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7000 demonstrate against Presence of Fascists in Sabadell

 Some 7,000 people protest against neo-Nazi appearance in Sabadell, a town/suburb of Barcelona

 from  Cèlia Castellano, La Directa  The demonstration was convened following the aggression and threats of neo-Nazi groups against the self-run Occupied Social Center Obrera.

People of all ages, backgrounds and political allegiances of the left took part. Around 6,700 people, according to the Sabadell local police (who always under estimate), demonstrated under the banner: “Sabadell for all”.

L'Obrera (The Worker) Occupied Social Center
L’Obrera (The Worker) Occupied Social Center

The demonstration was called by the Obrera (the Worker) social center , against the aggression of neo-Nazis at dawn on April 9 and against Nazi meetings. The event was policed by a large deployment of riot units ARRO.

“If they touch just one of us, they hurt us all”, ..”Sabadell will be the tomb of fascism”, ..”Native or foreign, the same working class .” ..These were some of the chants heard during the event, . During the march, a dozen anti-fascist protesters put stickers on the gym Therien Jiu Jitsu Kick Boxing, where the Workers Collective say some of the neo-Nazis  in the neighborhood meet.

Reading a manifesto from the balcony of the occupied Workers center, members of the collective stated that “the increase in xenophobic ideologies throughout Europe is, today a reality with parties that promote racist, sexist and classist attitudes.”

Also, they said that “we have to make the fight against fascism and racism every day from schools, work and on the streets, leaving no free space to disseminate their exclusive approaches”. While reading they also reminded us of the antifascist Guillen Agulló, who was killed 23 years ago in Montanejos, as well as those presently indicted in the  Oct. 12 and the Pandora anti-anarchist cases, and the brigadiers from Vallès county arrested in Idomeni in Greece.

Attending the mobiliziation were the  Collective Unity Against Racisme and Fascism, the Platform of People Affected by Mortgages and the Crisis, Crida per Sabadell, Arran and Youths of Esquerra Republicana, among many others.

The call to demonstrate had adhesions of many organisations (60) and examples of solidarity with the workers by different groups throughout Catalonia. According to David Moya, a member of the community center, “it was an inclusive event, with the assistance of many groups and people of different ages. That’s what bothers the Nazis, we are not only young and militants. ”

On Friday 22 April, a group of neo-Nazis from the Western Vallès county made an appearance at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, coinciding with an act of Youth Civil Society Catalana (SCC), prompting a student demonstration of rejection. Some of them are the same neo-Nazis who berated the members of the Workers center in early April.


 

Unas 7.000 personas protestan contra las agresiones neonazis en Sabadell

La manifestación ha sido convocada a raíz de la agresión y las amenazas de grupos neonazis contra el centro social la Obrera.

por Cèlia Castellano, La Directa              Gente de todas las edades, procedencias y afinidades políticas de la izquierda. Alrededor de 6.700 personas, según la Guardia Urbana de Sabadell, se manifestaban ayer por la tarde tras una proclama unitaria: “Sabadell para todas”. La manifestación fue convocada por el centro social liberado la Obrera a las 17.30h horas en la plaza Imperial, contra las agresiones de grupos de neonazis que sufrió la Obrera la madrugada del 9 de abril y contra las concentraciones de personas de este segmento ideológico en las puertas del local. El acto contó con la presencia de un gran despliegue de unidades antidisturbios ARRO.

“Si tocan a una nos tocan a todas”, “Sabadell será la tumba del fascismo”,”Nativa o extranjera, la misma clase obrera”. Estos son algunos de los cánticos que se escucharon durante el recorrido de la manifestación, desde la plaza Imperial, pasando por la Gran Via, la calle de Sol i Padrís y la calle Brutau hasta el local de la Obrera, en la avenida Barberà. Durante el trayecto, una decena de manifestantes pusieron pegatinas antifascistas en el gimnasio Therien Jiu Jitsu Kick Boxing, de la calle de Sol i Padrís, donde aseguran desde la Obrera que se reúnen algunos de los neonazis que han increpado en el barrio.

Mediante la lectura de un manifiesto desde el balcón de la Obrera, los integrantes del CSA afirmaron que “el aumento de ideologías xenófobas en toda Europa es, hoy día, una realidad con partidos que promueven actitudes racistas, sexistas y clasistas”. Así mismo, aseguraron que “la lucha contra el fascismo y el racismo la tenemos que realizar día a día desde los centros educativos, el trabajo, en la calle, no dejando ni un espacio libre donde difundan sus planteamientos excluyentes”. Durante la lectura también recordaron al antifascista Guillén Agulló, asesinado hace 23 años en Montanejos, a las encausadas del 12 de octubre y del caso Pandora, y a las brigadistas del Vallès detenidas en Idomeni.

