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Days of Action for Squats and Autonomous Spaces

april2008 | 10.04.2008 11:03 | Culture | Free Spaces | Social Struggles

Following an international meeting at 'Les Tanneries' in Dijon last year, there was a call out for decentralised actions in defence of free spaces on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th April. The aim is to develop interconnections and solidarity between autonomous spaces and help create more visibility for them as a political movement.

In Copenhagen things kicked off early with an huge demo in support of creating a new Ungdomshuset (Youth House). 5000 people took part followed by a massive street party. Since then all parties have agreed a deal on a new building. Last month, after a long struggle, there was similar good news for the campaign to save the Kopi in Berlin.

In the UK, new squats have opened in Bristol, Leeds, Brimingham, Nottingham [ 1 | 2 | 3 ], and London [ 1 | 2 ]. In Reading, the Common Ground Squatted Community Garden was reopened, in Manchester multiple spaces were invaded; the new space in Nottingham hosted workshops, films, discussion, zines, and free jumble stalls; London distributed events at different spaces, with a squatters estate agency and a program of workshops, films, discussion and art plus a benefit gig for the Advisory Service For Squatters. A squat themed spoof news paper was also been distributed in participating cities. Actions also took place against dodgy landlords exploiting asylum seekers.

Regional features: Bristol | London | Nottingham [1] [2] | Manchester

All IMC coverage [RSS] : Birmingham (Freespace Brum - Temporary Autonomous Zone) | Leeds (Angel Group targetted) (A success in every way! Audacious Space Leeds) | London (Hackney hostel residents march) (Shoreditch New Squat Pics) (News from Londons autonomous spaces...) (Days Of Action Follow Up for London's Autonomous Spaces) (Putting people into London's empties) | Manchester (video) (A tale of 4 squats in Manchester) (Demonstration of squatters turns into mass occupation) (Pics of demo and mass action) (Space Invaded, and Evicted?) | Nottingham | Reading (Squatted Community Garden Reopened) | Brighton (video)

International Reports: Amsterdam Pics and Video | tour de squat Rotterdam | Reclaim the Streets in Wellington | Brutal eviction of Squat in Vienna | days of action, a summary...

Other April2008 links: mobilisation website | wiki | zine | plans | latest news | action reports | summary

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* Austria (at)
o Vienna
+ (11th) In Vienna some 300 people took part on a demonstration, afterwards a party started on a squatted areal.
+ (12th) The wagenburg-party which started after the demonstration on friday on a squatted area in vienna was finished on Saturday, 1pm without problems. But afterwards the police stopped and controlled some of the cars when they had left.
+ (12th) The first Vienna “bim party” was celebrated from 4pm to 7:30pm.
+ (12th) A building in Spitalgasse 11 was squatted around 8pm. The results of the negotiations with city authorities and police is that the police will stay away for now and new talks will start on sunday 1pm. the owner is still unknown. the activists decided to stay and a party started…
+ (13th) Early afternoon police started showing up at Spitalergasse 11 and announed the comming eviction which eventually started at 7.30pm. At 9pm, riot cops made their way through the people who blocked the way to the building and strated invading the house. It took three more hours to get the 50 squatters out of the house. Some 80 activists organized a noizy protest in front of the police station where one arrested person stayed in custody. After two hours the person was released.

* Graz
o (11th) Meeting at Suedtiroler Platz for squatting. The goal was to establish the first autonomous centre in Graz since the 80ies, working title: “Projekt A-Z”. In the evening, a building in Annenstrasse 3 was squated.
o (12th) The Project A-Z in Annenstraße 3 was still squatted. Some workshops and a party were organised.
o (13th) Several workshops and concerts took place at the Project A-Z
o (14th) A discussion with the squatters, representives of the city council and the owner of the bulding, the housing corporation BeWo took place. There was a propsal to postpone the eviction if the squatter took over the operating costs of the house. The proposal was discussed in an internal plenum later in the evening.
o (15th) The squatters announced that they accept the proposal of the housing corporation to use the house for 30 days as an autonomous center. But it was also made clear that there is no perspective in using the house only temporary and to look for a new space afterwards.
o (18th) Earlier made promises by the owner were broken and the Project A-Z was evicted in the evening. It took almost two hours to remove everybody in the house but nobody was evicted.

