Report from Autonomous Spaces Gathering
Les Tanneries, Dijon 24-25 November 2007

First, comes an important update: mobilisation days for april2008 have been changed to avoid conflict with the anti-NATO action week in Romania [1], as requested by romanian comrades. So please update your calendars and spread the final mobilisation dates:
· Friday 11th and Saturday 12th, April 2008

    Presentations

The meeting started on Saturday morning with a big round-table. Participants talked about the situation of autonomous spaces and squats in their towns/countries, announced various campaigns and events, and explained their interest in the april2008 initiative.

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Grune Voltage was evicted recently after 1 year.
People tried to squat two other buildings unsuccessfully, but now have another building in mind and are planning a squat with cafe, infoshop, film night, free shop etc.
Not a good situation. The government are talking about making squatting illegal.

Berlin, Germany

Rigaer 94, Köpi, Schwarzer Kanal, and Leibig 34 are all under threat of eviction in the next 6 months. They are all established spaces, some have been running for about 17 years.
Following repression in the 90s, many of these spaces are half-legal and half-squatted leading to the peculiar situation where one room has a contract and the next room is a squatted space.
There was a big demo on 8 Dec in defence of Free Spaces, and a new campaign is beginning to try and co-ordinate the response of these spaces to further repression and eviction.
The cops method of eviction is pretty full-on with special forces being used.

Barcelona, Catalunya

The gathering was attended by people from Barcelona representing the Squatters Assemblea which regularly brings together those from squatted residential spaces and squatted social centres in the city.
The Assemblea has discussed possible actions for the April Days of Action: squatting a big place in the centre because most of the big social centre have now been evicted. They want to involve non-squatters in defence of squatting practice and are trying to include different political groups.
The general political context of Barcelona is difficult to describe partly because everyone has a different perspective on it, but generally it would seem that in the last 2 years there has been a big offensive against squatters using a new police force with new strategy and new legal techniques. It is a difficult moment with an increasing lack of political spaces and it is hard to gather people together under a common banner.

Hamburg, Germany

One squat still stands, the Rote Flora, which is facing eviction or contracts in about 2 years.
There is a lot of energy in Hamburg to make things happen on issue of autonomous space. They are interested in not just defending spaces, but also in how to create a different perspective and to change the situation from a defensive position to a more offensive one.
However, police strategy is very effective and people are not very motivated to break new laws.

Copenhagen, Denmark

They have no autonomous space at the moment, following the eviction of the Ungdomshuset.
Since March 1 2007, there has been militant action, demos and civil disobedience. People take to the streets every Thursday.
There are ongoing negotiations with the City Council and the Mayor who are increasingly receptive to giving the people an autonomous space, as the police have said they cannot commit any more resources to fighting this struggle – there have already been 2000 arrests. However, a problem has begun to emerge after the action of G13 in October where 1000 took the streets and squatted land, with the media and the politicians trying to divide the movement by drawing a distinction between good people negotiating and bad people taking action. They are not succeeding in this, and people are attempting to destroy this distinction by everyone participating in different kinds of action and being very aware of the problem, but it is difficult, and it is increasingly hard to keep people together in the absence of a shared space.
The people in Copenhagen are also demanding a building in a ’safe‘ area.
The good news is that the raids in March have been judged to be illegal and compensation will follow.

Poznan, Poland

Rozbrat is a 13 year old squatted space, the oldest in Poland. It is huge, with an Anarchist club, 2 bars, 2 concert halls, living space (including wagonspace) and a library etc. Located in the centre of Poznan, the squat has 3 private owners who own different parts of the squat so it is always difficult to know what is going on.
It is the only politically active squat and is not strictly autonomous as it is used by very different political groups. Anarchist Black Cross, Anarchist Federation, Anarcho-Syndicalist Trade Union (a workers initiative) all use the space. There is a strong emphasis on struggling against economic discrimination and generalised social struggle – rent increases, food costs, bill rises, the problem of emigration in response to economic conditions in Poland.
The squatters movement is not particularly strong in Poland. There are about 10 squats in total and most of these are not politically active spaces.
There is a good squat in Warsawa which is about 2 years old and, although some of it has been demolished, they are finding more space. There are also 4 squats in Wroclaw.
There are no regulations concerning squatting and are not currently facing any repression although, like everywhere, there is a lot of gentrification.
For the April Days of Action, they will probably focus on the struggle for lower rents.
Since the Dijon Gathering, there was a police action at the squat.

