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Evacuation of Three Squats in Patras

Parartima_patras_greece-400x300On August 5, at 7.30 in the morning, a police operation evacuated three squats in Patras; the Maragopoulio squat, the Parartima squat and the squat at a building of the Technical University.
During the operation, the police arrested five people from the Maragopoulio squat and another 10 or 11 people who reached the squat to express their opposition and solidarity.
The Maragopoulio squat is an abandoned building belonging to the Ministry of Health and was occupied in October 2010 to host a collective endeavor of the Greek anti-authoritarian movement.
The Parartima squat has been operating since September 2009 and is another collective endeavor hosted in a University building occupied in the city of Patras. Parartima is an historic point of reference of the local social and political struggles in the city of Patras and has turned to a rather social asylum, rather than a University asylum.
According to http://en.squat.net, Parartima is liberated land which belongs to all those who have been resisting to authoritarianism “since November 1973 up to December 2008, from the student protests of 1991 and Temponeras’ murder to the events of 1985 that led to Kalteza’s murder. It belongs to the hundreds of thousands pupils, students and workers of this town who have at times turned this space into a place of Struggle, Resistance, Solidarity – in such a way that it is impossible for any resident of this town to ignore its existence. This is where tens of events take place on a weekly basis; this is where all those persecuted migrants – by the police’s ‘Xenios Zeus’ operation –– sought asylum last autumn, a space from where demonstrations and students protests start and where the revolted dignity of 2008 was crouched together.”
The police is already trying to empty the interior of the buildings. According to information, an investigation is underway and the police and the University’s authorities are discussing measures to prevent the people from taking back the buildings. According to information, they will also block the buildings’ entrances with cement and bricks to prevent the reclamation of the buildings.

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