Ungdomshuset - Updates from the 6th day after eviction (English translation from Modkraft.dk)
Tuesday 6th March
18:50 The silver coloured demolition crane has stopped working due to technical difficulties, after having worked for almost 36 hours. The last part of the house is still standing.
18:04 The demo is over and people are starting to leave. Several people have gone to christiania, where there is food at Maanefisken - there used to be weekly vegan food at Ungdomshuset at Jagtvej.
17:57 The demonstration has reached Christiania. Over the speakers the demonstrators are being encouraged to go to Vestre Prison at 20:00 and make noise so the arrested people can hear their support.
17:27 The demo has reached Knippelsbro. Everything is calm. There are two police vans at the front and three at the back.
16:49 The demo at Norreport has started to move down Gothersgade in the direction of Christiania.
16:33 Three teenagers in Nykobing Falster have taken an iniative to create a petition for a letter to Ritt Bjerregaars in support of Ungdomhuset. The three teenagers are first trying to involve the local schools, but are also trying to get in contact with the local newspaper.
16:29 The demonstration keeps growing. A source present says that the group is about 1000 strong. The atmosphere is good. There are balloons, soap bubbles and football.
16:23 The demo at Norreport has grown. The police have directed the demo onto the pedestrianised middle of the road at the exit of the station, so less traffic is disturbed. The limited space means that several demonstrators must stay on the road. Loudspeakers with music has showed up and it looks like the protesters will stay at the station a while longer.
16:12 The front of Ungdomshuset has lost another floor. There is now only the black bottom part and the windows above it left.
16:06 A group of demonstrators have gathered by Norreport station, about 500 meters from the lakes. The idea behind the demo is "reclaim the streets". There are about 200 people and police present.
16:04 Incarcerated students are being offered education by volunteers. A curriculum for high school students is currently being prepared. The principal associations headman, Peter Kuhlman, has said that high school students who are in prison will still have to be examined in the whole curriculum. "If we are not allowed to teach in the prison, we will be ready with lessons from greek to math the minute the first students are released" says Anne Mette Carlsson, who's writing her dissertation in communication and social science at Roskilde University centre. This iniative has been created by the new leftwing organisation, Communistic Party.
About 60 people protested monday evening against the clearing of Ungdomshuset infront
of the Danish embassy in Prague, Czech Republic.
A toy crane was an essential part of the demo
There have been two occupations of Danish consulates in Italy today, Milano and
Venice. Both have now ended, but the consulates remain graffiti'd with slogans
in support of ungdomshuset. Pictures and more at
15:21 Police spokesperson Lars Borg has told Politiken.dk that the police will be "calm and patient" at todays 'reclaim the streets' demo. The demo will take place at 16:00 at Norreport Station with the slogan "Reclaim Ungeren". The organisers, "Ungdomshus nu", promise music, party and colour. Read more here: http://politiken.dk/indland/article258946.ece
15:18 Stevnsgade school has again been suggested as a new ungdomshus. The Fund behind Ungdomshuset, SF and Enhedslisten are having a meeting today to look into the possibilities for a new ungdomshus in Copenhagen, writes Politiken.dk
14:37 A "69" flag has been raised above a rooftoop in Gudhjem at Bornholm. The owner of the house says this is because the loss of ungdomshuset has affected him "just like the cultural holocaust which has started again".
14:23 Two lorries was set ablaze last night in the parking lot of 3x34 Transport's main office. The fire was started deliberately and the police have been informed. The company writes on their homepage, that friday 2nd of march they had a transport from Jagtvej 69. The company has since received threaths against their vans, materials and personel. The company writes that "3x34 Transport is a political neutral company and works that way, and as a starting point, will transport any order no matter political, religious or ethnic ground". Despite this, they have chosen to stop the work around Ungdomshuset. "3x34 Transport will at any time choose to not do work that will pose a threat to the people working in the company, and has, with this in mind, chosen to not take any more orderes in connection with the clearing of ungdomshuset at Norrebro". http://politiken.dk/archive/00176/_MG_1690_176497c.jpg
14:10 There's only the front second floor left of Ungdomshuset. The rest is gone. A number of people are looking, although mainly press. There are also some young people who are hugging each other and crying.
