Brussels: l’École 404, new squat in Schaerbeek

L’École 404 is a squat in Schaerbeek that opened shortly before the announcement of the lockdown. In this former school lives a mixed collective of about twenty people from different backgrounds.
During the period of the confinement, we did not open the space to the public. However, the school has been fitted out over the last two months to create work and meeting spaces intended primarily for the inhabitants of the neighbourhood and for militant networks.
You’ll find a wood and metal workshop, a lab for the development and printing of silver photography, participatory permaculture gardens, a sewing and drawing workshop, a craft beer brewing workshop, a projection room, meeting and reading areas, a multi-purpose gymnasium. All these spaces are intended to open gradually to the public after the confinement. We hope that the meetings and workshops that will be held here will not only be led by our initiative, but also by those of other collectives, associations and individuals. [Read More]

Brussels: Demo march 21. A roof for everybody!

Why protest?

Because the housing crisis can not be ignored. There are between 15,000 and 30,000 empty dwellings in Brussels, while there are around 4,000 homeless people. 40,000 families are on the waiting list for social housing, with waiting times varying between 8 and 12 years. Lastly, rents on the private market have steadily increased in recent years. As a result, households whose incomes do not exceed € 1500 have to average 60% of their budget to rent.
Because, in spite of this context, the government has passed an anti-squat law, which puts people in risks to go to jail for squatting empty houses to sleep in.
Because this law appears in a general movement of repression: the constant criminalization of the undocumented and the individuals who are in solidarity with them, the installation of surveillance cameras in the streets, the police and military presence in the public space are as much clues to a desire for global control.
Because applicable solutions exist (right of requisition, right of public management, …) or have been proposed incessantly by associations for the right to housing (consequent increase of the number of social housing, framing of the rents …).
The authorities refuse to apply them.
As for us, we continue to squat, we continue to protest!
For the demo to be enjoyable for all participants, take care of the ones and avoid unconscious or oppressive behaviors.

Wednesday 21 march,2018 – 18:00, Place Bara – Baraplein, Brussels

nonalaloiantisquat [at] riseup [dot] net

Solidarity actions across Europe for City Plaza, SquatBo and all other squats

In Athens, Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, Lübeck, Wuppertal and many other cities across Europe people protested against eviction threats against squats on Friday; #HandsOffAll Squats!

Spontaneous demo in Wuppertal, Germany, June 23rd 2017. [Read More]

Brussels: Banner drop in solidarity with anarchists arrested raided in Spain

Recently, a banner was displayed on the entrance of the Botanique tunnel reading:


Signed off: “Until all are free! Death to the state and long live anarchy, now and always!”

Full communique: Brussels Indymedia

Brussels: Gathering against repression in Calais, sept. 25th 2009

25/09: Assembly against repression in Calais

Solidarity with the migrants in Calais and Belgium. Gathering against the repression of migrants in Calais, this Friday September 25th 5 pm at French embassy in Brussels. Address : boulevard du Régent 42, 1000 Brussels.

The “dismantlement” of “the jungle” has started this tuesday (September 22nd). Police and military have evacuated several hundred persons and destroyed the homes of hundreds of migrants (not withstanding the resistance of many activists). [Read More]

Brussels: first squat opening of a week of pro-squat actions

Yesterday saw the first opening. About 150 people gathered and walked around, giving away newspapers in town towards the place and got in. Stuck themselves in with barricades and started the whole shit.

The building is an old chocolate factory with six floors right in the center of town. The kitchen started running, some people came and played music, the place was brushed and cleaned. Colours cover the walls. Banners were hung from the windows. A few habitations are being set up on the top floor.

The neighbors look quite happy, the police looks quite frustrated, passing by down the street and unable to do anything. A few lawyers are supporting us and working quite hard, as the last places were evicted illegally.

[Read More]

Brussels : the 39 rue du Fort’ squat has been evicted

This morning, around 8:00 am, the “39rue du Fort” squat has been evicted, without any justice decision. The cops came in the morning while almost everybody was sleeping. No resistance could have happened.

