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Sevilla: 53 on Trial by Spanish State for Occupying Utopia

53 PEOPLE on trial for OCCUPATION

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On Friday September 4th the first two trials will take place, the first of 53 of which are due against people who lived in Utopia occupied in Seville in May 2012 by families who were homeless or about to lose  their homes. by Gladys Martinez Lopez

Max and Jesus will go to the criminal courts in Seville accused of squatting (illegal in Spain under the term ‘usurpation’.) in May 2012 a building of Ibercaja Bank that had remained empty for two years . More than 30 families, many of them homeless or about to lose by failing to pay the mortgage, were rehoused in the building, which they called Corrala Utopia, and many continued giving the place life until it was exicted in April 2014.untitled

The prosecution asked from each a 720 euro fine. In fact, the state prosecution is the only one who has submitted an indictment, as Ibercaja, the main interested party, has declined to prosecute the 53 cases. “The prosecution’s case is exactly the same for everyone. It takes no notice of the personal circumstances of any of them “says Anabel Segado Diagonal, a lawyer for several of the accused. Continue reading Sevilla: 53 on Trial by Spanish State for Occupying Utopia

Rave Reviews for Revolutionary Comic..’Young Terrorists’

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These Comics and Graphic Novels Are Prepping Today’s Youth for Revolution

The book follows Sera, the daughter of a man connected to the American elite, and Cesar, a young man on the run who is recruited by the Young Terrorists. cesarThe Young Terrorists is the name given to those who choose to live off the grid and rebel against the tyranny of the state. The story also involves drones, sex between clones, and enough attitude to satisfy both regular readers of comic books and those who are more interested in the message. Continue reading Rave Reviews for Revolutionary Comic..’Young Terrorists’

Brutal ‘Fortress Europe’ evictions in Morocco lead to Forest Camps

The EU and Spain pay Morocco and other countries to persecute migrants en route and to let them dump unwanted and undocumented migrants there.

migrants in Boukalef carry a dead friend after the illegal evictions

Desperate immigrants from war torn countries that for decades have been ‘debt cows’, milked for abusive debts by the IMF and western banks are terribly persecuted. Just enough are let close to Europe’s borders so they can bargain for more ‘aid’.

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Moroccan Mafia Police do Spain’s and the EU’s dirty Work

There was a mass eviction operation that was discriminatory against non-national blacks at Tangier-Boukhalef. During the course of the operation conducted by the Moroccoan authorities one migrant from Cameroon was killed and the other one was injured. Continue reading Brutal ‘Fortress Europe’ evictions in Morocco lead to Forest Camps

2 new Anarchist Social Centres Occupied: Rubí and Transformadors

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Confront Capitalist Chaos with Anarchist Order

In parts of Spain it’s a good moment for social occupations . In Barcelona, Madrid and other cities local council elections have suddenly swept street revolutionaries into power, with a mandate to slow down mass evictions by the predator banks, etc.

Strange things can happen. For example in her 1st days in power Barcelona’s mayoress Ada Colau turned up at a family eviction herself and just ordered the riot police to go home.  We translate here the  press release of a more traditional anarchist  takeover in a traditionally communist workers town of 70,000 in Catalonia…… Continue reading 2 new Anarchist Social Centres Occupied: Rubí and Transformadors

Can Vies Defenders declared Innocent of Attack on Police.

The sentence condemning three young defenders of Can Vies to 3.5 years in prison has been revoked #EfecteCanVies (en español abajo)
Now the Provincial Court of Barcelona has had to revoke the sentence and absolve them  of all charges.can-vies-resisteix

The police wanted revenge after losing the amazing 4 day resistance and street battles against the eviction and wanted to lock up 84 arrested. These three were accused by police witnesses of throwing bottles from a rooftop , later the alternative paper ‘Directa’ proved the identification was absurd as there was no vision from where the police were.

Other sentences have had to be cut back to avoid accused of having to serve prison time. None are now in jail and the campaign to raise money for fines continues. Continue reading Can Vies Defenders declared Innocent of Attack on Police.

The Assembly of Occupied Gardens, CSOA Horta,

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Little Vegetable Gardens

In the Assenbly of the occupied CSOA ( in Benimaclet barrio, central Valencia, Iberia) we thought it would be a good idea to start a garden in the open desert that existed in front of the squat centre. Continue reading The Assembly of Occupied Gardens, CSOA Horta,

Patio Maravillas 2  EVICTED… Patio Maravillas 3 OCCUPIED

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Patio Maravillas (the Wonder-Full Patio) is a famous occupied  and self-run social centre in Madrid .

