International Call-Out for Solidarity with Rigaer 94

Aankondiging, gepost door: nn op 30/06/2016 06:10:40

Waar: Berlin, Germany
Wanneer: 09/07/2016 - 18:00

It has now been over a week since our doors were first cut off, cops and security intruded into our housing project, installing themselves in our stairways and other previously collective spaces. From then, the speedy and aggressive eviction and destruction of the ground level of our home began. Our social space, the Kadterschmiede, along with our workshop, laundry, attic and garden were stripped of all recognition in clouds of dust and mortar, while rubbish skips were filled with our belongings and collective histories.

Our rebellious, emancipatory project has been overrun by empty headed lackeys in uniform and we are pissed – not the least because we are used to better company than this. Whether these unwelcome wardens wear uniforms issued by the state or private security companies makes little difference to us. They both show their petty allegiance to the logic of domination and control not only via their presence but also through daily acts of physical violence, harassment, degrading comments and leers – not only directed towards us, but our visitors, friends and neighbours including young children. The police have set up a restricted area, closing off the entrance to the building and its surrounds, with anyone wanting to enter their home or visit us having to pass a gauntlet of beefed up aggressive cops and security, often needing to present identification. This process can take hours.

Further it has just been exposed that the police have been recording the details and compiling a database of people that have been identified coming into the house. At least part of this list has been passed on to and published by organised Nazi groups.

The pretext of this eviction is that the owner John Richard Dewhurst, a taxation lawyer, millionaire mega investor with companies implicated in the Panama papers, and previously an attorney for the South African Supreme court during the apartheid era, wishes to house refugees in these spaces. If of course they can pay market rate rent in the newly renovated spaces, an amount too high for most people and above what refugee housing organisations can afford to fund. The irony of this claim doesn’t bypass us.

The clear instrumentalisation of refugees as an excuse to attack a space that has shown political and practical solidarity with refugees and other people in precarious positions does not surprise us. For those in the most precarious positions are frequently pitched against each other under this current system that is set up to exploit us for the benefit of people like Dewhurst. To add salt to the wound, in this violent and invasive process three refugees who had found a home with us in the 94, can now no longer live here for fear of extra repression and police stress. The state and its most wealthy have once again moved to destroy safer solidarity spaces for those in our community whose struggles intensify on a daily basis.

The area around Rigaerstrasse has been heavily gentrified in the past decade and skyrocketing rents have seen many residents pushed out, displaced and evicted in order to make room for new developments. These are unaffordable to most existing long term residents but bring in more profit for investors. As part of a larger neighbourhood coalition of projects and individuals we have struggled against this process of gentrification, fighting to keep our neighbourhood a place for all, not just the rich. Over the past year or so we have seen the relationships of warmth and solidarity between people in our neighbourhood growing and people increasingly sharing daily life. Neighbours from both the projects and private living spaces have met and organised on the streets, in our garden and at the peoples kitchen in Kadterschmiede.

We understand the aggressive, overbloated attack on our collective spaces as part of the wider repressive conditions under capitalism. Conditions that see all elements of collective life and resistance attacked, commodified, co-opted and as a last resort destroyed and replaced by more controllable and consumptable forms of life. We also recognise the power of collective spaces, campaigns, actions and initiatives in the face of the increasing pressure placed on all of us under a rotten and collapsing system that tightens the noose around all of our necks as it slowly drowns under the weight of its own bloated corpse. It is clear to us that the effectiveness and potentiality of these liberatory collective forms, including our own project, poses an increasing threat to this system and all those who benefit from it.

We will continue to fight for all projects, initiatives and spaces that provide space and opportunities to experiment with alternative ways of living under these shitful conditions, across all divisive borders imposed from above.

We invite you to join us in expressing our resistance and rage in three major public displays of rebellion:

5th July – Court case to decide who can occupy these evicted spaces (10:00 Landgericht Berlin, Littenstr. 12-17, Berlin)

9th July – Demo to show our anger and solidarity with all threatened autonomous spaces (20:30 Wismarplatz, Berlin)

And fulfilling our promise of at least ten million euros in damage to the state and its structures – every eviction has its price.

If you need somewhere to stay you can email:

Your solidarity, however expressed, gives us strength and warms our hearts.

See you in the streets of Berlin!

