A song for my favorite intentional community, the 1,000-member urban commune in the middle of Copenhagen, Christiania. Lyric: Bevar Christiania In ’67 it was…
In ’67 it was abandoned as a military base
In 1971 it was squatted
Folks needed some land to implement their plans
And make the new society they had plotted
Some moved into barracks, some built little shacks
Of all sorts of dubious design
Some built cafes and workshops, built windmills, planted crops
Painted things the color of sunshine
via Bevar Christiania – Money-Free.
Artkatraz CSO domingo 1 de mayo de 2011
El día Jueves 28 de Abril, a las 10:40 de la mañana, tocan a la puerta del centro social Arkatraz una persona representante de la empresa Metrovacesa, acompañado de dos personas más, dándonos el plazo de dos horas para desalojar el lugar donde hemos puesto nuestra energía durante un año y medio. Acción prácticamente imposible teniendo en cuenta que convivimos con más de 20 animales, que tenemos un huerto con plantas y árboles a los que hemos cuidado y que no podemos abandonar sin más, que tenemos un material que nos ha costado un esfuerzo crearlo y que costaría trasladarlo mucho más tiempo que el plazo irrisorio dado. continua
via Artkatraz CSO.
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.
Adventure, prison, comedy, resistance, gay, massage, anarchy, Riots, assemblies, occupation, bankrupt, premonitions, pacifists, money free, homebirth magic, climate disaster, coop pools, coppice farms. feminists. gangs, online democracy 2.0
Also view The Free on Authonomy here : http://www.authonomy.com/books/4458/the-free/
And on Issuu, with a real cool reader:http://issuu.com/thefreemikegilli/docs/the_free_
In the Anarchist Library, also from May 1st:http://theanarchistlibrary.org/
And now on Google Books as open source:http://books.google.com/books?printsec=frontcover&id=UJmwz4zO6lEC#v=onepage&q&f=false
The Free onFarsebook:http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=720678269
Also the Kan Pascual video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OY3hZI2Zy5w
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.