Ungdomshuset has been at the core of radical political and cultural activities in Copenhagen, as well as internationally for 25 years. It was one of the only lasting free spaces outside Christiania, and its demolition is a devastating image of cultural mainstreaming and repression in an otherwise consensus seeking welfare society. But the Danish consensus has been demolished along with the building, and has given rise to energetic resistance that, although in a defensive state at the moment, could quickly turn to the offensive.
We arrived Tuesday in time for the Reclaim the Streets demonstration with over 2000 people participating. It ended in Christiania, wherefrom a smaller group gathered outside ‘Vestrefaengsel’ (the prison where most of the arrested activists are being held) for a solidarity demonstration. This was a moving experience, as many very young people defied the cold, distance and police to show active solidarity with their imprisoned friends and comrades.
Wednesday has been a day of relative regrouping and preparation for people here, with expectations running high for tomorrow’s demonstration – marking one week from the eviction, as well as International Women’s day. This evening there will be another solidarity demonstration outside the Vestrefaengsel prison.
We call out for a demonstration Saturday the 10th at 2 pm outside the Danish embassy, 55 Sloane Street, SW1X 9SR. Bring banners and ideas for further action!