Helsinki: Eviction at squat Kattila!

This morning around 9am police invaded squat Kattila. Many comrades were arrested at the house. Most were already released before noon, but one comrade is still in custody.

This attack against free spaces – committed by the police as soon as they got over their overfilled stomaches from christmas – reveals that the state doesn’t care about “christmas peace” or it’s declarations. We don’t care about christian social peace either, but at least we don’t hypocritically pretend to do so.

All kinds of solidarity are warmly welcome! [Read More]

Finland: New squat Kattila under threat of eviction

A small, cozy wooden house was squatted on 13 December in kivihaka, Helsinki, Finland on the corner of roads Hämeenlinnanväylä (E12) and Hakamäentie.

We all need space to live and be in. Space to sleep, cook, meet each other, perform mutual projects, study and develop ourselves, organize events, create new and to have fun. These kinds of spaces are not distributed fairly in hierarchically organized society. When some let their “owned” buildings sit empty, others are without communal spaces or even homes. Besides this, there are numerous places that are not safe if you’re something else than a white cis-hetero male or even open at all for poor people. This feels unfair and pisses us off. Something must be done! [Read More]

Helsinki: Squat Kumma 2V Party

Squat Kumma celebrates its 2 year journey in august with a hardcore gig on saturday 25.8 and a DIY-festival on 31.8-2.9. At the DIY-fest there will be workshops about tattoos and “artvandalism”, food, gigs, art exhibition and more!

Two years ago a group of squatters decided to squat an empty house in Malminkartano, Helsinki and create a space for self-organized and free from oppression. Since then the squat has hosted numerous events; gigs, peoples kitchens, movie nights, workshops etc.

What does Do-It-Yourself mean for us?
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Finland: Kumma, new squat in helsinki

kumma_squat_helsinkiSquat Kumma is a squatted house in Malminkartano, Helsinki.

Week program: Wednesday 7.9: Coffee and hanging out at 17.00 and at 19.00 we are going to watch documentaries, also some squatting documentaries!
Thursday 8.9: House renovating and coffee. You can bring your surplus: furniture, dishes, kettles, chairs, bikes etc!
Contact info: Address: Piianpolku 7, the white house in Piianpuisto.
House phone: 046 954 6154
You can call if you are coming when there’s no scheduled stuff going on, if you want to organize something etc. (Please notice quiet hours 23-09)
There are safer space rules in the house – let’s respect everyone’s private space. Sexism, racism, transphobia, homophobia or othe discriminating behavior won’t be accepted. [Read More]

France/Finland: Direct actions from Rennes to Helsinki in solidarity with the ZAD

This Friday, January 22nd, at dawn, people decided to blockade the road passing through the middle of the construction site for the new Eurorennes train station and in front of the women’s prisons’ main entrance.

Bins were overturned, oil spilled and the following text plastered on the jail walls and site fences:

This morning, we’re blocking this road with help from some bins tipped over and spilled oil…

Because “the city of tomorrow”, wedged between the business district’s megalomaniac construction site that is Euro-Rennes, its future LGV high-speed rail and Europe’s largest women’s prison, represents itself exactly as dreamt up in the offices of Rennes Métropole’s project. [Read More]

Finland: Repression & resistance in Hanhikivi Cape, Venetsia squat evicted in Helsinki

On Tuesday September 15 the cops and security guards from local security company Arlia and G4S started to evict the protesters on Fennovoima´s planned nuclear construction site on Hanhikivi Cape in Pyhäjoki. 4 arrests where made but people where released the day after. Updates from a treehouse tell us that by 11 o´clock Wednesday evening the cops have not yet succeeded to empty the area, but the destruction is in progress. [Read More]

Helsinki: Elba lives! Elba stays! Stora Enso burn away!

“Elba lives! Elba stays! Stora Enso burn away!”
– report from the solidarity demonstration

A demonstration was organized in Helsinki, Finland on Thursday 22th of March against the destructive business of Stora Enso, and in solidarity with the squatters in Poland.
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Helsinki: Squatting actions…

On friday 17th of october two houses were squatted in Helsinki during the tenth Night of the Homeless.

