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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

Occupy Spring in Barcelona: Multi-Cine successfully Liberated

La Cinètika     Last Saturday a gigantic 10 screen cinema was occupied as an autonomous social center in Barcelona. The abandoned building is owned by the City Council who had failed to find a use for it. en català per sota
vegan lunch at the ocupied multi-cinema
vegan lunch at the ocupied multi-cinema

The action began as an advertised 4 day series of debates and workshops, meals etc… with a whole range of strikers, squatters, immigrants, feminist struggles etc.. taking part.. all to be held in a local square, and beginning with a street parade around historic struggle sites.,.

The parade ended with the Cinètika occupation

The liberated area, with thousands of square meters and ten cinemas will become, henceforth, an open space in the neighborhood. The promoters of the project want to build a squatting assembly, feminist and outside the institutions. No alcohol will be sold at the venue, as the group believes that “alcoholism and drugs are a problem in the workers neighborhoods.”CfHeBW3W8AA-yDm

True to its name (in classical Greek “that which moves”) the Cinètika hosted during the whole weekend a whirlwind of activities that have combined cleaning and clearance of the facilities with big publiv meetings on  making the independent anti capitalist Palomar barrio, a series of lectures, meals and screenings of documentaries scheduled until Tuesday.( see poster)

The lobby was filled with talks and debates  which have included the participation of the workers in the Telefonica struggle, the Barcelona Metropolitan Transport strikers(TMB), the  Auditorium and Liceu conflicts,  the movement against mortgage evictions PAH, the Union of Popular Street Vendors , All Strike, the Stop the Fare Rises platform, the writer Joni D. and the bus driver and the councillor Josep Garganté CUP.

the barrio ..'St Andrew of the Pigeon Loft'
the barrio ..’St Andrew of the Pigeon Loft’

“Refuse to continue watching passively the media circus of symbolic televised statements of the ‘new left’ institutions, while on the street there is no change in our living conditions which continue to worsen,” states the occupation manifesto entitled ‘End of the show: a letter to the districts from the new squatted cinema in Sant Andreu, published by Cinètika on Indymedia Barcelona.

“We want to equip ourselves with the tools and weapons necessary to build neighborhoods and strong communities […] able to build ways of living and meet their needs apart from and against relationships of domination and oppression that characterize today’s society “.

the agenda..to be held in a local square!
the agenda..to be held in a local square!

Regarding the legal aspects, sources have told the group that “although we have seen police and plain clothes patrols around the cinema, to date there has been no incident. Neither have we received messages from the City Council. ”

Indeed the City Council is in an awkward position, controlled by Barcelona en Común, and led by Ada Colau, herself an ex squatting activist against mortgage evictions , which makes an immediate eviction unlikely, but there must be intense pressure to stop the wave of occupations getting out of hand.

How is it possible to seize a multi cinema in Barcelona, but unthinkable in most other cities? The occupiers in San Andreu barrio have been active and trusted for many years, their tactics are excellent and there is a long history of anarchist type self organisation in the city.

Cinètika make this assessment of the progress of the project. “In the cracks of the Barcelona Brand Name  we are making combative living spaces: a cinema opened up to fill it with life,”

@La CinètikaLaCinetika

Cinema occupied for an autonomous, feminist, anticapitalist space in Sant Andreu.   Rambla Fabra i Puig, 32 (M L1 Fabra i Puig)

There’s a lot more local squatters news here…

The squatted bank Banc Expropriat, free social center in Gracia Barrio is threatened again after winning last year by huge public support.

a dozen demos called by the Expropriated Bank for if they are evicted
a dozen demos called by the Expropriated Bank for if they are evicted
A large building in the city center has been occupied by students for autonomous assembly run living space, etc.
The Transformadors anarchist CSO was evicted while empty.
A center in Sabadell city was attacked by 50 nazis who were driven off quickly by 200 anti-nazis called on Twitter.

The classic Rimaia  CSO, site of the Free University, has been re-occupied for the 5th time and is being refurbished.

the Rimaia is now re-occupied... again
the Rimaia is now re-occupied… again

The Can Vies anarchist social center, site of the 2014 eviction, riots, semi demolition and triumphant counter occupation is still being rebuilt amid a host of new activities……

Can Vies 'Flowers from the Rubble'
Can Vies ‘Flowers from the Rubble’

 

original i més info en catalá

Primavera okupa a Barcelona

La Cinètika obre les portes dels antics cinemes Lauren a Sant Andreu de Palomar i l’Assemblea de Joves de Cassoles ja té casal. Aquest matí, l’Ajuntament ha desallotjat un CSOA Transformadors buit

Pas de la cercavila per la plaça Orfila, on es va fer memòria de les càrregues de la Guàrdia Urbana després del desallotjament del CSO La Galia, a principis dels 2000

1-2. No és el resultat d’un partit de futbol, sinó el balanç que fa dels darrers tres dies el moviment okupa de la ciutat. Dissabte al matí, una cercavila finalitzava amb l’obertura al públic del cinema abandonat del passeig de Fabra i Puig, rebatejat com la Cinètika, on se celebraran fins dimarts les Jornades per un Palomar Autònom i Anticapitalista. El mateix dissabte a la tarda, l’Assemblea de Joves de Cassoles alliberava un local al carrer Bertran, que esdevindrà el nou casal juvenil de Sant Gervasi. Avui al matí, al Fort Pienc, l’Ajuntament ha fet efectiu el desallotjament del CSOA Transformadors, i s’ha trobat l’edifici buit. L’assemblea del centre social ha convocat una concentració de resposta avui dilluns a les vuit de vespre davant la seu del Districte de l’Eixample.

