Climate Emergency School Strikes going Viral ..#FridaysForFuture

#FridaysForFuture: “We have come here to let you know that change is coming, whether you like it or not”

FridaysForFuture      Published by Enough is Enough. Written by Riot Turtle.       More and more cities across the globe are joining the Frifays for Future school strikes.

On the German territory alone students will go on strike in more than 50 cities on Friday January 18. The school strikes for climate justice were started by 16 year old Greta Thunberg last year.

Students and others hold up placards with climate messages during a demonstration against climate change in Brussels, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Thousands of students as part of the Youth for Climate movement took time off school Thursday to call for stronger action against climate change. (Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Associated Press)

Is it an anarchist movement.? .. No its not, but many of the school strikes are self-organized and there are many cities where young anarchists are involved in the school strikes. The movement for climate justice is growing fast, many young people are getting active because they see that the “traditional” political system is not acting against climate change.

The Fridays for Future school strikes are often still appealing to politicians but combined with civil obedience butin her speech during the COP24 summit in December, 16 year old Greta Thunberg made very clear that she is aware that politicians will ignore the strike movement:

“If solutions within the system are so impossible to find, maybe we should change the system itself. We have not come here to beg world leaders to care. You have ignored us in the past and you will ignore us again. We have run out of excuses and we are running out of time. We have come here to let you know that change is coming, whether you like it or not.”


Get active and support the strike movement for climate justice.

In Germany the following cities (Updated until January 16)join the Fridays For Future school strikes on January 18 (The time and locations are the places where people will meet for demonstrations):

  • Aachen, 10:00, Markt
  • Augsburg, 11:00, Rathausplatz
  • Bayreuth, 11:00, Herkulesbrunnen am Marktplatz
  • Berlin, 10:00, German parliament
  • Bielefeld, 12:00, in front of the old city hall
  • Bonn, 9:30, Münsterplatz
  • Braunschweig, 12:00, Platz der deutschen Einheit
  • Bremen, 10:00, Marktplatz
  • Deggendorf, 11:00-13:00, Grabkirche am unteren Stadtplatz
  • Dortmund, 10:00, City hall
  • Dresden, 14:30, State parliament
  • Düsseldorf, 11:00, From city hall to state parliament
  • Eberswalde, 13:56, Bahnhof (train station)
  • Elmshorn, 10:30-12:30 Uhr, Alter Markt in der Fußgängerzone
  • Erlangen, 11:00, Hugenottenplatz
  • Essen 10:00, Willy-Brandt-Platz
  • Frankfurt a. M. 10:00, Bockenheimer Warte
  • Freiburg, 9:00, Platz der alten Synagoge
  • Friedrichshafen, 11:00, Buchhornplatz
  • Göttingen, 8:00, New city hall
  • Hamburg, 8:00, City Hall
    A 13-year-old Scottish pupil is starting a week of strike action outside her school to protest over the lack of progress on climate change. FridaysForFuture


  • Hannover, 12:30, Start am Kröpcke
  • Halle, 10:00, Marktplatz
  • Heidelberg, 11:00, Park neben der Stadtbücherei
  • Hildesheim, 11:00, City Hall (Marktplatz)
  • Jena, 12:00, Holzmarkt
  • Kaiserslautern, 11:30, Kugelbrunnen
  • Karlsruhe, 11:00, City Hall
  • Kiel, 8:30, State parliament
  • Köln, 9:00, Bahnhofsvorplatz
  • Landau, 10:00-12:00, City hall
  • Landshut, 12:00, City hall in the Altstadt
  • Leipzig, 12:30, Willy-Brandt-Platz
  • Lübeck, 11:00, MuK bei der Brücke
  • Lüneburg, 12:00, City hall
  • Mainz, 10:00, Bahnhofplatz
  • Mannheim

