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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #242 - Concrete solidarity: La Cantine is not dead (fr, pt) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 27 Sep 2014 16:10:15 +0300


Self-managed space of convergence of struggles and usability, Canteen Pyrenees in Paris was expelled. Proof that class solidarity scares dominant. Back on that experience still has a future. ---- Monday, August 11 in the morning, the Cantine des Pyrenees was expelled in the twentieth district emptied of many of its inhabitants during the holidays. The six people who were staying there were trips, seeing some crazy offer emergency shelter solutions, completely unsuited to their situations, and far from the neighborhood (but who does not dream of a night in a reception center Nanterre?). ---- Like Mirrors, historical squat evicted in July, the place was walled without the few present could do much. La Cantine, what was it? A dwelling place for a handful of poorly-housed-es, a cheap canteen, and above all a place of convergence of struggles and local solidarity against the concrete machine gentrify what the mayor of the twentieth arrondissement. There was room (and good things!) For everyone, administrative support for those in need, French lessons, and fun times. The group did live happily self-management and proposed a space emancipation and solidarity for two years, the heart of a neighborhood where social ties are maintained and where local struggles meet. A true spirit of openness reigned person remained at the margin, and mixed impressed those who passed the door. Libertarian Alternative benefited too, when we were able to organize a meal support for comrades charged last spring.

Going against the current logic of the institution

Obviously, this type of business is not too pleased to managers of public space: anti-capitalist, self-management (! Even antigestionnaires) practices go completely against the grain of the logic of the institution, which is essentially the recovery militant local initiatives to deprive them of all political potential, and as a tool in the service of the order. Everyone was put there: cops, Urssaf, hygiene passed successively, and the owner ended up getting the expulsion order after two trials.

While some attacks were frontal Frederique Calandra, the socialist mayor of the twentieth, has tacked: when the place became deportable, she claimed to support the group in search of a sustainable community. Broken promise, past municipal elections since once it has completely lost interest in the fate of the Canteen. The class is open to any possibility of finding a local, was ready to negotiate a rent - small - and repeatedly proposed housing solutions for residents and inhabitants and activities, which are then discarded views completely ignored. This position of the mayor - support shown but without any concrete action - is handy to shirk expel leave the place.

This expulsion will not be enough to end collective projects, but it needs the widest possible to continue support. Meals are always organized, free prices, every Saturday at noon for an indefinite period at the moment. The opportunity for around a good meal, continue to share, help each other, and sing: "All this does not, Calandra, the canteen is not dead! "

Clem (AL Paris Northeast)
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