En la movilización asistieron colectivos como Unitat Contra el Feixisme i el Racisme, la Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca y la Crisis, Crida per Sabadell, Arran y las Juventudes de Esquerra Republicana, entre muchos otros. La convocatoria contó con tantas adhesiones (más de 60) y muestras de solidaridad con la Obrera por parte de diferentes colectivos de toda Catalunya, que se convirtió en un acto sin firma, popular. Según David Moya, miembro del centro social, “ha sido una manifestación inclusiva, con la asistencia de muchos colectivos y personas de distintas edades y procedencias varias. Eso es lo que más les molesta a los nazis, que no somos únicamente jóvenes y militantes”……….

…El pasado viernes 22 de abril, un grupo de neonazis procedente del Vallès Occidental hizo acto de presencia en la Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona, coincidiendo con un acto de las Juventudes de Societat Civil Catalana (SCC), lo que provocó una manifestación estudiantil de rechazo. Algunos de ellos son los mismos neonazis que increparon a las integrantes de la Obrera a principios de abril.

 

Defend La Esperanza …Mass occupation, Gran Canaria

by Julius Gavroche  en español abajo)    In Spain, the “La Esperanza” okupation on the island of the Gran Canaria is an amazing example.  In early 2013, at the initiative of the Federación de Anarquistas de Gran Canaria (FAGC), some twenty apartments were occupied, providing housing for dozens of people unable to meet their most basic of needs; today they are some 71 families, made up of 250 persons, the majority of which are minors, occupying a residential complex baptised “La Esperanza”/”Hope”, the largest residential okupation in spain and the largest experiment in libertarian self-management in the country, carried out by people who are not for the most part anarchists.

On March 14 twenty residents of the 250 in the Community “La Esperanza” (the state’slargest occupied and self-managed community) received an administrative notice in which they were informed of the decree of the mayor of Guide Pedro Rodriguez: This decree gave them one month to leave their homes and threatened them to cut off water and light.

The community has always demanded the comples become  public housing with a social rental scheme to compensate the dozen buyers who have invested in the building. We have also claimed that the electric supply be regularized, so that we can put a counter and pay for the electricity, and  running water be connected so as to stop paying expensive barrels daily. Since mid-2014 we have put on the table these claims the mayor Pedro Rodriguez has always turned a deaf ear…

They can not evict 77 families, 202 people, with more than 100 children without guaranteeing us decent and affordable housing as a low-income alternative. Their policies, which have left us for years unemployed, have made it impossible to access to housing….

We will not allow them to take our homes with impunity. We demand that we be given a housing alternative and or let us stray where we are. Until either thing happens ..the Streets will keep on Shouting!

Let no eviction go unanswered.


In early 2013, unemployment on the Canary Islands stood at 35%, with house evictions during that same year reaching 4,000.  Today, more than 30% of the population of the archipelago lives below the poverty line, with some 16% of the Islands’ families having all of their active members unemployed.  This poverty then manifests itself at various levels, among which housing; on the Islands, there are 130,000 unoccupied houses and some 21,000 families in need of homes.   The role of the FAGC has nevertheless been central throughout this whole process and this in a context of extreme economic hardship….       La Columna.Cat 27/12/2015)

Housing is thus a territory of struggle … Continue reading Defend La Esperanza …Mass occupation, Gran Canaria

Dublin: Squat City

[Dublin] Squat City has been liberated!

Spread the word friends. The warehouse will soon be full of words; the garden has begun regrowing community; music and paint about to burst across the city.

At the lower end of Grangegorman and where the block continues along North Brunswick Street, acres of warehouses and yards and houses and space space spaces have been laying vacant far too long, once again. From developers to NAMA to developers to judge’s friendsand back to developers for more and more money while people and places rot.occupy Ireland

We who need a home have housed ourselves. We who need good work have found it. No pay — no problem. We invite you to join us for fun and struggle. Stay tuned for updates and events — we intend many things — and a brilliant surprise event is in the making to warm up your cold winter hearts for what’s to come. Continue reading Dublin: Squat City

Autonomous social center Klinika attacked by Nazis

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from libcom with  thanks…  On 6th of February in Prague, the autonomous social center Klinika was attacked by Nazis after solidarity demonstration against Fortress Europe.  By a member of autonomous social center Klinika collective

On 6th of February following a day of protests in Prague both for and against migration in Europe, the autonomous social center Klinika came under attack last night. During the day’s demonstrations, a legal, permitted march against “fortress Europe,” organized in cooperation with Klinika’s collective, came under attack by more than twenty fascists and neo-Nazis. They came from behind the march, attempting to cut it in half as it turned a corner.

