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day 2: brief Re-Occupation of Bank before Police Attack

Ephemeral re-squat before heavy police charges in a second night of protestscops stop reoccupation

On Tuesday evening a new series of demos converged on the evicted autonomous social center, the ‘Expropriated Bank’ in Barcelona’s Gracia barrio. A group of protesters opened the welded steel plates and re-occupied amid wild cheering, just before the Riot Police  commenced a series of brutal charges, that resulted in 19 injured. Fresh demonstrations are called for tonight, Day 3.
Mossos d’esquadra custodiant un accés a travessera de Gràcia a tocar del Banc Expropiat, aquest dimarts

On the evening of Tuesday, May 24, there were demonstrations and rallies in several districts of Barcelona, in a second day of fighting the eviction from the freed space in Gràcia. Among others, there have been meet-ups in Sarrià, Sants, Raval and Manresa. A concentration in Sants of 200 people joined the group of protesters and  continued towards the Gracia district.

In several streets of Gracia there were spontaneous pot and pan banging sessions by neighbours amid cries of rejection against the performance of the Catalan riot police
At Gracia, about 400 people concentrated in the Plaza of the Revolution and moved down the Torrent de l’Olla towards the ex Expropriated Bank anarchist social center.

Once there, when the march had grown considerably in number, a small group of protesters managed to open the iron plated facade with hammer blows, while the rest protected them and visibly celebrated the opening.

At this moment by total surprise the Riot Police attacked, which resulted in a large number of wounded and bruised by truncheon blows. In particular, several participants have suffered injuries to fingers, arms and legs. Late at night, the balance was, of at least 19 people with varying wounds.

The riot cops cordoned off the building to prevent entrance and the protesters dispersed to various streets and squares of the neighborhood amid continuing police charges.  There was tension back at the Revolution Square, where some of the participants in the protest re-gathered. And again they were able to overturn and barricade with rubbish containers near the Expropriated Bank, heavily guarded by agents of the ‘Brim’, riot Squads.

From balconies could be heard cries of condemnation and insults against the Catalan police and in several streets there has been more pot and pan drumming as a spontaneous rejection of the police. Among many others, they chanted the slogan “they are not officials, they are mercenaries.” in Torrijos street a person has been detained by the police for a while. (But as on Day 1 the cops apparently had orders not to make mass arrests)

Then there was a strange incident, the subinspector Jordi Arasa appealed to the people to disperse due to the presence of an abandoned suitcase described as suspicious. Shortly after the bag disappeared and the bulk of the police presence left the area.

The protesters approached the front of the premises in dispute, where workers completed welding tasks with new armor preventing access. Today Wednesday at eight in the evening the brave occupiers will again hold a demonstration in the heart of Gràcia

 

original in Catalan

Reobertura efímera del banc i càrregues policials molt contundents en una segona nit de protestes

El vespre d’aquest dimarts s’han produït noves concentracions de rebuig al desallotjament de l’espai alliberat de Gràcia. Un grup de manifestants ha obert la tanca de l’immoble, moments abans d’una actuació dels mossos que s’ha saldat amb 19 ferits
Gorka Leiza

24/05/2016

Al vespre d’aquest dimarts, 24 de maig, s’han convocat manifestacions i concentracions en diversos barris de Barcelona, en una segona jornada de lluita contra el desallotjament de l’espai alliberat gracienc. Entre altres, hi ha hagut convocatòries a Sarrià, Sants, el Raval i també a Manresa. A la concentració de Sants unes 200 persones han marxat pel carrer de Sants i al barri d’Hostafrancs s’han unit amb el grup de manifestants que pujava des de la Facultat de Geografia i Història de la Universitat de Barcelona, al Raval i des d’allà ha prosseguit en direcció al barri de Gràcia.

