Athens: about the repressive operation and the defense of Prosfygika

We are still here … The Community remains strong and united … Prosfygika will win!!!!

On 22/11/2022, at 5.45 am, all kinds of police forces, riot police MAT, state security, Delta, OPKE and EKAM, invaded the squated neighbourhood of Prosfygika on Alexandra Avenue and more specifically the 7th block, on Tikhonidos Street (behind the Elpis Hospital). They broke through the outer door of the building, breaking it. Then they went up to the second floor where two community companions, the arrested companion and another refugee from Iran live. They kidnapped both of them and proceeded to carry out a thorough search of the building. At the same time, the entire neighborhood was surrounded by the repression forces, not only at the site of the search but in total, attempting to occupy it.

The operation was spotted by the community’s daily morning patrol who began to inform the neighborhood. Comrades and compañeras took to the rooftops to wake up the rest of us. Not knowing exactly what was happening, we recognized that the operation was limited to a specific building, but we also realized the serious possibility of a general attack. In retrospect, we judge that the invasion that took place was premeditated from the morning. All the time that elapsed until the moment of the invasion was the result of preparation, judgment on costs and gains, as well as a measurement of our determination, by the officials of the GADA and the ministry. [Read More]

Germany: Defend Lützerath

From January it gets serious: The coal company RWE and the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia want to clear and demolish the village of Lützerath [previously on S!N]. Under the village there are huge amounts of brown coal. In total, RWE wants to extract 280 million tons of coal from the opencast mine, which is six times more than our last chance of 1.5° climate heating allows. Now only we ourselves can prevent the coal from being burned under Lützerath.

Locally, a diverse resistance has developed: there is a protest camp, numerous squatted houses, weekly village walks and much more. We do not know when the eviction attempt itself will be. But we are ready.

Feel free to write us comments and ideas to presse [at] alle-doerfer-bleiben [dot] de.

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Prague: Building briefly squatted

In Prague, Obsaď a Žij are at it again [previously on S!N]! A building was briefly occupied today at Malínská 1970/5 in Strašnice. A banner was dropped in solidarity with Prosfygika. After assembling at a meeting point, the squat was made and then drew police attention. After speaking to the local mayor, the squatters agreed to leave with the promise of a meeting on December 6 about a new social centre to follow Klinika (evicted 2019). Nobody was identified.


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Athens: Prosfygika under attack

Police attacked the squatted neighbourhood of Prosfygika. Two persons were kidnapped this morning [Nov 22] and one more was missing for some hours. 400 people live there, some in a self-managed community, many are refugees and migrants. The government has big development plans for the 8 buildings of the neighbourhood and has been threatening the inhabitants with eviction for years. We, @4HousingandCity, stand in solidarity with Prosfygika squatted neighbourhood and condemn the action of the police! Solidarity with all refugee and migrants squats in Europe! Spread the info in your cities, towns, villages & show your solidarity!

Amsterdam: update Vossiusstraat 16 squat

Last Wednesday we heard the verdict of our court case. As many of you may have heard already, WE WON! This is not just great for all the people living in the Vossiusstraat squat and organising political events in it, but for the entire squatting movement and for everyone who likes watching (Russian) billionaires get their property taken away.

Volozh’s lawyer tried to claim that Volozh’s family plans to move into the building. In that case, why did they split the building into three different addresses? Why are there SIX bathtubs? Why does every floor have its own locks?

The renovations of the building were ruled to be unlawful. If we had not squatted the building, they would have continued their works undisturbed — as per their own admittance. This makes clear that at this moment, the sanctions are not actually being upheld by the Dutch government. [Read More]

Brighton: Court update

Deputy district dickhead (and judge) “Hang ’em” Mills last week gave an enthralling lesson in British justice to supporters of the Squat the Slope occupation, which was in court in Brighton to fight an IPO (the fast track possession claim). The squat has been there for almost a month, fighting a fantastic struggle against the university’s megalomaniac plans to turn all students into consumerbots.
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London: autonomous bookshop & cafe to open on Westminster Bridge Road

[update: court case Autonomous Cafe & Bookshop on november 25th]

Winter is coming, and that means the autonomous shelter season is upon us once again. Last year a St. Mungo’s hostel in Gray’s Inn Road was occupied from December to April, before exploding into a small network of interlinked shelters across Central and East London. The Autonomous Shelters Network is already back in action in solidarity with the houseless community at an undisclosed number of locations across the city.

