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Lyon: evacuation of Collège Maurice Scève

Press release following the evacuation of the Collège sans frontières Maurice Scève by the collective support migrants Lyon Croix-Rousse, October 28, 2020.

The evacuation of the Collège sans frontières Maurice Scève on October 27, 2020 went off without a clash with the police, which is appreciable after the violent intrusion on October 6. We regret that, for what could only have been a move, such a police deployment was necessary (preventing in particular the supporters from being on the premises), stigmatizing these young migrants as potentially dangerous, whereas they are rather endangered by the lack of State support, but we note that all the actors on the spot did their utmost to ensure that the operation was carried out in good conditions.

The collective would like to thank the elected municipal and metropolitan officials and the mediators who came to the site despite the early hour of the morning, showing their commitment to ensure that everything went as smoothly as possible.

The collective and the inhabitants also thank all the neighbors who came in large numbers to show their unfailing support and their vigilance during the day, and who, since the opening of the place, have been able to see in these young people something other than the image that some try to convey about them, and have been able to integrate them with benevolence.

We congratulate all the young people who have kept their self-control despite the general stress. They proved by their calm all the absurdity of the oversized police deployment organized by the prefecture.

The collective also underlines its commitment since several weeks to promote a good organization of this evacuation/re-housing. They were thus almost alone at work in the afternoon, with the inhabitants, so that all those present in the morning were effectively accommodated in the evening.

The figures for the accommodation are as follows:

More than 180 people have been taken care of and will be accommodated this evening in a hotel, before the more permanent accommodation we require:
– Approximately 70 people are accommodated by the State, in accordance with its regulatory obligation;
– More than 100 people, including more than sixty minors awaiting recognition of their minority, are taken care of by the Lyon Metropolis.

Unfortunately, about forty inhabitants, in a precarious administrative situation, have preferred not to cross the Prefecture’s services and find themselves today outside the accommodation facilities offered by the Lyon Metropolis.

In total, over the past year, and thanks to the commitment of all the actors, including the collective, about 300 people will have been accommodated by the State, as provided by law. We do not forget that it took two years of struggle and living in very precarious conditions to finally have this right respected. Some of the inhabitants will have lived through the bumpy road of the asylum process without ever being accommodated by the State.

We can only hope that respect for this right to accommodation will not remain exceptional and conditioned by the need to empty a building in order to carry out a real estate transaction. Unfortunately, we know that tens of thousands of accommodation places are lacking in France for asylum seekers and that after not having financed any creation in 2020, the budget only provides for 4,000 for 2021.

In line with its campaign commitments, and committed to an extra-regulatory will to protect young migrants, the Lyon Metropolis has sheltered all minors awaiting recognition and some adults. We thank it for this and call on it to continue in this direction.

We are going to ensure a follow-up of all these young people, who will be accommodated in hotels for the coming days, and then in more permanent accommodation. Solidarity will not stop with today’s evacuation.

However, the collective is asking the question of the future: the new arrivals who came to rest at the Collège after an often very difficult journey, who found human warmth there (for lack of comfort), will now have no place of relief or shelter. In the end, the Collège was a very convenient place for all the institutions that directed them there: where will they go from now on, whether they are minors or adults?

We are therefore urgently asking for a reflection with the town halls and the Lyon Metropolis, to open one or more places of welcome and relief, day and night, following the example of what is happening in other municipalities. Vacant premises exist, which could be dedicated to this welcoming and permanent accommodation, places that could function harmoniously thanks to agreements. The experiment conducted at Croix-Rousse in the squatted school showed, through the richness of the exchanges between the neighborhood and its inhabitants, all the interest of a downtown location for such places of welcoming, inserted and open to their neighborhood, contrary to the institutional arrangements so often established in the suburbs.

Finally, the collective demands that a policy based on tolerance, respect and dignity be directed towards other squatter-type accommodation, by agreement, so that living conditions there are acceptable while waiting for permanent housing.

The collective support migrants Lyon Croix-Rousse

Collège with borders Maurice Scève
8 Rue Louis Thévenet, Croix-Rousse, Lyon, France
https://squ.at/r/6x4i
lecollege [at] riseup [dot] net
mineur-isole-lyon [at] riseup [dot] net

Refugees related groups in France https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/FR/topic/sans-papiers
Some squats in France: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/FR/squated/squat
Groups (collectives, social centres, squats) in France: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/FR
Events in France: https://radar.squat.net/en/events/country/FR

Susa Valley: Call for demonstration in Claviere

The self-organized refuge ChezJesOulx calls everyone for a walk of resistance sunday 1st november at 11h from Claviere. The walk will be preceeded by a day of discussion on related topics such as: the border and the repression deriving from it, the detentions in the CPR, the exploitation connected to migratory flows in the Saluzzo countryside and beyond, at the occupied Casa Cantoniera in Oulx on the 31st of october at 11h.

Solidarity is under attack on both sides of the border, from the high valsusa to the briançonnais. In Italy, the Casa Cantoniera Occupata has continued for two years now to provide a free and self-determined space for all people who want to fight for their freedom of movement. The principles of self-management, anti-authoritarianism and direct solidarity guide our political project. As part of an investigation involving more than 170 people, 17 of them have received a residence ban from the border territory, the first time a precautionary measure is confirmed against an occupation.

In France, the occupied house in Gap, Cesai, was recently evicted, although this did not prevent the reopening of a new space, Chez Roger. In Briançon, the new mayor, Arnaud Murgia, declared open hostility to all solidarity initiatives, with the intention of closing the Maraudes and the CRS legal refuge,legally under possible eviction from the 28 of october. In addition, at the end of the summer, 60 new gendarmerie units were mobilized at the border between Montgenèvre and Claviere to increase the level of surveillance and pushbacks, with the support of the Italian police. But, as several cases already demonstrate, closing the borders, the places of association and struggle has never been a deterrent to migration.

We believe it is necessary to bring attention back to the borders and the paradoxes that characterize them. With this intent, we have resumed several weeks ago to organize walks in the mountains from Claviere to Montgenèvre, in order to highlight the evident injustices generated by the aberrant European migration policies. On the one hand, the privatization of forests and paths to make way for golf courses and ski slopes, for the use and consumption of tourism, on the other hand, the massive police presence placed in defense of the fortress states, tries to prevent the passage of migrants, operating on racial grounds and limiting the freedom of movement in a discriminatory way.

Faced with all this, we believe that it is urgent to expand the network of active international solidarity able to politically oppose this hypocritical border regime and its arbitrary and repressive rules.

For all these reasons, we propose two days of reflection to fight all together against these infamous prisons (physical or otherwise) and all states and forms of authority.

SOLIDARITY IS OUR BEST WEAPON!
SET THE BORDERS ON FIRE!
NO BORDERS! NO NATIONS! STOP DEPORTATIONS!

Casa Cantoniera Occupata
Via Monginevro 96, SS24
Oulx, Susa Valley, Italy
https://squ.at/r/8321

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

Radar https://squ.at/r/8322
Passamontagna https://www.passamontagna.info/?p=1777

Calais: the saga of evictions continues

Yesterday morning, October 22, 2020, the Prefecture of Pas de Calais once again proceeded with the eviction and mass destruction of a camp. It was a place called “Unicorn Jungle”, where nearly 300 exiled people were surviving, according to the distribution of tents made by Utopia 56 a week earlier. Once again, the associations denounced the brutality and inefficiency of these operations. They do not respect the fundamental rights of the exiled.

The associations denounce the violation of the exiled people’s right to come and go. Once again, a dozen buses had been chartered to take them to an unknown destination. The authorities carried out a “sheltering” operation for at least 190 people. This “sheltering” of men, but also women and children. The uselessness of this “sheltering” operation can be seen, in particular, by the frequency of these operations.

