On November 22, Catalan cops evicted the Sucursal squat on the Travessera de Gràcia 173 in Barcelona’s Gràcia district. During the morning hours there was a street vlockade and in the evening a demonstration.
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Reportback & Video: Demonstration After Eviction of Sucursal in Barcelona
In the early morning hours of November 22, Catalan cops evicted the Sucursal squat on the Travessera de Gràcia 173 in Barcelona’s Gràcia district. We woke up early that day and decided to go to the Gràcia district.
When we arrived we saw many cops in and around Gràcia. The Travessera de Gràcia was blocked by a group of people, which caused a major traffic jam. Later the Mossos (Catalan cops) kettled the people who blocked the road, but released them again after the cops checked their id’s.
In the evening there was a demonstration against the eviction and gentrification in
general. The demo started at 07:00pm at the Plaça de la Revolució in the Gràcia district. Before the demo started two cops of the Guàrdia Urbana de Barcelona observed the square. After a short speech the demo started marching. The cops did not accompany the demo. Several hundred people participated after a short mobilization of about eight hours.
Again and again the demo stopped, some of the activists wheatpasted posters against gentrification and sprayed slogans against capitalism and gentrification. Even after a surveillance camera of a real estate company and a few windows of banks were damaged, the cops did not show up.
After a loud and strong autonomous demo with several direct actions and spreading hundreds of flyers in the neighbourhood, the demo ended. For us it was an interesting experience that the cops did not interfere at all. Some comrades said the cops knew that they risk many days of riots when the had attacked the demo. They probably smelled the rage after the eviction and because of the gentrifivation in the area.
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