  • Marburg, 10:00, Marktplatz
  • Mönchengladbach, 10:00, Rathaus Rheydt
  • München, 11:00, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz
  • Münster, 10:00, historisches Rathaus am Prinzipalmarkt
  • Nürnberg, 10:00, Hauptmarkt
  • Oldenburg, 10:00, Julius Mosen Platz
  • Offenburg, 11:00, City hall
  • Osnabrück, 10:30, City Hall
  • Pforzheim, 11:00, Markt
  • Potsdam, 14:00, State parliament
  • Saarbrücken, 9:30, St. Johanner Markt, Gathering 10:30 Europa-Galerie
  • Stuttgart, 11:00, City hall
  • Stade, 9:00
  • Trier, 10:00, Domfreihof
  • Tübingen, 11:00, in front of the Kepler-Gymnasium (Uhlandstraße)
  • Ulm, 12:00 Marktplatz opposite side of city hall.
  • Viersen, 12:00, Remigiusplatz.
  • Würzburg, 11:00, Main rain station (Hauptbahnhof)
  • Zweibrücken, 13:30, City hall

On Friday January 25 there will be a demo in front of the Federal Ministry of Economics in Berlin at 12:00. Students across the German territory are mobilizing for this demo. In the evening (January 25) the Enough is Enough Info-Café will organize an info event about climate and capitalism. The Info event will start at 19:30 in the Wiesenstrasse 48, Wuppertal (German territory).  FridaysForFuture

London, Washington, Paris: Capitalist Chaos in Imperial Empires

Fall of Empires: London, Washington & Paris on brink of collapse (by George Galloway)
Despite the thrashing around of the NATO disinformation apparat, the imperial heartland has entered 2019 in a state of complete chaos.

Washington, London, and Paris – the three capitals of the Empire – are today effectively ungoverned, shutdown, tottering on the brink of collapse or under siege by their own people.

‘It’s high time citizen’s groups abolished the central state and the 1% and reorganised society from the bottom up’.

We should start at the top of the Empire. The United States government has closed down amid stasis and a barrage of inter-governmental howitzers.

The defense secretary, ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, has resigned as have other uniformed subalterns angry at the president’s re-found determination to withdraw from costly and losing foreign wars. The actual “mad dog” – John Bolton – openly defies President Trump over Syria, Mueller closes in, and the new Democratic majority in the House gears up to “impeach the mother***er.”

Nobody knows if President Trump will be around for much longer, and the merest glance at the views of his putative successor – Vice President Mike Pence – recalls the famous picture of President Nixon with his vice president, Spiro Agnew, standing behind him. The satirical speech bubble had Nixon pointing over his shoulder and saying “nobody is going to shoot me with this guy next in line.”

In London, British Prime Minister Theresa May is a dead woman walking; Britain’s exit from the European Union is still a matter of total uncertainty, yet a mere 80 days away. Violence outside the Parliament has begun to erupt, no faction can command a majority, an election cannot be held because its most likely result would be the election of veteran anti-imperialist Jeremy Corbyn whom the ‘deep state’ would sooner see under arrest (alongside this writer, according to the coup-apparatus Integrity Initiative).

The left-wing ‘People’s Assembly’ activist group has invited thousands of people to wear yellow vests at an anti-austerity “Britain is broken” march in central London on Saturday 12 Jan.
“See you on the streets and don’t forget your #YellowVests,”

A no-deal Brexit will see the south of England grind to a halt given the lack of preparation for it, as trucks headed to and from the continent turn Kent, the ‘Garden of England’, into a car-park.

A Brexit in name only – otherwise known as Theresa May’s deal – cannot pass in the House of Commons next week given Labour’s opposition together with at least 50 of the government’s own MPs and the 10 members of the coalition partners, the DUP.A third option, a new referendum, runs the risk of the same scenario being played out (but almost entirely unreported here) on the streets of Paris and other French cities. Defying the result of the first referendum, cheating 17.4 million people of that which they voted for, risks social peace in England. Millions of Brexit voters are among those in Britain with nothing left to lose.

In France, the Elysee has become Macron’s Bastille and it is not at all inconceivable that it will be stormed.

