Madrid: El Patio Maravillas has been evicted

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Police in the spanish capital have moved against El Patio Maravillas, a building which has been occupied by squatters since 2007, “Typically Spanish” reports:

A similar action last year failed because of public resistance. What accounts for the difference this year, I don’t know.

The squat apparently was a popular and busy cultural center, but people who lived nearby on Calle del Acuerdo in the university neighborhood called Malasa? routinely complained about noise.

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On December 31st 2009, a judge of the Brugge court ruled that the eviction notice passed against the occupiers of 2002 may still be used to evict the present occupiers of the Lappersfort forest in Brugge, Belgium. On Tuesday last week, a representative robot from Fabricom GTI was quoted in the media saying that they would follow the judicial path, and were planning to sit down and discuss the eviction with the Brugge police. This claim that they will follow the “legal” path isnt something we’re relying on, and we are expecting an eviction any day now. This morning (Thursday 7th January, 2010), the police snipped open part of our fence and broke their way in to the forest. Four of them had a little piggy tour, taking photos and being generally mysterious and stupid. One of us heard them sneaking around in the night, which means they must have cut the fence at night then snuck in during the morning. As the police start doing such things here, and the fact that Fabricom Suez already has an eviction notice, can only make us think that the eviction is just around the corner…..

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Accra (Ghana): Fire in Sodom & Gomorrah

December 24th, 2009

The Accra squatter community known as Sodom & Gomorrah has had its fourth fire of the year [on december 22nd, 2009]. This one claimed 2,000 structures, but no lives, Joy Online reports:


The squatters “had difficulty accessing water to bring the fire under control, because some of the [water] pipelines had been disconnected because they had been illegally connected”, the article reports.

This, of course, is a form of official discrimination against these communities. Don’t provide water and don’t allow illegal connections to function either. This policy marks a war of attrition against squatters.