London, England

RampArt is 3 and a half years old and is part of a block: a warehouse and 3 squatted houses. The owners have changed and the houses are now under threat of demolition, although the social centre is not under immediate threat. It is the last building on the street which has not been developed.
In London, squatted social centres last 6 months at the most as the city (as in every city) experiences a steady, relentless process of gentrification. There are over 80,000 empty properties in London and an estimated 20,000 squatters, including a lot of Eastern Europeans.
There is very little co-ordination between squatted spaces or solidarity and the majority of squats are residential and non-political.
There is some activity against gentrification, and local campaigning against the Olympics in London in 2012 which will mean evictions of squats and possibly other residences.
It is possible to resist evictions the first time because you can find out the date of the eviction, but after this, the police and bailiffs can arrive at any time.
People at RampArt are attempting to create more unity between the different spaces and want to do an events listing similar to the Info-Usurpa in Barcelona. There is a London Social Centres email list and there is also National Social Centres Network, but these really exist in name only.
The weakness of the social centres and squatters scene in terms of activity and solidarity reflects the state of the radical movement in England generally.
Since the Dijon gathering, a national squatters meeting has been planned for February in Leeds.

Brighton, England

- squatted spaces in Brighton are mostly residential. There have been no squatted social centres for a long time because they get evicted so quickly, often illegally.
- People get banned from Sussex (the county) after being evicted from traveller (wagon) sites.
- Titnore Woods, however, is a protest site against a planned housing development which has been going for some years now.
- The Cowley Club is a self-owned, self-managed libertarian social centre. This has been running for about 4 or 5 years.

Leeds, England

- squatting in Leeds has been strong for many years.
- It is now primarily residential and there are quite a lot of squats. Some last for up to a couple of years, some only a few weeks.
- There is a strong desire for more political squats and plans are in the early stages to prepare something like this.
- A-spire was an occasional social centre which was based on the idea of a collective rather than a building. For about 5 years, two or three times a year, an A-spire would pop up for weeks or months and then disappear again. It was really important in generating links between different groups in Leeds: the political scene, the music scene, the free party scene, and for reaching out to new people. In the last years, the squats Maelstrom and Technopolis were temporary spaces largely focused on challenging surveillance society, Queer Mutiny squatted buildings for events, and Hannover Square and Newton Grove succeeded in making strong links with asylum seekers.
- There is a move towards buying and renting spaces due to the perceived importance of permanence and the need for spaces to mobilise from. And people are frustrated with constant evictions. But there is a lot of debate about this tendency towards legitimate spaces and the impact of this on radicalism.

Toulouse

- there is a lot of connection between rural and urban areas which each provide a different context for struggle.
- Rural spaces tend to be more long term, and it varies in the city.
- One squat that has been in Toulouse for 11 years was evicted last year, but another La Chapette has a more longterm perspective and is fighting with homeless people to reclaim public space. The reason it has a longer term perspective is felt to be the existence of a common front in the neighbourhood.
- Ideas for April are to focus on reclaiming public space, to fight against the urban renovation that forces a separation between spaces. There is a strong desire in Toulouse to resist the atomisation and fragmentation of public space.

