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(en) A.N.A ./eltopo.org: [Spain] Neighborhood Anarchism - Interview with Ruymán Rodríguez (ca, de, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Mon, 13 Sep 2021 08:50:27 +0300


The Anarchist Federation of Gran Canaria has become a reference. They promoted eleven communities of self-managed housing in the neighborhood and numerous projects for the relocation of people at risk: La Marisma. We spoke with one of their spokespersons, Ruymán Rodríguez, who is immersed in a lawsuit for his militancy in these projects. ---- Such as? At what point is this process? ---- The case has been ongoing for six years. The trial[against him for the attack and against three civil guards for torture]was on March 24, but after the campaign was organized, the civil guards asked that they be considered a special forum, which implies that they try another higher court.
The Anarchist Federation of Gran Canaria has transcended borders. Tell us what you do.

The Federation appears at the beginning of 15M in a very spontaneous way. We were a small anarchist group in the Plaza de San Telmo and we were seeing that our speech echoed and there were more and more anarchists and more people interested in anarchism. In the beginning it was a very conventional anarchism. We realized that it was a very combative line that was doing very well, but very far removed from the Canarian social situation, which was very alarming. We have the highest child poverty rate in Europe, 35% of Canarian children are poor. More than 45% of the Canary population is at risk of social exclusion. In the last five years the rental price has risen 56%. We are the poorest region with one of the highest consumptions. This is unsustainable and has thrown many people into destitution. And we went there. We started with housing, stopping evictions, but we realized that we lacked Plan B. So we started doing the first resettlement projects and that's how the first communities emerged. We are talking about self-managed communities run by the residents themselves. In some, such as the Community of La Esperanza, more than 210 people live. 76 families living in self-management. Others are projects dedicated to migrants in situations of police persecution and take place in a more reserved way to avoid deportations. These are communities in which there are currently more than 270 people. In the end, the example is spreading and people assume that a cohabitation model in the collective, in community, is much better than individuals. more than 210 people live. 76 families living in self-management. Others are projects dedicated to migrants in situations of police persecution and take place in a more reserved way to avoid deportations. These are communities in which there are currently more than 270 people. In the end, the example is spreading and people assume that a cohabitation model in the collective, in community, is much better than individuals. more than 210 people live. 76 families living in self-management. Others are projects dedicated to migrants in situations of police persecution and take place in a more reserved way to avoid deportations. These are communities in which there are currently more than 270 people. In the end, the example is spreading and people assume that a cohabitation model in the collective, in community, is much better than individuals.

How do you access these spaces?

In many of these communities, such as La Esperanza, an agreement is reached with the bankrupt prosecutor who was seized by Bankia. We reached an agreement to relocate the families and in the end we hurt the bank, and it will be much more difficult to evict these families and for these people to lose property. Other times we occupy it after doing an ownership study. They are always from legal entities, banks, companies, laSareb.
There are currently eleven communities, but between communities and single-family homes, we estimate that there are more than 1,000 people living in self-management in Gran Canaria, which for an island as small as ours is a milestone.

In 2017, a somewhat paradoxical situation occurs. The more we get involved in this type of neighborhood anarchism, as we call it, there are more residents who want to participate in the Anarchist Federation. The problem is that they are often people who like the tools, but don't have to define themselves as anarchists. Then came the idea of forming a broader, mass organization and that's where the Tenants' Union was born.

And what happens to La Marisma?

