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(en) Russia, Last days of the "Klizma" squat in St Petersburg

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Date Wed, 15 Dec 2004 13:50:38 +0100 (CET)


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As a result of huge amount of evictions to the squat "Klizma" during the
autumn 2004, until the end of October there where nobody left living
permanently in the squat. First week of November the squat was raided daily
by cops. Anyway, it was planned to use the squat as accommodation place for
the quests of the anarchist festival "Black Petrograd-04". It was possible
to stay there only at night time, and you couldn't leave anything at the squat.
Except the local cops, the squat with his energy antifa activists was
already wildly famous for Petersburg nazis, specially near Narvskaja metro
station (the nearest metro to the squat), where nearby nazis got often
beaten by some antifascists. Few dais before anarchist festival the
squatters were threatened to be attacked by nazis, but most of them thought
it's just rumors as usual.

7th November 2004 about 15-20 drunken Nazis attacked the squat. The
squatters noticed nazis at the staircase and quickly barricaded the entrance
to the third floor. Nazis started to smash the door and managed to break it
a little. Through this hole both squatters and nazis started to throw
bottles, rockets and so on. One nazi face was burned by boiling water. Two
squatters got injured
to their face by broken bottles. During the fight one of the squatters
phoned firemen, and when they came, nazis went away.

Next night people at the squat prepared for a fight, but nobody attacked.
Instead, In the evening of 8th of November the squat was attacked. The
festival "Black Petrograd" was already over, and there where only 6 people
left at the squat. About 22 o'clock a cop demanded to open the door at the
third floor. Nobody opened. On the same time squatters noticed another cop
standing behind the squat and speaking to radiophone. Missing other ideas
how to enter, cops set the door on fire and waited until it burns. The
squatters barricaded into the far-end room and opened the windows. Firemen
and ambulances, as well as local nazis and gopnics gathered outside of the
house.

After the door burned down, cops entered the squat and found squatters.
While checking documents, they where beating the squatters to face and
chest. After that everyone where taken to hospital for few dais because
breathing smoke.

Afterwards cops explained all this for journalists, as if they where walking
with their dog, when they noticed fire at so called empty house. They phoned
firemen, who found squatters and took them to hospital. Now the entrance to
third floor is closed and homeless people, who still live at second floor,
are asked to tell immediately to the cops, if the "third floor" returns.

Two cops, who evicted the house where already famous for squatters: it's the
same couple from local police station, who organized raids to squat since
summer 2003. This time outside of the house there where also a local gopnics
and nazis hanging around. The coordination between local cops, nazis and
gopnics is quite probable.

After all this I suppose there are no squatter left, who want to return to
this house - it's totally smashed again, and obviously too famous for nazis
and cops and so on. But people already reach for new empty houses.

M.
Petersburg 14.12.2004


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