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1. Park Guell is not for sale
2. The violent eviction of Catalunya sq. lawsuit reopens
3. #AcampadaBankia saves lives
4. Agora 99 overflow Europe to reinvent democracy
1. PARK GÜELL IS NOT FOR SALE
The DEFEND THE PARK GÜELL PLATFORM (Defensem Park Güell) was first introduced to the public on Saturday October 27, 2012. Among other demands, it wants to keep the access to the park’s historic area free of charge for non-Barcelona resident visitors as it has always been, in opposition to the city council’s proposal to implement an entrance fee of a minimum of €5 per person starting in 2013.
Several dozen people took active part in the presentation where the Platform’s statement of principles was read, having received the support of some 30 associations and a large number individuals from all over Barcelona and 15 cities around the world. Some 18,596 signatures protesting the park’s closure have already been submitted to the city government.
What the city council proposes
After approving the proposal for closing the park, the council began to work on preparing a “legal study on the distinction between a resident of Barcelona and a tourist”, in order to determine who should pay to enter and who should not have to pay. In July the city council declared that the entrance fee would cost a minimum of €5 per person starting in the fall, although it has now delayed the plan to start charging until early 2013, waiting until after the Catalan regional elections.
In February 2011, the Coalition of Associations for the defense of the Park Güell mobilized against the closure of the park when the city council built fences over 2 meters high around more than 14 hectares (34 acres) belonging to the park. Seven months later, in September, local associations and committees from the districts surrounding the Park Güell together with the FAVB (Barcelona’s Federation of Neighborhood Associations) put out a joint eight-point statement in which their priorities for the future of park were presented.
The battle to ensure that the Park Güell stays open and free continues
The DEFEND THE PARK GÜELL PLATFORM continues to fight to secure free public access to the entire park under equal conditions for all, and asks for support from people or groups anywhere in the world, given that the Barcelona city council gave orders to alter the landscape by performing works to change its elements and features in order to extract a profit from a world heritage site by discriminating between the residents of Barcelona and those who are not, despite questions about the legality of its actions.
The Platform expects to receive more adherences and demonstrations of support from individuals and associations from around the world once people know of their battle, and even UNESCO is expected to take a position regarding this alteration on such an important public, and artistic, space. Park Güell must continue being open for us all.
Defensem Park Güell web site: http://defensemparkguell.wordpress.com/ [CAT]
How to help: http://bit.ly/SPVMqY [CAT]
The Park Guell entrance fee [ARTICLE]: http://bit.ly/LnseLd [EN]
The Defensem Park Güell platform ask for free entrance to the Park [VIDEO NEWS]: http://bit.ly/U4VASo [CAT]
Mobilitations against the closure of Park Guell [VIDEO NEWS]: http://bit.ly/LnseLd [CAT]
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/plataformapark.guell
Twitter: @defparkguell #ParkGuell
Mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. THE VIOLENT EVICTION OF CATALUNYA SQUARE’S LAWSUIT REOPENS
On Friday November 2nd a decision of Barcelona’s Court became public knowledge: It ordered to reopen the trial for the doings of May 27, 2011 (known as 27M) when the Mossos (the infamous Catalan police) violently evicted Plaça Catalunya’s 15M occupation in Barcelona. The case had been filed in March by the examining magistrate Maria Josep Miquel Porres. (NL #3, 2 http://bit.ly/UffqKl )
The Court has taken this decision because an audit realized there had been no good reason to refuse and file the complaints, presented jointly by 104 people against police officiers and politicians for their responsability in personal injuries and subtraction of personal items.
During last year the Ombudsman, Amnesty International, the Coordinator for the Prevention of Torture, Barcelona’s Federation of Neighborhood Associations and even the European Committee against Torture expressed concern about the methods used by the Mossos, and also surprise about the quick closing of the case without taking into account the complaint without even going through the proofs of the disproportionate executions.
The reopening of the case is good news. Now it is the justice system’s duty to show that it is still working to respect the law and to protect the population. And to find and punish those who are guilty of brutality.
Spanish police clash with protesters over clean-up: http://bit.ly/ls4KVH [EN]
The court of Barcelona reopens the lawsuit on Plaça Catalunya’s Eviction: http://bit.ly/TYw94s [CAT]
“Generate panic or we won’t get them out of here,” said Inspector Manuel Hermida on May 27: http://bit.ly/z1xPBr [CAT]
Police free of charge for the 27M 2011 in Barcelona: NL #3, 2 http://bit.ly/UffqKl [EN]
Police free of charge for the 27M 2011 in Barcelona (part II, lawsuit): NL#4, 2 http://bit.ly/LT0ZO1 [EN]
3. #ACAMPADABANKIA SAVES LIVES
Since late October support brigades are occupying different bank branches in Spain in order to negotiate directly with those responsible for the evictions and to address the specific cases that have led several people to suicide in the last month.