As the peaceful protestors in the march turned to protect themselves from the fascists, an overwhelmed group of police offers intervened and stood between the two groups. The neo-Nazis began throwing whatever they could find at the marchers, including rocks, sticks, and small explosive devices. The marchers defended themselves by returning the projectiles; eventually the much larger numbers of the marchers intimidated the attackers into retreat and they turned and ran away.RAB58ce24_25230120150F176494C75D177D61B4E55365

This group of fascists had been antagonizing people throughout Prague earlier in the day. I personally saw the same group earlier on public transport as I went to the rally. They were very aggressive with riders, including accosting one young woman as they tried to get her to come with them. She quickly left the train, visibly shaken, at which point one of them – previously speaking Czech – claimed she was a good “Deutsches mensch.” I got off at the same stop as them and we went different ways, I walked toward the beginning of the march, they went in a direction that would put them exactly in the position where they attacked the march.

Upon completion of the march – which included continuous antagonism from nationalist elements and a few more radical characters – people made their way back to Klinika at differing speeds? When I arrived, there was a small group of people that had just learned that the Nazis were coming to attack Klinika. We prepared as best we could, but quickly came under attack. As they attacked, we pepper sprayed them–which kept them outside long enough for us to lock and barricade the door.

At this point they started throwing rocks at the windows, shattering the old medical clinic’s windows with ease. As we attempted to barricade the windows, glass and debris flew everywhere. One member of the Klinika collective was hit, creating a gash on his forehead. The rocks were followed by the Nazis throwing in a lit flare that sent sparks and flames all over, but the flare got caught in the shards of the multi-paned glass still jaggedly protruding from the window. We quickly put this out as the rocks stopped flying.CR_SOCIALNI_DEMONSTRACE_REALITY_PRAHA_9_742

At this point, things calmed down for a few seconds as people throughout the building checked on each other. However, the calm quickly ended as one collective member yelled “Fire!” Several of us ran into the hallway the smoke was coming from and found thick smoke throughout the entire atrium–the entire downstairs cafe area was full of smoke, with flames leaping from the window at the entrance.

The Nazis had apparently broken the windows downstairs in the same fashion as upstairs and thrown another incendiary devise in, which lit the drapes on fire. We were still able to put it out without much permanent damage to anything but the windows and furniture.Klinika social centre

This was a brazen and coordinated attack on an autonomous social and community center in the heart of Prague that offers a free non-commoditized space for people of all ages and persuasions to take free language lessons, have a quiet beer, take their kids to nursery school, attend free lectures, and even attend meditation classes.

However, the center has also been a hub for aid and relief for migrants, and therefore a target within the migrant crisis gripping all of Europe. The center acted as a staging area for relief goods going east and south for newly arriving refugees from the war-torn areas of the Middle East and Central Asia. Given the day’s protest event against migration in Europe and the escalating anti-Muslim rhetoric and political climate it foments, Klinika’s aid to migrants could easily be said to be the rationale for the attack – if there ever could be a rationale for such an irrational act of violence, or, better put, terrorism. For this was, by definition, an act of terrorism. This group of fascists attacked an innocent group of people providing a safe space for the community and aid for those in need.

Whether you agree with Klinika’s politics or not, with migration or not, there is no justification – nor can there be – for the same type of terrorist attack that these fascists and their nationalist brethren portend to be against. If you hate Muslim people because .000001% are engaged in radical politics and use violence in an attempt to get their way, then how is anyone to condone the same thing within our own midst?

Again, whether you agree with Klinika’s politics or not, if this is a democracy in which everyone is entitled to their political beliefs, then you have to respect Klinika’s political efforts and condemn this brazen act of violence against peaceful protestors and an autonomous community center simply trying to help people. Klinika exists in peace, and now – as 400 plus people have come to show solidarity today – Klinika survives and excels in defiance of violence and terrorism.2585629_protesty-demonstrace-praha-unor-uprchlici-imigranti-evropska-unie-slunickari-islamofobove

Contrainfos 112: BikeWars, parkings, occupyHorror, Trobada Rara

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BCN, 03/02/2016.- En una setmana on Barcelona s´ha manifestat en solidaritat amb el poble kurd a les portes del consolat de turquia i també hi ha hagut el judici popular al Cie, on s´ha exigit, un cop més, el tancament definitiu d´aquest centre d´extermini d´immigrants.

