An article written in January 2015 on the occasion of the TV broadcast of a documentary film entitled "Ciutat Morta" (Dead City), about a spectacular case of police brutality and judicial malfeasance in Barcelona, discussing the “new repressive foundations of capitalist society” being laid in the “modern urban agglomerations” that are being turned into “enormous malls and theme parks” and “museums for tourists”, where a militarized urban police force is enforcing an authoritarian campaign of “zero tolerance” social cleansing against picketing strikers, immigrants, squatters, panhandlers and all “recalcitrant elements whose presence constitutes an annoyance for … shoppers and tourists”.
Written by two of the founders of the PAH, Mortgaged Lives explains the causes of and points towards those responsible for the Spanish mortgage crisis and the broader situation. Ada Colau and Adrià Alemany analyze the role of the public administration, reveal the fights carried out by the PAH through first-person accounts and offer advice and useful resources for defending the right to housing and avoiding abuses of power by banks and financial institutions.
South African shack dwellers' movement Abahlali baseMjondolo have just announced that Thuli Ndlovu, their Chairperson in KwaNdengezi has been assassinated. As the statement below indicates there had been serious threats against another comrade, Ndabo Mzimela, but the hammer of oppression fell elsewhere. The Marikana Land Occupation has been attacked by the ANC since this statement was issued. It seems that the Land Invasions Unit stood back and let the party members do the work. A women who tried to resist was attacked and injured with a spade.
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A short article about the recent riots in Barcelona after the city attempted to enforce an eviction order and demolish a popular social center in the neighborhood of Sants known as “Can Vies”, in which the authors observe that, “The total domination of Capital demands a kind of urban space that is managed like a business and pacified like a prison. Within this space there is no room for neighborhood assemblies, or ways of life at the margins of the market economy. In this space, the framework cannot be more authoritarian, and politics is not distinguished from social control. In a world that is heading towards totalitarianism, political management is repression.”