(Eng) Fin de la okupacion (Cast)

Luis Prat (prat@chem.ucsb.edu)
Fri, 7 Jun 1996 09:03:45 -0700


On monday, June 3rd at 5PM the situation is as follows:

San Agustin St. is still under siege, occupied by the police, asking for
documentation from every neighbor that wants to go home. They can't bring
friends in, they can't have bags ... absolutely fascist and illegal for
sure. They 8 okupas remain on the roof. It has rained most of the weekend .
Radio Topo continues to broadcast an okupation especial 24 hours a day
every day. The weekend actions have been pretty lively. On saturday there
was a gathering at 20 hrs in Plaza Magdalena and from there we marched to
Plaza de Espan~a where we set up a gathering/party pro-okupation.

Sunday morning we gathered at Plaza del Pilar taking advantage of an event
at casas de juventud. We went on the stage and through their wonderful sound
system we explained to the people there our situation. In the afternoon
there was children's animation, panning, lots of presence and so on.
Throughout the weekend support for the okupation grew. We have the people
from Federacion de Asociaciones de Barrios (Federation of neighborhood
associations), the Federacion de Padres de Alumnos (Students' Parents
Federation), the municipal groups of Chunta Aragonesista and Izquierda
Unida. The latter have dropped by la Magdalena over the weekend, they talked
to the people on the roof, with the chief of police ... and they proposed
that we come to City Hall today, monday morning, where they will facilitate
an interview with the head of the local police, Suarez, or with the mayor.
This morning we've asked the Justice from Aragon to be our intermediary, to
which he has agreed.

The negotiating commission of the Asamblea de Okupas, together with Council
members from Izquierda Unida and Chunta have spoken with Antonio Suarez, who
received us standing up, in the hallway, and absolutely not listening to us.
He told us that the police will leave when the okupas leave, without
reprisals as if nothing ever happened. When we told him that we were doing
this because we want to build a space in San Agustin School he said that
was impossible. On his part, the Justice from Aragon spoke to the mayor and
gave us her offer:

The police leave, the okupas come down, no reprisals, and City Hall agrees
to study the possibility of making a cultural center in San Agustin in the
future.

The Justice told us that it was a very good offer, to take up on it before
they changed their minds, that he would come with us and talk to the people
on the roof, to get them to come down this morning and that we would later
negotiate about the school. We told him this was impossible, that we would
have to take the mayor's offer to the Assembly, which would take place at 13
hrs. In any case they came to the school, we went up to the roof and talked
with the people and the TV and the press also came, which was positive in
this respect. At the Assembly at 13 hrs we decided not to come down, since
this is our strongest negotiating position and our best way of obtaining
publicity. We reiterated that we're 100% open to dialogue and negotiation,
but please, that City Hall and the Justice save their chutzpah because if
we've have okupied the school it's because we want the school and we have to
negotiate about the school.

This story of "the police leave and the okupas leave and nothing happened
here" was already offered to us the first day of the okupation. It is
senseless, it is not dialogue nor negotiation, it is not interchange. The
Asamblea de Okupas, as a good will gesture, is ready to let some people, 2
or 3, come down, also, people from neighborhood associations and other
social collectives have offered themselves to take our place, as a gesture,
so that a more neutral group substitute us, to undo the false idea that the
okupas oppose the system for the hell of it. As far as the title to the
building we do not want ownership, only to use it as long as City Hall keeps
it vacant. Since the eviction and until today the police has been wrecking
things inside and have painted nazi graffitti with swastikas and phrases
such as "okupas fuck you" and things like that. It has to be the police
since they're the only ones who can enter the building, and before such
graffiti wasn't there. We have asked the justice as our intermediary to
obtain a meeting with the mayor as soon as possible in which we would be
able to sit down with all the parties involved to negotiate with some
dignity, not like they usually do receiving people in the hallway or giving
us the run around on the telephone without taking into account the people
whose interest is at stake.

The Asamble de Okupas knows that our strength is in the street and not in
negotiations. We are preparing a demonstration pro-okupation for the weekend
and we hope to have massive attendance, and during the week we have sought
support and we're making our presence felt out in the street in every way we
can think of. This afternoon we are in red alert because it's very possible
that the mayor won't like our proposal for real dialogue and order the
forceful eviction. All support is welcome: personal, collective, economic,
presence in the street ... we need people, ideas and money.

For a self-managed social center.

ASAMBLEA DE OKUPAS.

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Finally on wednesday City Hall's proposal was accepted, with the Justice
guaranteeing the agreement (City Hall refused to sign it).

Around 21:30 hrs the police left the street and the okupas came down without
being ID'd or arrested, while they were greeted by all of us with bagpipes,
drums, etc, throwing a little party in the plaza.

The main objective (the building) hasn't been won, but others have:

Our comrades have not been criminalized, we have brought public attention to
our demands, we have obtained great social support and we have made clear
that okupation is not a criminal problem but a political one.

On thursday there was a panning at City Hall's door, to remind the mayor
that we have kept our part, and we're not letting them get away without
keeping theirs.

Also tomorrow there will be a demonstration pro-okupations, after which it's
possible there will be some "surprise action".

- El Acratador

Luis
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Luis
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Luis J. Prat * /__\ *
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University of California * *
Chemistry Dept. ****
Santa Barbara CA 93106
(805) 893-3295
(805) 893-4120 FAX

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