Urgent call for action, protest and solidarity.
Smash Nike Japan’s plan to take over and privatise a public park in central Tokyo (Miyashita Park in Shibuya ward) by purchasing “naming rights” from the local Shibuya Ward Council and building paid sports facilities including a skate park, rock climbing wall, etc.
Shibuya Ward is estimated to receive approximately 150 million yen over 5 years, and NIKE, the sporting giant infamous for its exploitation in South East Asian sweatshops, will gain yet another prime location for advertisement.
…And the homeless who have no where else to go, are again in danger of losing homes and basic living rights.
Just stop it.
Berlin, 18 of June 2009
Claim on the house squatting:
„House squatting in Friedrichshain” – Actionweeks June 2009
During the action days for freespaces in Berlin we squatted since a few hours a house in Berlin – Friedrichshain.
We want to remain in the empty building located in the Voigtstr. corner Dolzigerstr.
Our squatting action is part of a line of actions which are directed towards the keeping of autonomous freespaces and against a restructuring of the city Berlin, oriented exclusively towards the capitalist logic of usability.
Our goal within the action weeks called by the campaign “We stay all!”. From the 6 to the 20 of June is not only the keeping and raise awareness about the already existing freespaces in Berlin, threatened by gentrification, but also to fight for new ones.
Fabricka Yfanet is a former 19,500 m² factory in Thessaloniki (Greece) that has been occupied by people demanding their freedom from political and economic oppression since 20 March 2004.
On Saturday morning, 25 July 2009 at 5.05, arsonists attempted to put our squat on fire by lighting barbecue tanks at the main iron gate. They left a bag containing six gas cans, one 4-litre petrol canister, and a box of fire-starters.
The explosion could not escape the attention of squatters on standby inside the occupation for its protection (such measures were taken after the government threats against free spaces). With the help of neighbours we put down the fire, and fortunately absolutely no damage was done at all.
July 11th 2009
Fascists under the cover of cops attacked the oldest anarchist squat in Greece with molotov cocktails and beaten a youth. Our comrades successfully driven away the fascists. The squat, Villa Amalias, suffered no damage.
From Wikipedia: “Villa Amalia is one of the first anarchist squats in Athens, Greece. It was first occupied in 1990. It is located in the corner of Acharnon and Cheyden streets, near “Victoria” square. Many punk, rock, hardcore and generally underground events take place at Villa Amalia. The police have evicted the squatters three times, but Villa Amalia has always re-occupied later on.”
Many comrades consider it the oldest anarchist squat in Greece and a symbol for the local anarchist movement. In Greek it is called Villa Amalias (Βίλλα Αμαλίας).
The freeschool weekender on housing, squatting and gentrification has been and gone. It was a great success and it has left a beautiful building just waiting for another project to begin. So we call on all those interested in starting up a space to come and get involved…
People expressed an interest in continuing occupying in order to create a space that complemented the pre-existing projects in East London. With LARC, rampART, freedom, ASS and Belgrade Road all within close proximity we felt a giant free shop would be a nice idea. The building suits it with huge shop windows. Within such close proximity to the centre of finance a daytime space that promotes community without consumerism seems like a pleasant idea. A strong focus could be on attracting a crowd that wouldn’t generally go into squats and social centres by possibly making a space drug free (including alcohol and smoke) and having more family friendly activities. A free bicycle workshop will bring in peddlers by off the street and into the space (or the yard at least….) Regular workshops, infonights, cafes and a food coop were amongst other things discussed.
Bring items you no longer require that are clogging up your home. Take stuff you need that someone else has abandoned. Come along to get help fixing your bicycle…
Wednesday, July 8th 2009, the police and local Swat team evicted a squat in Montreuil (very East of Paris), the “Clinique”, an empty building in front of an open-air market occupied since january. The inhabitants were making many collective activities, workshops opened to the local population : a cine-club, a street radio, a free canteen, concerts, duties to organize collectively facing welfare institutions, owners and housing problems.