Just twelve hours after the brutal eviction of its occupied centre in Madrid, the Patio Maravillas has seized other property to continue their amazing leaderless project in the city.patio maravillas

The eviction came just before the extreme reactionary PP have to hand over power in Madrid Council to a left wing ‘citizens coalition’ led by Manuela Carmena, ( of the Ahora Madrid popular movement),    and is seen as a revenge attack.

The  new Mayoress has called for dialogue with the Okupa movement, and may need to show some action against the mass evictions, privatizations and endemic corruption and looting of public resources, etc.., so things look good.

If the initiative is successful, it will be the third site of the Patio Maravillas since 2007 patio

The occupation of the building, owned by a real estate company since last year, comes straight after the protest demonstrations at the eviction in Calle Pez.

“We have recovered the building of the Calle Divina  Pastor, it’s a public building sold, like many others, to a speculation company that has kept it absolutely empty for more than a year. We Madrid Council hold  responsible for this situation for stripping the city of its resources and assets, “says the statement of Patio Maravillas Assembly after the new occupation.

The group emphasizes their role in political activities in Madrid and demands that the recognition of open citizen initiatives such as the Patio Maravillas . They also warn of what they will do if it is not: “Regardless of who is in power in the city and who is in opposition, the council must recognize the importance of initiatives such as the Patio Maravillas and open a dialogue to get stability and remove them from precariousness. And while it does not, the Courts will  have to continue recovering buildings. “2015032012595825059

As for the next steps for the new headquarters, the Patio Maravillas wants to raise dialogue at various levels to ensure the continuity of the project.

“We want to initiate discussions with the property to guarantee the necessary stability of the project as we begin a phase of dialogue with the political groups making up the new city of Madrid. Also, we will initiate contacts with other areas of the city for the development of a common social spaces and to get the necessary endorsement “, announced in the statement.wonder-full patio

“The city of Madrid can not afford a single day without the Patio Maravillas” summarizes the text referring to individual projects, meetings and courses that are developed under its name. “El Patio is not a resource that Madrid can dispense with. For this reason we decided to continue our project,” they conclude.

Violent Eviction Carried Out

The threat of eviction was finally executed this morning. it has hung over the Patio Maravillas since February, when the judge Raquel Fernandino, from the Court of Instruction No. 45, issued the eviction order for three reasons: evidence that  a crime of theft was occurring, the problems of building security and legal issues , and responsibility for use of the building by different owners of the property.

The Wonder-Full Patio Collective denied  these three reasons and some months before had begun a strategy of negotiation with the City to seek the transfer of a public space in which to develop the center’s activities.

It was not an easy process: just to get the district councilor, David Erect, to undertake to meet with representatives of the group, they had to occupy an office of City Hall.

However, the Council gave no response to requests of the group and, in fact, denied that  public funds in the city existed available to meet the needs of a project like the Patio Maravillas.

In January 2015, the Patio Maravillas exhibited muscle and support after a demonstration attended by over two thousand people, took a public building at the Hermanos Quintero which had been a center of medical specialties until 2005.

The new squat centre lasted only a few hours but revealed that the city had not told the truth: there are abandoned public spaces in Madrid. So there is political will to actually make them public.wonder-full patio 4

The same situation was repeated on May 27. After repeatedly announcing that they would, the Patio Maravillas Collectives entered another publicly owned building completely abandoned.
In fact, the property is within a controversial operation by which the City Council has given it free of charge to the architect Emilio Ambasz.

The action lasted a few hours and again was evicted at dawn with a major police operation.

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El Patio Maravillas ocupa un nuevo edificio en Madrid

x Diagonal   Ha vuelto a ocupar un edificio en el barrio de Malasaña, apenas 13 horas después del desalojo su sede de la calle del Pez

Apenas doce horas después del desalojo de su espacio en el número 21 de la calle del Pez en Madrid, el Patio Maravillas ha ocupado otro inmueble, en el número 9 de la calle Divino Pastor, para continuar con su proyecto colectivo en la ciudad.

Si la iniciativa prospera, será la tercera sede del Patio Maravillas desde que en 2007 ocupara el colegio de la calle del Acuerdo número 8.

La ocupación del edificio, propiedad de una inmobiliaria desde el año pasado, se ha producido tras la manifestación de protesta convocada por el desalojo de la sede de la calle del Pez.

“Hemos recuperado el edificio de la calle Divino Pastor por ser un edificio público vendido, como tantos otros, a una constructora que lo mantiene absolutamente vacío desde hace más de un año. Hacemos responsable de esta situación al ayuntamiento de Madrid por despojar a la ciudad de sus recursos y patrimonio”, explica el comunicado de la asamblea del Patio Maravillas tras la nueva ocupación.maravillas

El colectivo subraya cuál es su papel en la actividad política de Madrid y exige que desde el Consistorio se abran vías de reconocimiento de iniciativas ciudadanas como el Patio Maravillas y otras similares. También adelantan lo que harán si no es así: “Independientemente de quien esté en el gobierno en la ciudad y quien esté en la oposición, el ayuntamiento tiene que reconocer la importancia de iniciativas como el Patio Maravillas y abrir un diálogo para conseguir que se estabilicen, sacarlas de la precariedad. Y mientras no sea así, el Patio seguirá recuperando edificios”.

En cuanto a los próximos pasos a dar desde la nueva sede, el Patio Maravillas quiere plantear diálogo a varias bandas para asegurar la continuidad del proyecto.

“Queremos iniciar conversaciones con la propiedad para garantizar la estabilidad necesaria del proyecto mientras iniciamos una fase de diálogo con los grupos políticos que componen el nuevo ayuntamiento de Madrid. Asimismo, iniciaremos contactos con otros espacios de la ciudad para la elaboración de un estatuto común de espacios sociales y que cuenten con el necesario aval ciudadano”, anuncian en el comunicado.

“La ciudad de Madrid no se puede permitir un solo día sin el Patio Maravillas”, resume el texto haciendo referencia a los distintos proyectos, asambleas y cursos que se desarrollan bajo su nombre. “El Patio no es un recurso del que Madrid pueda prescindir. Por este motivo hemos decidido continuar con nuestro proyecto”, concluyen.

Desalojo consumado

La amenaza de desalojo finalmente consumada esta mañana pendía sobre el Patio Maravillas desde febrero, cuando la juez Raquel Fernandino, del juzgado de instrucción número 45, emitió la orden de desalojo por tres motivos: los indicios de que se estaba produciendo un delito de usurpación, los problemas de seguridad del edificio y los problemas de responsabilidad judicial derivados del uso del edificio por parte de personas distintas a las titulares del inmueble, la inmobiliaria Nivel 29.

El colectivo del Patio Maravillas negó esos tres motivos y ya unos meses antes había iniciado una estrategia de negociación con el Ayuntamiento para tratar de obtener la cesión de un espacio público donde desarrollar las actividades del centro. No fue un proceso fácil: para conseguir que el concejal del distrito Centro, David Erguido, se comprometiese a reunirse con representantes del colectivo, tuvieron que ocupar una oficina del ayuntamiento.

Sin embargo, desde el Consistorio no dieron ninguna respuesta a las peticiones del colectivo y, de hecho, se negó que en la ciudad existiesen dotaciones públicas disponibles para satisfacer las necesidades de un proyecto como el del Patio Maravillas.

En enero de 2015, el Patio Maravillas exhibió músculo y tras una manifestación de apoyo a la que acudieron más de dos mil personas, se hizo con un edificio público en la calle de los Hermanos Quintero que había sido un centro de especialidades médicas hasta 2005. La nueva okupación duró tan sólo unas horas pero puso de manifiesto que el Ayuntamiento había faltado a la verdad: en Madrid hay espacios públicos en desuso. Lo que no hay es voluntad política para hacerlos realmente públicos.

La misma situación se repitió el 27 de mayo. Tras anunciar repetidamente que lo haría, el Patio Maravillas entró en otro edificio de titularidad pública en completo abandono.
De hecho, el inmueble está dentro de una controvertida operación por la que el Ayuntamiento lo ha cedido de forma gratuita al arquitecto Emilio Ambasz.220px-Patio_Maravillas_-_2009-12-10_-_Antonio_González_Tajuelo

La acción duró nuevamente unas horas y fue desalojada en la madrugada con un importante dispositivo policial.

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