Strike, Rebellion, Revolution continue … new okupations!

In the wake of the general strike of the 14th of November, in the wake of protests, okupations, creations of alternatives under the inspiration of 15M, in the wake of social movements which over the course of years have endeavoured to struggle for autonomies, a new okupation is carried out in Madrid's Lavapiés … Mesón de Paredes 15 : Centro Social Okupado y Autogestionado de Lavapiés.

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The presentation communiqué  (17/11/2012) from the new Centro Social Okupado follows, first in english translation, and then in spanish …

 

Today we want to present a new space that a few days ago was recuperated by neighbours from Lavapiés for the neighbourhood, for the people.  We want that this building, that Bankia has maintained closed, that it now be converted into an open, free, horizontal and participatory space; that it be constructed between all of the persons that want to feel part of it and part of the collective process that is formed through the life of a social centre.

Even though the system privatises and evicts people from their houses, we believe that it is people who matter and that spaces should be collective, communitarian, and constructed by them.  In situations such as the current one, power shows us constantly which side it is on: banks, governments, multinationals, large speculators, real estate and construction companies … they are all part of the same, they protect one another.  Real estate and banking fraud has brought us to the current crisis, but it is not they who pay.  If someone stops paying their debt, they are evicted; if it is a bank, it is rewarded.

The case of Bankia in our city is a clear example: in Madrid some 80 evictions are carried out each day (a great part of which are Bankia’s responsibility, though it does not act alone), and at the same time, it receives government bailouts (4,500 million to this date and a further 19,000 million promised).  In the current free market, States exist to protect the markets, even they are not solvent.  A few years ago, Bankia was presented as an efficient entity, giving credit, buying real estate (as in this case, though after acquiring it, it left it empty).  But its absolute irresponsibility brought it to its present situation.  However, no one of its management has paid or is paying for their actions; it is the people who find themselves in the streets, even as their former homes remain closed, awaiting buyers who don’t arrive (new people who will be in turn swindled by the banks).

We want to have spaces at the margin of the perverse logic of the market; we want to construct them without owing anything to anyone and demonstrate that we don’t need them, that we are capable of doing what we want, of managing ourselves, of living under other principles, different from “what you have is what you are worth” which scorns people in facor of the market.  We want to demonstrate that it is possible to build relations based on mutual aid, and not private interest, where all persons feel considered, respected, cared for and free.

Tomorrow, Sunday, will be a day of work to start to rehabilitate the space, to which we invite everyone who wishes to come.  We await you at the calle Mesón de Paredes, 15.

¡1, 10, 100, 1000 OKUPACIONES!

 

Hoy queremos presentar un nuevo espacio que hace unos días ha sido recuperado por vecinas y vecinos de Lavapiés para el barrio, para la gente. Queremos que este inmueble, que Bankia mantenía clausurado, se convierta ahora en un espacio abierto, libre, horizontal y participativo; que sea construido entre todas las personas que quieran sentirse parte de él y parte del proceso colectivo que se forma con la vida de un centro social.

Mientras que el sistema privatiza y expulsa a la gente de sus casas,nosotras creemos que son las personas lo que importa, que los espacios deben ser colectivos, comunitarios, construidos por ellas. En situaciones como la actual, el poder nos muestra constantemente de parte de quién está: bancos, gobiernos, multinacionales, grandes inversores, inmobiliarias y constructoras… son parte de lo mismo, se protegen unos a otros; el fraude inmobiliario y bancario nos ha llevado a la situación de crisis que vivimos actualmente, pero no son ellos los que pagan. Si una persona deja de pagar su deuda, se le desahucia; si es un banco, se le premia.

El caso de Banka en nuestra ciudad es un claro ejemplo: en Madrid se ejecutan más de 80 desahucios al día (una gran parte de Banka, aunque desde luego no es la única), y al mismo tiempo, la entidad no deja de recibir rescates por parte del gobierno (4.500 millones de euros ya recibidos y hasta 19.000 prometidos); en el mercado libre actual, los Estados están para proteger a los mercados, aunque éstos no sean solventes. Hace unos años, Bankia era presentada como una entidad eficiente, otorgaba créditos, compraba inmuebles (como en este caso, que tras adquirirlo lo dejó abandonado); pero su irresponsabilidad absoluta le ha llevado a la situación actual. Sin embargo, ninguno de sus responsables ha pagado es está pagando su actuaión; son las personas las que se quedan en la calle, mientras que sus antiguas casas quedan cerradas a la espera de compradores que no llegan (de nuevas personas que serán estafadas por los bancos).

Nosotros queremos tener espacios al margen de esa lógica perversa del mercado; queremos construirlos sin deberle nada a nadie y demostrar que no les necesitamos, que nosotras somos capaces de hacer lo que queremos, de autogestionarnos, de vivir sobre otrsos principios diferentes al “tanto tienes, tanto vales” que desprecia a las personas a favor de los mercados. Queremos demostrar que se pueden construir relaciones basadas en el apoyo mutuo, no en los intereses, donde todas las personas se sientan consideradas, respetadas, cuidadas y en libertad.

Mañana domingo se realizará una jornada de curro para empezar a habilitar el espacio a la que invitamos a todas las personas que quieran venir. Os esperamos en la calle Mesón de Paredes, 15.

¡1, 10, 100, 1000 OKUPACIONES!

 

(News: Okupatutambien, Asamblea Popular de Lavapiés)

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And on the 12th of November, students and other youth in Valencia, okupied the former faculty of agriculture, abandoned for over two years, with the intention of creating a self-managed social centre (Ca' La Vaga) with the ambition of providing space for assemblies of different social groups/movements, for the distribution/exchange of cooperative goods, popular kitchens, accessible and alternative medicine, exhibitions and workshops, popular education, time banks, a library …

From the original manifesto of the group …

 

Taking it as obvious that we are currently before in one of the irremediable crises of the capitalist system and that its entire weight falls upon the working class, we see it as a necessity to create new spaces of popular counter power where to realise a whole series of projects which the state, with its institutions, has blocked and stopped.

Dando por sentado que actualmente nos encontramos en una de las irremediables crisis del sistema capitalista y que todo el peso de esta recae sobre la clase trabajadora, nos vemos con la necesidad de crear nuevos espacios de contrapoder popular donde llevar a cabo toda una serie de proyectos que el estado, con sus instituciones, ha obstaculizado hasta pararlos.

(Kaosenlared, Manifest de l'okupació)

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