This Wednesday will see the opening of the Autonomous Cafe & Bookshop in a former ‘necropolis station’ at 121 Westminster Bridge Road as part of the Autonomous Winter Shelter Network. It will be serving liberated coffee for pay-what-you-can from 2pm, with an open mike from 6 till 8pm. All money raised will be profitshared amongst people working in the cafe, or donated to helping finance the project. [Read More]

Amsterdam: come to the court case for Vossiusstraat 16

CALL TO ACTION: Come to our civil court case and support the squat on the Vossiusstraat 16!
This Wednesday 9th of November 10:30 at Parnassusweg 280, 1076 AV Amsterdam. Let’s show the judge, the owner Arkadiy Volozj (who is a sanctioned Russian billionaire) and Wolfs Advocaten that there is broad support for the squatting of Vossiusstraat 16. Volozj’s involvement in the war will not go unnoticed. We will not be intimidated by the law or the rich!

The court case is publicly accessible. You can be present for the entire hearing, or a part thereof, to show support for the action. To attend the hearing you need to show your identification at the entrance of the courthouse, but your name will not be shared with anyone besides the personel of the courthouse. It is therefore not anonymous, we encourage those who do not feel comfortable identifying themselves to the court to show up anyway but stay outside in front of the courthouse as a solidarity protest. [Read More]

Amsterdam: building from russian oligarch squatted

Today we are announcing our new home at Vossiusstraat 16. The police just arrived! Come and support.

We purposefully decided to squat this building, owned by Russian billionaire Arkadiy Volozj. As everyone knows, the Russian army invaded Ukraine this year. This is just the latest in a list of Putin’s crimes, against Ukraine, against LGBT people, in Syria, and many more. With this year’s invasion, the Russian state is finally widely denounced as criminal, genocidal, and as an authoritarian state. Volozj, who founded Russian propaganda site Yandex, has been placed on the sanctions list of the European Union since the invasion, as the EU determined he “is supporting, materially or financially, the Government of the Russian Federation and is responsible for supporting actions or policies which undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.”.

Yet this house was not frozen until a few weeks ago, because it’s owned through a company on the Virgin Islands. The billionaire’s lawyers contacted the government to inform them of his property here, but the government didn’t send it on to the department responsible for sanctions. Clearly, the Dutch state doesn’t see it as a priority to curb billionaires and oligarchs. National sanctions coordinator Stef Blok claimed that the Dutch housing market just isn’t interesting to Russian oligarchs. That’s obviously bullshit.
About 9000 properties in the Netherlands were bought through companies in tax havens. 6000 houses are owned by companies that through shady constructions are untraceable. In total, they own 10.5 billion euros worth of properties. It’s clear: There is no housing shortage, there is an excess of rich people. [Read More]

Rotterdam: a house in the Pompenburg flat has been squatted

There are new squatters in town! A house in the Pompenburg flat has been squatted by the anarchist collective RATS. It’s squatted in solidarity with the inhabitants of the Pompenburg Flat who are fighting against the demolition of the building.

The building which is home to hundreds of residents in 226 social housing homes was announced to be demolished in 2019 (and residents only found out by the newspaper!) for a 250 meter high tower developed by RED Company in collaboration with social housing corporation Havensteder and gemeente Rotterdam. The building, which was originally not in the redevelopment plans for the Pompenburg area, was campaigned to be demolished by the municipality themselves despite over 80% of the residents against demolition. These plans also call for the eviction and destruction of communal gardens in Park Pompenburg and the various community projects based in Schieblock whom are dear friends of ours, for high rise towers of mostly luxury apartments.

We stand in solidarity with the residents organizing and fighting for the last three years against backroom deals to demolish their homes. Sloop ons niet! [Read More]

Hebden Bridge (UK): Final stretch for disinfo squat

Today concluded our month long legal battle with the alleged landlords, Royd’s Ices. We settled with 14 days from today until our eviction, and zero legal fees against us. This was the best result we could’ve possibly hoped for, considering having the case adjourned once before.
We’d like to thank all the people that turned up to support us, as well as district judge Alex Foster, who was incredibly sympathetic in his approach, and even expressed his personal distain for the housing crisis in Hebden Bridge, and praised the ‘honourable’ and ’noble’ project we’ve created!
During this 14 day period, we will try to run as many events as we can, starting with our open mic Tuesday (tomorrow) evening, and continuing until the very end.
Come eviction, we will have been squatting for 110 days, having built a wonderful community following, and having held an uncountable number of events, and considerably less windows 😉.
Landowners be warned, you best lock your doors. Disinfo will be back again x

Sheffield, UK: Students are occupying The Diamond to protest the uni working with arms companies

A group of University of Sheffield students have occupied The Diamond in protest of the university’s partnership with Rolls Royce, Boeing and BAE Systems.

Sheffield Action Group has taken responsibility for the occupation following a tweet they published this morning. The group has called for “no war criminals on campus or in careers fairs.”
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