Monday aug. 28th 2000 – this afternoon residents who squatted empty south sydney council buildings in broadway successfully defended their homes against the Council’s plan to evict them. Council had given the residents until 9am this morning to vacate the buildings. But the residents went into action building lots of support and getting mass media attention which has effectively forced the council to back down for now… maybe council will honour its commitment to assist homeless in south sydney area during the olympics year (we’re holdin our breath).
And big congrats to the broadway squatters!
pictures and information: http://sydney.indymedia.org/
Yesterday’s news: http://squat.net/en/news/shac260800.html
Sydney Housing Action Collective (SHAC): squat.net/shac
Around thirty squatters refused council orders to leave by last Thursday, despite a heavy police presence and the threat of criminal trespass charges. The buildings – which have been occupied since February – are owned by South Sydney Council. The Council have signed a deal with a multinational construction corporation to demolish the buildings and build 130 exclusive apartments.
The squatters remain defiant. They will not be leaving until the buildings are demolished.
Last saturday, 5th of august, about 20 people squated a new house in La Bordeta, in Sants district in Barcelona.
The people living previously in these houses had been kicked out because they want to speculate with the building, to re-construct it and then to sell them more expensive and so on…
Ther was a street party this day and brochures were given to the people explaining the reasons of having squated the building.
| Blitz (Oslo) threatened with eviction
The Oslo council wants to evict the autonomous youth house ‘Blitz’in Oslo. Grete Horntvedt wants the Cafe Blitz, Radiostation Radiorakel, rehearsalrooms, concerthall etc.etc. to move out. After a renovation some youth activities are allowed to find a place in the building but they should be for a ‘broader audience’.
The people who are active at Blitzhuset hope there still is a possibility to solve the problem via the council. If this offers no solution Blitz is prepared to put Oslo upside down The situation in Oslo looks peacefully. This is mainly due to the fact that there are some autonomous spaces. Taking away a very important one will change the balance. Blitz: If we have got nothing to loose anymore we don’t have to fear anything anymore.
Blitz is existing for 18 years now and was given to the people after a squataction somewhere else in Oslo. Since then there has been some attempts to get the people out of the youth house again. Some historical information in norwegian is available at http://wit.no/Doogie/blitz/
recent newspaper articles in norwegian:
contactaddress for the scandinavian part of squat!net:
| Southern African leaders have come out strongly in support of Mugabe’s controversial land reform program
SADC leaders back Zim land grabs
OWN CORRESPONDENT AND REUTERS, Windhoek | Tuesday
SOUTHERN African leaders have come out strongly in support of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe’s controversial land reform program, saying Britain should “honour its obligations” and provide resources for land reform in the embattled country. Ending two-day talks on the region’s simmering conflicts and tepid economic growth, the leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) called on rich nations to write off foreign debt and expressed concern over unending civil wars in Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Slamming threatened US sanctions on Zimbabwe as ?punitive and unjust?, the SADC heads declared that the policy ?seeks to effect a just and equitable redistribution of land in a situation where 1% of the population owns over 70% of the best arable land.’ ‘We are disappointed by the partisan and biased manner in which a sector of the international media has misrepresented the land policy of the government of Zimbabwe,” they said in a statement. ?We reiterate our acceptance of the urgent need to effect land redistribution in Zimbabwe to address land hunger and poverty affecting millions of black Zimbabweans,” it added. The SADC leaders said they had appointed Presidents Thabo Mbeki of South Africa and Bakili Muluzi of Malawi to make representations to the British government on SADC’s behalf for London to finance the land reform. The presidents also broke the silence on the killer disease AIDS and pledged to pool resources to fight the epidemic which poses the most serious threat to the security, stability and future of the SADC region. Around 11 million of SADC’s 190 million population are infected with HIV/AIDS, statistics show, and the figure is rising. The heads of state also called a meeting in Lusaka on August 14 to discuss the war in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). DRC President Laurent Kabila stayed away from the summit amid efforts to persuade him to be more flexible in peace moves, but the communique declared that “the DRC peace process is still on track despite a number of setbacks.” The leaders also took a strong stand against Angolan rebel leader Jonas Savimbi, with the summit’s final communique expressing concern at his “armed and criminal actions against the civilian population and the destruction of social and economic infrastructure.”
ZA*NOW: Background Background on SADC trade Full Zimbabwe archive: http://www.mg.co.za/mg/africa_archive/zimbabwe_archive.html
on squat.net: http://squat.net/nl/news/zimbabwe010700.html
A new building has been squatted in Leuven (Belgium) and we’re gonna do a ‘Boycot marktrock-fest’ in it, during ‘Marktrock’ (commercial mainstream festival) with lots of local bands and parties. The address is: Scapenstraat 29, 3000 Leuven, Belgium (for all your moral support
We have a small website we use to give updates about the squat and the festival. http://members.tripod.com/sheepstreetsquat
13 augustus 2000. Start: 15.00 h Mangenerated (Evil Noise Project from Tienen) Chipmunks (Shake it, Alvin!) Mutual Aid (Punk’s Not Dead!) Ulrike’s Dream (trashing grind from Leuven. LCBC) De Boze Geest (Wait and see) System To Nowhere (Great metalcore!) Intestinal Disease (back from touring in Brazil- welcome!) Restons Sobres (Portugese HC-band)
14 augustus 2000. Start: 22.00 h Discoparty (come dressed and shake it baby!!!)
15 augustus 2000. Start 22.00 h Reggae/Dub-party with great Live act!
16 augustus 2000. Start: 22.00 h hiphopparty of kaartwedstrijd: we still can’t decide what would be the coolest thing to do, play cards or party ’till dawn. making up your mind is a hard thing to do.
Entrance: 50 BEF to cover the cost that have been made when we tried to isolate the place.