The associations denounce the forced nature of these operations. Starting at 7:20 am, the forces of law and order disembarked with their usual armada (national gendarmerie, national police, border police, BAC, …). The consent and will of the exiled people was not taken into consideration at all. In fact, a veritable manhunt has been carried out to try to make the exiled disappear. The procedure is always the same: when a bus arrives, the exiled people are escorted by the police, preventing them from leaving.
The associations denounced the violation of the property rights of the exiled people. People are expelled without being able to take the time to gather their belongings, which are confiscated or thrown away.
Several hours after the operation, the violence is still felt when one goes to the camp. A pan of rice is still full on the fire, shoes are lying around, a tent, water cans, a little girl’s T-shirt, a blanket, …
The associations denounce the lack of respect for the right to private and family life of exiled people. The Human Rights Observers team was able to recount a hard-hitting scene in which law enforcement officials refused to allow a man to join his family on a bus.
The associations denounced the absence of the right to an adversarial process. In fact, several hours later, a single page of the ordinance on request was ostensibly displayed in the middle of the living space. This is the legal basis for eviction with authorization to use public force. This procedure makes it possible to bypass the exiled persons’ right to an adversarial process. The same grounds are used each time: public health, public safety and disturbance of public order.

Once again, the associations denounced the brutality and inefficiency of these operations. The associations denounce the violation of the fundamental rights of the exiled people, not exhaustively cited.

Refugees related groups in France https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/FR/topic/sans-papiers
Some squats in France: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/FR/squated/squat
Groups (collectives, social centres, squats) in France: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/FR
Events in France: https://radar.squat.net/en/events/country/FR

Passeurs d’hospitalités https://passeursdhospitalites.wordpress.com/2020/10/23/a-calais-la-saga-des-expulsions-continue/

Madrid: Ateneo Libertario de Vallekas evicted

At 7 a.m. on October 23rd, numerous riot police vans came to the social center to proceed with their eviction. The collective calls for a rally this afternoon at 8:00 p.m. in the Amos Acero Park.

This morning the threat hanging over the Ateneo Libertario of Vallecas was fulfilled. At 6:00 a.m. a caravan of anti-riot vans arrived at the entrance of the Ateneo, at 59 Párroco Don Emilio Franco Street. It was not until one hour later, at 7:00 a.m., that the anti-riot agents managed to break down the door to gain access to the interior of the space.

According to sources from the collective that used the space consulted by El Salto, “there was only one person inside, who has not been arrested. The building was an old textile factory that had been unused for more than seven years when it was squatted in 2014. Up to six anti-riot vans have been placed along the street of the Parish Priest Don Emilio Franco, blocking the front of the building.

In one of the videos that has circulated on social networks and private instant messaging groups, one of the riot police, with the door already broken down, asked another comrade to make a selfi posing in front of the building’s façade.

To oppose his eviction, a demonstration has been called today at 8:00 p.m. in the Amos Acero Park, in front of the Vicente Soldevila Health Center. “No eviction without an answer”, claim the Ateneo Libertario.

The Ateneo had been functioning as such since 2018 (the year until which the space was managed by the collective of La 13-14). It was one of the buildings raidefd during the Piñata operation, one of the cases against ‘anarchist terrorism’, filed for lack of evidence.

At the beginning of September, the Ateneo received an eviction order from the Court of First Instance of Madrid, which was slipped under the door, and set the execution for September 16.

Ateneo Libertario de Vallekas
Calle Párroco Don Emilio Franco nº 59
28053 Madrid
ateneolibertariovallekas [at] riseup [dot] net
https://squ.at/r/6due
https://ateneolibertariovk.noblogs.org/

La 13-14
https://radar.squat.net/en/madrid/13-14
https://la13-14.squat.net/

Some squats in Madrid: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/city/madrid/squated/squat
Groups (social centres, collectives, squats) in Madrid: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/city/madrid
Events in Madrid: https://radar.squat.net/en/events/city/Madrid

Directory of squats in the Iberian Peninsula:
Spanish State: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/ES/squated/squat
Catalonia: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/XC/squated/squat
Basque Country: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/XE/squated/squat

Directory of groups (social centers, collectives, squats) in the Iberian Peninsula:
Spanish State: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/ES
Catalonia: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/XC
Basque Country: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/XE

Events in the Iberian Peninsula:
Spanish State: : https://radar.squat.net/en/events/country/ES
Catalonia: https://radar.squat.net/en/events/country/XC
Basque Country: https://radar.squat.net/en/events/country/XE

Berlin: Update on the International Call for Action and Discussion Days

International Call for Action and Discussion Days in Berlin 30.10.-01.11.2020
United We Fight! Connect Urban Struggles – Defend Autonomous Spaces

As Interkiezionale we keep up our 9 September call to the international action and discussion days of 30.10.-01.11.2020! We would like to inform you briefly about the current status of the preparations.

The spread of the Corona Pandemic, especially in a cold autumn like this one, and the governmental measures and regulations that accompany it, present us with new challenges. Clearly, we must and want to take care of each other and not endanger our health. At the same time, we see it as a necessity and not an arbitrary voluntary decision to continue our struggles in urban areas and, accordingly, to discuss and come together.

From the call:

“We are traversing a critical period, both for society and for radical movements worldwide. Under the dogma of “law and order”, state and capital are intensifying their attack on society and trying to further their dominance of all aspects of everyday life, stopping every collective vision and claim, and every perspective of resistance and struggle.
The European capitalist rules, through evictions and police operations, are trying to get rid of all the rebellious neighborhoods in the metropolitan fields. The examples are numerous. From Italy and the eviction of squat Asilo in Turin, in February of 2019, to Greece and the referendum, the evictions of various squats and the police presence in the neighborhood of Exarcheia, the constant attack to every movement that chooses to resist is constantly being intensified.

Recognizing Berlin as the capital of one of the most dominant capitalist countries worldwide, we aim to intensify the social struggle in the heart of the beast. Giving a strong answer and creating perspectives against one of the most unbearable states of the world, that consists a model for many countries worldwide and which through its bureaucracy and structures infiltrates all the aspects of our lives leaving no space for self organization and anti-institutional struggles, will create a legacy not only for the local movement but for every rebellious cell worldwide.”

Even though we as Interkiezionale invite centrally to Berlin, we are aware that it will not be possible for some people to travel here and therefore want to emphasize that events or actions do not only have to take place here in Berlin in order to contribute their part to our call, enrich it and initiate discussions. Whether it’s a communique from an action, a discussion text or a position , we’re looking forward already to things you may send us in before, during or after the days.

Program:

In the days, there will be various discussion and info events, an open assembly and a joint demonstration, which – moved by the evacuation of Liebig34 on 9 October – will go through Friedrichshain. You can find out more about the program on the blog interkiezionale.noblogs.org.

From the call:

“We want to use this opportunity to make the anarchist perspective more visible and bring the discussion about our ideas, praxis and strategies forward. The days prior to the demonstration on 31 October will offer space for a plenary assembly, exchange, discussions and ways of actions on our common goals, strategies, occupying ground and collective defense.

We consider this demonstration as an opportunity to come together to create a breach in their plans and multiple moments of ragefull, dynamic and militant experiences in which we abandon the defensive role and instead take the street as an active and offensive movement.Thus we hope to make these days part of a continuous discourse and not yet another unconnected event with no followup.”

And furthermore:

Open Assembly on Sunday, 25th at 4pm in the yard of Köpi (Köpenicker Str. 137):

“The eviction of Liebig34 is over, and with it an era. We want to come together and talk to you about the eviction: how are you? How was the day of the eviction for you? Did you participate in the Day X actions in the morning and in the evening? If so, how were they for you? If you weren’t there, we are interested in why. What can we learn for the next eviction?
There is also information for the discussion and action weekend “United We Fight” from 30.10.-1.11.” (Please wear masks & dress warmly!)”

In this context we would like to refer to a chronicle of actions around the evacuation of Liebig34 https://kontrapolis.info/449/ and at the same time draw attention to a new news platform for Berlin: Kontrapolis.

Lets bring our rage together!
Nothing is over.

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

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

Indymedia https://de.indymedia.org/node/111695

Caen: Eleventh eviction in 4 months!

