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Save La Chispa (the Spark).. awesome Occupied Social Center from Imminent Eviction


squat-lleidachispaPonent CGT supports the CSO La Chispa against the imminent eviction.
The Criminal Court has decided to grant an ”interim order” of eviction against the squatted social center, without even it being requested by the owner himself.okupa-gran-final Continue reading Save La Chispa (the Spark).. awesome Occupied Social Center from Imminent Eviction

Union Occupiers take huge Somonte Estate for 3rd Time

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by   Darío Unai, Somonte (Córdoba)
The Andalusian Workers Union /SAT) has occupied the  huge Somonte Estate for the third time dsc_0579
Somonte is a farm of 400 hectares located south of Córdoba in where summer temperatures reach 50C. It houses a handful of labourers, a pen of chickens and several million “wingback” mosquitoes  infesting the few areas of shade.

Among the dry fields that extend beyond the horizon, the only landmark is the tower of the ultraq modern Abengoa photovoltaic plant  projecting in all directions the sunlight of hundreds of reflective  panels concentrated on its tip.

The anarchist unions in Andalusia campaign together with the communist SAT

It is not the most advisable place  to rest up after a hunger strike of 37 days mixed with more than 70 demonstrations for thr  freedom of ANDRÉS BÓDALO and the electoral campaign that led to Diego Cañamero’s election to Congress. Continue reading Union Occupiers take huge Somonte Estate for 3rd Time

‘Our Arrests are another Frame-Up’..District 14 Collective:

solidaridadDistrict 14: “Our arrest is a montage due to our struggle against forced evictions”  
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6 members of Distrito 14 Collective being detained
adaptted from  diagonal  en castellano abajo       The six youths were arrested by the Information Brigade accused of participating in a fight but at the time of the events they were working in a stall at the Moratalaz Fiestas.
That same afternoon the press published that the detainees were accused of threatening and assaulting members of Citizens (Ciutadanos Party) during the Grand Fiestas of the Moratalaz neighborhood and that during election campaign activities, they had gone  “Hunting Pijos”(preppies)


Last Wednesday, at 8 am, the Information Brigade arrested at their homes the six members of the collective District 14. “Some were preparing to attend a Stop Evictions Action convened in Parla and others to go to their jobs” said the group in a statement, in which they explain that the Information Brigade accused them of being involved in a fight, nothing more.  Continue reading ‘Our Arrests are another Frame-Up’..District 14 Collective:

Feminist Women Occupiers back In Revolutionary Action (Sevilla)

L revóThe REVO is back!

A year ago THE REVOLUTIONARY FEMINIST HOUSE “LA REVO”  was born when a house in the  ‘Ovary Gate’ (institutionally known as Puerta del Osario) was occupied as a feminist, not mixed, home  and an anti-patriarchal space.

This was the result of a long assembly process and collective knowledge that took place over several months and which was join ed by women from many feminist groups. Our goal at that time was to create a site of struggle, meeting, discussion, political reflection, critical thinking and collective creation, as well as a place from which to project our feminist ideas.

feminist occupation in Sevilla.
feminist occupation in Sevilla., this was the first ‘La Revó’ in 2015  ..la primera..

Continue reading Feminist Women Occupiers back In Revolutionary Action (Sevilla)

Kids Magician Waves her Wand..and Occupies Youth Learning Centre!

Council owned building occupied in Barcelona for Kids Learning Spaceimg_memartinez_20160611-233427_imagenes_lv_otras_fuentes_botanika1-kf4G-U402443141926fAD-992x558@LaVanguardia-Web

The occupation is of the former HQ of the Botanical Institute and the action is the starting point of a conference on alternative pedagogies and self-management organized by Co-maternity and shared parenting Collective Babàlia and the Ateneo Cooperative Base.  (‘comaternitat i criança compartida Babàlia i l’Ateneu Cooperatiu La Base’)   by David Bouactividades-en-babalia_1

The building is located on Paseo de Jean Forestier at the foot of Montjuïc, it was mass occupied around 2 pm, after a magician and a graffiti tried unsuccessfully to open the wall doing various street theatre  tricks .

An action was announced days had been via the Conference for Live Learning in Poble Sec barrio, promoted by the ‘La Base’ and their educational revolution section form Babàlia.

The ‘Fountain Square’ was the venue chosen to give the starting signal for a weekend full of activities such as lectures, concerts, workshops and a space for small children. According to the organizers, the aim of the conference is “to boost community building in the neighborhood, both among people and between generations for projects and spaces.”

 Batucada Drum Band encouraged squatting before the parade, which was followed by sixty people, including many children / David Bou
Continue reading Kids Magician Waves her Wand..and Occupies Youth Learning Centre!

Expropriated Bank: resistance Continues: Action day Video 1

500 people demonstrate all day, even covering police chief in flour, see video below..amid heavy police charhges and various events….bank

Meanwhile in Gràcia, cops have finally left, and there’s a  sit-in at the door of the ex-occupied bank p/v

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


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