Danish squat meltdown moves to Oslo

Gerrard Winstanley office at evnuk.org.uk
Mon Mar 5 22:51:58 GMT 2007

"Faderhuset" is the so-called Christian organisation behind all these 
riots who think its okay to kick young poor people out on the streets. 
Well of course that's not a Christian thing to do. So draw your own 
conclusions about where Faderhuset are really coming from and why they 
would want to buy an occupied building off the Danish government 
knowing they would have to evict everyone and fuelling hatred against 
Christ to make lots of money, how very, very strange.

YouTube videos of protests

Danish squat protest moves to Oslo		
More than 600 people were arrested and over 20 have been injured in 
protests [EPA]

Demolition work began on a youth centre at the heart of violent street 
clashes between demonstrators and police in Copenhagen last week, 
sparking protests in Norway.

Around 150 demonstraitors gathered at the Danish embassy in Oslo to 
protest at the demolition, throwing stones and paint before police 
fired tear gas to disperse them. 

One policeman was hurt in the clashes in Norway but no arrests were 
made according to public broadcaster NRK.
Around 50 activists briefly occupied the Danish consulate in Bergen, 
using a computer there to print out a statement, before leaving when 
police arrived, local media reports said.

Vandals also hit the Danish consulate in Kristiansand on the south 
coast with graffiti, Norwegian news agency NTB reported.

Copenhagen itself was mainly calm. Police had fought street battles 
with hundreds of youths last week after squatters were evicted from 
the youth centre in the working class Norrebro district.

Per Larsen, a Copenhagen police spokesman, said: "We hope they will 
show their frustration only vocally, but we are out there on the 
streets, taking no chances"  

Face masks

Workers wore face masks under their helmets to conceal their 
identities as a wrecking ball slammed into the centre, a graffiti-
sprayed brick building in the Noerrebro district of the Danish 

The so-called Youth House served as a popular cultural centre for 
anarchists, punk rockers and left-wing groups for years.

The squatters considered it free public housing, but the courts 
ordered them out in August 2006 after the city sold the building to a 
Christian congregation.

During the demolition, youths banged on drums and yelled obscenities 
at police who had cordoned off the area around the building. Others 
hugged and cried.

One 21-year-old resident said: "They are breaking my heart. I cannot 
stand it."

She refused to give her last name, saying that was the norm among the 
people frequenting the building.

Foreign activists

About 30 police officers blocked youths from entering the demolition 
site, while dozens more watched the situation from police vans.

Those arrested in the street clashes included foreign activists from 
Sweden, Norway, Germany and the US, police said. 

More than 200 were taken into custody, while 15 were released. Others 
were still awaiting court hearings.

The riots were Denmark's worst since May 18, 1993, when police fired 
into a crowd of rioters protesting against the outcome of an EU 
referendum. Ten of the protesters were wounded.

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