This morning, around 8:00 am, the gendarmerie evicted the three houses of the Cité de la Sucrerie in Cagny, squatted since September 9 by 7 families of Albanian and Kosovar origin. The procedure initiated by the multinational company Südzucker, owner of the premises, was quick. The deliberation reached us very late on Monday, October 5, day of the passage of the judicial officer who gave us an order to leave the premises within 48 hours! This one, very partial, was totally unfavorable to us, because it stipulated that the right to housing is of lower value than the right to property, and none of our arguments were retained. Those of the opposing party, which were not at all supported, were all retained: the unsanitary condition of the premises, the houses for sale on September 10, the day after their occupation as if by coincidence, the occupation, the failure to send the children to school even though we had produced the school certificates, the failure to seek housing on the part of families who “prefer” to squat, the implication of illegal income, etc.

We immediately appealed the decision and organized a press conference with our lawyer in Cagny on Tuesday October 6, then asked for an hourly summary judgment so that the appeal, which will take place in a few months, would have suspensive effect, a request that was refused the following Wednesday.

In addition, the numerous daily visits of the gendarmerie put a lot of pressure on the 7 families. The families were even summoned to the gendarmerie in Moult for a “thorough examination of the situation” which lasted from one and a half to two hours each and during which the gendarmes insisted, using intimidation techniques, that the residents leave the squats. Following these interviews, the gendarmerie gave an OQTF (Obligation to leave France) and an IRTF (Prohibition of return on French territory) to a family on Sunday October 11. The 6 other families who were not present have not yet received anything. This morning, only one family was present during the eviction, as several families had preferred to leave the houses, while others only spent the night and left very early in the morning.

Last Saturday, about thirty people (supporters, inhabitants of squats including those in Cagny and migrants living in Ouistreham) demonstrated in Paris, alongside thousands of demonstrators from all over France to demand equal rights and regularization of all undocumented migrants during Act 3 of the solidarity march. In order to fight against the nauseating policies of Macron and his government, which are wreaking havoc all over France and on the borders of Europe, we will have to further amplify the mobilization to reverse the balance of power during the upcoming Act 4.

Assemblée Générale de Lutte contre toutes les expulsions
Caen, France
ag-contre-expulsions [at] riseup [dot] net
https://squ.at/r/1jaz
https://agcontrelesexpulsions.wordpress.com/

Squat de la Cité de la Sucrerie
5 Cité de la Sucrerie, Cagny, France
https://squ.at/r/831t

Refugees related groups in France https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/FR/topic/sans-papiers
Some squats in Caen https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/city/caen/squated/squat
Evicted squats in Caen: https://radar.squat.net/fr/groups/city/caen/field_active/1/squated/evicted
Groups (collectives, social centres, squats) in Caen https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/city/caen
Events in Caen https://radar.squat.net/en/events/city/Caen

Some squats in France: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/FR/squated/squat
Groups (collectives, social centres, squats) in France: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/FR
Events in France: https://radar.squat.net/en/events/country/FR

UK: London Squatters Getting Organised

The first London Intersquat in several years took place at a secret occupied location last Saturday, 17th October. Formerly a regular event, the meet-up was attended by nearly 50 members of London’s autonomous community, representing more than a dozen squatted buildings across the city.

Amongst a range of subjects discussed, the agenda covered news reports on the recent successful resistances against illegal evictions, sharing different tactics for using the law and the barricade to prevent bailiffs and security from entering. Action groups were formed to restart Practical Squatters Evenings – an event that for over a decade took place weekly and was an opportunity for old squatters and new to meet each other to form crews and share information and experience. Others joined to support the newly emerging Resisting Anti-Trespass (RAT) movement that is organising to challenge the forthcoming changes to the law – changes that threaten not only squatters, but protesters, travellers and ramblers alike, potentially criminalising thousands of people across the UK. Another group elected to revive the currently dormant Squatters of London Action Paper (SLAP) in response to the need for our community to report, share and create the media that is relevant to us – as well as to acknowledge a welcome return of the infamous Bastard Watch column that named and shamed an ever-growing number of sneaky bailiffs and landlords. Questions were also raised about the status of EU migrants and those from outside the UK considering the imminent Brexit and how we might organise in solidarity through groups such as the Anti-Raids network, aswell as how to form greater unity with the burgeoning tenant’s rights movement with such groups at the London Renter’s Union and ACORN.

The Intersquat was organised in just 2 days, and the response was immense with many attendees sharing their enthusiasm and positivity that the squatting community can still turn out in force to discuss, share and organise with one another. Many discussed the possibility of a national meetup, revitalising links between squatters from across Manchester, Bristol and Brighton, but with obvious consideration of the difficulties considering the current pandemic, and shared their joy at taking collective action.

We call on all autonomous groups to organise, occupy and resist as we enter an increasingly oppressive but potentially transformative future. Watch this space for future updates on the proposed workshops and for forthcoming Intersquat events!

UP THE SQUATTERS!
FOR AN AUTONOMOUS LONDON!
OCCUPY AND RESIST!

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

Freedom News, October 20th 2020 https://freedomnews.org.uk/intersquat-london-squatters-getting-organised/

London: Archway squatters successfully resist an illegal eviction attempt

It’s not an illegal eviction, it’s a legal resistance. Archway squatters successfully resist an illegal eviction attempt by infamous Stamford Hill slumlords, corrupt security and incompetent cops.

Activists, squatters and community members successfully resisted an illegal eviction attempt at a 2-year old squat in North London this Wednesday night (October 14th). A call-out was made on the No Evictions London Squatter’s Network after residents of the building took to the roof to protest the 1-hour notice they were given to leave – a completely illegal and unfounded method considering that the residents had been in contact with the owner over the 2 years and had been granted license to stay.

Members of the Advisory Service for Squatters, Eviction Resistance Network and the NFA Queer Punx attended from around 9pm on Wednesday and were presented with a number of self-professed security guards who refused to display their SIA badges, despite this being a legal requirement for anyone claiming to be engaged in security work such as preventing people from entering or leaving a building. A number of constables were in presence, but were singularly uninterested in investigating the criminal offences being committed by unnamed and unidentified ‘security officers’ in attendence.

Around 30 people gathered to protest the illegal eviction attempt and in solidarity with the residents who were resisting on the roof. The people claiming to be security guards escalated the situation by bringing an obviously disturbed and distressed dog into the building and threatening those in attendance with it. Their have been accusations of violence and threats being made by security guards on those inside. The escalation lead to police in attendance drawing batons and threatening to disperse the crowd – a threat which was strongly resisted, and the police were forced to back down.

More constables arrived around 10pm, and they attempted to make arrests of those in resistance and to protect the ‘bailiffs’ and ‘security’ from being forcibly removed from the area by protesters. Despite the cops’ efforts to riot and cause violence, anyone they grabbed was immediately de-arrested and police were forced to retreat from the area. Several members of the resistance received injuries from baton strikes during the melee, and several cops were thrown into cars. Eventually the police were forced to withdraw, leaving the protesters to deal with the ‘security’ themselves.

Those in resistance then managed to contain those claiming to be ‘security’ in a room downstairs while members of the ASS applied to the High Court for an N244 injunction that commanded those attempting to illegally evict to cease and desist. Members of the resistance held the roof for over 2 hours whilst awaiting the papers to be served.

The injunction was served upon those claiming to be ‘security’ at around 1am, and they immediately vacated the property. Territorial Support Group officers arrived in the area, supported by a police helicopter, but failed to arrest the people who had been committing a crime – namely those who had attempted to evict and the North London landlords who had been trying to force people illegally from their home.

We call on all squatters, tenants and activists to resist all eviction attempts – legal or illegal – during the current pandemic. Now more than ever the opportunity to seize back housing and claim buildings is great.

Fuck living on the street, in hostels, in submission, and fuck relying on the State for hand-outs and false charity in this time of social, ecological and economic collapse. Fuck scab bailiffs and working class traitors who sell out their class for a cheap buck when people are starving on the streets and the world burns. Fuck capital and fuck the laws that oppress our movement. The time for solidarity is now. It must become unacceptable for members of our class to participate in evictions, criminality and violence on the most vulnerable in our society. The rich must be resisted in their attempts to dominate and control our lives. The State has failed and those who would bully and violate our existence need to be resisted by any means necessary. Through the laws that defend our rights and by direct action street resistance let us fight for our homes, our future and our planet.

