Tübingen. Germany. On Friday evening around 07:00 p.m. about 60 people gathered in the center of Tübingen for a spontaneous demonstration. The goal was to take their anger about the eviction of Liebig34 to the streets and send a strong sign of solidarity to Berlin.
Originally published by Indymedia DE. Translated by Enough 14.
The demonstration moved powerfully and loudly with slogans like: ” If you take Liebig from us, we will take the whole city” and “Women who fight are women who live, let’s unhinge the system” over the Neckar Bridge, the Mühlstraße and through the old part of the city. At the market place the demonstration dissolved and people dispersed throughout the city.
The reason for the demonstration was the state attack on the Berlin queer-feminist housing project Liebig34. The project was evicted this morning after a two-year legal battle. The verdict and the administrative assistance provided by several thousand police officers shows that the interests of the highly controversial real estate agent Gijora Padovicz are more important to the state and Berlin than the preservation of a space of lived social alternatives.
The Liebig34 was squatted in 1990 and became a self-managed house project and unique shelter for queer people after 1999. In 2008 the residents tried to buy the house from the former owners. But they preferred to sell to Padovicz, who initially leased the house to the residents. According to a statement by Liebig34 , rents of about 570,000 euros were paid to the owner over the ten years and the house was renovated independently. This almost corresponds to the purchase value of the house at that time, so Padovicz was “with the house at 0”. Liebig34 demands that living space must be considered a human right and not a commodity.
A participant of the demonstration said: “Vacancy, housing shortage and horrendous rents are also a massive problem here. The creation of self-managed free spaces is absolutely necessary for a broad cultural and political public, especially in Tübingen”.
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