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Statement by the CSO Kike Mur – If #KikeMur falls, #Zaragoza will rise up.

Zaragoza. Spanish territory. Greetings to anyone who feels identified with the values of freedom, self-management, anti-fascism and with the CSO Kike Mur.

Originally published by Squat Net. Image above: Archive Image by Kike Mur.

First of all, we would like to thank all the comments, communications and expressions of support that are reaching us from both collectives and individuals, they transmit a lot of strength and reaffirm our resistance, it is the people who really give meaning and life to space, who have managed to make this dream come true. It is because of all this that we feel strong, we know that we have the support and solidarity of the best people of this city and other places, and that is the best weapon we can have.
Kike Mur is a busy social center. A social center because we have given life, for more than 9 years and after having resisted an eviction, to a space as gloomy as an old prison where thousands of anti-fascists were executed. An endless number of cultural, social and political activities have been carried out, open to the Torrero and Zaragoza neighbourhoods. An enormous number of groups, both from Zaragoza and from other parts of the world, have also participated in the space, filling it with activity and building it together. Within these walls there has been room for ecological agriculture cooperatives, workers’ assemblies, consumer cooperatives, barter markets, toy exchanges, housing advice, social market and clothing collection for refugees. Guitar, English, sewing and school revision classes have also been given, all without financial benefit. More than 500 concerts, 200 talks, and hundreds of workshops. The space has the goal of creating a social fabric of solidarity and mutual support by and for the integration with the neighborhood and the city, it has spaces like a free shop, where anyone can come and take what they need and/or leave what they no longer use, a community garden, an anarchist library, a boulder, gym, exhibition hall open to artists, multipurpose room and cafeteria.
And it is squatted because we believe that squatting is one of the best tools we have to fight speculation and private property, indispensable pillars of capitalism, as well as to promote other forms of organization that allow both individual and collective development. We attack property because it is a clear symbol of social inequality and state domination. We choose to make use of a space that would otherwise only be used for speculation, economic performance or to be abandoned, and not to create a social and associative fabric.
The City Council, with Jorge Azcón at its head, and sticking out its chest to VOX, wants us out of this space as soon as possible, and it is not just a question of legality, but because with our mere existence we show that there are other ways of thinking, living and relating far from the dynamics of this capitalist system. We want to manifest that we are not afraid, that the CSOs are, have been and will be spaces of conflict and resistance subjected to the constant threats and repression of power. We also know that this system is only maintained through the use of physical and psychological violence and we are aware that in this case it is not going to be different. This is why if you touch the Kike Mur you will hear its walls rumble. If you touch the Kike Mur you will find us on the streets stronger and more determined than ever. This is not an attack on a building or a single group, but on all the people and groups of Zaragoza that have entered through its doors to organize conferences, workshops, talks, assemblies, concerts or exhibitions and everyone who has put light in the midst of so much darkness. We believe that it is vitally important to point out that our space is not the only one that is in danger, since the pitiful City Council that we have in Zaragoza seems constantly determined to destroy the social and associative fabric of the city. Any activity with a self-managed or grassroots tint seems to be the target of persecution and repression, but this is precisely what makes us stronger. If they want to kill the city, what we will do is fill our neighbourhoods and our spaces with life; if they want to dye our streets grey, we will light them up. Let it be very clear to you that we will not give you an inch, and that we will fight tooth and nail for what is ours and what is everybody’s.
We want to make a call for solidarity at all levels by any person or collective that feels a little bit of ownership of this space or the struggles that have taken place within these walls. Therefore, we encourage any action as a sign of solidarity and to be alert to the different calls that arise.

If they take away one CSO we will open a thousand more because we have the keys to all the doors. They will never sleep peacefully.
We will continue

Centro Social Okupado Kike Mur
Plaza de la Memoria Histórica
50007 Zaragoza, Spanish State

okupazaragoza [at] riseup [dot] net
https://squ.at/r/1ajp
https://okupa.noblezabaturra.org/


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