Les darreres setmanes s’han obert les portes de grans edificis abandonats, com la Nova Rimaia, a Sant Antoni, o la Residència d’Estudiants Okupada, al cor del Raval

La revifada de l’okupació és un fet als barris de Barcelona. Les darreres setmanes s’han obert les portes de grans edificis abandonats, com la Nova Rimaia, a Sant Antoni, o laResidència d’Estudiants Okupada, al cor del Raval. L’alliberament d’immobles buits per transformar-los en habitatges també és una tendència creixent a barris com Vallcarca i Sant Andreu. Els moviments socials de la Vila de Gràcia s’organitzen davant l’amenaça de desallotjament imminent del Banc Expropiat, que crida a apropar-se a l’exsucursal de Travessera de Gràcia tan bon punt arribi la comitiva i a manifestar-se a les 20 h del mateix dia a la plaça Revolució. L’endemà, estan convocades, de moment, concentracions solidàries a mitja dotzena de barris de Barcelona.

Aquesta darrera onada d’usurpacions arriba marcada per un element característic: molts dels nous espais alliberats són propietat de l’Ajuntament de Barcelona. És el cas de Transformadors, la Cinètika, un immoble okupat a Sarrià o l’antiga comissaria de la Policia Nacional espanyola que acull des del novembre el Casal Popular Tres Lliris, al carrer Torrent de l’Olla. Avui a les 9 del matí, el govern de Barcelona en Comú complia amb el seu propòsit de desallotjar el primer d’aquests espais, el CSOA Transformadors.

Palomar autònom

Fa cinc anys que una tàpia envolta els abandonats multicines Lauren del passeig de Fabra i Puig. Durant aquest temps, l’Ajuntament de Barcelona, propietari de l’immoble, parlava de diversos projectes per donar-li ús, però tot havia quedat en res… fins dissabte. La inauguració de la Cinètika va posar la cirereta final a una cercavila que va recórrer els carrers de Sant Andreu de Palomar fent parada als indrets més significatius de la memòria anticapitalista i autònoma de l’antic poble del pla de Barcelona. El cinema alliberat, amb milers de metres quadrats i deu sales de projecció, esdevindrà, a partir d’ara, un espai obert al barri. Les impulsores de l’okupació volen construir un projecte assembleari, feminista i al marge de les institucions. No es vendrà alcohol al recinte, ja que el col·lectiu considera que “l’alcoholisme i les drogues són un problema als barris populars”.

A la Cinètika, no es vendrà alcohol, ja que el col·lectiu considera que “l’alcoholisme i les drogues són un problema als barris populars”

Fent honor al seu nom (en grec clàssic, “la que es mou”) la Cinètika ha acollit tot el cap de setmana una voràgine d’activitats, que han combinat les tasques de neteja i habilitació de les enormes instal·lacions amb els actes de les Jornades per un Palomar Autònom i Capitalista, una sèrie de xerrades, àpats i, projeccions de documentals, programades fins dimarts. El vestíbul s’ha omplert de xerrades i debats que han comptat amb la participació de les treballadores en lluita de Telefònica, TMB, l’Auditori i el Liceu, així com de l’Obra Social de la PAH, el Sindicat Popular de Venedors Ambulants, Vaga de Totes, la Plataforma Stop Pujades, l’escriptor Joni D. i el conductor de bus i regidor de la CUP Josep Garganté.


Una de les sales dels multicines Lauren del passeig de Fabra i Puig, abandonat des de fa cinc anys fins a l’okupació del passat cap de setmana / Marc Rude

“No volem continuar contemplant passivament el circ mediàtic de les declaracions simbòliques i televisades de la ‘nova esquerra’ institucional, mentre al carrer no canvia res i les nostres condicions de vida continuen empitjorant”, expressa el manifest titulat Fi de l’espectacle: una carta als barris des del nou cinema okupat de Sant Andreu, que la Cinètika ha publicat al servidor Indymedia. “Volem dotar-nos de les eines i les armes necessàries per a construir barris i comunitats fortes […] capaces de construir formes de viure i satisfer les seves necessitats al marge i en contra de les relacions de dominació i opressió que caracteritzen la societat actual”.

Pel que fa als aspectes legals, fonts del col·lectiu ens han explicat que “tot i que hem vist molta presència de patrulles i secretes als voltants del cinema, fins ara no s’ha produït cap incident. Tampoc no ens ha arribat cap missatge de l’Ajuntament”. A la Cinètika fan una molt bona valoració de la marxa del projecte. “En les escletxes de la marca Barcelona creixen espais vius i combatius: obrim un cinema abandonat per omplir-lo de vida”, expressava el col·lectiu des del seu compte de Twitter.