Freedom is delighted to report that this is the fourth legal resistance in the last month, and despite the morally bankrupt ineptitude of the police and the opportunistic attempts of landlords and their cronies, four more buildings continue to be occupied.

BIG UP THE ARCHWAY MASSIVE!
BIG UP THE SQUATTERS!
BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY!
FUCK EVICTIONS!

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

Freedom News, October 18th 2020 https://freedomnews.org.uk/its-not-an-illegal-eviction-its-a-legal-resistance/

Nantes: what future for the Maison du Peuple?

After a year of hard work, the Maison du Peuple was able to meet its challenge: a place open to all, capable of accommodating those who needed it unconditionally. Hundreds of people, families with children in difficulty have found a place to rebuild (education for children, unconditional support by the State, etc.). But also to offer a meeting and gathering place to the inhabitants of the city, to set up solidarity actions, to let artistic and sports talents (painting, visual arts, music, dance, etc.) flourish. And yet, this place of life and mutual aid is now threatened with eviction.

There are many reasons for this: the Maison du Peuple is a squat and does not, moreover, meet the safety standards that would allow it to be a permanent place of accommodation. It does not matter that the Maison du Peuple was able to safely accommodate homeless people at the time of confinement: it must close! Supported by various associations of all faiths, the leaseholders found themselves obliged to disassociate themselves from the silence of the public authorities. The work that would have made it possible to rehabilitate the premises was not undertaken despite repeated requests.

It must be said that the People’s House is a mess: people live there without any formalities and without having to meet any requirements, apart from the elementary rules of politeness and cohabitation. One meets there without being registered in an official associative register. One exhibits one’s works without having been validated by a committee.
The Maison du Peuple is the weed that grows in the middle of the beautiful, well-kept gardens of the city of Nantes. But this weed has a charm: that of being alive. Solidarity is not planned: it is sincere. It is respected in its singularity. For the Maison du Peuple does not claim to be a partner of the State that would manage social misery: it does not impose its codes and hierarchy on those who find themselves excluded from the system. It does not concern itself with charity because its concern is for dignity. Therefore, we will not find portraits of migrants with their eyes extinguished, humbly thanking the humanitarian organizations who have deigned to help them. We will only find degenerate art, protest, marginality. In short, of life, of people. And this is perhaps what disturbs us.

The recent anti-squat law is a disturbing symptom for the future of these places of life. In the Pays de la Loire region, we note with amazement the violent reaction of state power. Evictions are taking place at lightning speed. This week alone, the Embassy in Nantes, La Commune in Rezé, and the Village du Peuple in Donges were dislodged by order of the prefecture. The Maison du Peuple is in the spotlight.

There is great concern, especially since it seems that the municipalities have not been notified, suggesting unilateral action on the part of the state powers. With winter approaching and the health crisis having been declared once again, how can we not fear a further disaster in a context of economic crisis where the most vulnerable would be deprived of vital solidarity?

In such a context of social crisis, we are seriously questioning our future. Our hand remains outstretched, the discussion open. Only yesterday, the associations that hold the lease for the Collège du Bon-Conseil – Les Eaux Vives, Secours Catholique and Une Famille un Toit – asked the question to the Nantes City Hall. Would the municipality know how to carry the lease? Will it guarantee the electricity contract? Does it want a Maison du Peuple in its community?

In a recent article in Le Monde dated Thursday, October 8th 2020, Johanna Rolland reiterated her campaign commitment to promoting a stronger citizen dialogue. She confided her willingness to invent a new model of life for the city, through innovative forms of engagement, so that Nantes remains a model on a European scale. With its teams and in collaboration with its partners, will it be able to use its right of pre-emption to ensure the sustainability of this place to live? Will we be able to imagine together the forms of this “unattainable” that it is hoping and praying for?

Circumstances demand it. The Maison du Peuple responds present and without detours to the seriousness of the times. In his encyclical of October 3rd – Fratelli Tutti – Pope Francis recalled the contemporary misery to which we are witnesses. Like him, we are moved by “The conviction regarding the common destination of the goods of the earth must also apply today to countries, their territories and their resources.

Considering all this not only from the point of view of the legitimacy of private property and the rights of the citizens of a given nation, but also from the first principle of the common destination of goods, we can then affirm that each country is also that of the stranger, since the resources of a territory must not be denied to a needy person from elsewhere. »

We ask the sympathizers, collectives and associations to stand by from October 16th to prevent a cruel eviction of women, children, men, families, of all ages and origins, just a few days away from the winter truce and without consideration for their lives.

The collective of occupation.

La Maison du Peuple
17 rue du Chapeau Rouge, 44000 Nantes, France
mdp-nantes [at] riseup [dot] net
https://squ.at/r/80co

Refugees related groups in France https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/FR/topic/sans-papiers
Some squats in France: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/FR/squated/squat
Groups (collectives, social centres, squats) in France: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/FR
Events in France: https://radar.squat.net/en/events/country/FR

Indymedia Nantes https://nantes.indymedia.org/articles/51379

Bordeaux: the Free Zone squat under eviction threat

Alert, Friday morning, October 16, police officers came to the Free Zone squat (La Zone Libre) and began a census of the inhabitants, then abandoned it due to the absence of many (work, school, various activities). When questioned, they suggested that the eviction could take place on Monday morning, October 19th.
A support meeting to propose mobilization and response to this unacceptable eventuality took place at the Free Zone.
A concert in support of the Free Zone was planned for this Sunday at the Rocher de Palmer (a concert hall and loyal support for the Free Zone), in Cenon.
In addition, a rally will be held on Saturday, October 17, at 3:00 pm, Place Pey Berland, in support of the March of the Undocumented and against squat evictions.

The Gravelotte squat on September 25th, then Lajaunie squat on October 2nd, mass evictions of squats resumed in Bordeaux. Each time, hundreds of people, families, and children are thrown into the streets in a veritable “state abuse”.
The Zone Libre (also known as the Ramadier squat in Haut Cenon) with its 80 families, 300 people, and 100 children (80 of whom are in school), is threatened.

For almost a year now, this atypical place of life has been living an extraordinary experience, which has allowed families who have experienced the uprooting of exile and at home, the street, to rebuild themselves. The new residents have restored the apartments, created gardens, grown flowers and vegetables, organized and assumed the collective tasks of maintenance, garbage collection, management of water. They spoke at weekly assemblies, mobilized in June to meet the elected representatives of Cenon and journalists and show their determination not to suffer further violence and a return to chaos, to the street; they organized parties and meals, became friends, accompanied their children to the cinema, to the museum, to shows, participated in discussion groups, ensured that school trips, art workshops, dance, yoga, clowning. .. are always well attended even in the middle of summer.
The exciting experience also applies to all the volunteers, artists and associations who have lived it by their side since the first day.

Now or never they need our support, our presence, our determination. They will tell you about their daily life, their successes and their setbacks, their hope rooted to the hope of getting papers despite their daily fear of deportation.

Gathering for the arrival of the “March of the Undocumented”.

On October 17th, 2020, at 3 pm, we call for a rally to join the demands of the “march of the undocumented” and denounce the living situation of the exiled. We will gather in front of the city hall for the demonstration heading to the prefecture, the symbol of all evictions.

Since September 19th, the “march of the sans-papiers” has been converging on Paris and demanding an end to police violence and the hunt for migrants and undocumented. It denounces state racism and demands the regularization of all illegal immigrants, the closure of the Administrative Detention Centers (CRA) and that housing be made available to all people on the street. Along with them, we defend these demands. In general, the issue of illegal immigrants is debated from a state perspective. Often invisible, these people live in the city and make it alive. They are disregarded by the public authorities, exploited by capitalist forces that take advantage of their vulnerability. The management of the Covid-19 pandemic by the states and the wealthy classes has made the most excluded members of our societies even more precarious.