The ongoing occupation located in Celenque square, Madrid, in front of the Bankia headquarters, is known online as #acampadaBankia. Despite the harsh climate and lack of specific answers dozens of people take turns to pressure the bank and incidentally collect signatures for support. They demand collective claims that come from the Platform of People Affected by Mortgage [ NL19,4 http://bit.ly/Opj1Je] Teuten, a Dutch chronicler living in Madrid, described the situation as “There’s a big bank that has been bailed out here and nationalised. This Bank continues to evict people every day, while millions of appartments are empty as a result of speculation. Today, the president of this bank receives a prize, here in the Madrid casino. The people outside want their houses back.”
Not only Bankia has been under siege these days. Also Banesto, BBVA, Caixa Catalunya, Caja España… It’s spreading everywhere. Cities like Valladolid, Barcelona, Tenerife or Terrassa among others have supported the action and have joined with further occupations. Therefore they are demanding to introduce assignments in payment when a home is foreclosed, to stop evictions and to create a network of social rent. In some cases activists have managed to temporarily stop evictions, whereas in others cases it has been possible to meet agreement on assignments in payment. However the huge number of evictions thoughout Spain, estimated 500 per day, means that this tremendous work by support brigades is only a tiny help compared to the amount of people evicted.
In the last weeks there have been several suicides among citizens affected by the mortgage. In most cases it was seniors, only minutes before being evicted from the home where they had lived a whole family life. The drama of eviction is increasing the idea that the government and banks are allies of these crimes, surely an attitude indictable to the international courts as crimes against humanity.
Bankia will go down: http://bitly.com/RxidjD [EN]
A dozen people continue occupying a bank in Valladolid: http://bit.ly/PhkroV [SP]
Zwangsräumungen Stoppen: http://bit.ly/O5uxYv [DE]
#acampadaBankia 24h: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/enlace33
Madrid by @Fotogracción: http://bit.ly/TRlZm9
Gran Canaria: http://bitly.com/Q1OFxH
#AcampadaBankia streaming by @djvjgrrl 1 http://bit.ly/QwDIUP / 2 http://bit.ly/SLy0up / 3 http://bit.ly/TARVgn [EN]
How the Spainish Fought Foreclosures: http://youtu.be/bxNpTrllKc0 [EN]
Call out: http://youtu.be/JuMwDoFL1dI [SP]
Barcelona eviction: http://youtu.be/1boOBv3Yhy4 [CAT]
Censored video by TV3: http://bit.ly/R9FXdP [CAT]
@acampadaBankia @LA_PAH @PAH_Trs HT #AcampadaBankia #rodeaBankia #asfixiaBankia #BoicotCX #LiquidaBankia #okupaBBVA
4. AGORA 99 OVERFLOWS EUROPE TO REINVENT DEMOCRACY
Hundreds of activists from different social movements, coming from more than 20 countries from Europe and other continents, gathered in Madrid during the weekend of November 1st to 4th. They came for the Agora99% grassroots meeting, to work and find shared agreements on three axes: debt, democracy and rights. Agora99%’s clear objective was to find a common plan, coordinating actions and strategies against the shock politic imposed by UE.
The 20 workshops, distributed into these 3 axes, and the numerous assemblies took place in different squats and self-managed social centres around the city. It was a very intensive meeting that gave good results, showing the urgence of a European constitutional process following the destitutional process already taking place.
The workshops discussed about: civilian disobedience; direct democracy; basic income in Europe; housing rights; net-democracy and distributed democracy; waters and commons; justice in time of crisis; university, knowledge and debt, among others.
Almost all the workshops, assemblies and talks were streamed by peoplewitness streamers (http://peoplewitness.wordpress.com/ ) and tomalatele (http://www.tomalatele.tv/web/ ) having hundreds of followers watching and interacting during the broadcasts. The videos are still on-line in agora99′s website (http://99agora.net/on-line/ )
Saturday afternoon the 3 axes tried to prepare specific proposals to share at the Sunday general and conclusive assembly. Not an easy job indeed. However, global calls, proposals, strategies and actions are already starting to take shape.
Finally on Sunday the General Assembly took place in the famous Sol square during 6 hours, where the 3 participating axis shared their conclusions, even if no final decision had been taken.
All the multicultural groups are still working at this very moment on shared documents and local assemblies to carry forward the revolution.
Agora 99 website: http://99agora.net
Squats hosting Agora99 (Map: http://99agora.net/maps-mapas )
La escalera karakola: http://www.sindominio.net/karakola/ [SP]
Traficantes de sueños: http://www.traficantes.net/ [SP]
La Morada: http://csoalamorada.wordpress.com/ [SP]
Eko: http://eslaeko.net/ [SP]
Patio Maravillas: http://patiomaravillas.net/ [SP]
Ecologistas en acción: http://www.ecologistasenaccion.org/rubrique7.html [SP]
Consensus on debt axis: http://bit.ly/SyAiwR [EN]
Photogallery by Doriz Gutiérrez: http://bit.ly/TvdZGZ
Madrid: Dreams Becoming Reality http://bit.ly/TzbmpV [EN]
Agora 99: steps to think, participate and reinitiate democracy: http://bit.ly/PJsxXH [SP]
Barcelona debates Blockupy´s next steps: Agora 99 : NL#27, 2 http://bit.ly/OIPdCi [EN]
Twitter: @99_agora HT #Agora99 #A99Assembly #A99Debt #A99Rights #A99Democracy