La Marisma appears in another way. They get into this situation because they contact a supposed real estate developer who offered them houses that had been abandoned for ten years. The prosecutor tells them that he will deduct the repairs to the house from the rent and that he will formalize a lease. They ask for 100 euros as a "good will" in exchange for the keys and in the coming weeks the contract would be formalized. Residents, 28 families, do it; the type pockets 2,800 euros, gives them the keys and disappears. Families are left without this money and enter homes that are destroyed. For six months they were recycling garbage, helping each other and creating real homes. And now that they are attractive in real estate, they are contacted by the bank, which informs them that it wants to evict them. It is a Caixabank investment fund and they are dedicated to pursuing them. The residents contact us and from there this campaign starts. We first draft legal remedies for each and everyone to appeal to the courts. We know it will only save time, but it is necessary. Then we do what we call the "ink war": contact with all possible means, we start putting pressure on property and we get them to feel to negotiate. Then it is necessary to put pressure on the Municipality because it refused to facilitate the vulnerability reports required by the property. The result was that on June 15, eight of these families were exposed to a trial for usurpation and the property withdrew its criminal demand. The civil demand is still in progress, but it is a big step. The residents contact us and from there this campaign starts. We first draft legal remedies for each and everyone to appeal to the courts. We know it will only save time, but it is necessary. Then we do what we call the "ink war": contact with all possible means, we start putting pressure on property and we get them to feel to negotiate. Then it is necessary to put pressure on the Municipality because it refused to facilitate the vulnerability reports required by the property. The result was that on June 15, eight of these families were exposed to a trial for usurpation and the property withdrew its criminal demand. The civil demand is still in progress, but it is a big step. The residents contact us and from there this campaign starts. We first draft legal remedies for each and everyone to appeal to the courts. We know it will only save time, but it is necessary. Then we do what we call the "ink war": contact with all possible means, we start putting pressure on property and we get them to feel to negotiate. Then it is necessary to put pressure on the Municipality because it refused to facilitate the vulnerability reports required by the property. The result was that on June 15, eight of these families were exposed to a trial for usurpation and the property withdrew its criminal demand. The civil demand is still in progress, but it is a big step. We know it will only save time, but it is necessary. Then we do what we call the "ink war": contact with all possible means, we start putting pressure on property and we get them to feel to negotiate. Then it is necessary to put pressure on the Municipality because it refused to facilitate the vulnerability reports required by the property. The result was that on June 15, eight of these families were exposed to a trial for usurpation and the property withdrew its criminal demand. The civil demand is still in progress, but it is a big step. We know it will only save time, but it is necessary. Then we do what we call the "ink war": contact with all possible means, we start putting pressure on property and we get them to feel to negotiate. Then it is necessary to put pressure on the Municipality because it refused to facilitate the vulnerability reports required by the property. The result was that on June 15, eight of these families were exposed to a trial for usurpation and the property withdrew its criminal demand. The civil demand is still in progress, but it is a big step. Then it is necessary to put pressure on the Municipality because it refused to facilitate the vulnerability reports required by the property. The result was that on June 15, eight of these families were exposed to a trial for usurpation and the property withdrew its criminal demand. The civil demand is still in progress, but it is a big step. Then it is necessary to put pressure on the Municipality because it refused to facilitate the vulnerability reports required by the property. The result was that on June 15, eight of these families were exposed to a trial for usurpation and the property withdrew its criminal demand. The civil demand is still in progress, but it is a big step.

Why is it so difficult for these experiences to take place in other militant anarchist spaces?

In the end, everything becomes a contest of anarchist purity, as if it were a matter of degrees. That's not the reality. If we continue to empower this anarchism, we will end up converting it into a club of intellectuals. And in reality, anarchism is useful to the person they are going to evict and is afraid that social services will take their children away from them or to the migrant person who has to look for a refuge to hide. However, they do not use anarchist ideas because they have read them in a book and are very brilliant, nor can they devote six hours to participating in an endless assembly. They need it to survive. In reality, anarchism is eminently practical and we forget about it.

And it is true that there are other vectors: racism, machismo, ferocious capitalism. But it's just that either we turn it over to the enemy and surrender and turn around, or we get involved and change it. There are those who criticize that there are people who are very needy but spend money on tattoos. Galeano already said: "In homes that lack milk, Coca-Cola is left over". Because consumption laws are mandatory for everyone. The place of anarchism is there and we have to be clear that, if we are not there, then fascism will be there. What do you want, fascist neighborhoods or anarchist neighborhoods? I have it clear.

Mar Pino
El Topo Team

Source: https://eltopo.org/anarquismo-de-barrio/
Translation > April Sun

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