* Linz
o (11/12th)The second day of the squat action days, Saturday, April 12, 2008 started in Linz with the opening of the squat “Louise” at the Kaisergasse 17.
o (13th) The squat was left…

* Innsbruck
o (11th) A demonstartion for autonomous spaces took place in the afternoon with about 250 people.
o (11th) After the demonstartion, the station of the old Hungerbahn was squatted. The police discovered the squat relatively late which gave between 100 and 150 persons teh chance to gather in the squat.
o (12th) A meeting with a represantive of the city council took place in the early morning at 2am. The discussion was relatively one sided and the only proposals made by the city were leaving at 12 o’clock on the same day or eviction.
o (12th) After longer discussions between the activists and city officials, the squatters left the building at around 4pm. There were no controls. The future plan of the city for building is demolision.

* Salzburg
o (11th) An open air concert at the building site Nonntal Unioark took place and a reading in the bus
o (12th) A manifestation for a social center was organized at the Max-Reinhard-Platz in the afternoon and lastet until 8pm in the evening.

# Catalunya (cat)
* Barcelona
# Czech Republic (cz)
* Praha
o In Prague, a Reclaim the Streets party has been organized. 400 people - some in masks, with sound systems, cheerleaders - gathered for a short march, two banners were dropped on the way. A squatekk took place in the evening. An expo on evicted places and previous squatting actions was displayed.
* Ropice
o Ropice, a place squatted few weeks before April2008, organized a first gig, with photos, free shop, benefit materials. The concert was ended by police intervention.

# England (uk)
* London
o Early April, a new squat was opened in London with it’s launch to coincide with the Europe-wide days of action in defence of free spaces and a series of events took place in autonomous spaces ar
ound London. o (11th) The weekend kicked off on Friday evening with a social meetup and info night with films and cafe at threatened rampART social centre. There were also acoustic bands and performances at the nearby squatted NO:ID gallery.
o (12th) The newly opened social centre opened it’s doors with an art-exhibition and films plus badly organised workshops and discussions. The space also hosted a free shop and very popular squatters estate agency with a display showing a number of empty properties around London along with details about their location, history and suitability for squatting. Available properties ranged for abandoned houses and flats, to pubs, shops and even government buildings. People could add details of other buildings or put down their contact details to meet up with others to go open buildings.
o (12th) Also on saturday there was a demo at a homeless hostel and several hundred people partied at benefit gig for the Advisory Service for Squatters that took place at the Hackney Social Centre (also threatened with eviction that month). Another benefit took place at the soon to be evicted Wominspace.

* Nottingham
o The Old County Hall occupied as part of the international days of action. The Council sold it off in 2000 and it has remained empty for years. During the weekend people put this marvellous and significant building back into good use.

* Leeds
o In Leeds a closed down council housing advice centre was squatted and reopenned. Ironically the council had left a sign reading “The Housing Advice Centre Is Changing.” and it certainly has - giving out advice on squatting, autonomous spaces, alternative housing advice and anti-gentrification info. A report said, “It was the most open squat i’ve ever seen - having the doors wide open on a busy Saturday right in the middle of the city centre… Loads of people coming in for advice on squatting, to read some of the info, watch a film or just sit and drink tea.”
o Also in Leeds offices of Angel Group were attacked - slogans painted, and locks glued. 12 company vehicles damaged with paint stripper, spray paint, and had their tyres slashed. The group make their money by providing poor quality housing for asylum seekers, profitting from vulnerable people and racist asylum laws. This company were targetted as part of the days of action in support of squats and autonomous spaces because housing is a right, not a means to make profit.

