life on the terrible facebook. The workshops are to introduce people to squatting law, to meet other people to squat with, and for the squatting community to get together and share experiences. Sounds pretty good to me. Check their page for the dates, and the location, as they change it up a bit.

Squat Life workshops are very much in a similar vein to the Practical Squatters Evenings that have taken place in London for a very long time, but as has been done in the past, it seems there is a bit of a change coming. The workshops have taken place weekly across 2 different venues, and at times have been very successful in getting people together to put roofs over their heads. However more recently this has proved less effective, so new formats are being looked at. People looking to squat are encouraged to visit the Advisory Service for Squatters and leave a note, and hopefully from there can be put in touch with others and be helped in the quickest time possible.

Well, thanks for sticking it out, I guess that’s just about a wrap. One last thing though, this time of year it’s customary to un-wrap things. I’m not particularly fond of christmas, but who doesn’t like to open a present or two? So this is my present to anyone who has bothered to read this far. If you, or someone you know need, want, or desire, a copy of the Squatters’ Handbook, the guide put out by the Advisory Service for Squatters that covers the law and practical advice for the squatting in the UK (actually just England and Wales), then send an email to squattersdigest [at] riseup [dot] net with your address (don’t worry about a name, or just make one up, I’m not collecting data) and I’ll send one out to you, completely free including the postage.

Remember to check radar.squat.net for squatting-related events taking place wherever you live, and if you don’t see anything on there get in touch with the people organising events to start using the service. As far as anarchist and squat organising goes, we could do so much more than just resorting to facebook all the time. Or at least if using facebook, make sure it’s alongside friendly platforms like radar.

That’s me out for this year. I’ve got a few things lined up for next year to talk about, alongside the usual round-up of news from the squat world in London and beyond. Please get in touch at squattersdigest [at] riseup [dot] net if you have any comments. Until then.

https://freedomnews.org.uk/squatters-digest-thats-a-wrap/

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

Groups in Manchester: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/city/manchester
Events in Manchester: https://radar.squat.net/en/events/city/Manchester

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

The Hague: Acquittal in Fight Repression case

On 19 November 2016 about 250 people gathered on Kerkplein to demonstrate from there against the repression that has been spreading in recent years against anarchists and anti-fascists in The Hague and beyond. Repression such as the constant prohibition of demonstrations and the mapping of anti-fascists and anarchists in order to be able to take repressive measures. And this demonstration was also suppressed with repression and violence from the police, in which 166 people were arrested.

Almost two years later, the Public Prosecution Service decided to prosecute the 166 people arrested on Kerkplein. The first 50 people came to court last month. After two full days in court, the judge ruled on 3 December. The first 50 people were acquitted. Yesterday (13-12-2018), the Public Prosecution Service announced that it would not appeal and dismiss the remaining 166 cases.

The lawsuit
During the two-day trial a number of things came up. The police ended the demonstration at Kerkplein because some people wore face coverings. In the trial it appeared, as our lawyers already stated, that there was no restriction from the mayor that this should not be allowed.

The police stated in the file that they assumed that the restriction on wearing face cover was there. The police also stated that the mayor had given the order to end the demonstration, but it is not clear from the file who gave the order. What the grounds for arrest, repression and depriving the right to demonstrate come down to is that the police decided on their own that the demonstration did not suit them and proceeded to arrests and the use of force.

Repression
This event fits in with the picture of the repression against which the demonstration was directed. For years, the police in The Hague have been focusing on anarchists and anti-fascists in a sickly way. For example, demonstrations without a decision by the mayor are ended with violence, anarchists are intimidated at home, there are raids by groups of police officers to collect small fines, the door is blown out and photos of personal things are taken. The list goes on for a while. Area bans, sky-high fines, attempts to recruit informants and build up a CTER file*.

This case clearly shows what happens so often in The Hague. The police work on their own, people are arrested and later acquitted or not prosecuted at all. It is of course nice that you don’t have to pay a fine, but in practice, on the street, nothing changes. The police can do whatever they want. It doesn’t matter to them whether we get a fine more or less. And if an arrest turns out to be unjustified, there are no consequences for police officers. This way they can effectively keep us out of the streets. That’s why we’re not surprised that this spectacle of police, judges and the police cell has repeated itself again.

But if they think they are stopping our fight for solidarity and a radically different world, they are wrong. No baton, agent or prison will stop us from fighting for real freedom. Let us reflect on these events and create uncontrollable methods of struggle.

Fight against repression. Long live anarchy!

Fight Repression Demo: https://fightrepressiondemo.noblogs.org/

*CTER: Contra Terrorisme, Extremisme en Radicalisering

Berlin: Attacks on Google and gentrification

On Thursday 1/11/2018 we did some work using angry hammers on the door of a Google office under construction in Tucholskystraße, Berlin.
Even if a Google campus is not to be set up in Kreuzberg for the time being, Google remains an engine of our alienated daily life and an instrument of authority. To attack Google, control and dominion, be it with graffiti, solidarity, hacking or hammers, is necessary in order to breath with self-determination.
The essence is in the liberating decision to act in person.
On Saturday night of 03/11, an evil spirit took the initiative to damage an ex neighbourhood shop in Friedelstraße 54. The poltergeist destroyed the walls, the windows, the pipes and the floors. Of course with every regard for those who live in the house.
As Halloween is over, one can foresee that the building will remain doomed for the whole year. Little is known about spirits, except that they seek company, usually remain alone and let themselves be cast out most unwillingly. This should be clear to businesses and possible tenants as they decide to rent the haunted place in Friedelstraße 54.

The transcendent apparition is annoying first of all for the Luxemburg estate agency Pinehill and the administration of the Secura house in Schwalbacher Straße 8, Berlin-Friedenau, which last year were still invoking violence with fervour:
Cops, cops
beat people up
so that loads of moneys become our loot
and many zeros spring up
in front of dark digits.
But anyone who invokes stupid spirits can never get rid of them.
For the damned owners it would have been much easier not to have prevented the community of the building from purchasing the house and thus not act directly against the will of those who live in it. Likewise, the neighbourhood shop on the ground floor shouldn’t have been evicted with the State’s violent help.
On this occasion, Friedel’s spirit might have freed itself. Unobserved by some – who were blinded by pepper spray – and by others – distracted by the violent delirium of identification controls.
Obviously spirits are not only rampant in Friedelstraße 54. Similar phenomena have been abundantly seen around Mainzer Straße, Liebigstraße 14 and Ungedomshuset in Copenhagen.
There must also be angry ghosts in the premises of Liebig34, Potse, Drugstore, Meuterei, HaSi, AZ in Cologne and other places destined for the same ugly fate. In fact it would be easy to calm the ghosts down: leave them in peace.
According to few eye witnesses, on Saturday night the spirit shouted one single phrase: Friedel 54 is not for renting!

https://actforfree.nostate.net/?p=32139

Friedel 54 https://squ.at/r/1ck
http://friedel54.noblogs.org/

Liebig 34 https://squ.at/r/4u9p
http://liebig34.blogsport.de/

Drugstore https://squ.at/r/1ao
http://www.drugstore-berlin.de/

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

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

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