This morning we arrived at our office, which is in the Diakonia Centre in
central Durban, to find that there had been a break in last night. The hard
drives of two computers, an external hard drive and the keys to our safe
were taken. The cash in the safe was not touched and other easily saleable
items, like our microwave, television, cameras and mobile sound system were
It was clear that the thieves were looking for information, not money. One
of the hard drives that they took is old and would have very little resale
value. However, the two hard drives, and the external hard drive that were
taken, do contain lots of information about our movement, including the
audited database of our membership which is a spreadsheet with every
members’ name, age, phone number, ID or passport number and other details,
details of all our branches, our correspondence with other progressive
organisations in South Africa and elsewhere in the world, and so on.
JaKra! is initiated by KSU Den Haag (The Hague Squatting Info Centre). In this book project we would like to look back on a number of developments and events in the past year, together with squatters and housing activists in different places. By sharing some of our successes and setbacks on an annual basis, we hope to contribute to creating more involvement and solidarity between activists from all over. In the book you’ll also find background articles and helpful info concerning squatting and housing struggles.
We can see clearly how SYRIZA is managing power. That’s why we ought to prepare ourselves for the next stages of this repressive offense.
[Originally published by Athens Indymedia.]
There is an undeniable fact. Counting the evacuated squats during the last few days in Exarcheia by police operations, the total number of evacuated squats in all of Greece during the last three years of Siriza’s administration far surpasses those evacuated by the governments of Nea Demokratia and Pasok during many past terms. Still, this kind of effective repressive policy maintains the mantle of “tolerance”, even that of “impunity”. This is convenient for both SYRIZA who maintains a leftist foreground and the right wing, which depends on the doctrine of “law and order”. Yet, above all, this is convenient for the state. The state continues to neatly intervene, while making it seem like it is not so.The social-democratic repression has always been thus way. We need just remember what elected government violated the academic asylum in 1995 with 520 arrests, or which government committed the atrocitious arrests of the “17 of November” .Exarcheia is the next target, the rest of the squats everywhere are the next target and even organizations and individual fighters.The evacuation of these last five squats in Exarcheia comes at a time when two facts converge. On the one hand the immigrant problem has left the spotlight and as a result the possibility of social outcries (eg immigrants in syntagma square) are reduced, on the other hand exarcheia is in the eye of the storm. This is due to the very real crisis the neighborhood is experiencing and also due to it being continuously targeted by the governmental forces.But we should not fool ourselves. Aside from the excuses the state uses to attack, the target remains the same, to silence every voice of resistance inside and outside Exarcheia or Athens. Evidently, squats are being threatened in other cities like Thesaloniki. At the same time, in the sidelines, the immigrants’ hardships continue with people still being stacked atop each other in concentration camps while others roam about -paperless- in the metropolitan ghetto, part of which is also Exarcheia. The creation of disheartening conditions is what the state offers to the social base of locals and immigrants. This functions as the basis of illegal capitalism, meaning drug cartels, trafficking rings, and antisocial illicitness.Aside from the main governmental narrative of “crime hubs”, we chose to remember the most prominent narrative of the state. That which talks of a welfare state that ensures that people who have reached here evading either starvation and/or war do not live like rodents.
That second narrative is the one anarchists were never convinced of. The answer on behalf of a large part of the movement to the emergence of the immigration crisis was to house thousands of desperate people who would otherwise be dying in the city parks, utilizing self organization and zero resources. That is the answer that should never be ignored when talking about exarcheia today and the so-called “crime hub”.
We can see clearly how SYRIZA is managing power. That’s why we ought to prepare ourselves for the next stages of this repressive offense. Anarchist struggle encompasses this front as well. As it also encompasses the front of solidarity for our working class brothers and sisters uprooted from their home, now living imprisoned either behind barbed wire or in the metropolitan ghetto. It also contains the fight against illegal capitalism and the dystopic conditions it produces at local level.We have to do all that is necessary in order to chop off the “gentle hand” of the left government’s repression.
Anarchist Federation, Athens district, May 6, 2019
On the morning of May 13, a new antiterrorist operation against anarchism struck in Tetuán (Madrid).