During the evening, a street canteen and a gathering were organized to protest against this eviction, in a pedestrian area close to the squat. At 10 p.m demonstrators headed on to the Clinique, lit fireworks, started to talk to the three guardsmen of the newly walled up squat. In ambush, cops charged at demonstrators without warning and shot them with flashball guns – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flash-ball – aiming at their heads. Five people got hit from torso to head. One of them got hit in the eye. Brought in emergency at the hospital, he had a surgery, but his eye couldn’t be saved.
Three demonstrators are still under arrest after 24 hours.
In the 400 couverts street, there were different squats between 2001 and 2005 (see http://grenoble.squat.net/#maint). In Grenoble like in most of the other big cities in Europe, gentrification is growing.
During the 7th to 8th of july 2009′ night, two graffiti have been written on the 400 couverts street’ walls:
“Non à la gentrification. Squat toujours!”
““Grenoble, Prague, Berlin, Milan, etc.
Non aux expulsions [No evictions], squat forever“”
In Grenoble, several squats are “evictable” this summer. [Read More]
This statement is meant to declare our attitude concerning recent events and also to introduce our vision of the future. Since the eviction of our house, our collective is growing bigger and stays open to new people. This collective is based on the principle of non-hierarchy, without those who control and those who are controlled, and on self-organization. Everyone who participates on collective work participates also on collective decisions. The process of collective decisions is based on consensus. In opposition In opposition to the existing rules of society rules we work on principles of mutual help, equality and respect, our relations and needs are not calculated according to money or prestige.
This morning 7th July at around 6.50, squat Milada (evicted one week ago) was temporarily occupied. This action was meant to highlight a possible demolition of the building. The UIV office denied that the house would be demolished, but they stated that the static controllors take interest in the house. And if the house is dangerous, thay will have to pull it down. Please note, that the whole roof tiles of the house were destroyed by the security agency during the eviction, windows smashed and everything destroyed. The security agency waistcoat, that was placed on the pole last week, has been torn down and an anarchist flag is now fluttering above Milda again. Two people were arrested, released few hours later.
Today, there will be an eviction wave in Amsterdam where yet again three major free spaces/social centers and several houses will be evicted, the three major space are scub (social center under the bridge), fairly recently squatted but very active http://utb.cryptodrunks.net/ “Eigenaardig”, free space and(social) housing that will be torn down to erect expensive housing in an already over-gentrified neighborhood, that was occupied by renters and squatters who had presented a perfectly viable alternative plan www.verbindingsblok.nl and the douaneloodsen at the zeeburgerkade, old monumental (or at least they should be) warehouses by the water that were in use as alternative living and working spaces for many years and will be torn down in spite of the presence of endangered species and the historical value of the buildings http://squat.net/zeeburgerkade
Its gonna be a long and exhausting day.
At night of the 2nd of July a banner saying “When you’re taking their home, you’re also taking part of our home! Rozbrat in solidarity with Milada squat from Prague” was dropped in the centre of Poznan. We did it to express our solidarity with the squatters from Prague, who were brutally evicted on the 1st of July by a private security company, which is employing mostly neonazis. We support all demands of Prague squatters and we will keep on expressing our solidarity as long as the demands aren’t met. You can read more about Milada and the eviction here: http://www.milada.org
Solidarity is our weapon!
On the 30th of June the Milada squat was evicted. The house was not a part of the cadastre, because it was meant to be demolished years ago. This hasn’t happened and the squatters occupied an INVISIBLE house, because for the authorities it hasn’t legally existed. This was 11 years ago. The place changed a lot, people left and came, at the moment noone from the former collective was living in the house. Few years ago, the place got through a crisis and with a new collective, more actions were held and Milada built quite a strong background and managed to cooperate with other struggles. Now, the controller of the building (UIV – Institute for Information in Education) owned by state tried to make Milada a legally acknowledged place again, though it is not sure, if they were really succesful, anyway they ordered an eviction, and paid a security agency with neonazis as employees. They used violence, hurt people sitting on the roof, destroyed all accessories of Milada and completely damaged the roof. Video (more on utube): http://www.archive.org/details/DemonstraceProtiVyklizeniSquatuMilada1.7.2009 Stencils: http://www.csaf.cz/spravy.php?sprava=1415 Twitter (mostly in czech): https://twitter.com/squatMilada