|anti-evictions picket Members last Friday managed to prevent|
an eviction in the grancanario neighborhood Guanarteme
"Evictions can be stop when there is a real intention to do it. Only mutual support and direct action, not promises made by parties in campaign, enable the people to get what we need."This is one of the conclusions, as the Gran Canaria Anarchist Federation FAGC, Spain, that can be extracted from the action taken by a anti-evictions picket last Friday. Could postpone the eviction of a father and his son-Ignacio and Manuel - from their home -workshop in the popular neighborhood of Gran Canaria, Guanarteme.
"The Federation - explain libertarians - was calling calling to picket for a week to prevent eviction, and dozens of neighbors and residents of the"La Esperanza Community"rode in several vehicles, a lot of miles to move up Guanarteme where was scheduled to happend"
"When we got to the place - continue to expose - the assembled forces were few. A majority were comrades from La Tomatera [Social Centre] and a minority of the 15-M Guanarteme Assembly [occupy] and the the Unemployed Assembly, while the rest were relatives of the affected, independent activists and some neighbors and curious."
Anarchists stand, finally, half of those gathered on the picket line were members of that community "La Esperanza", formed by a group of needy families, in February 2013, they were relocated by the Federation in a few blocks abandoned have been enabled to make in your home.A particular circumstance considered "creditable", because it is people who, in most cases, participating for the first time in one of these pickets.
"We highlight that people with no other ideology but mutual support went to confront abuse with no more goal than to do the right thing and prevent a family lost their home as had happened to them, since most of the residents of the Community have been evicted in the past. ""THE ARRIVAL OF ACRATS FELLOWS WITH MORE EXPERIENCE FORTIFIED POSITIONS"
The Anarchist Federation points out, however, that the arrival of anarchists comrades with more experienced stopping evictions fortified the stand.
"At the time, -explican -. Appeared judicial commission that was soon repelled by the gathered. After this skirmish, which showed the police that his speech was inadvisable, the picket stood firm, without the fake withdrawal of Local Police and the commission offered us no reason to trust. One of the factors that made us remain vigilant was the presence of three secret police (the Information brigade) easily identified by their inexperience and low capacity to spot."
"Past the hour, according to the closure of the courts approached - added - became clear that the eviction was going to be postponed (later learned that this is not a victory, it is only a truce). Time for Banca March acept to negotiate with Ignacio, if such entity does not want its public image deteriorate and have to undertake a second round even more tough and bitter. ""THE POSTPONEMENT OF EVICTION REASSERT THE OLD ANALYSIS: MUTUAL SUPPORT WORKS"
Anyway, the Anarchist Federation also appreciates that the postponement of the eviction has ratified old analisys and allow to start new ones". "And not just us but also to those involved in an action like this for the first time." For libertarians, these people could understand, in practice, that "by many political readings that attempt to do an eviction and by much desire for prominence there among some, anti-eviction picket must have, it seems obvious, a main goal: affected keeps home." [opposite to some antieviction pickets that just look for publicity with political purposes]
Similarly - added - "have learn:
- That as important as the number of attendants picketing is the attitude and strategy;
- That the collective that monopolize press attention participation in front of the house [looking for publicity], such as PAH, can quietly refrain from intervening in such pickets even though the evicter is a bank and not an individual;
- That will to stop an eviction outweighs any other consideration, and
- Sometimes, although not desirable, more than twenty people from the other end of the island can supply the low participation of the neighbors in the neighborhood. "
"Making a particular reading -holds- this eviction has also allowed many relocated in the Community" La Esperanza "be aware of their potential and that only direct Action and Mutual support, not campaign promises of the parties and their white brands [new political citizen parties], enable the people to get what they need. "
"We wish- conclude - that this month Ignacio could negotiate in their favor and impose its demands. If not, we will come back to Guanarteme. More and stronger...".
By EUGENIO FERNANDEZ
Victoria!Source- "Solo con el Apoyo Mutuo el pueblo puede obtener lo que necesita"- Canarias-semanal.org vía Tarcoteca contrainfo
Comunidad La Esperanza - YouTube
For more information:
Anarchist Federation Gran Canaria: The Anarchist Federation GC already resettled over 70 people:
Federación Anarquistas Gran Canaria: La Federación Anarquista de G.C. ya ha realojado a más de 70 personas
[YES WE CAN] The Gran Canaria Anarchist Federation and La Esperanza Community achieve to postpone a eviction: [SI SE PUEDE] La Federación Anarquista de Gran Canaria y comunidad La Esperanza logran aplazar un desahucio