A group of university students and people from the squatting- and social center scene participated in the action with their own input.

The meaning of these squattings is to directly improve lousy situation of apartments in Helsinki and protest against high rents and homelessness.

Students squatted the main campus of Helsinki university for the night, and put a banderoll stating “more apartments, rents down” in front of the main door. The campus remained squatted for the night, people were partying, discussing the theme and watching documents inside.

House was also squatted in Ullanlinna,in the address Neitsytpolku 1, during the night. The house is working as an emergency housing for the homeless during this weekend.

straight from the inside _ do it yourself


Finland: Autonomous Actiondays from 29.7 to 2.8

July 2008

Squatters of Helsinki invite you to Helsinki for five days lasting action days for autonomous free spaces, culture and freedom. Although the whole last year the city has been shaked with a chain of occupations of empty spaces to build an autonomous social centre, there is still no permanent autonomous freespace in Helsinki. The city has tried to convince us that they are looking for proper space before the short-term lease-contract for Social centre Rajatila expires in august. Still, it seems that the city has none or is not willing to offer anything. The situation from the squatters point of view is very clear: either the city gives us the space or we will take it.

We invite you to take the struggle back to the streets with us!

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Helsinki (Finland): Telakkakatu 6 was evicted

Today (28th of June 2007) early in the morning police evicted squat in Telakkakatu 6 with help of a helicopter of border guards. Squat in Telakkakatu 6 was at least 4th action in a row in ongoing struggle for a new social center in Helsinki during this year. Both formerly existing autonomous social centres in Helsinki were lost last year, when Siperia burned down in unclear conditions and city bureaucrats gave Vuoritalo conditions which were impossible to fulfill.

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Squatted social centre Koivula in Helsinki evicted 15.10.2001


  Squatted social centre Koivula in Helsinki evicted 15.10.2001


After six weeks of occupation, the squatters in Koivula in central Helsinki, Finland, have been evicted. The squat was empty for more than two years before the occupation, and will likely remain so for several more years.

The 21 squatters and a group of 30 or more supporters had started using the space partly as living space, partly offering services to locals and activists – a info-café was operating in the four-story building, as well as meeting spaces and a wood-workshop. Future plans for the building included office spaces, a painter’s studio, film screenings and regular political discussion clubs and other events.

The police, after receiving a request from the Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital Group, arrived at 9.30 in the morning on Monday 15.10, hoping to catch the house empty. Despite their earlier promises, the police gave no prior warning of the eviction. In the house at the time were 12 people and a pet rabbit. All were detained by police and interrogated, even though there was no confrontation during the eviction.

In Finland squatting is illegal, there are no squatters’ rights. The squatters are now without a space to call home, and are looking into possibly squatting some other space.




Apartment Building squatted in Helsinki


  Apartment Building squatted in Helsinki




1.9.2001 An Apartment Building Occupied in Helsinki

During the afternoon of Saturday, 1.9., a group of approximately 50 people occupied a house in central Helsinki. The house, which is situated in a beautiful park-like mental hospital area between a graveyard and Nokia research center, has been left unused for about two years.

An offer for renting the house for housing of young people was made in December 2000, but it was rejected.

The operation went quite smoothly despite some initial difficulties: a security officer coming raving to throw the occupiers out, some misconceptions with the police officers, and a pointless argument with the authorities about whether the occupiers should give their personal data.

The house seems to be in perfect condition. Three apartments out of about twenty have been opened an are being used for sleeping, dining and other necessary activities. The occupiers are planning on opening the ground floor to be used as a public living room, for example as a café.

When the house was entered, there was already running water and electricity available. These were cut as a symbolic gesture by the representative of the current holder of the house.

The police is having a policy that no people except a named person is allowed to go in, and only food may be brought inside. Even sleeping bags and cigarettes are disallowed. However, this restriction will be very hard to control especially in the nighttime.

If problems with the police would arise, the occupiers may always climb on the roof of the house, from where they’re practically impossible to carry off safely.

The squat will probably be in this state until after weekend, when the negotiations with the authorities will be further continued.

Katto ry (Roof soc.reg.) An association for occupying unused buildings for common use.

Katto ry