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the VIDEO..Demo and Riot over Eviction of Occupied Bank.. Day 1.

bank eviction

Vila de Gràcia, 23/05 / 2016.-    After eight hours resisting the Expropriated Bank has been evicted. In the afternoon, a large demonstration in the streets of Gracia travels back to the bank and tries to reoccupy it. That’s when the Tiot Police attack and begin their charges, including use of projectiles FOAM.
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Vila de Gràcia, 23/05/2016.- Després de 8 hores resistint, el Banc Expropiat ha estat desallotjat. Per la tarda, una nombrosa manifestació transita pels carrers de Gràcia per tornar al Banc i intentar reokupar-lo. És llavors quan arriben els mossos d´esquadra i comencen les càrregues, amb projectils FOAM inclosos.
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Fifteen people injured in riots in protest against the eviction of the Expropriated Bank

UPDATE HERE  cops stop reoccupationday 2: brief Re-Occupation of Bank before Police Attack..

 

seeding mutual aid

 The ‘Expropriated Bank’, a self-managed occupied social center occupied in the beautiful Gracia barrio, has finally fallen. Symbol of resistance to repression and austerity , colleagues called for the occupation of 1000 more banks.

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Seeding Mutual Aid against Capitalism

The eviction was not an easy task, it took police more than eight hours, using metal cutters, etc., to extricate the last heroes. The police struggled all day to get them out of a barrel of cement, itself inside a safe, inside the basement with metal barricades. See video and report. Continue reading Fifteen people injured in riots in protest against the eviction of the Expropriated Bank

Feminist Womens’ Refuge Occupation ‘Tina Martins’ threatened with eviction

Belo Horizonte (Brazil): The feminist squat Tina Martins is threatened with eviction

from squat.net with thanks:     On March 8th, the feminist movement Olga Benário squatted an empty building in the center of Belo Horizonte, with the hope of turning it into a crisis shelter for female victims of violence. Since then, the building is occupied as a place of living for dozens of women, and holds every day gatherings, assemblies, culturals and political events. It also works as a self-managed crisis shelter: a psychological and medical reception center for more or less 200 women who are homeless or victims of violence. Continue reading Feminist Womens’ Refuge Occupation ‘Tina Martins’ threatened with eviction

Occupied Centre ‘the Female Dragon’ under attack


la dragonaLa Dragona..the Female Dragon is the only Occupied Autonomous Social Centre that’s part of a cemetery… But it is very much alive, since 2008 resisting all attacks and setting the social and political scene in Elipa Barrio alight with it’s fiery breath.jornadas-de-sexualidad-colectivoalia1

Now the Council say they want the abandoned historic mansion back to make it a museum.. To fill it with DEAD THINGS.

In reality the authorities are still furious.. that an open Social Centre can work well for years and years.. outside their control, ignoring all their rules and regulations and police, seeking no grants, deciding all by open assembly, making no profits, creating a small FREE SPACE where creativity Cartel-Fiesta-F202explodes like the beans in Spring.. and worst of all.. demonstrating that anarchist ideas can work.

Only last week the classic Occupied Center ‘La Morada’ was evicted by the police with no eviction order and 32 arrests.

Below we translate the Communique from the female Dragon Collective and assembly which appeared on Twitter  Continue reading Occupied Centre ‘the Female Dragon’ under attack

Express Eviction of Refugee Centre occupied at Mayday Demo

''City Refuge Mukhayyam..bullshit hypocrisy"
”City Refuge Mukhayyam..bullshit hypocrisy”

info from La Directa,etc:   At the end of one of the anarchist Mayday Marches last Sunday an abandoned city-owned listed building was occupied to be converted into a self-run social center for refugees called  Mukhayyam.

Prospects looked good since the leftwing city council has banners reading ‘Welcome Refugees’ just round the corner.  However on theTuesday morning 200 riot police evicted the building (see video). The mayor Ada Colau claimed she knew nothing about it and the Catalan Govt (also left wing) had ordered it ( they weren’t city police).

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Dozens of activists had occupied after the ‘anarchist and feminist’ demonstration of Mayday to remake it as a welcoming space for refugees (Spain has promised to accept only around 16,000 but a mere 18 have been cleared so far). Continue reading Express Eviction of Refugee Centre occupied at Mayday Demo

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