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Patio Maravillas 2  EVICTED… Patio Maravillas 3 OCCUPIED

adapted from Diagonal, (original en castellano abajo)Patio Maravillas 3

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.

Full Text: http://www.lahaine.org/el-patio-maravillas-ocupa-un

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.

Texto completo en: http://www.lahaine.org/el-patio-maravillas-ocupa-un

 

 

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Bank of England ‘Love-Occupiers’ still Resisting

latest.. Finally evicted May 15th

Protestors remain inside former Bank of England building in Liverpool city centre as  Court Deadline passes
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Love-Activistslove”3rd Demand… We demand all of the homeless we have been supporting, helping to provide a sense of worth and belonging are re-housed immediately.”
Love Activists   1st  May, dawn.. update  ”..Occupied bank urgent update: Section 35 of the Anti Social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act 2014 been used tonight. People have been arrested unnecessarily/illegally. Read up! Trust me, I have been served before as have many others; it only disperses you from specified area for limited time. No need for arrests. Do not be afraid; read up on your rights, if you get served move on & stay away til given time. The Act was designed to stop protest. Time to stop picnicking; resist, resist, resist, defend the occupiers. Knowledge is power. Will be down asap…”
The former Bank of England building in Liverpool city centre is Mayday morning still under occupation.
Protestors known as the Love Activists were handed a court order on Tuesday requiring them to leave within 24 hours – but they resisted eviction and remain in the building.
The activists have been using the site as a homeless shelter with anti-establishment banners have been hung from its exterior.

The demonstrators yesterday issued 10 demands, including an urgent meeting with Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson and an end to austerity.
Their statement said: “We intend to use this building for the community to inspire a feeling of community, which is lacking.
“We do this in direct response to a local council and government who are lacking in their efforts to help those in need and, in fact, the local council and government seem intent on making matters worse for the people by putting more and more austerity measures in place.”
The activists first moved into the building on April 18.
Police gather outside the former bank on Castle street occupied by Love Activists

Police returned to the occupied former Bank of England building Thursday hours after Love Activists resisted eviction.

Just before 8pm a police van turned up at the rear of the building and officers took up positions around all sides of the building.

The police helicopter hovered overhead for a while as a number of activists appeared on the roof while others were on the balcony and around 20 stood in front of the doors to the building.

Earlier bailiffs arrived at the door of the listed building which has been occupied since April 18 by protesters who have turned it into an illegal homeless shelter.

They were accompanied by several police officers at about 2.50pm and knocked on the door twice before retreating.homes before banksProtesters had been waiting for the bailiffs to turn up from noon after they were served an Interim Possession Order.

There were dramatic scenes as activists used red and green smoke cannisters in their protest.

A supporter of the campaign, Rebecca Cutts, said: “The support for this has been absolutely amazing. People have been given new clothing, there have been 50 here who have been sheltered. This bank has been empty for for the last three-and-a-half years. People who have been sitting in there will be back on the streets.”

A homeless man said: “I feel we were treated unjustly in court. We were denied a hearing. I’m in a brand new set of clothes, I’ve been getting three meals a day. I’m healthier, I feel better in myself since being here.people before banks

“The issue is there’s not adequate things that can replace this place. These people genuinely care. They haven’t done it for monetary gain- they don’t care about money.

“It should be celebrated. It shouldn’t be demonized. It’s an absolute disgrace.”

From the balcony, another homeless man shouted: “Where are you Joe Anderson? I’d love to swap lives with you.”

One spectactor told the ECHO: ““They had good intentions for a worthy cause. But the use of anarchy has tarnished that cause.”

Earlier the activists called for a meeting with Mayor Joe Anderson by the end of the week as part of a list od demands that included Merseyside Labour councils and Joe Anderson rejecting cuts and austerity measures.JS61549002The Mayor’s office did not comment on the list of demands but a council spokesman said: “We commission the Whitechapel Centre to offer support for rough sleepers in Liverpool, and they have been visiting the building over the last few days to identify any support that people who are there may need.“Outreach workers are on the streets every night identifying vulnerable people, getting them into services and helping turn their lives around. People who are sleeping rough and need support can visit the Whitechapel Centre on Langsdale Street, and anyone who sees someone sleeping rough should contact the No Second Night Out hotline on 0300 123 2041.”The bank building has been occupied since April 18, and activists appeared at Liverpool Civil Court yesterday where they were served an Interim Possession Order, which means the property must be vacated within 24 hours or the police can make them leave.