Last weekend his own spokesman had to be smuggled out of a back-door after a truck hijacked by protestors smashed through the door of his government building. The very conditions Macron strove so very hard to bring about in Damascus and that France DID help bring about in Kiev are now rocking the very foundations of the French Republic.

Yellow Vest protesters are hoping to trigger a bank run with a nationwide coordinated cash withdrawal (starting Sat. 12th Jan).. By threatening the French financial system, protesters say, they want to peacefully force the government to pass their reforms.

“If the banks weaken, the state weakens immediately,” said Yellow Vest “sympathizer” Tahz San on Facebook. “It’s elected officials’ worst nightmare.”

Furious yellow vests are preparing to withdraw all their euros in a massive run on French banks, as the violent protests spill over to Britain.

No amount of turning the ‘Nelson’s Eye’ (when famously England’s Admiral Lord Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar was told that the French Navy were advancing on him, he put his telescope to the black patch covering his missing eye and said “I see no ships” – will alter the fact that for eight weeks and counting, hundreds of thousands of French people of all political stripes have been – increasingly violently – on the streets of cities throughout the country demanding that their president resign.

And that Macron showering Euros down the Champs Elysees in concessions – in absolute defiance of the EU’s fiscal rules – has merely encouraged ‘les autres’ to keep on demonstrating.
Fall of Empires: London, Washington & Paris on brink of collapse (by George Galloway)


This week, the EU (and NATO) government of Italy joined the side of the ‘Gilets-Jaunes’, with Italy’s Salvini personally denouncing the French president as being “against his own people.”

This Saturday, a mammoth demonstration will take place in London,leveling the same raft of anti-austerity demands on the British government as the Yellow Vests are making of Macron. The center cannot hold.

The old order is dying; the new one cannot be born. If we are not careful we will soon be alive in the time of monsters.

‘It’s high time citizen’s groups abolished the central state and the 1% and reorganised society from the bottom up’.

Furious yellow vests are preparing to withdraw all their euros in a massive run on French banks, as the violent protests spill over to Britain.

George Galloway George Galloway was a member of the British Parliament for nearly 30 years. He presents TV and radio shows (including on RT). He is a film-maker, writer and a renowned orator.

EZLN warns Zapatistas will not permit ‘Maya Train’ mega Rail project

By: Elio Henríquez    via Chiapas Support Committee

San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas

The Zapatista National Liberation Army (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, EZLN) has said that it would not permit President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s Maya Train project of death and dirty tricks to happen.

It described López Obrador as “crazy” and “crafty,” and therefore, it said, it will defend what it has constructed in the past 25 years.

On Monday, López Obrador arrived in Villahermosa to attend the swearing-in of Adán Augusto López as governor of Tabasco. Upon asking him about the resistance announced by the EZLN to some of his projects, he answered: “They are within their rights, how good that they are going to do it, and many congratulations to everyone.”

In the voice of Subcomandante Moisés, during an event held in the community of La Realidad, municipality of Las Margaritas, in the Lacandón Jungle, the EZLN stated: “Think about how crazy it is that he says he is going to govern for rich and poor. Only a crazy person that is sick in the head can say that; his mind doesn’t work, he is braindead (…).

“He doesn’t know nor understand what he’s saying, and he doesn’t understand because his boss dictates to him what he has to say. It’s simple: you can’t support the exploited and the exploiter, you have to choose one of the two,” he said.

The EZLN criticized, without mentioning him by name, that Lopez Obrador “is very tricky, because (he says) that he is with the people of Mexico and continues deceiving the original peoples, demonstrating that he thrusts himself on the land asking for permission and saying that all the original peoples believe him, but we say that we don’t believe him.”

Masked Zapatista rebels participate in a protest against violence in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas state, Mexico.  The Zapatistas staged a brief armed uprising for greater indigenous rights in southern Chiapas state in 1994.

