Berlin: Victory for Køpi !

10.March 2008 | KØPI Update…

After the auction in March 2007, and the following cancellations of the house contracts, the future of Køpi was unclear. But since then, the situation has changed in some concrete ways – therefore this update.

It came to long and hard negotiatons with the new owner of the house to secure the Køpi as a living and cultural project.

The first priority in the negotiations was the idea to bring the whole of the Køpi complex, for an extended length of time, under self-management (eg. in the form of a contract that is continueously passed on i.e. that is linked to the project and not specific people so that it has no ending). We wanted to keep the Køpi for as long as possible out of the capitalist economy.

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Berlin: One Struggle – One Fight (December 8th 2007)

Police arrested 60 activists at random in a chaotic night for the Berlin police. The demo, 1000 strong, was somewhat delayed by the huge police presence and was at a quick pace before the police surrounded the demo claiming that bottles and paint bombs were thrown at them.

The police then randomly attacked demonstrators with fists, boots, night sticks and pepper spray whilst slowly allowing small groups to leave, in the mean time around ten yuppie cars burnt.

Later in the night there were several squatting actions around the city.

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Berlin: Again an auction of Koepi squat

After the first attempt to auction the Koepi did not succeed in february, because nobody wanted to by it, the Koepi will be again put up for public sale on november 2nd.

In february the Commerzbank made a first attempt to sell the building. The building is owned by Petersen and Partner, who went bankrupt. At the first auction the Commerzbank wanted to sell the building for 5,4 million DM. The eviction costs were already calculated on 100.000 DM. A succesfull auction would probably end in an eviction.

Actions of the Squatters and a big demonstration on 13 february with nearly 2000 people frightened of potential buyers of the house.

The next attempt to sell the house will be on tuesday, november 2nd, in the courthouse at Littenstrasse 12-17, room 152 at 10 AM.

Expropriate the Commerzbank – Defend free spaces!

Lotta continua – Køpi forever