02 February 2011

We are all Berliners

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 woolf

The big bad wolf..


Free places everywhere

Resistance

Resistance

Parents watch

Parents Against Police Brutality

Majority fascists

Majority fascists

Heading for the German embassy.

A few links on todays events:



8 comments:

  1. så forstod jeg bedre den demonstration jeg mødte på min vej hjem. Blev dog lidt ked af det, da en ung mand begyndte at hærge nørrebro's lokale politistation - ikke så meget for stationens skyld, men for budskabets!

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  2. Årh, byld! Sagde du ikke noget til ham? Han gør ikke ligefrem sagen en tjeneste på den måde. Hærværk er så hjernedødt, altså.

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  3. der var flere der råbte stop til ham, heldigvis! Må nok også ærligt indrømme jeg tænkte mere på at komme væk med det politiopbud der var...jeg orkede ikke at blive fanget midt i en konfrontation.

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  4. Jeg er idetmindste glad for at høre at der var nogen der tænkte på at stoppe ham. Forstår godt at du tænkte på at komme væk.. Du kunne jo snildt ryge i en knibtang og blive stemplet som lømmel for de næste 48 timer. Argh, det gør mig så gal at det er blevet sådan.

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  5. Ja - jeg bliver ked af det, når jeg oplever sådan noget...både reaktioner fra den ene og den anden side. Var også ved at blive kørt ned af et salatfad da jeg cyklede gennem politiets afspæring af jagtvej ved runddelen.

    ang. knibetang, var det der de lavede den dengang ved rydningen - tror den sidder lidt i mig (vel at mærke selvom jeg ikke blev knebet der).

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  6. Wow, I don't know how to express what it makes me feel. there's a bit of nostalgia about Europe where people cares, there's a bit of "Wow" America is so gentrified, that they are way passed that, in a way that can't even be described of better or worse, because it's something completely different. It makes me thing of talking to my brother when I was about to move to the US, saying to him that it was all that the French were thinking about (very very bad), but also so so different, so many people are fighting is such a different way here, so much creativity... That sometimes it's like a liberation when you compare it to Europe that sometimes seems so self centered that it looks blind. I know all that is not very concrete. I will probably move back to Paris this summer, and it makes me think of all the differences. I will miss the US big time, for sure (even if I looooove Paris)

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  7. The gentrification in the big cities of the western world is universal, I think. In Denmark we seem to underestimate the importance of a diversified society that embraces everybody. On the other hand we are quickly learning about the concept of ghettoes here, and the solution is so far just to tear them down when they turn toxic, and relocate people.

    Creativity suffer, and violence escalates because of this, making it the perfect breeding ground for gangs. And the "normalisation" (have you ever heard an uglier word?) of the free town Christiania is a sad but very fitting picture of what is going on in Denmark at the moment.

    And I love Paris too, so much that I feel "homesick" for it sometimes, which does not make sense at all. :D

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  8. [http://www.flickr.com/photos/40641420@N07/5381362676/]

    I agree Sandra: "Normalisation" is the most ugly and scary word in Danish language.

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