Today, 28th of August by 23:59, the judge permission given to Madrid City Council to tear down Ofelia Nieto 29 finishes.
At this time there will finish fifteen days of resistance where the people’s power has defended Gracia González family from the robbery that City Council wants to commit. Any new tear down trial after that date would require a new judicial permission. Without it, Madrid City Council would commit a clearly illegal act.
This battle is won. Madrid City Council has been defeated by the pressure put on them bringing the fight out of the house: to the City Hall, to Spanish Olympic Committee, to the Urbanism Office, to the District Hall, … They have not tried to attempt a new eviction of the house after they failed on the morning of August 14th. Since then, hundreds of activists have turned to not leave the family alone in their fight. Comrades of housing groups from Tetuán, Manoteras, Chamberí, Barrio del Pilar, Lavapiés, Ciudad Lineal, Latina, Usera, Carabanchel, Vallecas, Alcalá, Majadahonda, Aranjuez, Sierra Norte, Alcobendas, San Sebastián de los Reyes, Getafe…Girona, Guadalajara, Córdoba or even Milano have passed by these days. The cenit was reached during the dawn of August 26th, when more than 150 activists slept in the house in a final defensive sprint.
But the war is not yet over. Madrid City Council and the corrupt businessmen with interest in the house are not going to renounce to their plans. In fact we know that City Council asked yesterday for an extension of the permission from the judge. Thus, we’ll keep protecting Gracia Gonzalez family from real-estate speculation, together with all the families we have defended since we stopped the first eviction at Naranjo Street back in June 2011. We’ll keep fighting for the housing right independently of the specific problem: squatting, mortgages, rentals, expropriations… Fight at Ofelia Nieto 29 has made nothing but strength the network of collectives fighting for the housing right. We’ll keep chasing bankers, construction companies, real-estate speculators, politics and other people of that sort.
¡Si Se Puede!