More locally, Bordeaux is facing a new wave of evictions of people living in precarious conditions… These evictions, violent both physically and symbolically, are now supported by surveillance tools (drones) reminiscent of the worst futuristic authoritarian regimes of Hollywood cinema. In this period of pandemic and under the pretext of health measures, the prefecture has even limited the activity of associations of solidarity with migrants. Waves of evictions are taking place almost everywhere in France, all against a backdrop of political and media rhetoric focused on insecurity and separatism.

If we look at the new mayor’s promises, we realize once again that it is indeed the effects of communication and lies that structure our bourgeois and authoritarian democracy. The private interests of the wealthy remain intact, while disinformation and media campaigns about the occupation of uninhabited places remain powerful and organized, as the Théoule-sur-Mer affair shows us, which has been repeated over and over again by the media. Buying out squats even becomes a business with people like Yann Thiolet (from Squat Solutions)! Yet, contrary to what is put forward through the image of the “bad squatter who dispossesses you from your home”, the figures remind us that eviction decisions linked to occupying someone else’s home only represent 1.5% of eviction judgments. Most of them actually take place in large, often public, uninhabited buildings, and these buildings often come back to life thanks to these new dynamics of reappropriation of the city.

These are therefore many political choices that we are facing. These choices are part of a more systematic logic, which accepts and legitimizes the enslavement and economic exploitation of capitalists in the countries of the South, of those who live there, and more broadly of the workers of all countries.
Let us recall that during the peak of the pandemic, the first people to take risks were still the most precarious, including those in an irregular situation. They worked in key sectors of our society such as hygiene, hospitals, transport and services. They delivered our meals. They were employed by cleaning agencies and worked on our tramways.

It is for all these reasons that we will gather on October 17th and invite every organization and individual to demand :

– The non-intervention of the forces of repression in all places of life!
– The immediate closure of the CRAs (Administrative Detention Centers) which constitute the most authoritarian legislative framework of absolute restrictions of liberties in rich countries because no charges are brought against people other than the fact that they have no “papers”!
– Regularization of all undocumented migrants, without conditions and without distinction between individuals
– A roof for everyone. Here we offer a solution: the requisition of all empty houses and the repeal of anti-squat laws!
– A tax on large fortunes to finance the construction of housing and so that it is not just our class that has to pay the price of crises, economic and social health.

Refugees related groups in France https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/FR/topic/sans-papiers
Some squats in France: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/FR/squated/squat
Groups (collectives, social centres, squats) in France: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/FR
Events in France: https://radar.squat.net/en/events/country/FR

Bremen: news about the Dete occupation

Since Friday afternoon 9 october, the Dete as well as the street directly in front of the house are occupied by squatters and sympathisers. During the weekend there was a street party, together with the neighbors, there were music, people’s kitchen, games and a lot of solidarity (spontaneously with about 50 people).
On Monday, in the early morning hours came the information that the government wanted to clear out the occupation. On site, the cops requested to remove the barricades and to clear the street. The barricades were reinforced, cops seemed to be completely overwhelmed and did not try to clear the street despite the announcement.
Thanks to the cooperation and efforts of many people, which seemed to have come out of nowhere, it was possible to set a great example. There are night watchers, a live ticker, a legal team, people’s kitchens, people are always on site, sofas, tables were brought, fire places, barricades are holding strong.

Keep it up !!!

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

Indymedia https://de.indymedia.org/node/109224

Berlin: Liebig34 is evicted. Call for day X demo 09.10.20

It feels incredible to type these words into the keys: The Liebig34 is cleared.
At 7:00 a.m. Robocops started sawing and flexing fences, doors, windows and barricades and at 11:00 a.m. the last inhabitants* of the Liebig34 were dragged out of the rooms.
We are sad. We are crying. We are exhausted. WE ARE ANGRY.
They can‘t imagine the determination they have awakened in us. This act of violence will explode in an act of counter-violence and self-defense. Already so much solidarity has happened in the last nights, months, years and has shown what we are capable of doing. This eviction is a moment of radicalization. We can use it and together we can express our hatred for this shit.

Even if the press, politicians, cops and Nazis are now taking pleasure in our loss, we are turning powerlessness into anger. So many borders have been crossed. We shout NO in your spiteful eats. You can have our house, you will never get our passion. We are so much more than this house – we are anarchists, feminists, queers and antifascists who will now channel their anger and attack capitalist patriarchy to the last.

We call for the demo from 21:00 in Monbijoupark. We call for decentralized actions. Let us experience a wild and chaotic October together!

34 million property damage – we are already well on the way.

Liebig34 lives. Liebig34 fights.

Liebig34
liebig34 [at] riseup [dot] net
https://squ.at/r/4u9p
http://liebig34.blogsport.de/
https://defendliebig34.noblogs.org/

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

http://liebig34.blogsport.de/2020/10/09/die-liebig34-ist-geraeumt-aufruf-zu-tag-x-demo-liebig34-is-evicted-call-for-day-x-demo-09-10-20/

Netherlands: Actions against the ban on squatting

This year, October 1st marks the ten year anniversary of the Squatting Ban coming into effect in the Netherlands.

Much like what we saw in the UK following the criminalisation of squatting in 2012, the repercussions have been drastic for our community and our movement. We’ve been pushed out of city centres, drastically reducing our visibility and contact with the public outside our own community. The number of squats across the country has been divided by ten, and the legal risks surrounding squatting have risen. Perhaps most damaging of all, our community is sorely lacking in participation from a “new generation”. A large number of people in that age group are totally oblivious to the concept of squatting.

Since the squatting ban came into effect, homelessness has doubled. Simultaneously, waiting lists for social housing have grown enormously, the average waiting time being nine years. The total lack of affordable housing constitutes a housing crisis which, since 2020, is being referred to as a housing emergency.

From the late 1960s through to the ’80s countless protests, occupations, and media campaigns were waged by an ever-growing community of predominantly young people, in one of the last great social struggles of Dutch history. As a result, the government and police concluded that squatting would have to be tolerated — a policy which came to be known as Squatter’s Rights.

This period was a reaction to a housing crisis of similar proportions to today. If we want to reclaim our hard-won (and bitterly lost) Squatter’s Rights, then a mobilisation of similar proportions is also necessary. Reclaiming these rights can once again offer an alternative to thousands of lower income people facing poor housing conditions.

However what we lack today, in comparison to decades gone by, is numbers. The media has had great success in vilifying us, and our lack of visibility makes it hard to have enough contact with the public to convince them otherwise. As well as this, much as in the UK, Dutch culture has grown steadily more individualistic, and less community-driven since the 1980s. As such the squatting movement, and other socio-political movements, receive far less support now than 30 years ago.

In previous years squatters have commemorated the anniversary of their own illegalisation by doing marches and high-profile squatting actions of visible and significant buildings. This year we chose to initiate a more sustainable campaign focused on reclaiming visibility and our position and function within society, and to invite a new generation of squatters to join the movement.

In Amsterdam, Den Haag, Utrecht, Ede-Wageningen, Hengelo, Enschede, Groningen, Rotterdam, Nijmegen, Zwolle, Emmen, Leeuwarden, Leiden, Wassenaar and Zaandam (to name a few), posters were put up and banners hung from abandoned buildings. The posters advertised buildings as empty and ready to squat, highlighting how many empty spaces still surround us. The banners held messages reminding the public that “you cannot live on a waiting list,” that “squatting is still an option”, and that “squatter’s rights are housing rights”. There were performances in the city centre of Utrecht, which incorporated these messages, to reach out to members of the public who would not normally see us.

This was also a mass publicity action to launch a new website through which we hope to explain squatting to the public, as well show positive examples of the squatting lifestyle, and direct people on where to find practical information about squatting. We hope that like this we will be able to gain contact with sections of society which could greatly benefit from participation with the squatting movement, but just haven’t yet been introduced to it.