Concerning the week of actions in Brussels, the meetings are going to happen in another place. Write to unesemaineabruxelles [at] linuxmail [dot] org to know more.

1 eviction = 153 000 new squats



Brussels : Great Squats opening week in october 2003

you, dreaming of freedom, dreaming of space,


let’s open the doors, let’s free the space…

from the 15th of oktober


according to the difficulty to keep a squat a few time, according to the senseless crisis that duplicated the prices of the rents in 5 years, according to the number of buildings at random, according to the fact that the popular Brussels it was, is now a city of business and tourism, according to the pressure of the police to face at the underground parties, we’ve kept the idea of our dutch colleagues who already practised week of opening in 4 cities with good results, thank to all the people who joined for the rejoicings…

(there is an anti squatt law which is proposed for the nexts few days, a law that says that you can make 6 months and get a statute of criminal for beeing squatting…)

SO, JOIN US!! results of the first meeting of july:

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Belgium: Opening of a new squat

  Belgium: Opening of a new squat

The Collectif “Le Boulet” presents: a new collective, creative and active living space.

For a few days now, we, a group of people of various origins and from different scenes – students, unemployed, artists etc – occupied the buildings located at the 23-25 rue du Boulet in the center of Brussels. Because of our precarious means of subsistence, we needed a space where we could develop our projects, be they political or artistic, and liva a collective life.

The buildings which we have taken over belong to the Sofidev company. These buildings were being left to rot by the owner but are nonetheless completely viable. Although the need for housing with affordable rent is significant, certain companies, in collusion with the city authorities, practise a policy of real-estate speculation by expropriating the inhabitants of various Brussels districts in order to “raise the tone” of the city centre with luxury shops and high-rent housing.

In reaction to this, we want to put some life back into those unoccupied spaces, and make them suitable for living and for the devolpent of non-lucrative activities:

– soundproof rehearsal rooms for theatre, music and dance projects.
– spaces for political and cultural activities, with an ethos of solidarity, and not the traditional commercial ethos (infopoint: distribution and sharing of knowledge through booklets and fanzines, video projections, meetings and discussions, etc).

As of now, you can come and visit us at n° 23-25, rue du Boulet, 1000 Brusselss.

Tel : 0472 650112 E-mail : leboulet [at] linuxmail [dot] org

[trans. NMcN/ainfos]

nestor mcnab <nestor_mcnab [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk>

Emergency housing in Brussels : squat opened and evicted


  Emergency housing in Brussels : squat opened and evicted


Thousands of persons are expected in Brussels for mass protests against the european summit that will take place from December 14th to 15th. Authorities have voluntarily made NO housing available, which makes the housing situation very tricky.

As a result of this, an empty basement was opened in the night of December 12th by a group of people, mostly french. It was evicted early in the morning the next day. Some 43 persons were arrested, while 8 could escape through the roof. The 30 french people that were arrested were deported in the afternoon, but weren’t charged.

As the situation remains very difficult, there might be some new squat attempts.

Here’s a report of the eviction, anonymously posted on http://www.indymedia.beby someone who could escape.

The squat was raided at about 7.30am. I was with a group who escaped over one of the back walls. The police came outside. I saw 3 Police cars but there were also a number of plain clothes police in plain cars. It was impossible to tell how many. From an upstairs window we could see them give chase to anyone who tried to leave by the front.

At the back wall people were trying to climb over the wall to try and find a different way out. Some of us found a ladder and got up on the roof of another building. As we walked on the roof it gave way beneath me and i fell into the building. Luckily I landed first on the bonnet of a car which broke my fall and then I bounced off that and landed on the ground. I hurt my right shoulder pretty badly and my leg and arm and ribs.

2 guys followed me into what is a garage and then the alarms went off. Which was heard in the squat and caused more people to try escape. We tried to leave from the garage door but that didn’t work so we took the stairs to the roof and climbed into the garden, then into the next building which we managed to get out of onto the street. The police were to the left of us but they didn’t pay any attention so we managed to get away.

We wandered around the city for about an hour and then went to the station squat were we heard that between 30 to 40 people had been arrested when the police came in.