Upon referring to the ceremony held on December 1 in Mexico City’s Zócalo, where López Obrador received the staff of command from the indigenous peoples, the EZLN expressed: “Only because Mother Earth doesn’t speak, if she did she would say: fuck your mother; she would say: go to hell!”

In the context of the 25th anniversary of the January 1, 1994 Zapatista Uprising, he added: “We’re not going to allow them to come to destroy us,” and he warned: “We’re not afraid of their Nacional Guard, which changed their name in order to not say Army, but they are the same.”

He maintained that López Obrador “is going to destroy the people of Mexico, but principally the original peoples; they’re coming for us, especially for the EZLN.” He reiterated that they are not afraid of the new federal government. “We’re going to fight and we’re going to confront it.”

He remarked: “They’re coming for us, the original peoples. The consulta (vote) that they make is to manipulate the people. They are asking permission to attack us with votes. They are consulting so that they can come to confront us with that dirty trick of the Maya Train” (Tren Maya),” but “if they provoke us, we are going to defend ourselves. We’re not going to allow anyone to come to establish themselves in this territory in rebellion.”

He asserted that the so-called Fourth Transformation “is nothing of a fourth. Those of the third confronted him with facts. (López Obrador) says, for example, that he is going to forgive all the criminals. Like the one who says that he won’t do anything to the murderers of our Compañero Galeano,” murdered in the community of La Realidad in May 2014.


Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee

25 años del movimiento insurgente

Advierte el EZLN que no permitirá que pase el proyecto del Tren Maya

Está en su derecho de oponerse, señala López Obrador

▲ El comandante Pablo Contreras (Pablo González Casanova) en el segundo Encuentro de Redes de Resistencia en apoyo al Congreso Nacional Indígena y al Concejo Indígena de Gobierno.Foto Mariana Gutiérrez

Elio Henríquez
Periódico La Jornada
Miércoles 2 de enero de 2019, p. 4

San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., El Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN) afirmó que no permitirá que pase el proyecto de muerte y porquería del Tren Maya del presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a quien calificó de loco y mañoso, por lo que, dijo, defenderá lo que ha construido en los pasados 25 años.

El lunes, López Obrador llegó a Villahermosa para asistir a la toma de protesta de Adán Augusto López como gobernador de Tabasco. Al preguntarle sobre la resistencia anunciada por el EZLN a algunos de sus proyectos, respondió: Están en su derecho, qué bueno que lo van a hacer, y muchas felicidades a todas y todos.

En voz del subcomandante Moisés, durante un acto realizado en la comunidad de La Realidad, municipio de Las Margaritas, en la selva Lacandona, el EZLN manifestó: “Figúrense cómo está de loco que dice que va a gobernar para ricos y pobres. Sólo un loco que está mal de su cabeza puede decir eso; no trabaja su mente, es descerebrado (…).

No sabe ni entiende lo que está diciendo, y no lo entiende porque su patrón le dicta lo que tiene que decir. Es sencillo: no se puede apoyar al explotado y al exolotador, se tiene que escoger a uno de los dos, expuso.

Mural painting near La Realidad symbolizing the Zapatista uprising on 01-01-1994
South of the Border: The indigenous people in Chiapas have defended the Zapatista free area for a generation, with a communal, feminist, non-hierarchical and non-tribal culture that has inspired the world.

El EZLN criticó, sin mencionarlo por su nombre, que Lopez Obrador es muy mañoso, porque (dice) que está con el pueblo de México y sigue engañando a los pueblos originarios, demostrando que se hinca en la tierra pidiéndole permiso y diciendo que todos los pueblos originarios le creen, pero nosotros le decimos que no le creemos.

Amsterdam: ADM eviction cancelled by United Nations’ Human Rights Committee

On December 27th 2018, civil servants were met by a welcoming committee at the entrance of the ADM terrain. As announced previously by the mayor, they were sent to check if the ADM was empty of its inhabitants. They were not let in and were asked to make a new appointment which they refused.

Here news and statements published by ADM on the 27th:

Eviction of the ADM cancelled by United Nations’ Human Rights Committee (December 26th. 2018)

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:  LETTER ON ACCEPTANCE OF INTERIM MEASURE REQUEST AND COMMUNICATION OF THE APPLICATION


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

Around 14.00 Amsterdam’ city hall released a statement saying that they will ignore the UN-request. The main points are:

– The judge has irrevocably determined that the municipality must enforce the zoning plan. The site is intended for port-related activities. You can not live there.

– That is why the municipality will enforce the law. Step 1 in that process is that civil servants go to the ADM site to take a look at the situation and consult with the squatters.

– According to the Council, the request to the UN committee does not lead to delay or postponement of the enforcement trajectory.

– The request from the ADM residents at the UN is about whether the sludge fields in the north are suitable as alternatives and comply with international standards.

– According to the Council, the site meets these standards: After all, provisions have been made, such as electricity, water and sanitation, and the level site has been raised.

– The Council notes that the offer to families with children has been made to involve a rented home. The GGD (municipal health department) has also provided care to anyone who needs it.

– The Council still has the strong preference for enforcement by civil servants, without police intervention, resulting in a voluntary departure from the squatters.

– If enforcement does not lead to the departure of the squatters, the site will be evicted at a later time.

This ignoring of the United Nations Human Right’s Council request by the municipality of Amsterdam is of course unheard of and very worrisome, especially since The Netherlands is seeking another term at this same council!

Around 16.00 the municipal enforcement team came to the ADM (instead of between 12.00 and 13.00,  which was previously communicated to us) and demanded access to our terrain. We told them that it was perhaps not the right time, especially since we haven’t heard anything back from mayor Femke Halsema about the UN-interim-measure-request


In the evening of this same day (December 27th. 2018) we did send out a press release:


ADM (Amsterdam), December 27, 2018

A new spring for the ADM residents?

This morning our Greek lawyer Electra Leda Koutra sent an urgent request from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) to the Amsterdam city council. The municipality is asked to refrain from vacating the ADM site until a suitable location for residents has been found that meets the international standard for human rights.

The UNHCR has given the municipality 6 months of ‘defense period’. The ADM residents have 6 weeks to complete their extensive objection.

The intended location for ADM residents is the sludge fields of the former water treatment plant in Amsterdam. The municipality has made a number of provisions here that are not sufficient for a suitable relocation of the ADM residents. In addition, there is no solution for the 10 ADM boat occupants, they become homeless.

From a legal point of view, it is true that the ADM site may not be used in accordance with the zoning plan. The Council of State could not therefore decide otherwise to force the municipality to enforce.

On the other hand, according to international human rights protocols, the municipality must ensure at least an equivalent or better location in case of forced departure from a community. With the offer of the sludge fields and no solution for the ADM boats, the municipality remains seriously in default.

Today the municipality wanted to enter the ADM area with the enforcement department to initiate the eviction of our community. The ADM community requested the municipality to refrain from doing so until the UNHCR issued a final judgment on this matter.

The Commission indicated that it did not comply with the request from the largest international institute for the protection of human rights and still sent enforcement to the ADM site. Given the tumultuous developments of the day, the ADM residents did not think it appropriate to lead the enforcers around the terrain on this day.

The residents are open to a conversation with the city council.

Hornweg 6, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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#France: “Topple the System or it will Crush Us!”

#France on the brink: “Either we topple the system or it will crush us!” Translated statement from French radicals