Thessaloniki

- Yfanet is a big factory near the centre which has existed as an autonomous space for the last 3 years. It was squatted after the 2004 EU Summit, when they realised how little visibility the anarchist/autonomist scene had in the City – and with only about 40 people really involved. So they decided to squt a building and make a visible project with cafes, computers, political associations.
- They don’t want to establish autonomous islands however, and make great effort to make connection to general social struggles. For example, the Yfanet project made links with immigrant individuals and groups following the death of 3 immigrants and the hospitalisation of 200 after the football match between Albania and Greece. This was the first real pogrom against immigrants to Greece. There were demonstrations in response to this situation, and a concentration camp for immigrants was destroyed.
- In terms of city development, the conditions of precarity and new forms of living are existing. There was a struggle at the university for one year and big conflict everywhere.
- Yfanet was a factory repossessed in 1967, firing all the workers. The place has stood empty and owned by the National Bank until it was squatted. It has now been sold to the culture minister who wants to make it into a gallery. Their enemy is not the bank or private landlord but the state. This is a new situation and they are trying to open the subject in the city, not knowing how it is going to work.
- There has never been a social housing shortage in Thessaloniki so the history of squatting has always been a history of anarchists/autonomists setting up autonomous spaces as political and social tool.
- The spaces in Athens and Thessaloniki are very connected to anarcho-autonomist ideas and squatting is seen very much as part of the general resistance to domination. The practice of squatting is not about protecting specific buildings, but about generalising resistance, spreading ideas, and producing conflict in everyday life. Because of this, it was felt that discussion about saving this and that particular space was not so interesting. More interesting is the discussion of what these spaces mean and create and how they generalise struggle and how these relationships and projects developed within the space can move beyond the walls following an eviction.
- Autonomi sts in Thessaloniki participate only in demos they create themselves. They do not participate in demos organised by the mainstream left although they do participate in mixed student demos. May 1 last year was bigger than usual, with 800 autonomists (usually 300-500).
- Strategic interests are improving visibility, the issue of flexibility and spreading ideas and how autonomous spaces co-exist and connect with broader social space/struggle. It’s about what we say, not just about the structure. We can find other spaces and we want to create struggle, not alternatives.

Canada

- In Toronto, this year, there was a big march and the taking of a building.
- The longest squat was 3 months, and most squats are secret. Most squatting initiatives last 3 or 4 hours before the police evict.
- When the Pope came to visit, people chose a building with no owner and squatted it. The state posted armed guards on the building for 5 months after the eviction.
- The emphasis in Toronto is less about creating autonomous spaces as about creating housing for the homeless and the poor, and squatting is sometimes used as a lobbying tool to pressure the government to provide more social housing and turn the empty building into accommodation.
- Also interested in housing actions and the April actions are a domestic violence group, as women suffering from domestic abuse often have nowhere to go. OCAP is also planning to do a small action in April.
- In 2003, 6 cities took part in a National Day of Squatting. There will be a similar call-out for April.
- The issue of taking (back) space in Canada of course goes beyond the autonomous scene. There is also the native drive to reclaim their land with occupations. The belief among some is that they are not squatters, the white people are although this is not an attitude held by everyone as not all native Americans are nationalist and would not say that all white people are squatters. The First Nations movement squatted a former military base and held it for 8 or 9 years and also occupied an aggregrates mine for 9 months because it was being operated on their land. Canada ABC are promoting the case of Sean Brant in relation to this occupation. They also blocked a major highway, costing the government millions of dollars.
- There is an area of reclaimed land in BC which has been reclaimed for 7 years and faces eviction before the 2010 in British Columbia Winter Olympics to make way for the building of ski resorts.
- Montreal is very different to Toronto, with a big separation between English and Frech speaking community. In 2001, a big social centre was kept for 10 months, but there has been nothing since then. People would like to open an eco-village in the centre of Montreal. Generally, a city divided though.

