Communiqué from the Occupied Social Center, La Gatonera (Madrid, Spain)

Reproduced in full from Voices in Movement

This communiqué comes from the occupied anarchist social center in Madrid, La Gatonera, which was recently evicted resulting in the arrest of six comrades. The original in Spanish was published by Contramadriz and can be found here.

June 30th, 2019

In the first place, we want to thank all of the people that have shown their support and solidarity; in particular the collectives, spaces and individuals of the neighborhood. Thanks to this support, we managed to resist more than 24 hours at the door of the building, to carry out a gathering and to hold a rally that we hope has made clear that we will continue here and we will continue struggling.

It has already been at least a year since the threats and coercion began on part of the new landowners and their hitmen (private security companies). There were threats to send companies to deoccupy us after we refused to accept their money (15,000 euros) to abandon the building. Seeing that they couldn’t’ make us bend, they began with the legal route seeking to evict us. The decision of the usurpation trial has not ended in their favor, as it is still in the appeal process.

Today, the space is no longer in our hands, but we can hold our heads high to think that this only happened after a year of struggle, and they having spent more than 15,000 euros that they initially offered us. Only the police and private companies acting together have been able to take the space from us. The latter are those that forcefully entered La Gatonera in the early hours of June 27th breaking and changing the lock with the complicity of the police who escorted them. Six compañeros were detained in attempting to defend the space. Just another example of the capital-state nexus.

With this, we don’t seek to act as victims, nor vindicate legality, but rather to expose the acts and make clear that without the state and its dogs, these companies are nothing. Ours is just another case of a systematic campaign of harassment against squatting that has intensified in recent years. The attack on a squat is an attack on the practices and ideas that sustain it.

These are not our last words.

Death to the state, long live anarchy!

Never surrender, nor give up.

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