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(en) Poland, The fight against disciplinary efforts against homeless self-organisation in Torun

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Date Sun, 26 Oct 2003 13:25:44 +0100 (CET)

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From: Zaczek <hydrozag-A-poczta.onet.pl> To: alter-ee@lists.most.org.pl
Poeple from FA-Torun are pariticipating in a campaign of support
for a self-organised center for homeless in Torun, which was
squatted by the homeless and furnished with the help of neighbours.
The local government not only didn't help the center (which
of course could only be expected) but tried to evict the center
using pretexts such as "fire hazard" or an "alcohol problem" which
in fact do not exist. The solution proposed by the governent is
the eviction of the centre and giving control over the homeless to
a NGO called "Mar-Kot", which runs prison-style centers for
homeless, where the homeless families are separated and
put in humiliating situations. The "Mar-Kot" has made attempts to
sabotage the self-organised homeless center in a bid for sponsor money
for their activity. The homeless have refused and started a campaign
of resistance with the support of local activists. For the moment
the center has avoided eviction.

Below is a link to the document from indymedia in the google cache
(the Polish indymedia server is down).



Ex-homeless collective Guliwer resists cooptation

Despite the economic catastrophe in Poland (en) (pl) and the cargo cult
mentality of Polish politicians regarding the European Union, homeless
people in Torun have autonomously organised their own home, "Guliwer", and
provide support to other homeless people. The local government response is
cooptation, trying to shift the Guliwer residents to a Soros-funded
drug-rehabilitation centre installed next-door, imposing top-down,
prison-like conditions on would-be residents of the Soros centre. No
eviction notice has yet been served on Guliwer residents, but there's a
patronising mainstream media campaign (pl) presenting the Guliwer residents
as irresponsible and threatening eviction. The Guliwer residents tell their
own story and appeal (en), (pl), (fr) for national/international
email/fax/tel pressure on local authorities.

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