Rome, Italy

- Torre Maora has been occupied since 1992 and is both a living space and a social centre: it is a space for activity around the issues of animal liberation and prisoner struggles, and also has concerts, benefits and a Biblioteca.
- From 1994 on, there was a campaign of legalisation in Italy which divided the different spaces between those that accepted legalisation and those that refused, splitting the movement.
- The biblioteca is involved in research, communication, distribution and diffusion of anarchist ideas. They are supporting the hunger strike of 770 prisoners with life sentences happening from 1 Dec who are fighting for the abolition of life sentences.
- the head of the communist syndicate decided a zero tolerance of squatting.
- A lot of political repression: the authorities made raids of squatted spaces 2 years ago as a result of a political process which accused comrades of terrorist/subversive association. The authorities used this process to put pressure on places that don’t want to make agreements with the government.
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Amsterdam, Netherlands

- There is a move to make squatting illegal in Netherlands, but some feel (East Amsterdam) that this is not the issue, and that a condition of illegality for the squatting scene might even be a positive development for moving out of a ghetto.
- For the last 10 years, squatting has focused on housing and been a bit of a squatting paradise which is not something to be celebrated. The squatting movement and the social spaces it sets up need to be more connected to broader social struggles.
- The desire is to squat a particular space and explain why, putting it in a more political context.

Dijon, France

- Les Tanneries has been occupied for 10 years. Previous to this, there was no squatting movement.
- It has an anarchist background with the focus on taking housing and social space. It has become an anarchist hub over the years.
- It was occupied in 1998 despite a repressive local government and the occupation was accompanied by lots of actions, collective strength and some negotiation.
- Les Tanneries is now partially squatted and has a contract. This was a hard decision (look at Germany). People didn’t want to participate in a process that would aid the process of legalisation and bring down more repression on illegal spaces. They took part in a national debate about the legalisation of autonomous spaces, and took the final decision after talking it through with people from other autonomous spaces. There is a tension in the movement in France between those who want confrontational squatting and those wanting non-confrontational and Les Tanneries think there is a middle way. In the end, they felt it was important to have non-temporary, long-term spaces. However, after the contract was signed, they have had more battles with the council.
- They want to move out of the anarchist ghetto and connect with broader social movements, using the space as a living, activity and resource space. Squatters in France are sans papiers, families, migrants etc. At least in the big cities. Les Tanneries want to keep the struggle building. When the government tried to make new laws about squatting (which is currently legal although evictions can be quick), there was resistance not just from anarchists but from other communities.
- There is not so much co-ordination between autonomous spaces across France, although there was a day of action against the Socialist Party buildings in 17 cities.
- The autonomous spaces in France are involved in anti-prison struggle, anti-surveillance, anti-biometrics, support for sans papiers, and more recently issues coming out of banlieue uprising in 2005, anti-CPE. Actions have been taking to the streets, . economic blockades, university occupations. People from the squatting movement have seen how much they were in a ghetto and that it was a movement without limbs. So people have spent a lot of energy becoming more engaged with struggle outside the scene and in some places they have been really successful. This of course means there is more repression from the state not because people are squatting but because they are involved in confrontational political activity.

Grenoble

- There has been a resurgence of political squatting over the last 8 years and particularly strongly in the last 2 years.
- The squat “400 Spoons” provided a platform for different groups and associations from anarchists to other collectives. It was evicted 2 years ago, resulting in dispersal and people are now dedicated to housing issues, some living rurally and some in the city.
- The person speaking from Grenoble made clear that she is talking as an individual and is part of a particular group of people. She feels that the autonomous scene in Grenoble could benefit from more visibility and that the people squatting need to come together more. Although the local government is left wing it is repressing squatting. There have been attempts to begin an intersquat forum. It is generally tricky phase after a “golden era”. The last building that was evicted got burnt down to prevent it being resquatted.
- As regards the April Days of Action, there is no collective position in Grenoble and as yet no practical proposals. People are currently very busy with student movement. The feedback from this meeting will be important in generating ideas there.
- Some people in Grenoble decided against legalisation because they didn’t want to set an historical precedent.
- There are different perspectives in Grenoble: there is a new generation of squatters in Grenoble who are interested in the birth of an intrasquat; there is also an interest in legalisation; tension between the idea of the squat as a private space and a public space which can act as an interface with broader society and a space to do actions from.