If you’re reading this and you’re interested in showing solidarity, please visit https://woningstrijd.org/

And if you live in Holland, and you’d like to get more involved in squatting, please visit one of our pages to find more information on how to contact your local Squatting Info Hour (KSU): https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/NL/topic/spreekuur-ksu

KSU Utrecht
Reactorweg 168
3542AD, Utrecht, The Netherlands
ksuutrecht [at] riseup [dot] net
https://squ.at/r/4x2e
https://ksutreg.squat.net/

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

Freedom News https://freedomnews.org.uk/ten-years-illegal-actions-against-the-dutch-ban-on-squatting/

France: Anti-squat law, the assembly triples the penalties and introduces a denunciation measure

The assembly triples the penalties for untitled occupiers and allows any person to refer the matter to the prefect about an expeditious eviction.

Droit au Logement denounces the tripling of penalties against untitled occupiers, voted on Friday morning in the Assembly, at the initiative of the rapporteur Kasbarian, with no other opposition than that of a deputy FI (E. Coquerel).
This punitive measure satisfies security obsessed people, such as deputy E. Cioti, who declares that he wants “squatters to sleep in prison”. The homeless who settle in a vacant apartment are thus labeled criminals, because the street brings them nothing but suffering and premature death.
These MPs, like all those who demand anti-squat measures, do not care about the tenants who are illegally evicted, while no prosecution is initiated, except in exceptional cases.
They are however much more numerous than the very rare “occupants of other people’s homes” that we have been receiving since the end of August.

This punitive measure pursues another goal: by raising the sentence to three years, the public prosecutor’s office can thus bring the occupants to an immediate court appearance, after having taken them into custody. It thus proceeded to expel them without involving the Prefect.

Another alarming amendment, again at the initiative of the Kasbarian rapporteur, was adopted, again introducing an intentional and worrisome vagueness, since it authorizes “any person acting in his interest and on his behalf” – that of the person for whom the premises constitute his domicile – to request the Prefect to request the administrative eviction of occupants, without further clarification. In other words, anyone may ask the Prefect for administrative eviction: a neighbor or a person, whether well or ill intentioned, an anti-squat vigilante, the mayor, a distant heir, a person or company that could benefit from it.
The reporter claims that it is a question of allowing “the beneficiary, the occupant in good faith, or the persons who occupy the dwelling by virtue of a loan for use or the persons who occupy an official dwelling”, to seize the Prefect with a view to an eviction without judgment, but the vagueness of the wording again leaves room for all abuses.

The Government’s amendment, n°1045, adopted on Wednesday evening, limited the risks of abuse by removing the intentionally vague term of “occasional” residence introduced by an amendment of Kasbarian. It allowed for the expulsion without judgment of any untitled occupant of a vacant dwelling or premises and even of undeveloped land.
The administrative eviction provided for in article 38 of the DALO thus remains within the perimeter of someone else’s home, but the Government’s amendment, by adding “whether or not it is his principal residence”, runs the risk of an excessive and timely prefectoral interpretation.

Minister Wargon undertook during the debates on Wednesday evening (debates on amendment 331) to issue an implementation defining the scope of Article 38, in which she included the principal residence, the second home, the pied-à-terre for professional use, but also, and this is more surprising, the furnished tourist accommodation (Airbnb type), because a furnished tourist accommodation does not constitute that one knows the residence of another, except if it is the holidaymaker’s. The Ministry will therefore have to clarify this point.

From now on, it remains to follow closely the modifications that may be made in the joint commission that will be held a few days after the reading of the ASAP law in the Assembly, and to know the opinion of the Constitutional Council if it is seized.
We recall that these repressive provisions will apply to all untitled occupiers, because in the case of administrative eviction, as in the case of penalization, it is a question of “maintaining” the premises.

Droit au Logement denounces this increased willingness to criminalize untitled occupants and to create expeditious eviction mechanisms, violating the right to defense and to a fair justice, while the right to housing is being violated:
– The number of homeless people is increasing at every moment, fuelled by the return of rental evictions without re-housing or accommodation (for example, on October 2, a 76-year-old tenant, his daughter and their dogs were evicted for non-payment in the 16th Arrondissement in Paris, without accommodation. They survive with a pension of 400€ and an RSA …),
– 3.2 million units are vacant,
– the law of requisition is not applied,
– the government continues to lower the APL, to progressively asphyxiate the HLMs, to violate the right to housing and the DALO law .

Droit au Logement demands the withdrawal of article 30 ter of the ASAP law as it stands, the application of the requisition law and a public policy that respects the right to decent, stable and accessible housing for all.

A roof is a right!

Some squats in France: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/FR/squated/squat
Groups (collectives, social centres, squats) in France: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/FR
Events in France: https://radar.squat.net/en/events/country/FR

DAL, Droit au logement https://www.droitaulogement.org/2020/10/communique-sans-titre-squatteurs-lassemblee-triple-les-peines-et-glisse-une-mesure-de-delation/

Brussels: Festival du Coucou Puissant, 3rd edition

For the third consecutive year, the Festival du Coucou Puissant will be held in Brussels from October 8 to November 1, 2020. There are countless private, public or unclassifiable spaces, temporarily occupied in our big city. This festival wants to make visible the occupations and the interstices of creation, alternative housing, resistance and collective experimentation that tries to develop there. The Coucou Puissant wants to be autonomous and self-organized. We are aware of the diversity of places and practices (squat, legal ones with a temporary contract…). We are also aware that there are fewer and fewer squats in Brussels to the benefit of occupations negotiated in advance… This questions us and we wonder how to assert the dynamics of the squats? In the current context of “post” confinement and the eviction period coming back, we also want to affirm our support with the very young “anti-eviction front”. The nomadic program of the festival will be able to support places in peril. The festival wants to be a space of solidarity, meeting, debate, autonomy, celebration and emancipation.

Festival du Coucou Puissant
lecoucoupuissant [at] riseup [dot] net
https://squ.at/r/69yp
https://festivalcoucoupuissant.be/

Wednesday, October 21st, from 6:30 pm to 9 pm
Legal workshop: the rules to know before squatting a buiding
Location: L’Ades’if, rue de Liedekerke 71, Saint-Josse

What are the precautions to take when opening a squat? What does the anti-squat law say? Do I have to give my contact information to the owner? Can the police evict me from the building? How soon can a bailiff evict me? Can I challenge a judge’s eviction decision? The purpose of this legal workshop is to take the time to review the rules that apply to squatting. We will discuss the precautions to be taken before opening a building, those to be taken during, and finally, those to be taken in the event of proceedings before a judge. The workshop will be facilitated by Violaine Alonso, a lawyer specializing in occupation without title or law.

Some squats in Belgium: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/BE/squated/squat
Groups (social center, collective, squat) in Belgium: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/BE
Events in Belgium: https://radar.squat.net/en/events/country/BE

Radar, https://squ.at/r/81eg

Winterthur: Zensur, a new occupation for a social centre

We occupied the building on Talackerstrasse 99 this Friday evening. After it has been vacant for more than 3 years, we want to bring life to the former Sulzer office building and establish a social and cultural center.

The building is currently “owned” by Implenia, which is a driving force in the development of Winterthur into a “City of the Rich” with major projects such as LokStadt and the gentrification process of Hegi.

With the ZENSUR we want to create a space that enables people to implement projects without a lot of money. So that everyone can afford to be creative, do sports, show films and organize discussions. Every person should be able to contribute to the ZENSUR with his or her suggestions and skills to fulfill and realize their wishes and ideas collectively.

There are less and less spaces where you can stay untroubled and safe without having to spend money. In public and semi-public spaces we get harassed and driven away by the police and Securitas, in cafés/cinemas/clubs we have to pay entrance fees or consume. With the ZENSUR we want to create a space where everyone can stay untroubled and safe without having to spend money.

With this project we want to fight against the gentrification of Winterthur, against the above mentioned “City of the Rich”. The major, multimillion projects of companies like Implenia are part of this urban development, which has been taking place for several years now. Formerly low-cost housing, public spaces, cultural and social facilities that benefited the general public are getting increasingly privatized and commercialized. Cheap housing is disappearing in favor of expensive rental and owner-occupied apartments, facilities such as the Volkhaus Winterthur get torn down and substituted by “temples of consumption” such as the Ar(s)chhöfe. The majority of the population that does not earn a lot of money gets pushed to the outskirts of the city. People who do not conform to the polished city image are no longer welcome in the city and get increasingly criminalized and displaced. Cultural and social spaces as well as the public spaces have to yield profit and are under ever more complete surveillance.

