Amsterdam: The ASCII squat is getting evicted

12 October 2004, 12:05

The ASCII squat, a free public internet space run by hackers and activists in Amsterdam, is getting evicted at this moment by the local police.

ASCII was set up recycling old computers and using only free software (GNU GPL) to bring broader access to technology for the populace. ASCII is a collective of free and autonomous thinkers, technically and politically aware hackers and free software developers.

The current location of ASCII, Kinkerstraat 92, is not the first nor the last place where hackers struggle for redemption from merchantile agendas speculating on technology and its accessibility by the populace.

The right to communicate is everyone’s good and software implements it!

Stand now in solidarity with ASCII, because free software needs /home!

Raise consciousness! This small eviction reflects a larger wave of repression operated by western NATO regimes, the recent FBI raid on Indymedia online servers is a serious signal of the current crackdown on freedom of speech. As of today there are no clear legal motivations for this action of censorship affecting more than 20 different countries.

But for us the motivation is clear: the capitalist regime brought to its extreme consequences is revealing all its intrinsic violence and its logics of prevarication by silencing any critical voice opposing it.

We will keep on struggling for the right to think differently, act differently and compute differently from the way corporations and fascist state governors are trying to impose us.

And if necessary we will compile our last lines of sourcecode on the barricades.

in solidarity with all those who resist.

ASCII Amsterdam Subversive Center for Information Interchange