info from La_Directa and Twitter.. Violent attacks and charges were made by the Mossos local police while protecting an illegal eviction executed by Desokupa, the private Eviction Company, in the Poble-sec barrio of Barcelona . One supporter and three from the squatting collective were arrested, instead of the hired thugs.
”Although the converted ‘luxury’ flats were finally lost the emergency neighbourhood mobiization brought crowds of people onto the streets in record time to block the private mercenaries of the speculation company until the police charged twice”..
Two -UnSquat- thugs
This was in the context of increasing mobilizations by tenants, unions and neighbourhood groups against the wave of corporate buyouts and evictions for property speculation and gentrification in the city. Continue reading “Police protect hired Thugs to Evict occupied Speculation Flats #AlertaDesokupa”
Incredibly last week was the 5th time the Occupied Social Centre La Rimaia (pronounced ReeMyYa) has been violently evicted. Its history reads like a passionate anti-capitalist thriller.
Beginning in Dec 2008 the first Rimaia was occupied in central Barcelona at the height of the student uprising against the Bologna process of elitism and privatising of Universities.
After a violent eviction the ‘okupas’ took over a huge building in the main Gran Via and declared the Free University with dozens of free courses and workshops. it had a library, an art workshop, a cooperative and multiple classes (philosophy, computer networks, Languages…).
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After another shocking illegal surprise eviction the Rimaia Free Uni grabbed an abandoned building in the Sant Antoni barrio where the project has put down community roots.Pablo Molano, center> his life and death were the inspiration of the latest New Rimaia
Inside the Free University you could live the revolution in miniature, all is decided in open assembly and almost always unanimously, with up to 70 people, 30 living there and 40 with projects. Living freely with huge enthusiasm and creativity. Continue reading “A New World in our Hearts: ‘La Rimaia’ Squat centre Evicted for 5th Time”