Norway: Brakkebygrenda under threat

Brakkebygrenda: is an autonomous wagonplace (were trucks, buses and caravans serve as living units) on squatted land, in Gamlebyen, Oslo. We have been here since 1999, Focusing on city-ecology; recycling, less consum, and a more social housing-politics. It is important for us to be an active participator in this city, to claim our rights to have a voice in the development of it, and to prove in action that there are sustainable, functional and positive alternatives to consumerism and apathy. ”

We’re being thrown out because of demands from the department for Buildings and city planning to “Clean” the area. after a long beuracratic prosess and attempts to save their home, the eviction is now a fact and will start the 23. of may.

The current occupation has lasted for about three years now.

It is about taking your situation in your own hands, either being tired of status quo and lack of
alternatives or out of pure necessity. Be it foodproduction, housing, or social/cultural meetingplaces.

Housing-politics: There is an anti-social housing-politics in Oslo. Governmental and communal property is beeing sold out in a big scale, on the private market, which gives these people the possibility to
continouisly higher the housing prices and maximize their economical profit. This in the end excludes
young, old, unemployed, artists, poor and immigrants out of the housing market. This are forcing them to
use most of their time and resources just to provide a decent place to live, and forcing them out of the
city center. It is a human right to have a place to live, and we do not agree that this city is going to
be only for people earning a certain amount of money.

Heres a link to some pictures: