Cato Manor Resistance : A Repeat of mass Evictions under SA Apartheid

Durban: 67 years after Apartheid evictions, ANC violently attacks Cato Manor occupation

Two people have been blinded this week in violent reprisals from State and local ANC-linked thugs as they try to push land occupiers out of Cato Manor in Durban, South Africa. Pic: AbM

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The relatively new occupation, organised with shackdwellers’ movement Abahlali baseMjondolo (AbM), has been shaken by the extreme violence, which saw Smiso Maphumulo shot in the eye on Tuesday and Noluthando Masikiza blinded on Thursday. In a statement, AbM said:

Their ‘crime’ is that they have been impoverished by a system of oppression and have occupied land in order to have a place to live. The government of this country has no regard for the poor. It treats our legitimate and urgent aspirations for justice as criminal and rules us with violence.

The municipality has been interdicted by the High Court in Durban to refrain from demolishing, destroying and burning people’s property in seven land occupations, including the new land occupation in Cato Manor. Resultado de imagen de Cato Manor Evictions

The court interdict further states that people whose homes were demolished are allowed to reconstruct. But because the ANC in the Province considers itself as law unto themselves they have continued with the evictions in violation of the court interdict.

Yesterday the Anti-Land Invasion Unit continued to demolish people’s homes. When the shacks were destroyed the materials were burnt. This was an unlawful and violent attack undertaken by a criminal state.Imagen relacionada

In Women’s Month the government of the ANC keeps emphasising their role in the fight for the rights of women. We ask which women are these when armed agents of the state can shoot at women who are poor and living under shameful conditions?

The situation in Cato Manor is getting out of hand because the ANC does not want to respect the processes of the law and because it holds impoverished black people in such contempt that it does not recognise our humanity. Continue reading “Cato Manor Resistance : A Repeat of mass Evictions under SA Apartheid”

34 Suicides a Week in Spain, many Due to Mass Evictions and No Work

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By Kaos. Madrid  There is a suicide every two days in Madrid due to mass evictions and lack of work, according to the Mortgage Affected Platform (PAH) which has produced a report with official data from the Police. They demand more involvement from mayor Carmena to stop the evictions.Resultado de imagen de SUICIDIO

Every five hours there is a suicide in Spain because of the economic crisis that plagues hundreds of thousands of families. In the Community of Madrid one  is estimated to occur every 54 hours, with evictions being a main focus.

These figures are more than dramatic data. The poor economic situation of hundreds of thousands of families in Spain, provokes in many occasions the loss of hope of the citizens.

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According to a report of the Platform of Mortgage Affected (PAH), which has had access to the Digital Confidential, there are about 34 suicides occur every week in the country. Occupying the Community of Madrid a mean of a suicide every 54 hours, which means three a week. Continue reading “34 Suicides a Week in Spain, many Due to Mass Evictions and No Work”

A New World in our Hearts: ‘La Rimaia’ Squat centre Evicted for 5th Time

Incredibly last week was the 5th time the Occupied Social Centre La Rimaia  (pronounced ReeMyYa) has been violently evicted. Its history reads like a passionate anti-capitalist thriller.

Beginning in Dec 2008 the first Rimaia was occupied in central Barcelona at the height of the student uprising against the Bologna process of elitism and  privatising of Universities.

After a violent eviction the ‘okupas’ took over a huge building in the main Gran Via and declared the Free University with dozens of free courses and workshops. it had a library, an art workshop, a cooperative and multiple classes (philosophy, computer networks, Languages…).

see also.. New Mutual Aid Hotline Blocks dozens of Evictions, Threats and Toxic Capitalism

After another shocking illegal surprise eviction the Rimaia Free Uni grabbed an abandoned building in the Sant Antoni barrio where the project has put down community roots.Pablo Molano, center> his life and death were the inspiration of the latest New Rimaia

Inside the Free University you could live the revolution in miniature, all is decided in open assembly and almost always unanimously, with up to 70 people, 30 living there and 40 with projects. Living freely with huge enthusiasm and creativity. Continue reading “A New World in our Hearts: ‘La Rimaia’ Squat centre Evicted for 5th Time”

Anarchist Lighthouse shines for 30 years in Barcelona’s Raval

  summarized translation  en catalá abaix.    “Those who have known and lived with El Lokal, see it as a beacon for social movements in the city, a center of constant social and political unrest; a space for training, debate, organization and  coordination of local and international  struggles. Always ready, always on the ball.

