On May 16th, over 1000 people gathered to participate in the occupation movement festival in Lund, which featured food, music, entertainment and of course SQUATTING! During Saturday two buildings, Bredgatan 4 and Observatory in the City Park were occupied, and during the night so were Sunday two unused buildings on the St Lars.
In addition to the imaginative tactics the activists used to outwit the cops, different blocks were subject to random and ordered police violence.
Making a comeback to street politics was the re-appearance of padded and white-suited protesters (Ya Basta-style (Italy) and Womble style (London) who use their block to push through static police lines. You can see these in action in the photo galleries.
Report from squatting festival in Lund, Sweden 16-17, May 2009
For many years in Sweden, squatting houses has been something not attempted very often, a lot because of the no-tolerance laws and practice by the Swedish state. The attempts during the last 15-20 years met heavy sentences and the interest in squatting sank to a low level. After the eviction of Ungdomshuset in Copenhagen many were inspired by the resistance and the movement that arose around the fight for a youth house, and the idea started to seem more real again. During the international squat days of action in April 2008 several houses were squatted in many Swedish cities, purposely during a limited time to make public activities.
The temporary squattings continued after the action days and in the October 2008 a house in Lund was squatted, later called “smultronstället” which lasted for about a month. It was publicly squatted and the squatters intended to live there as long as possible. As it happened the housing situation in Sweden in general was going towards an extreme level compared to the comfortable existence most people took for granted after years of social democratic rule in the supposed model society. Lund, a small town mainly based around its university, had reached a very difficult housing situation especially for young people from the area. It was even harder for them to find a flat than for students moving there from other towns. They quickly gained a big and broad support among neighbors and the people from town with their open and inviting attitude and many came by to visit. The local media also portrayed the whole thing surprisingly good. Negotiations were started with the municipality that hadn’t dared to give the eviction order yet as they were blamed for the housing politics. But after weeks of meetings and promises from the side of the politicians the squat was evicted without any notice before. The night of the eviction a big demonstration was held through the city center and shortly after, two new houses were squatted, though they were evicted the same day.
At 31/12 the womens house is squatted in Umeå in north sweden. The building is threatend with demolition. The police wanted to evict the place but a part of the squatters barricaded themselves in on the upper floor.
When the police returned next day the squatters first told them that they’d be gone the following day. However,the next day they decided to stay and put a note on the door for the police saying they consider the house theirs now.
The squatters are planning to open the house to the public within a few days – wanting the house to serve as a youth-house.
news from the 3rd of january, 2004. Source: http://www.yelah.net
More information in Swedish @ http://www.yelah.net/news/20040103182330
On the 11th of june, a squat opened it’s doors as a social center in Malmö in southern Sweden. But after just 22 hours, the national anti-terrorist force evicted the squatters with drawned guns.
The squatters, who have given the house the Name “Melonia”, after a cartoon, came back the next day in a spontanious demonstration with about 90 persons. The police, who wasn’t aware of the demo, rushed to the house with dogs and riotgear to protect the empty house.
Some of the squatters then went to the owners office to have a picnic and to listen to loud disturbing music.
From our guestbook:
A new wave of squatting has hit Malmoe in south of sweden. An empty factorybuilding was squatted by 5 squatters for about 20 minutes. When the secret police showed up, home made explosives where thrown at them. The squatters left the building the backdoor before the riotcops arrived and closed the entire area. Earlier that week a building was ment to be squatted.
A minor street party was arranged as a de-coy, but information leeked out and the cops cealed of the building and the nearby areas and entered with dogs before the squatters came close to the building. The reasons for these 2 squats are an campain for an autonomous youthcenter that has been started and a campain against the luxury-fication of the old workingclass area “Möllevången”. More squats in both these campains are to be expected!
More information @ indymedia Sweden:http://sweden.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=10941
-BZ – 040
There was a unsuccessful squat attempt in the swedish town of linkoping. 23 youths now are in jail awaiting trial that could lead to four years imprisonment. 7 have been released pending charges as they are under the age of 18.
The squat occurred in the town of linköping on the night between the 17th and 18th of march. On the evening of the 18th the special anti-terrorist unit of the national police force stormed the building. one occupant was injured and hospitalized.
The entire incident errupted a wave of anti-anarchist/autonome propaganda in the media. On the night between the 19th and 20th of march a local politicians home was torched. he was the person the squaters wanted to bargain with before the police stormed the building. This intensified the media campaign against the extra-parlimentary left.