This morning between 7:00 and 8:00 the cops went in to our neighbouring project Rigaer 94. Special forces again broke open their doors to enter the Cultural center/autonomous space of Kadterschmiede and the 94 workshop. They also entered the stairway and the attic. As far as we know, in a case that would be an exception for them, they stuck to their own rules and didn’t touch the flats. (However, they are still threatening to enter the flats and might in the future)
Beside the cops, there were more or less 15 construction site workers and several security guards whose employer is unknown who also entered Rigaer 94. Compared to last time, they didn’t empty the coal cellar but are about to steal the complete inventory of Kadterschmiede cultural center. Besides the mentioned projects, also the attic of the front house is affected. Several people used to live in the attic. Their living place got evicted, and the people themselves got put out on the street.
Statement from Hausverwaltung
The housing administration (Hausverwaltung) that manages 94 announced in a press release today that the ground floor (Erdgerschoss) would be converted into housing for refugees. It has been a part of our politics for a long time to build up structures to support refugees and to create a living space for them, including within our projects. The cops’ procedure this morning can only be regarded as an empty and cold strategic move. The Rigaer 94 collective already contains spaces in which refugees live by their own choice, the way they want to live. This autonomous space is being destroyed to create rooms which remove and disables the possibilities for autonomous lives of the people who are supposed to move in.The new living spaces will, in addition, be rented at the average renting price for Friedrichshain, which is around €15 per square meter.
Rigaer 94 is an autonomous space, in organised legitimate resistance against the system that created the refugee situation, a situation which they are now using as an excuse to eliminate our space. We will not stand down against these tactics. We are angry about what is going on in our neighbourhood. Today is Day X (Tag X). Go on the streets. Get creative.
- Read from the balcony of Liebig 34