To present the character of ZENSUR, we have put together a program on this weekend, from Friday to Sunday. We also want to invite the neighborhood to visit us and participate in the project. You can find the program on the first page.

Come by, take someone with you, chat, eat something, watch a movie, do something else and get active!

We take a stand/are against all forms of discrimination and advocate mutual respect and solidarity.

Greetings and see you soon!

The Squatters

Zensur
Talackerstrasse 99,
8400 Winterthur, Switzerland
https://squ.at/r/80f2

Some squats in Winterthur: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/city/winterthur/country/CH/squated/squat
Groups (social center, collective, squat) in Winterthur: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/city/winterthur/country/CH
Events in Winterthur: https://radar.squat.net/en/events/city/Winterthur/country/CH

Some squats in Switzerland: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/CH/squated/squat
Groups (social center, collective, squat) in Switzerland: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/CH
Events in Switzerland: https://radar.squat.net/en/events/country/CH

Wendover (UK): Jones Hill Woods under attack

News from the StopHS2 Jones Hill Woods protection camp eviction today. This morning at 5:30 am circa 40 National Eviction Team officers, working for HS2 & the government, supported by police, entered the woods. Their intention was to clear the camp to enable mass tree felling. Whilst 2 protestors were removed quickly by excessive force, many more protestors occupy multiple treehouses across the site. This ancient woodland has been a protest camp site for over half a year 6 months & is one of 20 ancient woodlands #HS2 is targeting this month. This woodland represents just one of 108 woodlands that are due to be impacted during Phase 1 construction of HS2. Jones Hill Wood also represents the cultural loss that will be caused by this large scale industrial development.


This beautiful & unique habitat was the inspiration for Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox, & is a thriving complex ecosystem.The protectors who have been living here have been carrying out ecological surveys & recording the diversity that is now under immediate threat. This includes 43 species of moth, 7 species of bat including rare & protected roosts, at least 3 families of badgers, an active fox den & countless species of insects & pollinators essential to the survival of an already dwindling countryside. There are currently multiple chainsaws cutting their way into the woodland, destroying the delicate habitat, in order for eviction officers to make their way to the tree houses. Despite this protestors have vowed to stay indefinitely to highlight the issues with HS2.

Ross Monaghan, says from the trees, “The destruction I am witnessing … flies in the face of Johnston’s pledge to save our countryside. We have an opportunity … to press pause, to look at the out of control spending, to redirect the funds to where it is needed!” Steve Masters, local Councillor, living in a treehouse, is continuing to uphold his duties, from 60 feet up said: “I am a public official & I have followed a path of public service throughout my life. This began 34 years ago when I joined the RAF. I swore to protect my fellow citizens then & now as we face the greatest challenge in climate change I am duty bound to continue to protect the people of this country…I’m willing to be arrested & imprisoned in … to highlight the catastrophic damage #HS2 will do to our natural environment. Our PM pledged to protect the biodiversity of the planet while at the same time continuing to support this destructive & unnecessary rail link. As the chainsaws whine around me this morning… I am resolute & determined to fight for a future fit for my grandchildren.”

HS2 Rebellion twitter thread

Netherlands: Actions after 10 years of squatting ban

10 Years On! And you still can’t live in a waiting list!

Today, October 1st, 2020 marks the 10 year anniversary of the criminalisation of squatting in the Netherlands through the Kraken en Leegstand (Squatting & Emptiness) law.
Despite the law, kraken gaat door (squatting continues).
On the face of it, the law was created to end both squatting and emptiness. It has done neither. Buildings are still empty and for many people squatting remains a necessity. After all, it is not the existence of empty buildings that leads to squatting, but rather the lack of accessible housing.
Whether you are squatting, renting, or looking to buy a home, finding an available (let alone affordable) house is a struggle.

Waiting lists remain long. While rent and housing prices continue to rise across the country [1].
In 1911, people living in Amsterdam spent 16.2% of their income on housing. In 2015 people were spending 38.9% [2].

And not only do renters spend an average of 40% of their income on housing, but the poorest, most vulnerable people spend the most [3]

In the private rental sector the situation is even worse. Young adults living in the private sector spend 50% of their income on rent [4].

This story is reflected across the country. Since 1996, rents have increased 21% nationally, while wages have risen just 8% [5].

Given the level of extortion occurring in the rental sector (and the fact that squatting was made illegal!) it is unsurprising that homelessness in the Netherlands doubled from 2009-2018 to nearly 40,000 people [6]. And given the new economic conditions brought on by the pandemic, we can only assume this number is rising.

And while 40,000 people struggle through life without a place to live, an estimated 100,000 homes stand empty across the country [7]. And that doesn’t even include the tens of millions of square metres of office space standing empty. Apparently the government forgot to implement the second part of their 2010 law…the part that was supposed to deal with emptiness.

What’s more, emptiness is hidden by anti-squat companies placing ‘vacancy managers’ inside buildings. These companies charge desperate people who have few other options (if any) to accept giving away their housing rights in return for a temporary, extremely precarious place to live.

Anti-squat companies are notorious for leaving buildings almost entirely empty, apart from a couple of lonely ‘vacancy managers’. After all, it only takes one person for them to claim the building is in use and thus prevent it from being squatted. In the Netherlands, a staggering 50,000 people live in this way [8]!

Under such conditions, squatting is a necessity. Legal or not.

(banner text on the top: You Can’t Live in a Waiting List: Squatters Rights are Housing Rights)

Actions throughout the Netherlands after 10 years of squatting ban

Today, 1st October 2020, is the tenth anniversary of the introduction of the Law on Squatting & Emptiness. Although the aim of this law is to combat vacancy, little seems to have changed after ten years. There are more than 30 million square metres of vacant property in the Netherlands. Half of these are homes: 110,000 houses are empty. At the same time, 263,000 homes are currently too few. That is why action is being taken throughout the country to address the current housing shortage and to show that squatting is a legitimate option.

The krakelaar: Your squat, our cause!

Last night in The Hague, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Ede-Wageningen and Groningen posters of the ‘Krakelaar’ were hung on empty buildings. The posters include the text: ‘To squat’, to indicate that the building can be squatted. In addition, banners have been hung at various places in the country that say: ‘Squat the crisis’, ‘You cannot live on a waiting list’ and “Squatters Rights are Housing Rights”.

A direct solution

With this ludic action, squatters and sympathizers try to draw attention on alternative residential spaces, evicted for emptiness for decades. Instead of relying on local, regional or national authorities to tackle the housing shortage, they believe that squatting is still a direct solution, without waiting lists.

In addition, the community is trying to raise issues on anti-squatting. Students and other precarious residents are often offered a contract in which, although the costs are low, housing and tenancy rights are significantly reduced or even taken away.

The squatters movement is still alive

Squatting is still possible in 2020. “We are slowly being driven further and further out of the cities, but the squatting movement is still alive” says one of the activists. The creation of autonomous and creative living and working environments is necessary as long as there is no place elsewhere where social, political and cultural initiatives can develop.

Considering Squatting?