      Lundi matin,

Blackstone Vultures: Mega-Buitres se Comen nuestras Casas

El mega propietario de Wall Street, Blackstone, gira el tornillo del gobierno español y el mercado inmobiliario
In English Below.   traducción del articulo de ,
El mega terrateniente de Wall Street, Blackstone, una vez más está haciendo sentir su presencia en España, que representa aproximadamente una quinta parte de su imperio de propiedad global.
Durante la sesión de preguntas y respuestas de una reciente reunión de desayuno organizada por la Cámara de Comercio de Estados Unidos, la asesora principal de la filial española del grupo, Claudio Boada, se enfrentó a la Ministra de Economía y Negocios de España, Nadia Calviño, sobre los planes del gobierno para reformar las leyes de alquiler en España, un intento de frenar el ritmo de aumento de alquileres.
De particular interés para el coloso de capital privado es el objetivo declarado del gobierno de extender la duración mínima de los contratos de alquiler de tres a cinco años para particulares y de tres a siete años para empresas, con la esperanza de atenuar la tasa a la que aumentan los alquileres. en el país.
Pero también obstaculizará la capacidad de los propietarios de capital privado como Blackstone para desalojar a los inquilinos existentes de las propiedades recién adquiridas lo más rápido posible para aumentar los precios de alquiler de los nuevos.
“Creemos que las medidas que se están discutiendo podrían terminar incrementando el precio de los alquileres y reduciendo la inversión”, dijo Boada.
Traducción: si el gobierno continúa con su plan equivocado para hacer la vida un poco más fácil para las legiones de inquilinos en dificultades, los propietarios de capital privado como Blackstone podrían verse tentados a reducir su inversión en sacar dinero de los españoles.

Crisis de la vivienda en 2018: la gente de Dublín dice “¡Recupera la ciudad” y ocupa dos casas como parte activa de esa idea! Sucediendo ahora mismo!@D_C_H_A  Southwark Notes

Dado que las firmas de capital privado son una de las mayores fuentes de demanda de propriedades en España, así como los principales compradores de activos inmobiliarios deteriorados de los bancos españoles y el banco malo de España, Sareb, es una amenaza bastante grande, y una del gobierno sin duda está tomando muy en serio.

Blackstone tiene más de 100,000 activos inmobiliarios en España que son controlados a través de docenas de compañías. Esos activos incluyen una enorme cartera de activos inmobiliarios deteriorados, incluidas las hipotecas en mora y los activos de propiedad inmobiliaria (REO).

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La compañía no es solo el mayor administrador de propriedades privados en España; También es el mayor propietario de hoteles, luego de adquirir el fideicomiso de inversión en bienes inmobilarios(REIT) más grande del país, Hispania, por € 1,9 mil millones, a principios de este año.

Tras una serie de operaciones más pequeñas, la adquisición de Hispania consolidó la posición de Blackstone como el líder en uno de los mercados turísticos más grandes del mundo, con un stock total de 17,000 habitaciones, muy por delante de Meliá (casi 11,000), H10 (más de 10,000) y Hoteles Globales (algo más de 9.000).

Madrid del “cambio”: Una mujer se suicida arrojándose por el balcón cuando iba a ser desahuciada     Insurgente :: ¿Por qué se les llena la boca con la palabra cambio a los farsantes de Ahora Madrid y Podemos cuando en esencia no ha cambiado nada?Image result for la PAH contra blackstone buitres

En el último año y medio, Blackstone ha desempeñado un papel destacado en algunas de las operaciones inmobiliarias más grandes de España. En 2017, pagó 5,1 mil millones de euros por los préstamos en mora que Banco Santander heredó de su adquisición de Banco Popular.

En los últimos meses, se han desembolsado otros 1.700 millones de euros para comprar las participaciones de los bancos españoles en TESTA, otro REIT gigante con una cartera de más de 10.000 propiedades de alquiler.

Blackstone también es propietaria de 1,800 unidades de vivienda social, que adquirió del Ayuntamiento de Madrid en un trato poco fiable negociado por el hijo del ex primer ministro español José María Aznar y la ex alcaldesa de Madrid Ana Botella. 

Blackstone pagó 202 millones de euros por los apartamentos en 2013; ahora se estima que tienen un valor de € 660 millones, ¡un 227% de rendimiento en solo cinco años!

Desde la compra de las propiedades, Blackstone ha incrementado las rentas de los apartamentos en un 49%. Los que no pueden pagar han sido desalojados.