* Bristol
o A vacant city centre building, the Little Theatre in Colston Street, was occupied by homeless Bristolians as part of a co-ordinated day of action round the world.
* Birmingham

o A temporary autonomous zone was established in Digbeth, Brimingham and became the venue of three days of workshops, talks and discussion on diverse themes: from the struggles of the indigenous peoples of Mexico, to the Disability Rights Movement in the UK; from 12v power workshops, to ’seed bombs’ and guerilla gardening; from public sector workplace organising, to bicycle repair. Hot food was served each day with music in the evening and spontaeous sculpture and painting popping up around the building throughout.
* Manchester
o Manchester Space Invaders were really busy, months ago using the Archways squat as a hub for plotting towards the days of action intending to use it as the central venue but it was evicted before the weekend. Instead a spacious new squat in Hulme became the venue used for the weekend and Jackson’s Wharf pub was also squatted by a hundred people after a ‘free spaces’ protest in the city centre on Saturday. It was turned into a drinking den again for a couple of hours but then abandoned. The big finale was supposed to be the large warehouse party in Ancoats but while 500 people made it in before 1am a large-scale police operation prevented 300 more from entering and the whole thing was shut down by 2am.

* Reading
o A community garden was reopened, many people came through during the day, local neighbors expressed their support, there was a barbeque and a concert.
# France (fr)

* Dijon

o (11th) In Dijon, France, a group of some 80 people gathered in front of the Préfecture (local representation of the state), blocked the road with banners (”Solidarity with illegal immigrants” & “Free Ivan & Bruno now!”) and filled the street with smokebombs, in solidarity with two activists, Ivan & Bruno, who are waiting for their trial in jail, accused of “terrorism” after being caught with smokebombs, on their way to an illegal immigrants’ solidarity march. After an hour of successful road-blockade and chanting slogans, demonstrators left. The police stood near throughout the action with a few vans, but didn’t make any move.
o Also in Dijon, a temporary autonomous zone was set in the city centre at 2pm, with a free zone, an infokiosque with tons of leafets and fanzines, music, vegan food, a billboard subvertising workshop, and a photo exhibition on squats and social movements. A hundred people gathered to demonstrate through the streets, carrying banners against the eviction of the Mat-Noir squat, and in defense of autonomous spaces around the globe. Smoke-bombs were lit as pro-squat graffitis were being sprayed, slogans were being chanted, posters were being glued and advertisments were being sabotaged. The demonstration ended with the resquatting of the Toboggan, a former squat that was evicted by the city council a year ago, and left empty since then.

* Lyon
o April 13th - Block party in the “Guillotière” neighborhood with vegan food, music, a free zone, an infokiosk.
* Montpellier
o April 12th - Nighty street party for the reappropriation of public space, through the (re)-occupation of Candolle plaza.
# Germany (de)

* Buchholz
o (4th and 5th) Small autonomous camp in the municipal park with the motto ,,Freiraum Manie Fest” on the 4th and 5th of April. It was an experiment to show that this kind of camp can be done between police stations and Public Order Office.
* Hamburg
o (4th) The weekend kicked off on Friday with an info-presentation about gentrification in St.Pauli and surrounding quarters. About 300 people of all ages and and backgrounds came to listen about the consequences of and the resistance against gentrification.
o (5th) A street party with free food, concerts and informations about “how to squat St.Pauli and Wilhelmsburg” took place at the Hafenstrasse on Saturday. Later on, a punk rave joined the party and and in the evening, a crowd with a mobile soundsystem moved spontaneously to a nearby quarter and made noise between noble hotels and multistory buildings until the police came.
o (12th) Students mounted a banner on the west-wing of the main building at the University in Hamburg to declare solidarity and oncoming actions against closing of the self-organized “Philosophen Café”.
o (12th) The group “for an autonomous youth center” spread flyer with the demand for a youth center in the district of Hamburg-Altona. Flyers were distributed to almost all corners of Altona.

