GONNA KEEP ELBA’S FIRES BURNING! ELBA STAYS!
Enough of turning lodgers and independent culture into the street!
It seems so natural. A corporation buys a ground and can do whatever it wants on it. Build a work, an office or a golf course. Nobody and nothing can stop that process…
But what if there is a cultural centre used by thousands of people and known all over Europe placed on that premises? What if social welfare is in conflict with company’s egoistic plans? A company, which piously advertises itself as “producing in conditions safe for the society and conducting dialogues with every side concerned”. Where is that dialogue? There’s no dialogue, there is, still, the rule of money. Stora Enso corporation is known for its uncompromised profit policy at the cost of people and the environment. [Read More]
On the 16th of March around 11am a group of workers from “Skrzecz” security agency entered unlawfully the premises of Elba, an alternative social centre in Warsaw. The security was hired by the landlord, the Finnish company Stora Enso. At this time there were several people on the ground who were beaten and forced out of the buildings. The security agents left a path of destruction inside the buildings and took away belongings of the residents of the squat. In the course of actions of the secutity agents money disappeared. This unlawful raid and illegal actions were actively supported by a group of police officers. As a matter of fact they made it impossible to defend against the agression of the security agents and did not react on countless incidents of breaking the law.
Today/now.., without warning, Elba squat in Warsaw is being violently evicted. Elba is the longest running and largest independent cultural center in Warsaw.
This is a part of a Polish live report, translated with g00gl, source: http://poland.indymedia.org/pl/2012/03/55240.shtml
Please share info if you know more!
There’s an alarm call [in polish language] about eviction on their website : http://elba.bzzz.net
Elba was established in autumn 2004 and is run by collective of people who decide about the place by consensus. The collective include both people living here and people organising events and running workshops, all taking part in decision making.
They are involved in series of social and political actions, and we try to make our squat an active place, open for many different ideas. Among other things you will find here freeshop, bike workshop, rehearsal room, screenprinting workshop, climbing wall, skatepark, cafeteria and concert/perfomance room.
Hopefully more detailed information in english language soon.
See also here for more background information about Elba : http://www.spottedbylocals.com/warsaw/squat-elba
Soli rally with Polish squats (wednesday, 3pm)
SQUATS IN POLAND STAY! SQUATS EVERYWHERE STAY!
SQUATS IN POLAND STAY! SQUATS EVERYWHERE STAY! 6 of May (Wednesday), 3 p.m.
SOLDARITY RALLY WITH ROZBRAT AND ELBA SQUATS FROM POZNAN AND WARSAW
The Hague, in front of Polish Embassy (Alexanderstraat 25)
About 8pm, in front of our building appeared police patrol car. It’s not an extraordinary situation, so apart from informing my mates I didn’t care about it at all. After 20 minutes prisoner van came and the policemen started breaking into the building. They even didn’t try to talk to us. We usually don’t let police in, and they are aware of it. When we noticed what was going on we started informing our mates and press. We live on the first floor. The entrance to our flat constitute metal Door and a valve. When they broke through the first door on the ground floor I called police officer and told him about it. Apparently, the patrol that came after my notification actually helped the rest instead of confirming the authenticity of my notification. After approximately 30 minutes they managed to get to the valve. We have recorded the conversation \uffff between one of us and the police. [an excerpt: Please give your identification number, or show us search warrant , (policeman) I'll show you this fucking search warrant as soon as I meet you on the street, buddy. Nice, huh?] After some time they realized that we were recording this talk, and They ordered us to let them in otherwise they’d call fire brigade to help them enter our flat. We asked about search warrant once again or giving identification numbers but as they didn’t want to give it, we didn’t open the valve. After 30 minutes fire brigade came. At first they tried to break into using crowbars. As they didn’t manage to get in, they decided to use a hack saw. When we heard what they were going to do, some people lied down on the valve. We informed firefighters about it and asked them to stop because they may hurt someone. [Their answer- So be careful guys, it will shake you a bit! ] They started to strike the wall with the hammers and lever the valve with crowbars at the same time. In the meantime we started to barricade- we placed on the valve furniture and container with propane- butane (we also informed them about it). Suddenly someone who wanted to defend us started pouring them with water, as a result of it the hack saw stopped working.
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