La transformación de los principales grupos de capital privado como Blackstone en propietarios globales con más de tres billones de dólares en activos inmobiliarios, casi el doble de lo que tenían hace cinco años, se ha producido por varias razones.

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Primero, después de la crisis financiera, fueron uno de los pocos grandes participantes en el mercado con suficientes fondos disponibles para invertir en casas embargadas y planes de propiedad fallidos, de los cuales había un exceso masivo en todo el mundo. 

Los bancos centrales, los reguladores financieros y los gobiernos prestaron una gran ayuda al reducir el costo de los préstamos, especialmente para los fondos bien conectados de Wall Street, a profundidades hasta entonces inimaginables, así como al aprobar regulaciones que facilitaron la emisión de fondos respaldados por  títulos basado en alquileres

Dado que las alquileres medias en España aumentaron en un 25% desde 2014, y en más del 50% en Barcelona y las Islas Baleares, esas inversiones han dado buenos resultados.

Como advirtió en mayo la Fundación Española de Cajas de Ahorros (FUNCAS), los fondos de capital privado con grandes inversiones han empezado a preocuparse de que muchas familias españolas, que se ganan la vida con trabajos mal pagados, sin seguridad, sean incapaces de pagar las altas rentas de hoy.

Muchos de los que no pueden pagar ya han sido desalojados de los apartamentos que son propiedad del fondo.

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El gobierno pretende (o al menos antes tenía la intención de) ayudar a estas personas al aumentar la duración mínima de los contratos de alquiler. Pero hacer eso chocaría de frente con los intereses del mayor propietario de Wall Street.

Como tal, las posibilidades que el gobierno  de España, que ya ha descartado una serie de medidas populares, en realidad cumple su promesa, son infinitamente más pequeñas hoy que antes de la reunión del desayuno de la semana pasada.

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Wall Street Mega-Landlord Blackstone Turns Screw on Spanish Government & Property Market

A lot of money is at stake.

By Don Quijones, Spain, UK, & Mexico, editor at WOLF STREET.

Wall Street mega-landlord Blackstone is once again making its presence felt in Spain, which represents about one-fifth of its global property empire. During the Q&A session of a recent breakfast meeting organized by the American Chamber of Commerce, the senior advisor of the group’s Spanish subsidiary, Claudio Boada, confronted Spain’s Minister of Economy and Business, Nadia Calviño, on the government’s plans to reform Spain’s renting laws in an attempt to slow down the pace of rising rents.

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Of particular concern to the private equity colossus is the government’s stated goal of extending the minimum duration of rental contracts from three to five years for private individuals and from three to seven years for businesses, in the hope of tempering the rate at which rents are rising in the country.

But it will also hamper the ability of private-equity landlords like Blackstone to turf out the existing tenants of newly acquired properties as quickly as possible in order to jack up rental prices for new ones.

“We think that the measures being discussed could end up increasing the price of rents price and reducing investment,” said Boada. Translation: if the government proceeds with its misguided plan to make life a little easier for the legions of struggling tenants, private equity landlords like Blackstone might be tempted to reduce its investment in Spanish real estate.

Given that private equity firms are one of the biggest sources of demand for real estate in Spain as well as the main buyers of impaired real estate assets from Spanish banks and Spain’s bad bank, Sareb, it’s a pretty big threat — and one the government will no doubt take very seriously.

Blackstone alone has over 100,000 real estate assets in Spain that are controlled via dozens of companies. Those assets include a huge portfolio of impaired real estate assets, including defaulted mortgages and real estate-owned assets (REOs).

The company is not only the biggest private real-estate manager in Spain; it is also the biggest hotel owner, after acquiring the country’s largest real estate investment trust (REIT), Hispania, for €1.9 billion, earlier this year.

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Following a string of smaller operations, the acquisition of Hispania cemented Blackstone’s position as top dog in one of the world’s biggest tourist markets, with a total stock of 17,000 beds, far ahead of Meliá (almost 11,000), H10 (more than 10,000) and Hoteles Globales (just over 9,000).