* Freiburg
o (10th)The actions dayz started with pizza at the trailer park “der Schattenparker”
o (11th) VoKü and screening of “Freiburg - Polizeiburg” and a benefit concert for the action day afterwards.
o (12th) A Bike-Freespave-Rally ( Reclaim Freiburg 2) started with 15 people at about 1pm. After three hours of decentralized actions and putting up Banners on empty houses, about 100 made a spontaneous demonstration through the city center to block the main square “just as if”. After speeches about the Action Days and local shit-politix, the crowd went further on, towards the Augustinerplatz. There, a new street party happened and the different groups could play the LPs they where carrying throughout the rally. They all won a dance, to different styles of music…
o (13th) On Sunday, people organized an open Day in KTS with lots of Workshops (Samba, Screen-printing, Dancing, Filming, Technix…), Infos, Films…

* Berlin
o (11th) Pirate radio “squatted” the airwaves at 95.2 FM, broadcasting local information and international streams.
o (11th) 30 people protested towards the home of the caretaker of the Rigaerstrasse 94 building, Olive Rohn, beautifying his house and garden.
o (11th) In the night activists dropped a banner at a house in Neukölln to show their will to prevent the neighborhood from becoming another yuppie area.
o (12th) A street party was hold at Rigaer/Liebig. The crossing was occupied for several hours in support to threatened housing projects.
o (12th) A Spontaneous radical bike ride cycled around the Friedrichshain and Prenzlauer Berg, and blocked for some time 6 main junctions and distributing leaflets. Flyer were distributed to watching people to inform them about the action days and the “we stay all” campaign of several housing projects in Berlin. About 15 cyclists made a spontaneous demonstration at the Danziger Strasse.
o (12th) The clowns army gave their two cents and soap bubbles and created a mobile free space. The space, which was surrounded by a yellow barrier band with the label “Attention Free Space”, moved to a park of the nearby threatened free shop and the clowns “freed” everything which narrow freedom in their opinion, like cars, trams and exhaust emissions :)