En diversos carrers de Gràcia s’ha sentit cassolades espontànies i crits de rebuig a l’actuació dels mossos d’esquadra

A Gràcia, unes 400 persones s’han concentrat a la plaça de la Revolució i han avançat pel carrer del Torrent de l’Olla en direcció al Banc Expropiat. Un cop allí, quan la marxa havia crescut notablement en nombre, un petit grup de manifestants ha aconseguit obrir la tanca de ferro a cops de mall, mentre la resta de concentrades els envoltaven i han celebrat visiblement l’obertura. En aquest moment s’ha produït una càrrega molt contundent, per sorpresa i sense avís previ, d’antiavalots dels mossos, que s’ha saldat amb un nombre molt elevat de contusionats i ferits per cops de porra. En concret, diversos assistents han patit ferides als dits de les mans, braços i cames. A última hora de la nit, el balanç era, pel cap baix, de 19 persones que presentaven fractures de diversa consideració a les extremitats.

Aspecte del Banc Expropiat, reobert / Gorka Leiza

Els mossos han acordonat l’immoble per impedir-ne l’entrada i les manifestants s’han dispersat per diversos carrers i places del barri on han prosseguit les càrregues i corredisses. Hi ha hagut moments de tensió de nou a la plaça de la Revolució, on s’havien reagrupat algunes de les participants a la protesta. I de nou contenidors bolcats i càrregues a travessera de Gràcia, al voltant del Banc Expropiat, fortament custodiat per agents de la Brimo. Des d’algunes balconades s’han sentit crits de reprovació i insults del veïnat cap als mossos d’esquadra i en diversos carrers s’han produït cassolades espontànies de rebuig a l’actuació. Entre molts altres, s’ha corejat l’eslògan “no sou funcionaris, sou mercenaris”. Al carrer Torrijos una persona ha estat retinguda pels mossos durant una bona estona.

Davant del Banc Expropiat, en una estranya situació, el sotsinspector Jordi Arasa ha fet una crida a la dispersió de la gent per la presència d’una maleta abandonada que ha qualificat de sospitosa. Poc després la maleta ha desaparegut i el gruix del dispositiu policial ha abandonat la zona. Les manifestants s’han apropat a la façana del local en litigi, on uns operaris finalitzaven les tasques de soldadura per a blindar de nou els accessos. Aquest dimecres a les vuit de la tarda han tornat a convocar manifestació al cor de la vila de Gràcia.

Defensa del Banc Expropiat amb caputxa i sense

EVICTION ::Banc Expropiat, convocatòria urgent! – #ElBancResisteix

23 mai 2016
Estan intentant desallotjar el Banc! Les companyes estan resistint a dins, tancades a la caixaforta ens confirmen que estan bé , donem-li suport! totes a plaça Revolució! (Vila de Gràcia) Metro diagonal o fontana.  Convoquem ara mateix davant del banc expropiat
They are still trying to evict the expropriated Bank Occupied Social Center, it seems ome comrades are locked in a safe and the police are using blowtorches. Hot demo now in the barrio….
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I avui tambè, dilluns 23 de Maig, a les 20h, manifestació Plaça Revolució

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Mira també:
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Rebellion in all France after Govt. uses special powers to Impose Slave Labour Law

The cabinet has used special powers to pass the changes without parliamentary approval.

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Rioting has broken out in cities across France
The only way the bill can now be stopped is by  a vote of no confidence – that was filed by two right-wing parties to be held Thursday. the only way this could pass is if at least 65 Socialists voted against, bringing down the government.
Massive demos have been called forThusday

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

French Uprising and Nuit Debout amazing photo essay

Nuit Debout: Other voices..

from Julius Gavroche  with thanks

The Nuit Debout movement in France takes on no single form, even behind the ritual of the general assemblies in Paris and now other cities.  It is plural, chaotic, fed by the multiple protests against the country’s new proposed labour law and a diversity of organisations and collectives coming from other social movements.  Yet it is precisely in this absence of order that the square occupations become spaces of convergence and of proliferation (rather than of enforced collective decision making), susceptible of generating lines of resistance/creation beyond State-Capital.

