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Chulapa squatting in the center of tourist Madrid

Acting like a chulapo, with red carnations in their hair or ears, about 200 people, most of them young, occupied the historic monastery of Las Recogidas in Madrid this morning, which until 2017 was the headquarters of the UGT and was now waiting for their arrival. being converted into a hotel after the city council reclassified the land last February. The maneuver comes as it has just been revealed that the Supreme Court has upheld that the eviction of the self-managed center La Ingobernable at the end of 2019 was illegal. The group Ingobernable itself and other representatives of the social activism of Madrid, such as Rebelión or Extinción, the Union of Tenants, the social center La Ferroviaria or Fridays for Future agreed to enter the property.

The entrance in the block has a double symbolism. On the one hand, this is the latest development in a confrontation between social movements and Mayor José Luis Martínez-Almeida (PP), who made the eviction of the previous premises one of his campaign promises, only to end up closing it irregularly. On the other hand, he points to the UGT for leasing the monastery to a hotel company and participating in the process of turning the city into a center of mass tourism, “joining the neo-liberal politics of consumerism,” as they pointed out at the door. building at 88 Ortaleza Street, representatives Sylvia S. and Martin S.

Applause, laughter and dancing to the music from the loudspeaker accompanied the entrance to the site and hanging banners from the windows. Playing with dates, the first one explained the reasons: “We are spinning against speculation.” The second shows the mayor’s last name and the name of the trade union connected by a heart. On the pavement, the usual chorus: “10, 100, 1000 occupations” or “who rules, Madrid defends itself”, while at some distance police cars began to appear, which did not intervene for the first hour.

Now it is about “creating new connections and circles in this non-institutional Madrid”, with hope, but with the knowledge that there will be resistance. “Almeida has declared war against us and is going to put us on all sides,” Martin’s spokesman suggested, noting that the action coincides with the court decision. “We came up with the motto “eviction, another occupation,” he joked.

Meanwhile, the spring Saturday on the tourist street continued its flow, exactly in the sense in which the occupiers intend to limit themselves: food peddlers on bicycles, dozens of tourists with suitcases on wheels, marching in single file, and visitors watching with amusement. “Come in if you’re a neighbor,” one present warned a man in shorts and a summer shirt, who asked what was going on. The municipal sweeper was crossing the road, and the driver honked. The driver of the VTC car did the same. Those present applauded their members. At first, it didn’t seem like anyone who saw the scene was going to set up a burglar alarm when they got home.

The building, dating from 1623, although rebuilt several times (burned down during the Civil War), has an area of ​​​​almost 4000 square meters and is under heritage protection. Now it remains “at the disposal of social movements and trade unions at the grassroots level,” the promoters hope. In the afternoon, the first open meeting was scheduled, at which the initial goals will be determined. “It’s about being transversal, metropolitan,” say representatives who want sanctuary in “the hostile Madrid of the far right.”



Source: www.eldiario.es

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