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(en) Eviction of the squat in St. Petersburg

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Mon, 10 Nov 2003 17:01:10 +0100 (CET)

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Eviction of the squat in St. Petersburg

On Friday, the 7th, November 2003, the squatted house in Petersburg was
evicted. Early in the evening to policemen Ė a man and a woman came up
to the house. As we didnít open the door on repeatedly request, one of
the policemen began smashing the windows with stones. Then we opened the

Although we were prepared to the eviction (we carried all worthy and not
immediately necessary things away already two days ago), the time of the
eviction was very bad for us. Out of twelve people who were in the house
to the time of the eviction, seven were foreigners. There was a finnish
womenís band, which arrived one day ago and two of the squatters who
lived in the house since the very beginning of the squat. Because of
this, we decided not to take up a confrontation with the policemen, but
to leave the house voluntarily.

The police told us to leave the house within 15 minutes and disconnected
the eletric heating. It was visible, that the heating was self-made, but
the illegal connected electricity was not of any interest for the
policemen. Meanwhile the squatters packed their stuff, the policemen
collected the passports of the finnish band and told them to come to the
next police-station. There they returned the finnish people their
passports, without noting the personal data. The squatters were told to
come round in the next days for the keys to carry away the rest of the

The behaviour of the police is irrational. One the one hand they
collected not all the passports. Some of the squatters could leave
without getting touched. In fact the police lost the overview. The walk
of the finnish people to the police station was nonsense, considering
the fact that they didnít take the personal data. Why didnít they show
any interest in the illegal connected electricity? Why did they evict
only the politicized Anarchopunks and not the homeless people from the
second floor? Why didnít they take the personal data of the squatters?
The squatters confronted the police with the idea, that they take bribes
from the homeless people. Both the police and the homeless rejected this
in presence of each other. We will see if the policemen will, as they
told us, evict the homeless in the next days, or if they wonít touch them.

We come back Ė we squat again - we donít give up.
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