In the past year and a half, Blackstone has played a leading role in some of the largest real estate operations in Spain. In 2017 it paid €5.1 billion for the defaulted loans Banco Santander inherited from its shotgun-acquisition of Banco Popular.

In the last few months it has splashed out a further €1.7 billion to purchase Spanish banks’ holdings in TESTA, another giant REIT with a portfolio of more than 10,000 rental properties.

Blackstone also owns 1,800 social housing units, which it acquired from Madrid City Hall in a dodgy deal brokered by the son of former Spanish prime minister José María Aznar and former Madrid mayor Ana Botella.Image result for Blackstone: capitalists misery tenants evictionBlackstone paid €202 million for the apartments in 2013; they are now estimated to be worth €660 million — a 227% return in just five year! Since its purchase of the properties, Blackstone has hiked rents on the flats by 49%. Those who can’t pay have been evicted.The transformation of top private equity groups like Blackstone into global landlords with over three trillion dollars of real estate assets — almost double what they had five years ago — has occurred for a number of reasons.First, after the financial crisis they were one of the few large market participants with enough funds on hand to invest in foreclosed homes and failed property schemes, of which there was a massive glut all over the world.

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Central banks, financial regulators, and governments lent a big helping hand by driving the cost of borrowing, especially for well-connected Wall Street funds, to heretofore unimaginable depths, as well as by passing regulations that made it easier for the funds to issue rent-backed securities.

With average rents in Spain soaring by 25% since 2014, and by over 50% in Barcelona and the Balearic Islands, those investments have paid off handsomely.

As the Spanish Savings Banks Foundation (FUNCAS) warned in May, heavily invested private equity funds have begun to fret that many Spanish families, scratching a living on poorly paid, zero-security jobs, are incapable of paying today’s high rents.

Many of those that can’t pay have already been evicted from the fund-owned apartments.

It is these people the government intends (or at least intended) to help by increasing the minimum duration of rental contracts. But doing that would clash head-on with the interests of Wall Street’s largest landlord.

As such, the chances of Spain’s government, which has already backslid on a number of popular measures, actually carrying through on its pledge are infinitely smaller today than they were before last week’s breakfast meeting.

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#ManiOkupa 1 de Desembre – Manifestació per l’Okupació

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El proper dissabte 1 de desembre sortirem als carrers en defensa de l’okupació. Davant la repressió i l’onada de desallotjaments no reculem, al contrari, fem un pas endavant.

Dissabte 1 de desembre totes al carrer! Cap desallotjament sense resposta.

Difusió i acció!
L’okupació de llocs abandonats per a l’autogestió de les nostres vides és una realitat des de fa més de dues dècades a Barcelona. Així s’ha donat resposta a la necessitat d’espais socials i a la manca d’habitatge accessible a les ciutats.

En el darrer any, i com d’altres vegades, estem vivint una onada de repressió dels nostres projectes: Centres Socials Okupats com La Clandestina, la REA, l’Ateneu la Pua… i habitatges com Ca La Trava, el Kubo, la Kantonada, Montmany 3… han estat desallotjats.

mucha policia poca diversión / lotta coppers little fun!

El Banc Expropiat, Kan Kolmo, l’Àsgora Juan Andrñes, La Protestona, La Teixidora, Puntales, La Llamborda, Kasablanka… es troben sota amenaça de desallotjament.

D’ençà 2015 hi ha hagut canvis en les lleis de l’estat espanyol: l’aprovació de la llei mordassa, les reformes del codi penal, la llei d’enjudiciament civil i l’administrativa. Aquestes afecten directa o indirectament a l’okupació i a la possibilitat de romandre al lloc on vius i defensar-te.

D’altra banda, s’han extès els desallotjaments extrajudicials i la contractació d’empreses de matons – com Desokupa- per part de propietaris que, amb la complicitat dels cossos de seguretat, mossos i urbana, desallotgen espais amb mètodes intimidatoris.


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