* Münster
o (12th) Free-spaces-bicycle-rally through the city with different stations, where participants made the surveillance-cameras visible, painted banners, cross-dressing into a big store and more.
* Cologne
o (12th) A critical mass with about 40 participants and one mobile soundsystem moved through the inner city to the ,,Reclaim the Streets”-Party which started at the Rudolfplatz at 6pm. The party started with 70 people and grew to around 1000(!) which totally turned the city into a party zone for six hours. Various small actions took place in the streets and the atmosphere was great.
* Naumburg
o Demonstration & Concert, April 12th.
* Erfurt
o (10th) Misleading leaflets about a street party confused the police and allowed 150 people to demonstrate in the city in front of the. Stopped by the police for a sec but continued strongly.
* Heidelberg
o (11th) There was a nice and powerful demonstration for free spaces and a new autonomous center with over 150 persons and 4 clowns in spite of a lot of rain. The demo moved through the city and ended at the Cafe Gegendruck a peoples kitchen was organized.
o (13th) A group of 25 to 30 persons hold a Picknick at the Bismarkplatz. Later on, everybody move to the radio ballet which was transmitted by free radio Bermudafunk.
* Marburg
o (11th) At 4pm, about 40 persons gathered for an alternative sightseeing tour which passed by at current and past self-organized housing projects.
o (11th) At 10pm, a reclaim the streets party started with 100-120 people. The party moved to various spots in the city and ended at the cities market place. At this time, about 150 people had a nice time on the streets with soundsystem and fireworks.
o (12th) Breakfast, discussions and a film screening took place at place of the trailer park which will hopefully move soon to a fixed location.
* Dresden
o (11th) Banners were dropped on empty houses in Neustadt, Cotta and the Hechtviertel. Some of them survived the heavy wind on Friday and could be seen for a couple of days.
o (12th) A demonstration with around 300 people and soundsystems moved through the city center and blocked the traffic. After 4 hours, the demonstration ended in the Hechtviertel and there was also a radio ballet for free spaces.
* Mannheim
o (12th) 26 cyclists met at 2 o’clock in the afternoon for a critical mass to the street party at the harbor. Nonstop bell ringing accompanied the critical mass until their destination. Over 200 people came to the street party at the harbor to pinpoint the gentrification process that takes place in the neighborhood. The party lasted only until 7 o’clock in the evening due to heavy obligations of the city council. Until then, a flea market and several workshops were organized, a samba band played, people made speeches and good food was served.
* Oldenburg
o (12th) A Radio Ballet with 60 people took place in the commercial center of the city.
* Nürnberg
o (10th) A banner that says “fighting for autonomous spaces coz the city is ours” was mounted at the former self-organized center “Komm”.
o (11th) The “Reclaim the Underground-Metro-Party” took place with 40 persons, carpets where put on the ground and hammocks in the air. The crowed drove through the city for about three hours.
* Castrop Rauxel
o (11th) A party-crowd moved through the cities of Castrop Rauxel, Recklinghausen and Dortmund. Street theater was staged various times and flyer with the title “The Capitalism and You” were distributed to pedestrians.
* Leipzig
o (11th) About 30 people organized a spontaneous barbecue in front of a house in the Alten Salzstraße, which people fight to open as a new autonomous youth center.
o (12th) A demonstration for a new autonomous youth center went through Leipzig Grünau. About 300 people participated and moved to the place where the future AJZ may reside. There, the demonstration turned into a street party with soundsystem and food and informations about the necessity of a new AJZ. The police was afraid that the house could be squatted and secured all entries of the building but eventually moved away as the demonstration and street party were officially announced in advance.
* Erlangen
o (11th) About 50 people gathered for a spontaneous ,,Reclaim Your City” Party in the main station in Erlangen. It was decided to relocate the street party into the main station due to heavy rain. Banners were mounted, info material was past to pedestrians and the station and air was further beautified with balloons and streamers and music. Later, after the police closed the party, a crowd of 20 people moved further through the rain to reclaim public spaces.
* Rostock
o (11th) Some people occupied the children’s playground sitting on lawn chairs. Police checked participants’ IDs and a radio ballet took place afterwards at the Uniplatz.
* Bremen
o (12th) About 100 activists built up a living room including sofas and a table soccer in the middle of the cities market place.
* Stuttgart
o (12th) Monsterwalk through the city and street party with music, theater and information about the squatting days on Saturday with around 100 participants.
o (12th) People mounted the “squatter” banner at the Daimler Tower and at the same time, about 20 people occupied the Königsstrasse and build up a living room.
* Darmstadt
o (12th) About 200 people gathered spontaneously at the Friedensplatz as a kickoff for the “campaign for a autonomous center”. The party lasted about three hours until one o’clock in the morning.
o (12th) Further on, different small and creative actions such as playing in front of surveillance-cameras, water-battles and theater about police violence in the city, a walk in the city to make it nicer and a bicycle-flash-mob took place.
* Bochum
o (in the night of the 12th) There was a “Dance into the freespace”-Party with around 100 persons in a temporary squatted empty villa. The house was beautified with banners and graffiti. A chillout lounge, a bar and peoples kitchen were arranged and the basement was modified as dancefloor. Later in the evening, the police came but left soon after they made sure that nobody could stay in the building which was actually a large deposit for all kind of waste. Even the neighbors were interested and joined the party in the eveneing.
* Magdeburg
o (12th) The office of the German political party “Die Linke” was beautified with graffiti.
o (12th) In the afternoon, a critical mass with about 20 people and two big banners slowed down the traffic in the streets, which was watched by interested pedestrians and doomed by the car drivers.
o (12th) Later in the evening, two fake occupations took place where banners were mounted to remember the city about the many houses which are empty and unused.
* Mainz
o (12th) About 50 activists transformed the pedestrian zone in the city center into a nice living room with “telepathic” writing garage, peoples kitchen, street artists, a video tower which showed contributions extra produced for this day, a rapper and a samba band. A public manifestation took place before.
* Dortmund
o (12th) Spontaneous demo requesting the creation of free and autonomous spaces. “Dominique” anti-repression demo at the Freitreppen, with 200 people.
* Neustadt
o (17th) Eviction of silent occupation. The house was silently squated at the 11th April. The squatting action was meant to create a free space for a anti-racist-sexists-fascist and self-determined living for the youth in a city insensible to existing fascist nazi structures and with little interest in left-wing antifascist politix.

