Madrid: Ateneo Libertario de Vallekas evicted

At 7 a.m. on October 23rd, numerous riot police vans came to the social center to proceed with their eviction. The collective calls for a rally this afternoon at 8:00 p.m. in the Amos Acero Park.

This morning the threat hanging over the Ateneo Libertario of Vallecas was fulfilled. At 6:00 a.m. a caravan of anti-riot vans arrived at the entrance of the Ateneo, at 59 Párroco Don Emilio Franco Street. It was not until one hour later, at 7:00 a.m., that the anti-riot agents managed to break down the door to gain access to the interior of the space.

According to sources from the collective that used the space consulted by El Salto, “there was only one person inside, who has not been arrested. The building was an old textile factory that had been unused for more than seven years when it was squatted in 2014. Up to six anti-riot vans have been placed along the street of the Parish Priest Don Emilio Franco, blocking the front of the building.

In one of the videos that has circulated on social networks and private instant messaging groups, one of the riot police, with the door already broken down, asked another comrade to make a selfi posing in front of the building’s façade.

To oppose his eviction, a demonstration has been called today at 8:00 p.m. in the Amos Acero Park, in front of the Vicente Soldevila Health Center. “No eviction without an answer”, claim the Ateneo Libertario.

The Ateneo had been functioning as such since 2018 (the year until which the space was managed by the collective of La 13-14). It was one of the buildings raidefd during the Piñata operation, one of the cases against ‘anarchist terrorism’, filed for lack of evidence.

At the beginning of September, the Ateneo received an eviction order from the Court of First Instance of Madrid, which was slipped under the door, and set the execution for September 16.

Ateneo Libertario de Vallekas
Calle Párroco Don Emilio Franco nº 59
28053 Madrid
ateneolibertariovallekas [at] riseup [dot] net

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