Liverpool (UK): Occupiers of Bank of England building turned homeless shelter make demands

We make this document a Statement of Intent regarding the old Bank of England building on Castle Street, Liverpool. The intentions are as follows to feed, cloth and help all those who seek it and for the local community to help resource this project.
We intend to use this building for the community, to inspire a feeling of community, which is lacking.JS61784371We do this in direct response to a local council and government who are lacking in their efforts to help those in need and in fact, the local Council and government seem intent on making matters worse for the people by putting more and more austerity measures in place.
Juliet Edgar from a Facebook group 'ReClaim' delivers a powerful speech to the crowd gathered below explaining why they occupied the former Bank of England building on behalf of the homeless and why they are defying an eviction order.
Juliet Edgar from a Facebook group ‘ReClaim’ delivers a powerful speech to the crowd gathered below explaining why they occupied the former Bank of England building on behalf of the homeless and why they are defying an eviction order.
We wish by the direct action of occupying an empty unused building and using said building to provide certain needs for the street people or for that matter anyone else who needs to use what is provided by donations, which come from the local community.
We intend to live in peace and harmony with our local community and will resolve any issues which are brought to our attention.
@Love Activists (Liverpool) former Bank of England.
@Love Activists (Liverpool) former Bank of England.
Our demands are as follows:
1. We demand Mayor Joe Anderson meets with us before the end of this week
2. We demand the Merseyside Labour councils and Joe Anderson Mayor rejects the cuts and says no to austerity and no to the cuts. We are suffering ‘Enuf is Enuf’ – we and they need sanctuary.
3. We demand all of the homeless we have been supporting, helping to provide a sense of worth and belonging are re-housed immediately.
4. We demand Social Services and Mental Health Services undertake rapid assessments of those we are supporting, they are very vulnerable.tumblr_nn61aeDTrN1swxl49o1_1280
5. We have learned the drug and alcohol rehabilitation services are underfunded and unsupported, with long waiting lists, cuts to funding. These services must be well resourced and protected. We say no to privatisation.
6. The voices of the homeless must be heard and their requests must be actioned and they must be treated as equals.
7. We have also learned that the Homeless Provision in Merseyside is at breaking point, we have been working with the Whitechapel Centre in particular and will continue with that positive relationship.
8. We demand that the first step to recovery for those with addition issues is a roof over their heads, this is a priority over their recovery.
9. We would also like to thank the community and businesses of Liverpool and further afield for their generous support in solidarity of our direct action to occupy the Bank of England – we have only got this far with that support.
10. We continue to peacefully resist our removal from the Occupied Bank until our demands are met in full.
In peace and solidarity @Love Activists (Liverpool)
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Love-ActivistsJS61707687

 

 

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London: Siege of Aylesbury estate security thugs against St James Square ANAL squat

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The squatter crew Autonomous Nation of Anarchist Libertarians (A.N.A.L.) have occupied a number of high profile buildings in central London in recent weeks.

These have included the former Institute of Directors (corporate fatcat club) HQ, Admiralty Arch (state power icon due to be turned into hotel), and now 24 St James’ Square, a flash office building on one of London’s most expensive squares, empty for ten years.

They have been getting big picture splashes in corporate media rags like the Evening Standard and Daily Mail.

On Friday evening (10 April) the St James’ Sq squat came under siege by a mini-army of security guards. The heavies used similar tactics to those seen recently on the Aylesbury Estate and other squat clashes recently: unable to retake the building, they forcibly block entrances and exits to lock down the occupation, keeping out supporters and supplies.

This tactic is not usually successful, as many times our side can mobilise bigger numbers to come down and break the siege. Several dozen people responded to a call for back-up from ANAL on Friday evening, and the security thugs were forced to back down, after a few scuffles.security-st-james-lineup1

Police also came along, and in this case didn’t give the security any support, but instead warned them for not displaying their SIA (Security Industry Authority) registration badges, as her majesty’s law demands.

A number of the security guards present on Friday are regulars from Southwark Council’s security operation at the Aylesbury Estate. As a matter of course they do not wear any company insignia or registration numbers. They have been repeatedly violent and offensive to occupiers, estate residents and passers by.

If you have any further information on these characters and their employers, please share it. Email to rabble(at)autistici.org, and/or to the Aylesbury Estate occupiers at aylesbury(at)riseup.net. Or you can contact ANAL via their facebook page, where there are some photos.

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Spanish State witch-hunts Social Anarchists

Spanish police today arrested (so far) 28 more ‘anarchists’, mostly in dawn raids on homes and squat centers across the State, the raids are ”open and ongoing and preventive’.  free anarchists

15 of them are being accused of membership of CAG (Coordinated Anarchist Groups) 10 from Madrid, 2 from Palencia and 3 from Barcelona, the other 13 are arrested for ‘Resisting Authority’. The police found a manifesto of CAG on the Internet which approves of sabotage, and that’s enough to convict anyone they say is a member.

In immediate response over 2000 marched in Madrid, yelling ‘I too am an Anarchist’. In Barcelona four demos met up at the house of one arrested, making at least 1000.

In the Occupied Social Centers the police reported finding ‘small amounts of marijuana, a scales for weighing drugs, copious literature (they have libraries), a gas bottle’, ….etc.

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Dublin: Grangegorman Mega Eviction Fails!

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International Callout: Help us resist eviction of SquatCity

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We are putting out an international callout for support, to help us resist the eviction of our homes, and to defend squatting in Dublin. We have been subject to a large scale eviction attempt over the last couple of days, and we are currently resisting, and appealing for help and support. Many of you would have stayed there during the International Squatters Convergence, and saw the space for yourselves.

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