La 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.
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 explodes like the beans in Spring.. and worst of all.. demonstrating that anarchist ideas can work.
In parts of Spain it’s a good moment for social occupations . In Barcelona, Madrid and other cities local council elections have suddenly swept street revolutionaries into power, with a mandate to slow down mass evictions by the predator banks, etc.
The ‘Expropriated Bank’ is one of 7 occupied social centers in ex banks in and around Barcelona. Though long overdue for eviction the State has hesitated, perhaps a bit nervous after failing to evict Can Vies last year due to huge solidarity.
Series of big anti-nazi demos against fascist squatters… Anti- fascists seize ‘white Spanish only’ food stall and distribute to all.. Fascist squatters may have owners permission… Squatters movement disowns fascist squat… Police turn blind eye to nazi ”okupas” in Tetuan barrio…. Fascist thugs from MSR squat injure local youths.. Media equates nazi’ Social Home’ with long existing popular and anti racist Squat center ‘La Enrededera’ to demand its eviction.
They are notsquatters: they are Nazis
alternative Housing OfficeMadrid On 18August, theneo-Nazi groupSocialRepublicanMovement(MSR) announced on social media their entry intoan abandoned building in Madrid’sTetuan barrioand fheir intention toturn it into asocialcenter for ‘those in need’ provided they were white and of Spanish nationality. .
Opening asuch centerin the district withthe largestmigrant populationofMadridand the oppositionit generated amongneighbors attractedmedia attention, especially after themassivedemonstration againstheldthe sameday as opening of the center, on August 30.
Since then, it has beencommon to seethe pressreferred to thecenter as a“squatted building” and members of theneo-Nazi groupas “squatters” in an errorwhich is thenrepeatedin social networks. Thecenteris equatedwith thesquatting movement, which has always hadamong its main objectivesthe recoveryof abandonedhomesto becomesocial centersandbuildings.