Resist the eviction of the Pizzeria Anarchia on 28.07.2014
Re-posted from pizza.noblogs.org where you can find this statement in multiple languages
Pizzeria Anarchia is a Squat in Vienna. Our house. For over 2 years we give our hopes and dreams to the Pizzeria Anarchia. We lived here together, sharing in our troubles and love. We’ve had discussions, workshops, community kitchen, actions and resistance against the unbearable status-quo of present day mainstream society and state. For 2 years now we have lived without a contract; we are still against entering into one. This condition is of course not accepted by Austrian law, hence an attempt to evict us will be made on 28.07.2014.
We will not leave, we will fight for our house, and we ask you to support us.
To avoid confusion, we would like to point out that the authorities have repeatedly postponed the eviction date. We assume that the 28.07 is not changed. Current information on pizza.noblogs.org
This is not just our fight. It is also a fight for our neighbours within the house who have been living here for many years with unlimited contracts. They are not directly affected by the eviction, but the owner of the house (Castella GMBH) has been pressuring them to move out for a long time. When we are gone, the owner will be able to pressure them again, because we cannot defend them anymore. The owner-company has plans to rebuild the house, and in these plans the flats of our friends, the neighbours, don´t exist anymore. For years they have lived in these flats and called them their homes, and they don’t want to leave.
Tactics which were used by Castella GMBH to try and make them leave include: vandalism of the supply systems, damaging the roof to allow rain to enter the flats, refusal to carry out maintenance work, nightly visits of intimidating individuals, financial offers and attacks with Butyric acid, used oil and paint. When these attempts to intimidate the tenants failed the owner came up with the Idea to invite a group of “Punks” into the house to wear down the patience of the resilient residents. Since we move into the house, we try not to play the game of the owner. We support the long-standing residents against the Castella GMBH.
During the time we are here the Pizzeria Anarchia has always been developing more and more into a resisting project, an eyesore, a loud ‘NO!’ in the face of society. We talk about our own problems and try to combat them. We try to find ways together, to survive the daily capitalistic nightmare. Finally we build up a centre of concrete resistance against real estate speculation and gentrification, in this district and the whole city.
We are not always the easiest neighbours, but we limit the ways in which the Castella GMBH can attack our neighbours by publishing their behaviour, stopping sabotage against them, and directly blocking intimidation. While we are living here the building work planned by Castella cannot be carried out. Based on the plans, there is no way this work can take place without our neighbours having to leave their homes meanwhile – maybe for a period of years. The Building work which is planed will add 3 more stories to the house – increasing rent in the whole district. Our presence here is a constant blockade to the inhumane and capitalistic daydreams of the CastellaGMBH. For us these are reasons enough to do everything in our power to protect this house and stay here.
Doing everything includes the use of juristic weapons too. But it is important to say that we do not think that this is a cooperation with the legal system which we are fighting against. We only try to use the state’s own weapons against them. We fight every way we can to overcome repression, and to resist losing our home.
Accommodation is a basic need which is treated as a commodity. Therefore we think the decision to fight for a place where we live without paying rent is a direct critic of the system. Rent, poverty, a lack of alternative housing options which are not treated with repression, and displacement of certain people; these things are part of a control system which stops us from living a self-determined lifestyle. This system is especially hard for people who are “inferior” in the view of the system: people who are studying the “wrong” subject, people without rich parents, people who are neither studying nor working, elderly people who have to deal with small pensions, illegal immagrants, refugees, people in precarious or low-paying jobs, single parents, ill or dependent persons, punks etc.
So everyone who is not young, dynamic, flexible, happy and successful will not have a place in a neoliberal “dreamworld” were everyone and everything has to have value. The basis of this is the already existing system of property ownership. Together we shall fight this all.
We shall fight because it is not ok that rent increases, or exists.
Because it is not ok that People who asked for asylum often are not able to get a normal flat.
Because it is not ok that there are People without a Flat because it’s too expensive. Because it is not ok that tenants get bullied by owners.
Because particularly, we want to fight for a solidaric coexistence in a free Squat as an anti-capitalistic alternative.
To prevent the eviction, it will be too late if we meet on the 28.07.2014.
Therefore at the 20.04. we will start the “Pizzeria Anarchia – Squat the World – Action Days”. Here we want to share our knowledge, get in contact with you, have discussions, work to save the house and make Actions which are a foundation to prevent the eviction. All this will culminate on 1st May with a street-party. Check the latest news on this on the blog: pizzaction.noblogs.org. Here you find information about the program, sleeping places and more.
The Eviction date is 28.07 and we ask you from now onwards to come and help us prevent it.
There is a last possibility to delay the eviction through the legal system, but we don’t know if this will work, and it is still only a temporary solution. We have to prepare for every possibility. On this day it will be a fight against rent, evictions and gentrification. We will take back the power from the city.
We like to greet everyone who is fighting for a self-organized lifestyle, against control and prejudice; we are in solidarity with you.
Solidarity is our weapon!
Move! Be loud and have a wild and dangerous life!
The furnace is far from burnt out!
The World is a Pizza, and belongs to everyone!