The anarchist space ‘The Ambush’ [La Emboscada] and another squatter home were searched by members of the brigada de información [political police/special branch] and a squad of the anti-riot division. The operation ended with two people arrested.
In our minds are the operations of Pandora, Piñata, Ice and the operation that still keeps Lisa behind bars. More recently the European police operations in response to the revolt in Hamburg against the G20, or the arrests of last October 29, 2018 in Madrid…
In short: the blows of the State against the struggle. Faced with this, affection, solidarity, networks of affinity and the desire to never give up are weapons against fear and repression.
Stay tuned for more information and calls.
Neither innocent nor guilty!
Solidarity and struggle!
Since the early hours of the morning, the squatted Fabrikool house in the Länggass in Bern has been evicted by representatives of the canton and cops. The building is closed off on a large scale and surrounded by about 25 riot cops with dogs. All the trees around the building are cut down, a scaffold erected, all the windows screwed up from the inside with boards and everything outside, from pizza oven to trampoline to outdoor kitchen, is dismantled and cleared away. Again and again cops with bolt cutters and sledgehammers were sighted, eagerly working on their destructive work in the building. The highly motivated cantonal representative Beat Keller is, of course, personally on site and is not too sad to help clear away.
Many people in solidarity – also from the neighbourhood – are on site and observe what is happening. Throughout the morning, several people were subjected to person checks, district bans were imposed and two young people were arrested after being searched and detained by a bunch of robocops.
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More than two years after the eviction of Wijde Heisteeg 7 in Amsterdam centre, two people are still fighting against a prison sentence for squatting a house that it is still empty today.
The eviction was on 23 December 2016 some hours after the civil court case was lost. At the eviction 4 people were arrested and they were charged for squatting. In November 2017 two of the people arrested got a fine of 500€ and were requested to give their DNA samples. For the other two people the court has ordered prison sentences, one of four and one of six weeks and DNA samples from each.
The son of the owner filed a claim for € 106.110,60 in damages and compensation for lost rent and VAT. the court declared this request inadmissible.
The people who risk prison sentences have appealed and there is no date for the hearing yet. But we know that the son of the owner upholds his request for compensation in the appeal procedure for a house that is still empty today, except for the ground floor, which since the eviction has been rented out to a small clothing antikraak pop up store.
Background info about Wijde Heisteeg 7
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History Workshop Journal, Volume 83, Issue 1, Spring 2017, Pages 79–97,
Published: 07 June 2017
By the mid 1970s an estimated 20–30,000 people throughout Greater London had reclaimed, repaired and squatted thousands of empty dwellings earmarked for demolition. This historic spatial configuration of the city allowed the radical social and political movements of the 1970s to flourish, as groups of like-minded people began to live and work in close proximity. For women, it enabled experiments in collective living and shared childcare and for some feminists, active in the Women’s Liberation Movement, it provided the framework for an extensive network of women-only housing, together with social and political spaces. Squats provided the spatial infrastructure for feminist activism in 1970s London, found in women’s centres, refuges, nurseries, bookshops, art centres and workshops. This paper examines the origins of a community of women, many of them lesbians, who moved in and squatted houses in a number of streets in a Hackney neighbourhood. Through oral testimony it uncovers the historical importance of this community, which provided an opportunity for women to live autonomously, connected to wider feminist politics in London, and enabled women to take control over their immediate built environment.
Eviction of l’Écharde, 19 rue Garibaldi, in Montreuil (Paris, métro Robespierre). Come now to support the squatters!
Gathering tonight against all evictions, at 07:00pm , at the end of avenue de la Résistance, in Montreuil (métro Croix-de-Chavaux).
Around 16:30 yesterday afternoon, the eviction at Krakelingweg 19 came to an end. From 8:00 in the morning onward the police, BraTra, fire brigade, together with some cherry pickers were busy getting people out of the house (including a safe!), the basement, the roof, and of tree houses built on the terrain. During the whole day, the police blocked several parts of the forests in order to prevent anyone (‘looking like a squatter’) coming close to the building. Once the eviction got called to and end, security company Andor (a dog brigade) and DGR Dienstverlening started to clean and secure the building.
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