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#Barcelona: Fascist Arson Attack Against Ateneu Sarrià Social Center

Last night the Ateneu social center was attacked by fascists. The social center was attacked several times before, but the attacks intensified since the referendum on Catalan refendum at the first of October (2017). 

Published by Enough is Enough! Written by Riot Turtle.

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Barcelona: Fascist Arson Attack Against Ateneu Sarrià Social Center

ateneu_3-650x433.jpgLast night the Ateneu social center was attacked by fascists. The social center was attacked several times before, but the attacks intensified since the referendum on Catalan refendum at the first of October (2017). 

The arson attack took place at 3 o’clock in the morning today and destroyed the building.  On the walls of the patio the attackers sprayed swastika’s, celtic crosses and the slogan “Death to the CDR”. The CDR’s are are the neighbourhood assemblies in Catalonia. Fire fighters said they have to examine the state of what’s left of the building but told local media that they are afraid that the rest of the building has to be demolished.

ateneu_2-650x503.jpgThe Ateneu social center was used by many collectives in Barcelona’s Sarria neighbourhood. This mornings attack wasn’t the first attack against the social center. Previously, activists of Ateneu had already found facist paintings on the patio. On November 18 (2017) fascist thugs managed to enter the building by breaking the back window and causing serious damage: broken furniture, torn posters, material destroyed The attackers also painted a symbol the falange and the Franco regime on November18. That attack occurred on the same day of a protest of Spnish nationalists and fascists took place at the Plaza Artós.

ateneusarria_ok_1.jpgThe atenau social center was squatted at December 10, 2015. The occupation was an important action against gentrification in Barcelona. A part of the patio and parking places on the side of the squat belonged to La Llave de Oro real estate which had to stop the construction of a basement and housing project because of the occupation. Since then it has been the focus of attacks in the form of paintings, silicone in the lock or door knocking, which they have repeatedly denounced.

sarrialogo.jpgThe consequences of this last attack could be be irreversible and for the moment, several neighborhood initiatives have already offered the activists of Ateneu support and space to hold meetings and activities that were developed in the social center.

Tonight there is a demonstration against the fascist attack. The first people arrived just now (image below).

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