see also…New Mutual Aid Hotline Blocks dozens of Evictions, Threats and Toxic Capitalism

Last Sunday we celebrated its 30th birthday at the adjacent  ‘Agora Juan Andrés Benítez’ occupied space, which is named in  memory of a neighbor killed by the Mossos local police in 2013- with a debate that brought together some of the anarchist and autonomous struggles of today. Continue reading “Anarchist Lighthouse shines for 30 years in Barcelona’s Raval”

New Mutual Aid Hotline Blocks dozens of Evictions, Threats and Toxic Capitalism


   Stop evictions..the Raval barrio (Barcelona old city) opens a  mutual support hotline.  .. we’re living a situation of extreme urgency with weekly and often daily evictions, harassment and bullying, an exponential increase of speculative practices, and price rises that are covert expulsions of the population;   In short,  organized real estate violence, which is not new but has been getting much more serious for two years. We have seen investors buy whole buildings and send thugs with “offers” to tenants to leave, we have seen properties vacated in record time, we have seen the proliferation of ‘Desokupa style companies’ (companies which provide heavies to evict people) specialized in bullying and intimidation, and companies cashing in on  alarms, armored doors, video surveillance, doing an  kind of business with the expulsion of families. Continue reading “New Mutual Aid Hotline Blocks dozens of Evictions, Threats and Toxic Capitalism”

LIBRES (The Free) rural Occupy video series. 1, 2 and 3 (English Subs)

libres,mix bIn February Episode 1 of LIBRES (The Free) came out, free on the web.

It’s an eagerly awaited weekly 15 min adventure of Iberian squatters who get evicted and occupy an abandoned village in the mountains.

Starring some friends who’ve done it in real life.

Libres is sub titled in English and provides a brilliant insight into current Revolutionary politics in Spain. It’s funded by ‘Crowdfunding’. If you like it please re-post to didtribute.    Nuff said.. Enjoy.

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This is EPISODE 1

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view episodes below Continue reading “LIBRES (The Free) rural Occupy video series. 1, 2 and 3 (English Subs)”

Bankia occupied after Debt Suicides

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Standoff at Bankia

In #globalrevolution, Sol on 26 October 2012 at 19:24

Dear people,….  After Bankia’s refusal to negotiate, the campers took action. At one o’ clock in the afternoon they occupied the Bankia franchise in Alcalà 1, at the corner of Puerta del Sol.

Police went in after them and sealed off the entrance against sympathisers and press who assembled outside.

The occupiers demanded an end to the evictions, and the right to for those at risk of eviction to stay in their houses, paying a social rent. Continue reading “Bankia occupied after Debt Suicides”

Spain: 94,502 evictions in 6 months, 532 a day.

New record of evictions in 2012: 532 per day.Shame!
According to data released Tuesday by the General Council of the Judiciary, in the second quarter of 2012 continued to increase evictions in the Spanish state, from 517 a day in the first quarter, to 532 per day in the second quarter.
In just six months, and there have been 94,502 foreclosures.
While the government insists on rescuing banks and cutting billions from schools and hospitals to be gobbled up by the ever growing debt and interest rates, rather than responding to citizen demands requiring the recovery of thousands of homes illegally accumulated in the hands of financial institutions .
We demand the retroactive payment in the immediate moratorium on evictions and social rent for hundreds of thousands of empty flats in the hands of banks.
Citizen Rescue Pla, NOW


Nuevo record de desahucios en 2012: 532 al día. ¡Vergüenza!


Según los datos publicados este martes por el Consejo General del Poder Judicial, en el segundo trimestre de 2012 siguieron aumentando los desahucios en el estado español, pasando de los 517 al día del primer trimestre, a 532 al día en el segundotrimestre.
En sólo seis meses ya se han producido 94.502 desahucios.
Mientras, el gobierno insiste en seguir rescatando a la banca a través del “banco malo”, endeudando al país entero, en lugar de responder a las demandas ciudadanas que exigen la recuperación de los miles de pisos acumulados de forma ilegítima en manos de entidades financieras.
Exigimos la dación en pago retroactiva, la moratoria inmediata de los desahucios y el alquiler social para los miles de pisos vacíos en manos de los bancos, tal y como recoge la ILP que a finales de octubre llevaremos al congreso respaldada por cientos de miles de firmas.
Plan de rescate ciudadano, YA!
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