# Greece (gr)

* Athens
o Lelas Karayanni 37 celebrated its 20 years birthday. A festival was held from 11th to 13th April with theatre plays, a concert, movies and discussion.
o Events in squat Prapopoulou were cancelled due to a severe arson.
* Heraklion
o Days of public activities, including a bike ride, a demonstration, film screenings, concerts, and discussions.
* Thessaloniki
o (11th-12th) Radio coverage of the april2008 events and discussions about the squat movement by the autonomous pirate radio 1431AM.

# Italy (it)

* Torino
o (12th) On the pre-election-day to renew the national governament, a block of squatters, masked as politicians, brought 400 pounds of concrete wall and brix ruins of a former evicted squat in the front of the entrance of the Turin city hall. During the action some flyers were distributed, and a flag saying: “Chi vota paga e i danni sono suoi” (The more you vote, the more you pay-and the ruins are yours) was attached.
The group got back quietly and no one was stopped.
* Milano
o (12th) At 15.00, an abandoned building in Milanp was squatted for a temporary autonomous zone. The initiative was made to denounce the lack of space of aggregation in Milan. In particular, as students, people also denounced the lack of living spaces and prohibitive prices of the houses. Writing, techno and d’n'b party.
o (13th) Breakfast and an assembly were organized.
# Portugal (pt)

* Porto
# The Netherlands (nl)
* Amsterdam
o (5th) A demonstration in support of autonomous spaces and squats took place in Amsterdam, announcing the April2008 action days. Some 200 people took part, together with sound-systems, street theatre, and speeches.
o (11th) An empty building on the terrain of the state museum was squatted and became the base for actions over the weekend, workshops and gigs.
o In Amsterdam there was a Reclaim the Streets party. It arrived back at the Rijksmuseum, standing in the little street in front of the building, listening to bands and speeches.
* Nijmegen
o During the days of action, two big buildings were opened in Nijmegen. The old postal building on the station square was squatted.
* Rotterdam
o In Rotterdam a bicycle tour showed that squatting is a part of the culture of a city. People cycled through the areas of ‘het oude noorden’ (the old north), ‘crooswijk’, ‘kralingen’, Centre and ‘kop van zuid’ (head of south) and in almost every street they passed a squat, an ex squat or a hole where first a squat was.
# Sweden (se)

* Gothenburg
o An abandonned floating restaurant was squatted by 50 pirates for 24 hours. Banner was hanged out and three floors above the sea level were cleaned up, different rooms/spaces were established. Cooking, soccer and fun on the roof.
* Umeå
o (11th) Tullkammaren, a house in the city centre was squatted as a protest against the normalization processes in Sweden and elsewhere. Barricades were built and banners displayed, the action held by some 30 activists. A press release was sent out, later, police and journalists, supporters arrived, but this was a temporary occupation, people left around 11pm, four of them were subject to identification. Situation about possible charges in the future is unclear.
# Denmark (dk)
# Norway (no)

* Oslo
o (12th) An anti-gay demonstration was interrupted with noise, dance and love. Later a Reclaim the Streets party was held in front of the city hall with barbeque, beer and music. A new Opera-house was opened, and concerts were organized in the the squat Brakkebygrenda, that is under threat of eviction.
# Israel (il)
* Jerusalem
o (11th) In Jerusalem, a banner was hanged over a massive bridge being constructed in the entrance of the city, saying “Free Space for Free People!”. Later that day, a street party took place inside a pedestrian tunnel in a park. Party was joined by radical activists from Tel Aviv.
# New Zealand (nz)

