Archiv für September 2010

14 hurt as Philippine police, demolition teams battle squatters on prime property

MANILA, Philippines – More than a dozen people have been injured in the Philippines in clashes between thousands of squatters and police and demolition crews trying to evict them from government property to be used for a high-end commercial project.
Philippine Red Cross Secretary General Gwen Pang says most of the 14 men treated after Thursday’s clash are members of the demolition team who were hit by stones or other objects.
The violence halted traffic on Manila’s busiest road for several hours.
The National Housing Authority says 3,500 of the 9,000 families illegally squatting on the 72-acre (29-hectare) property in suburban Quezon City have voluntarily relocated to make way for a 22 billion peso ($500 million) project that will include condominiums, office buildings and malls.

A call out from Amsterdam

The squatting ban is not a threat – it’s an opportunity and a tool.

…and we like tools.

At Empire State Building, a 40th Floor Squatter

Daniel K. Perlman had the quietest, cheapest and strangest office in New York City. It was quiet because he had a deserted six-room suite to himself; cheap because he paid zero in rent; and strange because he had all of this on the 40th floor of one of the most famous skyscrapers in the world.

For about seven months, he was a squatter at the Empire State Building.

Randy Quaid and Wife Arrested for Squatting

Randy Quaid and wife Evi were arrested for felony burglary and entering a non-commercial building without consent. The charges are a misdemeanor in the state of California. In addition, Evi was charged with resisting arrest. Bail was set at $50,000 each.
They were living in a guesthouse in Santa Barbara County on property they sold back in 2007. A representative for the homeowner responded to an alarm early Saturday at the Montecito home. He suspected squatters were living on the property and alerted authorities.
When the sheriff arrived, the Quaid’s attempted to convince the deputy that they still owned the property. The homeowner produced paperwork proving ownership of the property resulting in the arrest of the couple. Apparently, the couple had recently moved back into the property and did not do so quietly.

Het laatste kraakpand van Nederland

Voor degenen die de zeewind bij de piratenbar onfris vinden: kom een stukje landinwaarts logeren in ‚Het laatste kraakpand van Nederland‘ een vers mooi rot kraakpandje van een speculant op de Witte de Withstraat te Rotterdam, voorheen ook wel ‚Wipper de Wipstraat‘ en ‚Coker de Cokestraat‘ genoemd. Nu ten prooi aan gentrificatie en speculatie; alleen kraken maakt het nog leuk.