The events multiply and the voices speaking also become many.  We share below two texts that contribute to further understanding, the first from The Acorn (number 23 – 08/04/2016) and the second from open Democracy (08/04/2016), by Geoffrey Pleyers …

1. March 39 and counting… Nuit Debout and the new French uprising
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Protesters amidst the teargas in Nantes on April 5 – otherwise known as March 36

The spirit of resistance has captured the imagination of a new generation in France, as youth-led opposition to neoliberal labour “reforms” has spiralled into full-on rejection of the whole capitalist system on the street and squares.

The situation took on a new dimension after the general strike and day of action on Thursday March 31. There was a call for people not to go home afterwards but to stay on the streets, beginning a wave of overnight “Nuit Debout” occupations that has spread from Paris across France and into the Iberian peninsular, Belgium and Germany.

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“Let nobody enter here who is not in revolt”

The March 31 “moment” has also been symbolically extended by the renaming of the following days of the mobilisation as March 32, March 33 and so on. Continue reading French Uprising and Nuit Debout amazing photo essay

Riot Resistance and ‘Nuit Debout’ movement: Both are Brilliant!

 ‘Nuit Debout’ and  anarchist ideas on democracy
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 Convergence of The Struggles!

text from Crimethinc with thanks.      The wave of rebellion unleashed in France in response to the El-Khomri labour law has been impressive. The fighting spirit and political acuity shown by many of those blockading their colleges, blocking the railway lines, looting supermarkets and distributing the goods, attacking police stations, and  disseminating tracts against work itself is beautiful. But since 31st March, a new, friendlier-looking trend has emerged alongside the riots.  On that night, people responded to a call for a ‘Nuit Debout’ (night on your feet) to occupy something after the day’s demos.Paris

 In Paris it led to a large and continuous occupation of Place de la Republique. People had discussions, partied, and even prevented the eviction of Stalingrad migrant camp (note: the camp at Stalingrad is populated by several hundred refugees, many of whom have fled police harassment and eviction in Calais, and it & other migrant squats in the city have has been evicted at least 18 times(!) since last June). The occupations grew in size and spread rapidly over France and into Belgium and Spain.

original_570149dd15eb1While Nuit Debout is a heterogenous movement without a particularly distinct identity, it is clear from its statements and the rhetoric coming from the Paris occupation that it is a populist, wavey-hand type citizen movement that emphasises its non-violent and legal nature, sees neoliberalism as the main problem, and set its sights on real democracy.

comment: typical sour grapes comment by some old lefty, the same  type of rejection by anarchists happened with the indignados movement at first, then most  jumped on board as it became the best opportunity to illustrate and develop our ideas in a generation. Continue reading Riot Resistance and ‘Nuit Debout’ movement: Both are Brilliant!

Spreading ‘nuit debout’ Occupations demand Revolution Now

Nuit debout protesters occupy French cities in revolutionary call for change

from The Guardian   For more than a week, vast nocturnal gatherings have spread across France in a citizen-led movement that has rattled the government4899018_6_bbfc_des-manifestants-discutent-entre-eux-le-8_ff15974e6ec4ff1e198a3632ed7a6511 in Paris     As night fell over Paris, thousands of people sat cross-legged in the vast square at Place de la République, taking turns to pass round a microphone and denounce everything from the dominance of Google to tax evasion or inequality on housing estates.

update here.. International Call for Nuit Debout Solidarity

Vive la révolution: demonstrators gather in Place de la République for a nocturnal sit-in. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA
Vive la révolution: demonstrators gather in Place de la République for a nocturnal sit-in. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

The debating continued into the early hours of the morning, with soup and sandwiches on hand in the canteen tent and a protest choir singing revolutionary songs.

One of the demands is the repeal of the Jobs Law approved last week
One of the demands is the repeal of the Jobs Law imposed  last week

A handful of protesters in tents then bedded down to “occupy” the square for the night before being asked to move on by police just before dawn. But the next morning they returned to set up their protest camp again.

Spanish 15M groups are occupying across the country in support of the ‘outraged’ French…Dozens of people have camped at the gates of the City of Valencia after a busy demonstration for the Nuit Debout Paris. Continue reading Spreading ‘nuit debout’ Occupations demand Revolution Now