Whose House? Our House!

February 23, 2010 at 6:12 am (Building Occupations, Housing Occupations) (, , )

(This is an archival article I wrote for GNN.tv, which is now closed, originally published Tue, 06 Mar 2007)

The Battle to Defend the Ungdomshuset

The people in the house have been trying to get into dialogue for a lot of years and now there is no dialogue. So now they are fighting for a place to be.“ —Simon Nyborg

The silence of dawn in the Danish capital was abruptly shattered by the sound of helicopter blades. Then came the rhythmic stomping of boots on the rooftop, the hiss of tear gas canisters, the shouts of commandos, the terrified screams of residents, and the crack of doors being kicked in. The handful of youth who had been keeping a 24 hour watch over the Ungdomshuset (“Youth House”) squat proved to be no match to the overwhelming force of the heavily armed Danish anti-terror squad that descended from a police helicopter onto their roof.

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