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(en) France, Alternative Libertair #222 - Toulouse: The right to housing criminalized (fr) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 17 Dec 2012 11:34:54 +0200

The Collective for the requisition, self-help and self-management (Crea) Toulouse now organizes several social squats and hosts dozens of families. Back to self-management experience. ---- For a year and a half, Toulouse sees increasing requisitions empty buildings. First squat, 70, went damselflies, a former building of the AFPA. Forty people including fifteen children, there are housing. This building was a place for families living on the streets, with or without papers, women galley, working poor and students. It was also a place of business open as proposed, among other things, literacy classes, boxing, it housed a library, a concert hall, meeting rooms and even a swimming pool! All running on the basis of self-management, with an eye to free, horizontality, solidarity and sharing of know-how.

Obviously, it was too good for the state (PS), the Town Hall (PS) and the prefecture who expelled the building on August 28, to create a center for the homeless (which has not been day). A few days later, different groups have joined forces to make a new place (old building Urssaf, unoccupied for 6 years). This time, 97 people lived, taught, amused themselves by helping each other according to the same recipe. It is in the old pots you make the best soups!

A daily practice of self
But after a summary trial the President of TGI found that there were no inhabitants, which justified an eviction within 48 hours. On 8 October, the quiet Demouilles saw an avalanche crashing blue 30 trucks of riot police, the tray, and the RG GIPN ensuring the aerial part of the show, since it is a part of the helicopter holders legitimate violence have "liberated" the roof of this empty building for 6 years. Since then, temporary housing solutions have been found in more modest buildings. This experience of collective reappropriation of empty homes once again shows that it is possible to organize the foundation to meet basic needs such as housing. But the goal is not to overcome the shortcomings of the state, becoming a sort of 115 AC and fall into the social aid. The task is not always easy: the self can not be decreed. If for some horizontal practices are selected and undertaken for other community living in a squat is more of necessity. It is pragmatic practices and a continual questioning of the reports will be born more equal. At Toulouse and elsewhere, houses left empty just waiting to become alive.

W (activist Créa) and Elsa (AL Toulouse)
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