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(en) Russia, Support action for Ungdomshuset in Moscow

Date Sat, 16 Dec 2006 17:06:50 +0200


Today 16th of December Moscow anarchists and squatters, some from Autonomous Action and others non-aligned, organised a solidarity action for Danish social center Ungdomshuset, which is currently under eviction threat in Kopenhagen. Supporters of ungdomshuset had plead for a legal permission for action, but it was not given, thus action was illegal. But it was quick and smooth, thus nobody was arrested. 11:30 AM 16 participators gathered to have a street theater, a smaller copy of Ungomshuset appeared in Prechinstensky side street in front of the Danish embassy. Soon one Christian fundamentalist and two riot cops showed up to tear down the house. Situation seemed grim for a while, but soon international supporters with banner of the Ungdomshuset showed up with banner "squat the world", drum and whistles, they trashed cops and the sectarian. Hopefully it will go this way in Copenhagen as well. At this point cops guarding the embassy were approaching protesters, and everyone besides journalists quickly disappeared.

Below a letter, which was faxed to Danish embassy in Moscow yesterday.

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Good day!

Ungdomshuset in Copenhagen is one of the biggest autonomous social centres in the world. In 1982 house was given to non-authoritarian political activists, so that they could set up a youth corrective organization there. City authorities promised that they will not sell house, but give it for squatters to use. During the following 24 years, with love and care organizers set up their own cultural centre, which is famous and popular in the whole world.

But in 1999 politicians sold the house to a Christian sect Faderhus, who already has requested a permission to demolish the house. Already during 7 years organizers and founders of Ungdomshuset attempt to organize negotiations with police.

28th of August 2006 there was a decision of a district court. It was expected, that it would change the course of events. Politicians should have agreed that Ungdomshuset plays a role too big in cultural life of Copenhagen in order to be closed, but it did not go like that.
As a response to decision of the court, 3000 people were demonstrating their support to Ungomshuset. Countless solidarity actions, papers, and support letters talk about necessity of keeping the house. even a group of priests and a police chief have made comments in favour of keeping Ungomshuset. All this proves how much Ungdomshuset means for the people.

We demand regulation of the conflict!!!
We demand stopping the election of the Ungdomshuset!!!
We demand authorities to fulfil their promises!!!
We demand to keep monument of architecture, and not to allow its demolition!!!
We demand to give Ungdomshuset to those who really need it, and not to another totalitarian sect!!!

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