Yours in struggle, R94

Tags: Berlin rigaer


Zie ook eerder o.a.:

Berlin: Burning cars and broken windows after police raid against Rigaer 94,
Berlin: Stop gentrification ! Autonomes ”will do 1M€ damage per crazy police raid”,
Berlin - Rigaer94 threatened with eviction - call for action, Achtergrondinfo bij de ontruimingsdreiging, .


Call-out from Housing projects in Nordkiez, Friedrichshain, Berlin: Defend Rigaer 94! Destroy the Investor’s Paradise!

On the 17th of June, we published the first call out for the 9th July neighbourhood demo “Destroy the Investor’s Paradise, Stop Carré Sama-Rigaer!”, 5 days later the landlord, cops, and Senate cooperated in the storming of the house project Rigaer 94. The cops, private security and labourers evicted the autonomous collective space “Kadterschmiede”, the rest of the ground floor, including a workshop and garden, the attic in the back house and also the squatted attic in the front house.

John Dehwurst, who bought the house at the end of 2014, took the responsibility for this attack through a hypocritical press release from the fictitious building management. It was claimed that the evicted parts of the house would be used as living space for refugees. This would mean that the people moving in would find themselves under constant surveillance by the cops and security. At the moment such people are able to live in Rigaer 94 in self determined and supportive structures. We take this propaganda as an attempt to destroy structures of resistance by cynically playing different groups off against each other. The AfD, NPD and Co. are rubbing their hands in glee at the argumentation from the South African apartheid-regime lawyer Dehwurst and the ‘Law and Order’ politics of justice minister Frank Henkel.

The dangerzone, which has operated continuously since the end of October 2015, has permitted the countless underhanded actions of police, and the direct assaults on self-organised projects which pose an unceasing threat for all of the inhabitants of Rigaer street. The partial eviction of Rigaer 94, and especially the momentary loss of Kadterschmiede, are attempts to displace structures of solidarity and rebellion and to replace them with capitalist city politics. Regardless we will continue to fight for self-determined spaces everywhere and for everyone!

We need places where we can come together, and organise without the need for legitimisation from the state. Rigaer street is one of the only places in this city where people can meet on the street, discuss, argue, get to know each other and organise in solidarity and resistance. We will not just stand back and watch, as these structures are destroyed and replaced by the shiny glass facades of luxury apartments such as the new Carré Sama-Rigaer. The future is not yet written – The struggle continues!

The attack on the nordkiez of Friedrichshain is an example of the inhuman politics of displacement, development and strict compartmentalisation of areas for “rich and poor” people in the cities, small states and provinces. Everywhere people are divided between useless or profitable, valuable or worthless. In the background of a society which is lurching increasingly to the right, it is important to defend the last remaining self-determined spaces, show solidarity and withstand state repression. Therefore, this is not just about our personal struggle to defend our scene spaces, but a united struggle on many fronts against exclusion, displacement and a city for the rich.

On the 9th of August, M99, the “Shop for Revolutionary Materials”, which has survived for 30 years in the heart of Kreuzberg is due to be evicted. We should do everything in our power to keep and build the pressure leading up to and following this date. The countless actions of the last days and nights give us the strength, sharpen our hope and strengthen us in our resolve to never give up without a fight. Our solidarity against their repression!

We repeat our call for the demo of the 9th of July, now more than ever, we call out to you to struggle together with us against social cleansing, capitalist city politics, repression and the state-terror of the last months. Come to the streets and express our rage!

How we want the demonstration to be: We wish to show a decisive and powerful sign, exactly as in the demo of the 6th of February. In order to be realistic in the general political situation we have decided it was preferable to register the demonstration. Outside of this we would like to create space for different forms of action, and make it possible for people coming from outside of Berlin to take part.

For these reasons we have decided to change the time of the demonstration to 9pm.

Nothing is over yet!

Demo: Saturday 9th July / First speeches 20:30 / Demo starts 21:00 punctually / Wismarplatz / (Near the train station U-Samariterstrasse)


Route (not yet confirmed!): Start Wismarplatz - Boxhagenerstr. - Mainzerstr. - Scharnweberstr. - Kinzigstr. - Frankfurter Allee - Voigtstr. - Rigaerstr. - Proskauerstr. - Eldenaerstr. - Liebigstr. - Rigaerstr. - Proskauerstr. - Frankfurter Allee - Warschauerstr. - Mühlenstr. - Sralauer Platz (Ostbahnhof)

To facilitate as many people from other cities to participate in the public hearing on 05/07 and the demonstration on 09/07, we now offer a place to sleep. You can contact us at

Refugee demo: Monday 04.07 17:00 / Bornitzstraße 102 close to S / U Lichtenberg

Demo at 9 July: Defend Rigaer 94! Smash investors dreams! / Wismarplatz / 20:30 Rally / 21:00 Demo start sharp!