14:07 According to Julia, who is inside the consulate in Milano, the action is happening in protest against the government's "attack on the copenhagen youth". "The Danish government think they can destroy a movement by crushing Ungdomshuset. But they are wrong. Cos Ungdomshuset is everywhere now. We support the struggle for free social spaces, and demand that the Danish government stop their attack and emprisonment of our friends", she says over the phone to Modkraft. Modkraft is following the occupation of the consulate in Milano.
14:00 The squatters are leaving the consulate in Venice. After a short meeting with the Danish consule, their demands were met and a protest letter will be sent from the consulate to the Danish government. Representatives from the foreign minister says that everything took place under calm circumstances.
13:56 The danish consulate in Milano has now been occupied. This happened just few hours after the Danish consulate in Venice, and their sign was also painted pink and with 69 over it. Modkraft are working on getting comments from the activitsts in Milano.
13:55 The front of Ungdomshuset have been torn down. The upper part is about to go to. There is worry among the officers and they are about to move away from the area.
It's not only God's eyes that rests on Faderhuset and the demolition work at Jagtvej. A new website shows the list of companies involved in the demolition of Jagtvej 69. The homepage also features photos of the demolition work. The author writes that they will document future building work at the property.
Ruth Evensen held a "victory speech" for the congregation in Faderhuset on Sunday. A journalist from the magazine "Ingenioren" was present and describes the event from their blog. Ruth Evensen said, among other things, that the young people at Norrebro are possessed with demons, but that God was victorious over Satan. The next thing to fight is homosexuality, paedophilia, pornography, abortion and satanistic toys. Read more about it here (in danish): http://mrkab.com/2007/03/05/ruth-evensens-sejrstale-dette-er-kun-begyndelsen
An 18 year old girl is being held in police custody for 14 days without any evidence. Read her mothers description here
http://www.modkraft.dk/hist/EYE_02.html (we will hopefully be translating this later today)
A psycological counselling group in Gaderummet offers collective help for people needing to talk through their experiences over the last days protests. Gaderummet is a 24 hour refuge for homeless people. The counselling group had previously offered help after the riots on may 18th 1993. There is a communal meeting today wth food at 18:30 today at Gaderummet, Raadmansgade 60 in Norrebro.
According to the activists in the Danish consulate in Venice, they are still occupying it. The police are present but the door has been blocked, preventing them from entering. The activists are now about to send a fax to the Danish government, from the consulate, where they will demand the release of the jailed activists and to cease the destruction of Ungdomshuset.
The activist group that has been standing at Raadhuspladsen for a month, when DR1 have their "Aftenshowet", have changed their banner. Before the eviction the banner read "Ungdomshus Now". From Thursday 1st of March the banner has been "Shame on you. Who gave you the right to take our house?" The group consists of old squatters and former Ungdomshuset activists.
The police have told Faderhuset they need to save everything found in Jagtvej 69. On Faderhuset's website it says all items, i.e. used speaker systems, will be stored for three months. After that they will be released. However, Ungdomshuset's users will not get their things back just by showing their face. Faderhuset writes "It is possible to give back personal things if you show a receipt for your purchase. There will be an administration fee and postal charge. Send a letter to Faderhuset, Taebyvej 3, 2610 Rodovre, with a description of the missing stuff, copy of receipt, name, adress, phone number and email".
20 minutes ago 20 to 30 italian activists (10:50) occupied the Danish consulate in Venice. According to the activists the occupation is in solidarity with the fight for Ungdomshuset in Copenhagen. The danish logo have been painted pink with "69" written over it. The consulate is occupied but the police are on their way.
News from Monday 5th March