I was all set to wrestle the first fashion moment in the Copenhagen Fashion Week today, when I passed this decorated truck on the corner by the lakes. I pulled out my camera and asked the guys unveiling the sound system inside what this was all about. And so this post took on a life of its own, because it turns out that the squatted youth house Leibig 14 in Berlin was forcefully cleared by the German police just this morning, and this calls for a show of solidarity. Within 20 minutes the truck was fenced in by heavy police presence.
This brings back the trauma of the Copenhagen youth house riots. And now more than ever I understand the importance of these demonstrations. In short it is about how the cities are being gentrified, unsolidaric rules are set up designed to weed out the weak, the poor, the students, the immigrants and so on. If you have the cash you can buy an apartment, otherwise you are forced out. Away from the cultural life and into the very ghettos the government are presently agonizing about. There are very few affordable apartments in Copenhagen. Our former mayor got elected on the promise that she would build at least 5000 of them, affordable to the low income families like those of nurses and policemen (oh, the irony). I even fell for that line. Instead she used my vote to tear down the youth house (in case you are wondering about how I finally lost all faith in politicians..).
Within an hour a small demonstration was in place, closely monitored by the police and supported by the fantastic initiative "parents watch". In the age of couch support, consisting mainly of a click on a "like button" and little else, it warms my heart to see people actually taking a stand. It is almost like a new uprising, with what is going on in Egypt as well. Have we finally had enough?
The big bad wolf..
Free places everywhere
Parents Against Police Brutality