Lars Eriksen in Copenhagen and Alexandra Topping
The closed entrance to Christiania, Copenhagen
An inhabitant of Copenhagen’s free city of Christiania, long a refuge for hippies and artists stands at the entrance to the city. Photograph: Jens Noergaard Larsen/AFP/Getty Images
For four decades, the freetown of Christiania has existed as a testimony to an alternative way of life, where hash was sold openly and squatters’ shacks jostled comfortably with architect-designed eco-sheds.
For some, the commune was a human jungle in the centre of Copenhagen; for others a bastion of irreverence.
But now residents have erected its last line of defence against the Danish government attempts to “normalise” one of Europe’s most famous squats after 40 years of legal wrangling.
Residents have erected fences at entrance points which they patrol, handing out flyers which declare that “Christiania will be temporarily closed until further notice”. Cafes and shops were closed as residents began meetings to debate their future.
via Christiania, one of Europe’s most famous communes, faces last stand | World news | The Guardian.
…Apparently the warrant at the RatStar was for stolen goods…….Nothing must be allowed to interfere with the fawning lackyism that our rulers like to refer to as patriotism. There have been a number of arrests. And the Green and Black Cross have set up a legal helpline for those affected on 07946 541 511.
….During the attack on Grow Heathrow, sleeping people were dragged out of their beds by up to 40 cops. The police left having seen mostly vegetables and some bees. I’m unconvinced that vegetables (organic or not) required the possibly illegal presence of dozens of riot cops to stop them from being repurposed as guillotines or whatever mad nonsense the cops will inevitably say they……….
cont/ from Squatageddon – Cops Raid UK Social Centres — New Internationalist.
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MADRID, Apr 20, 2011 (IPS) – The mayor of Madrid, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, has called for a law for compulsory removals of homeless people off the streets, but this has met with resistance from civil society organisations and has split Ruiz-Gallardo’s own People’s Party (PP).
Ruiz-Gallardón wants the centre-right PP, the main opposition party in Spain, to include in its platform for next year’s general elections a bill to authorise the expulsion of homeless people sleeping in public spaces in the country’s big cities, against their will if necessary.
via SPAIN: Madrid Mayor Wants to Sweep Homeless Out of Sight – IPS ipsnews.net.
An end to the occupation
Complicity, Duplicity, Monstrosity, Let me count the ways. A numerate response to the apparitions of neo-liberal confinement.
1. The violence comes in waves of shock, panic and terror. As the waves crash, outrage emerges as the universal emotional condition: so commonplace as to become another affliction like an obsession with the weather. People are outraged about what is being cut and from whom. Others are outraged about occupations and property damage. With baton charges and things thrown from roofs. People are outraged about the complicity of the TUC, the duplicity of the Liberal Democrats and the so-called self-interest of students and public sector workers.
2. Outrage flies in all directions, creating a numb sense of brutality. There are two faces to this brutality. It is productive of both our ability to solve the twin crisis of profitability and governance and to their policing of our labouring bodies.
3. But outrage gives us no special insight: it is mere reaction. So it must be put to one side. We need to see why our struggles, actions and protests have invited the intensity of violence that they did. We must look to what the theatre of baton charges, horse charges and late night imprisonment meant.
4. The police are not merely an agent of repression. The idea of the police evolved from a set of practices……….
The State Goes After Squatters (Europe)
Squat news from Amsterdam (Holland)
EVICTION WAVE HITS AMSTERDAM: SQUATTERS CHOOSE ATTACK INSTEAD OF DEFENSE.
This Tuesday the 22nd of March, the city of Amsterdam witnessed a huge eviction-wave.
It was the first big series of evictions after the new anti-squat law in Holland. The formerly quite tolerant attitude in Holland towards squatting has been replaced by a zero-tolerance approach to anyone taking housing rights into their own hands.
Instead of evicting squatted houses one by one, the Amsterdam police has a tradition of evicting in so-called “eviction waves”. An eviction wave generally consists of a high number of riot
via Propaganda Lalaland: The State Goes After Squatters (Europe).