Mannheim, Germany
- There has been a process of renovation, surveillance and pro-consumption in Mannheim for the last 5 years, with the poor getting pushed out.
- Squatting is hard: police come down very hard and evictions are rapid.
- There are several anarchist and anti-repression groups in Mannheim and there are lots of actions and street blockades, but they need more co-ordination with each other.

Lyons

- Squatting is really easy – “even the cops are squatting!”
- There has been a renewal of the squatting movement since 2 years ago with 10 new squats opening in the suburbs and the banlieue, and not just with people from the scene.
- Since last year, squatters also began to return to the city centre which is really bourgeois.
- There is a big intrasquat with about 60 people which meets monthly to
- organise a programme of activities and to organise against repression.
- Her collective has squatted a building in the countryside near Lyons after their city squat was evicted in September after a gig. The rural area is super-rich and a very different experience, and it is quite difficult to maintain a connection with squatters in the city. But they want to try and move away from the town/country divide – not to ‘get back to the land’ but also away from a total focus on urban strategy, providing rural autonomous space.
- There are lots of actions in Lyons about increased social control and surveillance.

St Etienne

- Their squat was evicted a month ago but other squats have opened.
- There will be a trial in May following a recent squatting attempt. The charges are criminal damage and refusal to give DNA. They believe this trial will be used as an example to criminalise squatters.
- They will use April Days of Action to raise visibility around the attempt to criminalise squatting.

Brussels
- Has no longterm social centre, but people are linked to strong social movements such as the sans papiers.
- There has been a lot of repression and a lot less tolerance towards squats: the last two attempts lasted 10 months and another lasted 10 days.
- People now focus on small group actions.

Leipzig

- The autonomous district in the 90s that was a whole street of squatted buildings has now been legalised although there are still conflicts going on between these houses and the council, and problems with gentrification.
- There is still alternative living with vegan market, community space and café.
- There are also 2 legalised wagonplatz.
- Not much connection between any of these projects.

Lithuania

- Infoshops and Summer camps for activists and feminists.

Geneva

- The squats are losing the battle. This year, 3 squats were closed.
- There was resistance, with street blockades and direct actions, and four squats were held for 99 hours.
- A group has started to organise around poor living conditions and they want to organise a strike against rent payments which seems to be growing in momentum.

    · summary of the meeting process

For the second sesssion, the assembly was split in 8 discussion groups. Each of them addressed both general strategies for squats/autonomous spaces, and ideas for april2008-related projects and contents. It was followed by a feedback session in large group.
On Sunday morning, 7 specific working groups tackled around topics that came out of the previous day’s brainstorming: newspaper and april2008 program; digital tools (website, lists, etc.), radio and feedback about the various actions; other communication tools; actions brainstorming; organisation of another european intersquat/autonomous spaces meeting; translations.
Conclusions were fed back to the bigger assembly, decisions were taken and people committed to the different working-groups. In the afternoon, while some of the groups kept working, a discussion on „links between autonomous spaces and social movements“ took place, and the day ended with a dance party!
· decisions on coordination tools and projects

