>>Right to the City: Solidarity Note to Kukutza<<

Solidarity Note against the eviction from HH
26. September 2011

Get the fuck out of Kukutza!
Solidarity Note against the eviction/from Hamburg Right to the City

We, the undersigned groups and initiatives from the Hamburg Right to
the City Network, are disgusted and outraged about the eviction of the
bask cultural centre Kukutza in Bilbao. The eviction has to be stopped
right now, the buildings have to be returned to the people! Get the
fuck out there!

Right to the City fights against the capitalist domination of space
and for selforganized spaces and affordable housing for everyone here
in Hamburg. The government of our town has a different agenda. For
them, Bilbao serves as a prime model for the neoliberal re-formatting
of cities: the Guggenheim Bilbao is an often copied example for a
policy, that works with shiny images serving and addressing the
upper-few and their interests in a global competition rat race.

The brutal flipside of this urban polishing becomes very visible with
the eviction against Kukutza cultural centre. This eviction is not
only mean, authoritarian and immoral, as it is an attack against a
neighbourhood, an attack against collective self-organization, an
attack on free expression – it is, on top of it, very stupid, as it is
an attack against the production of culture, an attack on a vibrant
platform of exchange, an attack on societies most valuable ressources.

In this respect, politicians in Hamburg had to learn a bitter lesson
in the last two years: spaces like Centro Sociale, Rote Flora and
Gaengeviertel, are needed, wanted, supported and loved by a growing
number of city-dwellers. The same is true for Kukutza.

People know, that spaces like Kukutza are the places where the city’s
future is being created. But we are not foolish: we will not get a
just, social and exciting city for free and without struggles, and
every one of our projects is endangered every day by attacks,
cuddle-attacks, recuperations or brutal police action.

Politicians in Bilbao, in Spain, in Hamburg – politicians anywhere! Be
warned: we have understood, that gentrification has become the one and
only goal of your urban policy. We are aware, that you have started,
in our cities, a top-down class war on all levels. But we can assure
you: it’s us, who build these cities, it’s us, who reinvent them, it’s
us, who make the city every day – and it is us, who increasingly fight
your shiny concepts, your marketing agencies, your faked
participations, your brutal police attacks, your lack of answers, your
hollow culture, your empty promises.

The dance has begun, and we are getting more every day. Because we
have no choice. Because you leave us no choice, but to fight you.

Park Fiction, NoBNQ, Es regnet Kaviar – Aktionsnetzwerk gegen
Gentrification, Mietshäuser Syndikat Hamburg, Gängeviertel, Altopia
Altonaer Plattform gegen Verdrängung, Lux & Konsorten, die leute:real,
ag altona-st.pauli, AG Mieten, Autonomes Zentrum Altona, La Rage,
Avanti – Projekt undogmatische Linke, Freies Netzwerk zum Erhalt des
Schanzenparks, Moorburgtrasse stoppen, Centro Sociale, Frappant e.V.,
Wagenplatz Zomia, Recht auf Straße, Anwohnerini Schanzenviertel

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