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Barcelona Bank Squat Center re-occupied and re-evicted

Protected by a crowd of sympathisers several activists with metal cutting saws removed the steel plates this morning from the famous evicted  Banc Okupat in Gracia , Barcelona.cyrun7twqaea5pa

For some hours there was jubilation but on this occasion the Catalan Mossos police were well prepared. Seven vanloads of riot police appeared, dispersed the crowds of supporters and proceeded immediately with a new evictioncysjm5bxeai_3bf

Inside the occupied bank they found at least 18 people who were identified and set free. Continue reading Barcelona Bank Squat Center re-occupied and re-evicted

Barcelona’s Complex Struggle to Advance the Commons

On a visit to Barcelona last week, I learned a great deal about the City’s pioneering role in developing “the city as a commons.”  I also learned that crystallizing a new commons paradigm – even in a city committed to cooperatives and open digital networks – comes with many gnarly complexities.

The Barcelona city government is led by former housing activist Ada Colau, who was elected mayor in May 2015.  She is a leader of the movement that became the political party Barcelona En Comú (“Barcelona in Common”). Once in office,Image result for barcelona commons

Colau halted the expansion of new hotels, a brave effort to prevent “economic development” (i.e., tourism) from hollowing out the city’s lively, diverse neighborhoods. As a world city, Barcelona is plagued by a crush of investors and speculators buying up real estate, making the city unaffordable for ordinary people. Continue reading Barcelona’s Complex Struggle to Advance the Commons

Madrid: In defence of Squatting, against the State and Private Property …”

the occupation begins!the occupation begins!

Communiqué (by  Contra Madriz )

 from   The Rebellion of Words, translation The Free
We received the following statement, written by the compañerxs of   Contra Madriz in response to the attacks that are being suffered by some squatter social centers in Madrid by the new city council of Madrid, which presumes to be “the change”, of “Alternative” and “rebel”, “belligerent” with the market logic that nevertheless defends in practice the interests and properties of gangsters, speculators and bankers who increase their privileges through evictions, corruption and deception, and repress people who do not conform to their norms in increasingly gentrified neighborhoods.suat-the-lot

”Against the metropolis of the rich and speculation, against false critics and their blackmail from left or right, for self-management and recovery of our lives. Our squatting will never be legalized …rmqhvodt

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In defense of squatting, against the state and private property …

We are witnessing a time when, in several cities of so called Kingdom of Spain, mainly in Madrid, the different regional or municipal governments  are unleashing offensives against the squatting of empty buildings. This offensive is more specifically against political occupation, that is to say against occupied political spaces that not only seek to combat in one way or another the economic regime and private property, but also also want to confront the established powers and refuse to negotiate with them. Continue reading Madrid: In defence of Squatting, against the State and Private Property …”

Warsaw. Barcelona. Roma. Thessaloniki. London.. we meet in joint attack.

Communique from the Bank of No Money, Deptford – London tumblr_n7cq55xmgm1sjpe5no1_500
We are rats running rabid through the stinking guts of London

Sick of the fractured ‘scene’ of squatters in London, sick of faux-punk venues and the fashionable veneer of rebellion, sick of the apathy and passivity, sick of housing where everyone is locked in their own rooms, their own lives, their existence atomised, stinking of fried chicken and choking on the bones of what once was, we came together to act …

We are a collective of those in active rebellion.anonymous-fuck-the-system-disobey-stickerWarsaw. Barcelona. Roma. Thessaloniki. London. All over we meet in joint attack.

We organised on the beaches of London for the TRESPASS gig – selling propaganda to fashion-punx and tourists about the trial of the Warsaw 3, dropping banners and smoke-flares whilst the crowd rioted amongst itself, spitting in our faces and rejecting all politics. Continue reading Warsaw. Barcelona. Roma. Thessaloniki. London.. we meet in joint attack.

Florence, Italy: Anarchists invite Public to Occupy a new Adventure

translated from 

Better in a Tent.. Speculation and Gentrification make finding a living space an impossible task.
Better in a Tent.. Speculation, Gentrification and mass tourism make finding a living space an impossible task.


 

We decided to occupy one of the many abandoned buildings in the city of Florence to make a place for socializing and sharing, to organize debates, presentations and concerts, to make room for those of us who need a place to be and do activities, to address the social disintegration and lack of opportunity that this city offers us

Florence is run by political powers and local councils for profit and is increasingly distant from the needs of the inhabitants. It is now the practice to sell everything:  the health of citizens, the right to exist of migrants and refugees of war, the dignity of those who have no home, the right to education, the lives of many working men and women.florence-occuipation-2016

The demagogic schemes of the government continue to mystify reality; spreading the culture of resignation, of individualism and conformity, as well as denying the possibility of a social transformation and the creation of a different world.

For these reasons we reclaim spaces and revive them, experimenting with forms of  social and horizontal self-organized centers, is one way to begin to build an alternative society, which does not require an authority and institutions to which we delegate the organization of our existence. Continue reading Florence, Italy: Anarchists invite Public to Occupy a new Adventure

Last housing Occupation in Bologna has been evicted


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The eviction of the last remaining housing occupation in Bologna – around 100 people, 34
of them children, living in a building inVia Mario De Maria, in the working-class neighborhood of Bolognina – started at dawn on October 11.

The police and the carabinieri surrounded the block and raided the mariodemariabuilding, beating people and even using pepper spray, the residents say.

The newly elected council member for the housing emergency, Virginia Gieri, said that the residents “came out peacefully”, but the residents and witnesses say something different. One man passed out after he was beaten and another person was injured.

Gieri, a loyal follower of Renzi, was appointed to the delicate job of being in charge of the housing emergency in Bologna, after the last incumbent, Amelia Frascaroli, was considered to be too soft.

Renzi’s government is holding a line of absolute repression against housing occupations, and PD local authorities all over Italy are toeing this line, even in places – like Bologna – where the party claims to be more “tolerant” and to have a welfare-oriented tradition. Continue reading Last housing Occupation in Bologna has been evicted

Bring a Walking Stick: New festival to Defend Free Area in France: Oct 8th

defendzad8oct2016Notre-Dame-des-Landes (France): Defend the ZAD – a Call for International Solidarity

For over 50 years, farmers and locals have resisted the building of a new airport for the French city of Nantes (which by the way already has one). Now in these rich fields, forests and wetlands, which multinational Vinci want to cover in concrete, an experiment in reinventing everyday life in struggle is blossoming.images

Radicals from around the world, local farmers and villagers, citizen groups, trade unionists and naturalists, refugees and runaways, squatters and climate justice activists and many others, are organising to protect the 4000 acres of land against the airport and its world.

Government officials have coined this place “a territory lost to the republic”. Its occupants have named it: la ZAD  (Zone À Défendre), zone to defend. Continue reading Bring a Walking Stick: New festival to Defend Free Area in France: Oct 8th