Here’s a list of what has been decided upon. Join the working groups!
mailing-lists and forums
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We needed communication channels to prepare the april2008 initiatives and allow coordination between collectives involved and the various working groups. To do so, some people like mailing-lists, some people like forums. In order to solve this problem, we decided to have both mailing-lists and forums, but synchronized: every message sent to a list is automatically posted in the relevant forum, and every forum post is sent to the matching mailing-list.
The main discussion list is called april2008-coordination[bloodySPAM]squat.net, and there’s a number of other lists for working groups, all of which are mirrored on the april2008 forums: http://april2008.squat.net/forum/. If you want to join and take part, please do! Just send an introduction mail to april2008[bloodySPAM]squat.net.
wiki
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A wiki is a collaborative website. Every page can be edited, simply by clicking on a button, while modifications are kept in memory. It is a great tool for different people to work altogether, on a text document, on translations, on meeting minutes, etc.
The april2008 wiki is now online at http://april2008.squat.net/wiki/ and should be used by the different working groups to post work-in-progress documents and notes that need to be easily edited by others.
It should also allow anyone involved in the initiative to post locally produced flyers, posters, materials… whatever needs to be shared with fellow april2008 comrades and gathered in some place, before being put on the main website.
newspaper and call for texts
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There are two different newspaper related projects:
- an „Abolishing Borders from Below“-type magazine („Abolishing Property
· from Below“?), with a focus on squats and autonomous spaces. The magazine will be available a month before april2008. It should provide a tool of reflexion, with not only action reports, squat opening announcements and presentations, but also more in-depth strategical debates, as well as contents that don‘t just relate to big squat capitoles such as Amsterdam and Barcelona. A deadline is set to early February for sending contributions, and a team of people will work on selecting, editing and laying out. The final result will be in PDF format, and easily printable everywhere. We don‘t know yet if this magazine will be a one-shot for april2008 or edited afterwards on a regular basis. It is not an offical april2008 magazine, but one of the communication project related to the event. You can subscribe to the list if you want to join the editorial team.
- a call for various texts that would present situations of squats and
· autonomous spaces all around. It has already been written, and is to be sent out. Texts will be put on the wiki, so that people can then use the ones they like for publications in various local alternative medias and fanzines before april2008. Contributions are very welcome to be sent to april2008-zine[bloodySPAM]squat.net.
agenda of public april2008 events
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April2008 will be a mix of both surprise „not-announced“ actions and public „announced-beforehand“ events. There will be paper and digital versions of a program, so that people can join actions and activities in places where participation is welcomed and/or forces needed. The schedule will be edited early March, and available as a PDF. We invite you to send all your announcements to april2008[bloodySPAM]squat.net, so they can be published on the website and then summarized on the agenda.
other information tools
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Various possibilities have been discussed to make april2008 more visible and all collectives are invited to create posters, video clips, flyers, stickers, stencils… that could be used by others. Some people even said that they would work on some more unusual stuffs as card games. All these should be spread widely and be available or mentionned through the wiki and/or website. Once again, if you produce any communication tool, upload it to the wiki, and send a mail to april2008[bloodySPAM]squat.net!
We must underline that it would be great if some people wanted to produce a generic poster to start with, which would be a great help! However, we once again decided that there wouldn‘t be an official communication line, an official logo, an official april2008 label; rather a lot of decentralised initiatives to create communication items that can be used by others if they like it.
translations
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A translation group was created to translate the various texts that will be on the website, as well as texts related to the other communication tools and newspaper projects. Translation requests can be sent directly to april2008-translation[bloodySPAM]squat.net, and translations will be coordinated through the list and the wiki. Anyone who could help with translating texts in whatever languages should subscribe to the translation list.
radio
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A number of people are involved in existing Internet radio initiatives, that could join forces to provide a coverage of the april2008 events as they unfold, and broadcast related programs before/after the action days, with possible retransmission on FM analog radios. Join the working group if you feel like taking part!
website
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The current website requires some technical skills to be updated, and, as such, can‘t be appropriated by people without webmastering knowledge. In addition to the wiki, which provides an easy to use publishing interface, it has been decided to use a blog engine to power the website, to allow more people to update it.
