Barcelona: Almost two months in CSOA Castillo

For almost two months we have occupied the Castillo (Castle) in Les Planes on top of the Collserola mountain range in Barcelona. Since then a lot has happened, with this we would like to inform you about recent developments. Firstly most of the cleaning and rennovation work is, in parts completed and the social centre can present its frst events program:

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Barcelona: Open call out to support the new international squatted social center

Long abandoned in 2000 the castle returned to build life as a squatted social center, soon evicted and left alone again into oblivion. Today we have liberated it..we have taken back the castle, and now open to create a meeting space, creation, culture, policy debate and dissent against speculation, and capitalism. We make an open call to come to build with us your passionate projects…
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UK: Squatting in Hackney – Orange Fence

Squatters and protesters fighting against the gentrification plans of Hackney council.

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Amsterdam: Persistent resistance at the 01-11-2011 eviction wave

Today, the 1st of November 2011, there were quite a few squats on the list to be evicted in Amsterdam, including a popular social centre and squats where the owners did not start a courtcase yet.

After the successful “reclaim the hood” manifestation (posting in dutch language, but with photos) the squatters in Amsterdam started preparing for the “eviction circus” on 1/11/11, and that went very well.

It took the cops more than a full 12 hour day to evict more than five squats where people were inside with lockons (photo from webcam). This was a clear victory for the squatters.

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Vienna: Epicenter of a coming movement

In Vienna, one day before the global day of action 15th of October, people started occupying a huge building. It has been opened as a social center named Epizentrum, for the neighborhood and the whole city, and it is right now in a humming process of being built up.

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Bilbao: Flo and Rafi released from pretrial detention

As of today, Friday September 30th , our friends and comrades Flo & Rafi have been released on bail from their Basque pretrial detention . After versatile international protest and solidarity actions against their arrest -based on flimsy grounds- the Basque justice department decided to release both on bail for 1000 Euro per person. We are happy for our friends and comrades, but it’s clear that this is not the end of the repression related to the eviction of Kukutza III . Neither the accusations against Flo & Rafi, nor the accusations against all the other comrades, who were struggling for Kukutza III, have been dropped. Here as well as there, continuing threats , investigations and probably even prosecutions are to be expected. More info soon. (german and spanish) (german) (french)


San Francisco: Homes Not Jails Occupies 600-Unit Vacant Building

On World Homeless Action Day Squatters Collective Takes Over Unoccupied & Furnished Hotel

San Francisco, October 10-Today is World Homeless Action Day.

In the spirit of the day, the squatter’s collective Homes Not Jails, along with other community activists and members of Occupy SF, took to the streets and took over a mammoth 600 unit building in San Francisco.

Today’s action began with a 5 p.m. rally in the city’s Civic Center. After a quartet of horn players from the Brass Liberation Orchestra warmed up the rained-on crowd, one speaker from Homes Not Jails reported that the 2010 Census found over 32,000 vacant housing units in San Francisco, whose homeless population is said to be about 10,000.

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Bilbao: Solidarity with arrested people from the Kukutza eviction (21-09-2011)

The popular social centre Kukutza-III in Bilbao was evicted the 21st of September 2011. Anti-terror troops from the police used armored vehicles and rubber bullets to evict and destroy the huge Kukutza building which had been squatted for more than 13 years. About 20 people were arrested, and various people were wounded.  Right now there’s still two people (Flo & Rafi from Germany) arrested.

                                      They can use your support !

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Athens: Arson attack on Kouvelou squat

Kouvelou squat in Maroussi (northern suburb of Athens) was hit by arson in the middle of the night, at around 3 am on September 14th, 2011. The roof has collapsed and four rooms have been burnt. Anarchists/anti-authoritarians have squatted Kouvelou mansion since April 7th, 2010. More info as it comes.

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Amsterdam: 1st of October – We’re still here!

September 13th, 2011

Once upon a time, there was a group of people who were declared criminals overnight and who then took to the streets and said: Your laws, not ours. And they set fires in order to show that they will not go away silently, they will not surrender…  Come to Amsterdam on 1st of October to show that the fires of last year are still smoldering – and they might flare up any moment!

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Amsterdam: New squat Valreep wins courtcase for opening event

September 10th, 2011

Valreep is a new squat in Amsterdam East. People there have been working very hard to clean up all the mess inside and make it into a social centre.  The District Council (Local Government) was not amused, and came very often to do “inspections”.  The Valreep people announced their official opening happening, and then the day before the opening the District Council came with the announcement to forbid the happening, otherwise a fine of 25 000 (!) euros would have to be paid.

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Thessaloniki: Police intimidation against Libertatia squat

On Friday midday, September 9th, 2011, more than 100 police motorcycles appeared on the streets that surround Libertatia squat. Solidaritarians immediately reached the squat in fear of eviction. Cops invaded only the building’s front yard, but two comrades were detained and held in the city’s police headquarters. Both have now been released. This police operation was intended to intimidate a part of the radical social movement, just one day before the scheduled gatherings, manifestations and demonstrations ahead of the 76th Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF).

The presence of repressive forces in the streets of Thessaloniki is already immense. From Saturday, traffic will be blocked in downtown streets, and all vehicles will be forbidden to approach the facilities of TIF. [Read More]