Nosaltres però ens centrarem amb quatre notícies més d´estar per casa que veiem a continuació.

1. BikeWars BarcelonaAl CSO Pula Vida, a Santa Coloma, es celebrà les primeres jornades de Bikewars Barcelona, això és, fabricació i combat de bicicletes autoconstruides, en el més pur estil DIY.

2. No més parkings Les PlanesI a Les Planes, un grup de veis i vienes s´están movilizant per aturar l inauguració d´un nou parking. A canvi, volen un parc i ho reinvindiquen precisament així, fent un parc a damunt del parking.

3. Festival de Curts de Can BatllóEl 30 de gener es realitzà la segona edició de curts de teror a Can Batlló, convertint l´espai en un veritable punt de socialització de la penyeta, I si no us ho creieu, pues mire-ho.

4. 2a Trobada Rara TroupeEl mateix cap de setmana va tenir lloc al Convent Sant Agustí una trobada amb diferents col.lectius que treballen l´audiovisual amb persones diagnosticades amb emalalties mentals. La trobada Rara Troupe va comptar , entre d´altres amb el col.lectiu radio Noikosia i la rara Web de Lleó.cabra

Nobody is illegal: Anarchists Welcome Refugees

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El CHEf

The walls of the Greek capital’s Exarcheia neighbourhood are The anarchist food collective EL CHEf uses the image of the infamous Che Guevara as a symbol of their project [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]cloaked in political graffiti, with slogans denouncing authority and others pledging solidarity with new arrivals as the refugee crisis continues to shake
Europe.Established by seven activists in 2008, the collective is run on a volunteer basis and feeds hundreds of people each month. Originally created for hungry and homeless locals, EL CHEf changed its focus to refugees as the crisis grew this year. EL CHEf is staunchly ideological. As anarchists, the volunteers reject funding from either the government or humanitarian organisations. “Empty places should always be used as housing for people without it, or as social centres, or serve a good for people who need them,” Stathis adds.Even the decision to choose this neighbourhood was born from deeply held political convictions.

 

A few hundred metres away on the corner, the Notara refugee solidarity centre provides temporary housing to refugees stopping over in Athensc983c34c3d6b44bbae1839172a45a9be_6

Refugees at home with Greek anarchists

Manan, 30, who gave only his first name as he has family back in Afghanistan, fled home in early 2014 as fighting raged and the Taliban made gains in many parts of the country. He was stuck in Iran for several months waiting for a smuggler to organise his trip, then Turkey for a year while he worked and saved money to continue the journey.

Arriving in Greece more than a year ago, Manan says that the warm welcome he found among solidarity activists in places such as Exarcheia prompted him to change his mind and not go on to other European countries, as he originally intended.

 

In Exarcheia, a graffiti-daubed neighbourhood which the locals have dubbed an independent republic within the Greek capital, anarchists are squatting in the former tax administration building.

They call the place “Notara”. It lies on Notara Street and has now become a home for some of the refugees in the city. Many are Iranian, others from Algeria or Morocco. Some Syrian and Afghan refugees who have problems with their documents or are awaiting money from home have also found shelter here.

A huge banner reading “Refugees Welcome Home” is draped across the front of a derelict building in Exarchia, Athens – a district that’s generally regarded as the spiritual home to the city’s anarchist movement. On Tuesday morning, members of the Anti-authoritarian Movement Athens (AK) occupied a former university dining hall, with the aim of transforming it into a temporary residence for refugees.

No Borders No Nations!


(A-Radio) Mediterranean 3: The self-organized refugee squat Orfanotrofeio in Thessaloniki

  • Posted on: 16 January 2016     By: Anonymous (not verified)

As Anarchist Radio Berlin we publish an audio by the self-organized refugee squat Orfanotrofeio in Thessaloniki.


The entrance to the EL CHEf food collective in Athens' Exarcheia neighbourhood [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]The entrance to the EL CHEf food collective in Athens’ Exarcheia neighbourhood [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera


 

New International Refugee Occupation

From Squat.net

In the evening of Sunday, January 10th 2016, we occupied the empty building on Themistokleous St. 58, in Exarchia, Athens. The intention is to open up a place where migrants who are blocked here in Greece, because of the European migration policies, can live and self-organize free from state control. We are a group of individuals from different places and of different contexts, connected through the fight against States, nations, borders, lager, prisons, capitalism; eventually against every part of this rotten system of domination that oppresses us. We are open to anyone who agrees with our basic principles and wants to participate in the project without a hidden political agenda.

This squat isn’t meant to be a public service. We aren’t “volunteers” and we don’t see migrants as victims. One of the challenges of this project will be to overcome in practice the separation imposed on us by borders and citizenship. This house seeks to become a place where people organize themselves and learn from one another mutually, regardless of their origins.

This is an act against the system and the migration policies. It is not our intention to assist the humanitarian aid provided by the State. The integrated and/or assimilated, non-critical humanitarian aid is in fact helping the State to focus on repressive measures in order to persecute and control migration. We strongly refuse to cooperate not only with the State and political parties, but also with NGOs and other organizations or formations that do so (officially or unofficially). All of these scumbags take advantage of the situation of migrants either to profit, protect their interests, gain political power, or to build a social profile.

The control of migration is a tool in the hands of those in power. Right now the Greek State uses the situation of migrants stranded here to put pressure during negotiations for better conditions enabling the implementation of the third memorandum. At the same time, European States regulate migrant flows according their need for cheap labor force, and the rest of migrants are murdered (in land and maritime borders and the streets of European cities), incarcerated or deported. The European Union upgrades its repressive border policies and negotiates deals with States at the inner and outer European borders to continue and intensify the war against migration by more effective means. Those in power hope to secure their property and privileges from those who are being exploited by the capitalist system and suffer their wars. Private and public corporations try to make as much profit of this situation as possible. NGOs represent the interests of their employers, mainly the State, and are well paid for their job.

Because of property rights, people are sleeping in the streets while thousands of houses remain empty. There are enough goods for everyone. We just have to take what we need ourselves.

We declare our solidarity and support to all forms of action that attack borders, nations, prisons, the critical infrastructure that reproduce the existent, and all those who directly or indirectly defend the status quo!

No racism
No sexism
No homophobia
No discrimination
No exploitation
No oppression
No hierarchy
No authority
No patriotism

NOT welcome are:
Journalists/media
Politicians
Cops
All organizations that cooperate with the State

We welcome people willing to self-organize, regardless if they have papers or not, and regardless if they have a refugee status or not. Priority in housing is given to those who have no chance to stay somewhere else.

We call people in solidarity to support the squat outside of the building. Soon enough we will announce the date and time for the administrative assembly of the project.

Translation in Greek, German
Contra Info https://en-contrainfo.espiv.net/2016/01/10/athens-new-squat-in-themistokleous-st-58-in-exarchia/

Athens: Update from Themistokleous 58 squat in Exarchia

At about 10pm on January 10th 2016, a few hours after we occupied the empty building on Themistokleous 58 St. in Exarchia, a guy appeared outside the premises who claimed to represent ‘ANASKEVI M EPE’ and said that the building belongs to this real estate company.
What he pretty much told us is that, if we don’t evict ourselves from the building until tomorrow, he will call the cops.
We make clear that we do not acknowledge private property, and we have no intention of leaving the squat.
We call for continued presence of people in solidarity, inside and outside the building, to defend the project by all available means.

Themistokleous 58 squat

Translation in Greek
https://en-contrainfo.espiv.net/2016/01/10/athens-update-from-themistokleous-58-squat-in-exarchia/

Radical Solidarity fails to stop Madrid family Eviction

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The owner of the property, Bankia, was set up when various small corrupt banks went bankrupt due to the property bubble collapse. It was ‘recapitalised’ with 22,424 million euros of borrowed public money, and it was written into the constitution that these new mega debts must have their interest paid before anything else ,(like health, pensions education) the total for all banks is over 100 billion!

So Spain, like Greece,  is really a ‘cash cow’ being milked forever by international banks and funds. The PAH activists argue that as Bankia, Sareb, etc were set up or bailed out with billions in public tax money their assets of evicted houses belong to the people, and should not be sold off dirt cheap to international property sharks.

In Madrid the new left City Council had promised relief to the countless evicted for mortgage arrears or guaranteeing mortgage victims, but now seems to be rapidly changing its tune.

RIGHT TO HOUSING

A woman and her baby were brutally evicted after police charges in Villa de Vallecas barrio.

The National Police have charged against Vallekas PAH activists, one of them was taken to hospital. by Diagonal.  The PAH ( mortgage victims support group) does not recognize the legitimacy of any government that does not approve its five demands... Continue reading Radical Solidarity fails to stop Madrid family Eviction