Cassoles ja té casal

Dissabte a la tarda, un grup de joves de Sant Gervasi de Cassoles –o simplement Cassoles, en toponímia laica– alliberaven un local per tal d’obrir-hi un casal, al número 24 del carrer Bertran. L’Assemblea de Joves del barri, impulsora de la iniciativa, feia tres anys que patia la mancança d’un espai on desenvolupar la seva activitat, després del desallotjament del Casal Popular Manuel de Pedrolo, situat al mateix carrer.

L’Assemblea havia engegat la campanya “No tenim lloc” per reivindicar la necessitat de locals, però denuncien que el govern municipal no ha respost a les seves exigències

Vinculada a esplais i caus de la zona, l’Assemblea havia engegat la campanya “No tenim lloc” per reivindicar la necessitat de locals pels col·lectius i entitats cassolencs. El govern municipal, però, no ha respost a les seves exigències. “Davant d’aquesta situació precària i indigna, hem decidit donar vida a un espai mort des de fa més de vuit anys. Entenem que la falta de voluntat resolutiva de l’Administració davant les demandes que hem presentat és un senyal inequívoc d’immobilisme enfront del jovent del barri, i la negació d’un dret bàsic com el que reclamem. La solució és clara: o ho solucionem nosaltres mateixes, o ens esperen més hiverns al carrer”, exposa l’Assemblea de Joves de Cassoles en un comunicat.

“Transformadors”

El juliol de l’any passat, una vintena de persones van okupar l’edifici de Transformadors, al carrer Ausiàs March. Els fets van generar una polèmica important al barri, ja que feia anys que diversos col·lectius i entitats reclamaven a l’Ajuntament, propietari de l’immoble, que els cedís l’espai. Avui a les nou del matí, agents de la Guàrdia Urbana han accedit a l’edifici, que en aquell moment era buit.


 L’entrada al CSOA Transformadors, custodiada per la Guàrdia Urbana després del desallotjament / Jesús Rodriguez

A les dotze han arribat dos camions de BAGURSA, la societat mercantil encarregada de l’àmbit urbanístic de l’Ajuntament de Barcelona, i els operaris han començat a tapiar portes i finestres. Poca gent s’ha quedat a testimoniar el desallotjament. El col·lectiu ha valorat els fets a través del seu blog: “Tracten així de sepultar l’accés a una cultura lliure i llibertària per la qual nosaltres seguirem lluitant”. L’assemblea de l’espai convoca també una concentració avui dilluns a les vuit del vespre a les portes de la seu del Districte de l’Eixample, al número 311 del carrer Aragó, “en rebuig a aquest desallotjament i en suport a tots els espais autogestionats que practiquen l’autonomia real”.

Black Lives Matter Occupy Toronto Police Station

TORONTO, ON- JULY 27 - Uranranebi Agbeyegbe screams into a microphone during a Black Lives Matter protest that marched from Gilbert Avenue to Allen Road on Eglinton Avenue. The protest shut down the southbound Allen Road for around 30 minutes, causing traffic to reverse and exit through Lawrence Avenue. July 27, 2015 Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star
– Uranranebi Agbeyegbe screams into a microphone during a Black Lives Matter protest

 

On March 21st, Black Lives Matter activists pitched tentsat the Toronto Police headquarters and started an occupation to protest
the police killings of Andrew Loku, Jermaine Carby, Alex Wettlaufer,
Melkioro Gahungu, and others. Cops reacted to the peaceful protest by attacking the crowd on two separate occasions, all in order to
extinguish their campfire, confiscate their tents, and pour chemicals
all over their firewood. Since then, the protest has only grown.

Follow Black Lives Matter – Toronto Coalition for facebook for updates,

and check out #BLMTO and #BLMTOtentcity on twitter.

40.000 convicted by Spanish Gag Laws, 6.217 for Insulting Police

mordazaPolice fine 30 people a day for “disrespect” to agents since  the Gag Law came into force

A request for information eldiario.es provides details of the sanctions imposed with 40,000 convicted under the new laws to muzzle dissent from July 2015 to January 2016

The Government has submitted during this period 6,217 sanctions for disrespecting the security forces, the second plea ban after drug useanarchists against Gag laws

The economic penalty associated with insulting or badmouthing a police officer has been 145 euros on average Continue reading 40.000 convicted by Spanish Gag Laws, 6.217 for Insulting Police

Dublin: Squat City

[Dublin] Squat City has been liberated!

Spread the word friends. The warehouse will soon be full of words; the garden has begun regrowing community; music and paint about to burst across the city.

At the lower end of Grangegorman and where the block continues along North Brunswick Street, acres of warehouses and yards and houses and space space spaces have been laying vacant far too long, once again. From developers to NAMA to developers to judge’s friendsand back to developers for more and more money while people and places rot.occupy Ireland

We who need a home have housed ourselves. We who need good work have found it. No pay — no problem. We invite you to join us for fun and struggle. Stay tuned for updates and events — we intend many things — and a brilliant surprise event is in the making to warm up your cold winter hearts for what’s to come. Continue reading Dublin: Squat City