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#Rigaer94, #Berlin: Another eviction attempt

Berlin. Rigaer 94. Today at 07:00 a.m. pigs of a riot squad trampled the bicycle rack in the yard of Rigaer 93 to climb one by one over the fence into our yard. At the same time they occupied the roofs of our block. The pigs, along with LKA [1] 5 and 6, then gained access to apartments on the 3rd floor of the front building under the pretext of a search for forgery of documents and other things. According to the media, they also searched an apartment on Karl-Marx-Allee.

Originally published by Rigaer 94. Translated by Enough 14.

Contrary to their usual procedure, they did not use a helicopter and made no attempt to penetrate the rear building. In the meantime, they led the worst traffic lawyer in town, Markus Bernau, through the front building, presumably with the intention of supporting him in legal actions against the squatted apartments there. Torsten Luschnat, who thinks he is our new property manager, also gained access to these apartments. The so-called owner company has already proved on several occasions in court that it can actually prove nothing, not even its legality to take legal action against us. The previous court rulings have dismissed all claims.

Meanwhile private security forces of the company Smart Guard Protection GmbH as well as construction workers, who later broke down our doors in the passageway and worked their way through the front building with flex and hammers, gathered at the village square.

A flat on the ground floor, as well as the attic and the cellar of the front building have already been evicted and according to statements the cops have made to lawyers, they intend to evict and occupy every unrented space. At 15:30 o’clock the cops surprisingly left the staircase of the front building (but did not disappear completely), construction workers with demolition rage, securities and Torsten Luschnat aka Lusche were left in the corridor…

It is impossible for us to say what will happen next. What is clear, however, is that we will defend our home and take back our spaces.

Today’s operation is an attempt by the senate and the cop leadership to regain the discourse sovereignty over the danger zone Nordkiez. In recent weeks, the agitation of some members of parliament around Tom Schreiber and their henchmen in the media has intensified. The intended evacuation of Liebig34 and the expected confrontation with the solidarity movement that is reaching the bourgeois camp for this project makes it necessary from the point of view of the extremist centre to sharpen its own profile. This is the context in which the media reports about the nice rich people who are not able to realize their dream of luxurious life in Riga Street. Or reports about a police force that is not so murderous and fascist as the statistics express, but rather the poor victims of left-wing violence, which according to them is identical with far-right violence.

What is surprising is that the Senate and the lobby of the investors start the full-frontal attack on the solidary city from below and the resistance against displacement, not with the expected eviction of the syndicate, but with a mistake of Henkel’s logic. We are at the beginning of a phase in which the elimination of any left-wing radical and anarchist visibility that seems meaningful to the ruling class in the context of the Corona community is to be carried out.

What is happening is obvious; we should lose spaces and projects, but we will defend them, there will be injured and arrested people, part of society will rejoice, others will shake their heads, there will be solidarity actions, the fronts in the social war will become clearer…

Rigaer 94, July 9, 2020


[1] State Criminal Police Office or Landeskriminalamt (LKA), in German, is an independent law enforcement agency in all 16 German states that is directly subordinate to the state’s ministry of the interior.

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