* Wellington
o A Reclaim the Streets party took place in Wellington, after a protest against the Labour Party conference, around 30 people marched through town to Upper Abel Smith Street where a group of people was already setting up for the street party, outside 128 Abel Smith Street, a radical social centre, raided 6 months ago. Banners and flags were put on the centre. The police showed up very early and the fire brigade came to deal with one of the fires. Noise control found the party to be a problem and some stuff got confiscated. But the party was a big success, with DJs, bands, belly dancers and many people!
# Spain (es)

* Madrid
o (11th) A demonstartion with the moto “For a life without burden, against Bologna, anti repression and for delight” went through the University quarter today between 12h and 14h. After passing at the Department of Physics, the demonstration occupied the Facultad Okupada Autogestionada (FOA), an abandoned building and former plenary hall. The building was left empty due to the order of the rector of the university. After the occupation, a short meeting took place inside the building and finally, the activists decided to leave it to just set a symbol. The demonstration continued afterwards.
o (12th) Discussions were organized with topics on society, direct action and occupations, and there were other activities as cooking, thaibox and jiu-jitsu shows, movie on La Traba center and fiesta in the night.
o (13th) Debate forum took place in La Traba, topics: The struggle and the change of the meaning of social centers. The social centers as places of debate, reflection, counterculture, self organization, anti-fascism, anti-patriarchy and anti-capitalistic political actions in general.
# Ireland (ie)
# Poland (pl)

* Poznan

o A week after the international days of action in defense of squats and autonomous spaces, a demo under the same slogans took place in Poznan, Poland. At the Old Market Square there were samba drummers, Food not Bombs, fireshow, tallbike wars, speeches about squats and autonomous spaces, soundsystem and screening of videos from European squats’ evictions & slideshow about Rozbrat and squatting in general.
# Hungary (hu)

* Budapest
o A house was occupied in Budapest, but the collective was very small and didn’t manage to keep the house. A banner was dropped out of the window, it said: Autonomous Space for Budapest!
# Belarussia (?)

* Minsk
o (11th April) An open air party took place in a park in the centre of Minsk, where an exhibition on houses was displayed and a zine was distributed. Later there was a discussion on squats, followed by FnB distribution, samba band gig, independent theatre performance and capoeira wrestling and drumming. The event was attended by about 100 guests.
o (12th April) An open film night took place in a local university, with some 50 people, who watched movies on Rozbrat in Poznan and Zanon Ceramics. Discussion on squatting in London followed.
# Lithuania (lt)

* Vilnius
o 11th April: An occupied summerhouse had a photo exhibition, with free tea and sweets, discussion and spontaneous stencil workshop.
o 12th April: A temporary autonomous zone was created in an open air space. Infoshop distributed zines, a library with alternative books was established, there were speeches, FnB, performances and a concert.
o 13th April: Movie night was held in XI20 diy space.
* Alytus
* Kaunas
# Finland (?)
* Helsinki
o (11th) In Helsinki around 150 people demonstrated for free spaces, and headed to house squatted at sunday in Töölö district.
o (12th) GhettoExperience08 a two day seminar with discussions from city space and feminism to nuclear power, internet piracy and planning of future actions.
* Tampere
o (12th) 250 people gathered for a Street Party in Tampere and squatted an old wooden house. In the evening, there was a house meeting and a party.
o (13th) House meeting and movies.
* Turku
o (11th) Jokikatu, a new social centre was squatted and a Free Culture Festival was held during the weekend. There was a puppet theatre, punk concerts, painting, writing workshops, movie screening and cooking. The city agreed to let the collective use the house.

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See Global Agenda of Events

10.04.2008 15:16

Updated list of events during the decentralised days of action for squats and autonomous spaces:

Live radio streaming from the Reclaim the Streets action in Barcelona here:


Bristol is most definately having it on Friday and Saturday

10.04.2008 15:25

Our Homes, Our Paths, Our playing fields,
Our pubs, Our Clubs, Our Streets,

Greedy Developers Off Our Backs

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  1. The first IMC banner ad? — manos
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  4. great stuff, but — autonomous?
  5. new squat in Manchester — j
  6. One off spectaculars — Smoke and mirrors
  7. A success in every way! — Audacious Space
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