If you’re thinking about squatting, a good place to get information is from your local KSU (Kraak Spreek Uur), aka Squatting Assistance Hour. Here is a list of KSUs in the Netherlands: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/NL/topic/spreekuur-ksu

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

Sources:
[1] https://nltimes.nl/2020/08/21/netherlands-house-prices-still-rising-74-july
[2] https://nos.nl/artikel/2347206-zorgen-over-hoge-huren-slokt-groot-deel-inkomen-op.html
[3] https://www.nul20.nl/huurders-amsterdam-zijn-ruim-40-procent-van-hun-inkomen-aan-woonlasten-kwijt
[4] https://www.volkskrant.nl/nieuws-achtergrond/stadsgeograaf-cody-hochstenbach-pleit-voor-meer-regie-op-de-woningmarkt-omarm-de-nederlandse-volkshuis-vestelijke-traditie~be7ae710/
[5] https://nos.nl/artikel/2347206-zorgen-over-hoge-huren-slokt-groot-deel-inkomen-op.html
[6] https://www.cbs.nl/nl-nl/nieuws/2019/34/aantal-daklozen-sinds-2009-meer-dan-verdubbeld
[7] https://www.volkskrant.nl/economie/kan-leegstandsbelasting-niet-in-vvd-programma~b88fb25f/
[8] https://zoek.officielebekendmakingen.nl/ah-tk-20192020-1043.html

https://www.cbs.nl/nl-nl/nieuws/2019/48/meeste-oppervlakteleegstand-bij-kantoren-en-winkels
https://www.capitalvalue.nl/nieuws/woningtekort-loopt-op-naar-263-000-woningen

http://woningstrijd.org/
https://www.indymedia.nl/node/48412

Paris: Squat Le Marbré, a new space to bring our struggles to life in Montreuil

Squat Le Marbré made itself known following the visit of the cops and the property manager on September 16 2020. Many people responded to the call for support that day and the following ones, and it was too much fun. Following a collective opening of the buildings and because we want this place to be self-organized, decisions will be made in a regular open general assembly of the place. We want to fight against all forms of authority and formal or informal hierarchies, both outside and inside the place. For us this means fighting all forms of domination and oppression.

This occupation is based on a refusal: the one of having to work and struggle to pay rent in the south part of Montreuil that is constantly gentrifying, whether to live or to organize. This space is part of a struggle against the capitalist valorization of the neighborhood, which always ends up pushing the poor away to make way for the richest and their small, uneventful meadow. No meadow, no precariousness!

Le Marbré wants to be a non-market place. Reflections have been initiated on the practice: operating at a free price, favoring moments of sociability without consumerism…

The aim is an inclusive and open functioning, where everything will be organized and debated at the general assembly: political activities to be held, work to be done on the space, the legal defense of the squat, maintenance, events…

Everyone interested by this invitation is welcome. In practice, this translates into an autonomous mode of organization, as opposed to what is proposed by parties, unions and other hierarchical or institutional structures. The aim is to move away from a consumer/provider relationship within the place so that it can be re appropriated. Le Marbré will be a space to bring our struggles to life.

The space is composed of a house dedicated to housing and a hall for collective activities. Surprise at the opening: the hall is covered with a 3cm layer of dust and, under the dust, marble! The building is an old marble factory emptied of its workers and left abandoned, which we wish to transform into a space of struggle against the different forms of exploitation. It has therefore become “Le Marbré” (the marble), soft as cake and solid as stone. Raphaël Dary, who claims to be the owner, would like to turn it into beautiful apartments (or lofts?) for resale. Raphaël’s project would fit very well with the few new residences for young families of dynamic workers, offices, and trendy bars nearby. In the gentrified sadness of the south part of Montreuil, Le Marbré appears and sets down his determination!

We encourage and support other initiatives of this kind! Squat everywhere!
Against all powers, revolts and self-organization!

Come to the public general assemblies of Le Marbré, the first one will be held on October 4, 2020 at 2 pm.

Squat Le Marbré
1 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau / 39 rue des Deux Communes, 93100 Montreuil, France
https://squ.at/r/819a

Some squats in and around Paris: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/city/paris/country/FR/squated/squat
Some squats in France: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/FR/squated/squat
Groups (collectives, social centres, squats) in France: https://radar.squat.net/en/groups/country/FR
Events in France: https://radar.squat.net/en/events/country/FR

Radar https://radar.squat.net/en/paris/le-marbre

Wassenaar: Villa Ivicke, news from the last six months

Zoning plan, construction works, court proceedings.

A lot has happened in the past six months. In April, the owner started a lawsuit to evict us. And in May, the municipality of Wassenaar imposed an administrative order on both the owner Ronnie van de Putte and us as residents. With this administrative order, the municipality wants to put pressure on the owner to carry out construction works, and on us to leave the building; the latter on the grounds that Ivicke’s zoning plan is not “housing” but “office”.

As the residents of Ivicke, we have filed an appeal against the enforcement of the zoning plan, the hearing was supposed to take place on the 16th of September. However, the case was referred to court, wherefore the hearing was cancelled. We are now waiting for a date for this hearing. In the administrative order, the municipality has marked November 19 as our leaving date. Be that as it may, it is already clear that there won’t be a ruling in this case before said date, but this doesn’t mean that the municipality cannot evict us. For this reason, we have submitted a request to the municipality to suspend the enforcement of the administrative order until the court has ruled whether such enforcement is lawful.

The owner, too, has filed an appeal against the administrative order. He tried to get out of his obligation to carry out construction works by starting a lawsuit against the municipality, which he lost. Despite the court’s ruling, it did not seem as if he was going to start the construction works, so the municipality decided to take over. They even placed a big sign—very conveniently—in front of the traffic lights at Rust en Vreugdlaan to show everyone that they are taking care of Ivicke’s renovation works. Then, however, the owner threw a spanner in the works and unexpectedly started the emergency repairs himself.

On September 18, the owner’s architect announced that the works will start on the 23rd. And so, two scaffoldings were erected around Ivicke last Wednesday—the municipality on the other hand did not feel like putting an end to their restauration plans and imposed a construction stop on the owner on Thursday the 24th. Justification was that the owner did not have a permit for the construction works. Funnily enough, the municipality repeatedly stressed during the owner’s lawsuit against them that he does not need a permit for the repairs. [1] By now the scaffoldings have been taken down and the municipality has informed us that their construction works will begin shortly.

Meanwhile, the lawsuit the owner started against us is still ongoing. We recently filed our response to the complaint, and now we are waiting for a date for a hearing in this case, too. However, the owner’s main argument, the complaint that our presence makes it impossible to carry out restauration works, seems to have been invalidated by the fact that he actually started the works.

And in the midst of all this chaos the claim that we are obstructing works, no matter whether it concerns construction workers paid by the owner or the municipality, is still frequently brought up. As soon as the municipality had wooden sheets put over the stairs and detached a corner of the roof gutter, the media was instantly full of praise, [2] while the repairs we continuously carry out have been publicly dismissed as a “smoke screen”. [3]

Lately, the media as well as politicians have been turning against the owner of Ivicke. The VVD has even asked parliamentary questions about Ronnie van de Putte’s practices. [4] They consider him the bad egg amongst the listed companies, while he is actually part of a much bigger problem. The prolonged emptiness of buildings such as Ivicke is not solely the result of speculation of Van de Putte’s companies, but also of neoliberal housing policy. The VVD itself bears more responsibility for the current housing crisis than a few opportunist speculants.[5] In a society where property rights outweigh housing rights, we will continue to squat in order to fight against emptiness, for housing, and for the possibility to live together in the ways we want to. Because what good is restoring a monument if it is to remain empty or put to use for yet another soulless company?

Huize Ivicke
Rust en Vreugdlaan 2
2243AS Wassenaar, The Netherlands
ivickeautonoom [at] riseup [dot] net
https://squ.at/r/64fv
https://huizeivicke.noblogs.org/

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

Source: Huize Ivicke Autonoom https://huizeivicke.noblogs.org/post/2020/09/30/verslag-april-tot-september-2020/

[1] https://www.wassenaar.nl/portal-wassenaar/nieuws_297/item/gemeente-neemt-zelf-maatregelen-voor-behoud-ivicke_22516.html
[2] https://www.omroepwest.nl/nieuws/4079019/Wassenaar-zelf-begonnen-met-herstellen-Huize-Ivicke-omdat-de-eigenaar-het-niet-doet
[3] http://www.dewassenaarsekrant.nl/archieflijst-edities/4679/
[4] https://www.tweedekamer.nl/kamerstukken/kamervragen/detail?id=2020Z17085&did=2020D37081
[5] https://www.tweedekamer.nl/kamerstukken/kamervragen/detail?id=2020Z17085&did=2020D37081

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