However, the website was designed as a minimalistic and „straight to the point“ information space about april2008. We want it to remain simple and straightforward, with just the necessary information, so that people don‘t get lost.
While the wiki will collect pretty much everything, only relevant bits of what’s been uploaded to the wiki or posted to the lists will be published onto the website, by the web editorial team, whose list is april2008-www[bloodySPAM]squat.net, and can be joined by volunteers!
action reports and mediactivism
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Unfortunately, this key issue hasn‘t been discussed properly because of a lack of time. Still, there is a big need to create a group that would work during and right after the days of actions to put together the various reports on the website and spread them quickly on a wide range of independant media.
This requires some work beforehands, to compile a list of alternative media, see how they work and get in touch with them for quick publications when needed. If you want to get involved with that task and/or if you have such knowledge/links, please get in touch!
mainstream media
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It was decided that there would be no official communication towards the mainstream media, and even less official spokespersons for the global april2008 initiative.
Nevertheless, it is up to local groups to decide if they want to publicize their local actions through mainstream media and mention that it occurs within the framework of a global day of action.
future intersquat/autonomous spaces meetings
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During the meeting in Dijon, it was often said that these encounters should be seen as a starting point for further meetings. There was various good reasons to propose future intersquats/autonomous spaces meeting after this first week-end:
- to have a collective account and evaluation of april2008;
- to have more time for strategical debates;
- to think about new possible offensives and solidarity actions;
Two possibilities for new meetings were proposed:
- May 2008, Berlin: it was proposed to meet some days ahead of Koepi’s
· days of action, so that people could stay for the actions if they wanted to. Various people were really enthousiastic about it, but some others were a lot more skeptical, given that having a meeting in Berlin in such context might not allow quiet in-depth debates, and the energy of the meetings might be swallowed by action dynamics or police pressure. This debate will be brought back to people in Berlin, who will decide if they wish to call for this meeting or not.
- October 2008, Barcelona: the proposal will be made at the Asamblea de
· Okupas de Barcelona (city-wide squatters‘ assembly). Encounters might be followed by days of action or not, depending on the local context, the organizers‘ choice, and the experience of the Berlin gathering.
intersquat european caravane
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Some people form various cities are working on a caravan project. The idea is to travel collectively with an international team from Berlin in May to Barcelona in October (which might change if these two meetings don‘t happen). This would allow to spend time in various autonomous spaces to do actions, help local projects, create a travelling autonomous space and spread debates. The spaces and geographical zones that the caravan will visit, its structures, vehicles and its content are still not much defined, but a first caravan organization meeting should happen in January. If you‘re interested to join the caravan project, write to april2008-caravan[bloodySPAM]squat.net.
ideas for actions
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A lot of examples of possible actions have been mentionned as well as quite obvious possible common targets linked with speculation and private property management. Let’s make it clear, though, that there will be no april2008 official action guideline. Everything is possible. Join actions in other cities where forces will be needed if nothing happens at home!
Though there is no worry about everyone’s local creativity, it can‘t harm to state some of the tactics people have been mentionning, related to their recent local experiences: squatting something crazy and huge right in the town center, organizing a mass action to occupy a building with the location announced in advance (as during the Copenhagen’s G13), targetting real estate agencies, blocking or removing their offices, locking bailifs inside their doors, squatting politician’s houses, organizing Reclaim The Streets parties against gentrification, creating fake newspapers about autonomous spaces and housing politics to distribute massively in bus/suburbs stations and around town, squatting land in the countryside, finding strenght and people to open and keep squats in places where it never happened or where it became really difficult, to organize tourist visits of the cities showing all the houses evicted and the evil of contemporary urbanism, organizing solidarity actions (on consulates or targetted country companies…) for squats threatened of eviction in other countries, proposing open doors and open activities in an autonomous space, bringing the activities of an autonomous space outside in town (workshops, free-zone, hacklab, infoshop, gigs…), choosing a common ennemy in various towns (as it was done by french squatters in 2005, with 17 decentralised actions on Socialist Party’s city councils and headquarters), following the dutch example of a white book of squatting, with stories of squats in every cities, electing the „bad landlord of the week“, occupying shops and supermarkets, disturbing official political debates and organizing your own discussion about the need for autonomous spaces, etc., etc.
Well, that’s it for now. More to come, if you wish!
[1] Information on the anti-NATO mobilisation: http://contra-doxa.com/
· You can also check http://romania.indymedia.org/
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