Route (not yet confirmed!): Start Wismarplatz - Boxhagenerstr. - Mainzerstr. - Scharnweberstr. - Kinzigstr. - Frankfurter Allee - Voigtstr. - Rigaerstr. - Proskauerstr. - Eldenaerstr. - Liebigstr. - Rigaerstr. - Proskauerstr. - Frankfurter Allee - Warschauerstr. - Mühlenstr. - Sralauer Platz (Ostbahnhof)

To facilitate as many people from other cities to participate in the public hearing on 05/07 and the demonstration on 09/07, we now offer a place to sleep. You can contact us at

Refugee demo: Monday 4 July 17:00 / Bornitzstraße 102 close to S / U Lichtenberg

Demo on 9 July: Defend Rigaer 94! Smash investors dreams! / Wismarplatz / 20:30 Rally / 21:00 sharp Demo start!



Zie ook dezelfde oproep in de newswire, + evt. (andere) aanvullingen daar: .


Defend Rigaer 94 - New Video


Ruptly TV: Left-wing activists rally against Rigaer Strasse eviction in Berlin,


(B) 2nd Update for the July 9 demo • Defend Rigaer 94! • Smash investors dreams!

The siege of Rigaer 94 is now entering its third week. Yesterday, the mayor of Berlin Michael Müller spoke up and demanded Henkel to hold talks with the "Autonomen". Henkel sees himself increasingly under political pressure, yet it's still expected he will maintain his strategy of further escalating. As surprising as the statements made by Michael Müller were to many of us, they should still be evaluated for what they are: an election campaign, on the back of Friedrichshainer Nordkiezes since October 2015.

It is this district which for decades has been defending itself against luxury renovations, repression and state control. So now a 14-day assault on Rigaer 94 applies not only to housing projects but to all people living, working and living here. We remain firmly committed to not abandoning this neighbourhood without a fight, and expand and solidify the rebellious and supportive structures that exists in the neighbourhood. Not even the terror of Henkel and his watchdogs will change a thing! Nothing is over! That is why we continue to call our neighbours to join us in the streets on Saturday - against the attempt to expel our structures in favour of capitalist urban development. No luxury buildings in Rigaer, let us further avert the 'Carré Sama-Riga'.

 The current day of action sees the arrival of hundreds of additional cop units from Bavaria, Lower Saxony, Brandenburg and North Rhine-Westphalia, added to the overburdened Berlin cops. The Bavarian has also now stationed in Nordkiez until the weekend added How many bulls from other states yet, is currently not yet in sight. There can be many. If the cops should prevent or crush the demonstration, we appeal to you to remain flexible. Apply out of control strategies and set decentralised concepts. We will not allow our demo to run in a hermetically sealed kettle intended to limit our visibility and our freedom of movement.It will be up to all of us, how the day will pass. What happens on the day and will be possible will depend on your momentum and initiative. Even if we decided to notify the demo, we would like to see on the demo as many options as possible for many different forms of action. Prepare yourselves and be creative!

 Route: Start Wismarplatz - Boxhagenerstr. - Mainzerstr. - Scharnweberstr. - Kinzigstr. - Frankfurter Allee - Voigtstr. - Rigaererstr. - Proskauerstr. - Eldenaerstr. - Liebigstr. - Rigaererstr. - Proskauerstr. - Frankfurter Allee - Warschauerstr. - Mühlenstr. - Stralauer Platz (Ostbahnhof)

 Sleeping place exchange: To make possible the participation of as many people from other cities in the July 9 demonstration, we now offer an exchange of sleeping places. You can write us at

Street medics: There will be a team of several street medics active in and around the demo. They are recognisable by red vests. If you or people around you should be injured, turn yourselves to them. This is especially true in the case of attacks by cops with irritants!

The Berliner Ermittlungsauschuss (EA) will be switched on from Saturday 19:00. If you are arrested or observe arrests, you can call the EA under the number 030/69 22 222 Please do not forget to sign off when you're out again. Practical tips for dealing with repression Solidarity call by the Meuterei Berlin

Nothing is over! July 9 demo • Defend Rigaer 94! Smash investors dreams! • Wismarplatz / 20:30 start of the rally • 21:00 sharp - demo start!

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