Anarchia, tak jak ja ją rozumiem, to skłonność do takiego myślenia i działania, które próbuje rozpoznać struktury władzy i dominacji, domaga się, by wykazały swoją prawomocność, a jeśli nie może tego zrobić, stara się władzę ominąć.
Noam Chomsky
rozbrat.org There is a legal team at this demonstration. If you face ANY troubles from the cops, do not hestitate to call us, we speak English.

OUR TELEPHONE NUMBER
+48 503-877-604 (in english)

But before you call us, know some basic rules about demonstrations in Poland.

rozbrat.org As Collective Rozbrat we've agreed to announce that 6th of May will be the day of solidarity with Rozbrat squat. We want to have to before the demo on the 9th so that those of you who are coming can do actions locally and also we want to present them on the Saturday demo.

If you can, please send e-mails of protest to the president of Poznan: Adres poczty elektronicznej jest chroniony przed robotami spamującymi. W przeglądarce musi być włączona obsługa JavaScript, żeby go zobaczyć.

Here's an example of the letter, but you can also write it yourself!
rozbrat.org

ROZBRAT STAYS - LET'S RECLAIM THE CITY", on 9 May there will be a demonstration in defence of Rozbrat taking place. We invite all of you to take part in it. We start at 3 p.m. In front of the Opera house, Fredry Street. In the evening there will be a party at Rozbrat.

We will try to provide a sleeping place for everyone, you can also take tents with you.

When the dark clouds over Rozbrat squat have become a real threat we decided to organize a first (but probably not the last) demonstration in defence of our space. As some of you may already know, things around Rozbrat's future started happening - the bank, the court, the auction. We will not wait passively, it's high time to show our presence in the city, in its streets.

rozbrat.org 8 squatters from Poznan were arrested today morning during an eviction of a new squat in Poznan city centre (the building was squatted for 2 months). The people arrested were not only the squatters from this squat but also people from Poznan's oldest squat Rozbrat (www.rozbrat.org), who came to support them. There is a picket in front of the cop station taking place right now. The eviction of the squat was announced by cops few days ago, but it was also illegal, they had no warrant to come into the building. Media were called and they filmed everything.

rozbrat.org The University held a meeting during which some Polish citizens were supposed to be awarded for their aid to Jewish people during WWII. When the Israeli ambassador started his speech anarchists unfurled a banner saying "Stop the slaughter in Gaza" and started to shout anti-war slogans. Then one man from the audience attacked the protesters, the people gathered in the hall started to pull the fighting people apart. The cops who were outside of the university walked 6 anarchists out of the hall, three of them were arrested and charged with an assault on Israeli journalist (he was taken to the hospital).

rozbrat.org Today morning a bailiff together with locksmiths, assessor and cops came to Rozbrat squat. After negotiations with a group of squatters the assessor was let in and took photos of the ground but was not allowed into any of the buildings. It turned out the proce estimation made a year ago had to be done again. We found out that the previous price of the ground is 6 million zlotys (1,5 million euro) and the new one is supposed to be higher. Also, we were told that the auction of the ground can take place within 3 months.

We keep our eyes open and will let you know when the mobilization moment comes.
rozbrat.org The lawyer of Rozbrat squat has obtained an information that the bailiff/debt collector has just sent the records and complete documentation to the court in order to set the date of the auction. This date may appear soon. The ground where Rozbrat is situated may be sold.

The campaign "Rozbrat stays!" was not very loud in the last months but it does not mean that the situation of Rozbrat has stabilized. We ask you to keep your eyes open and support us when necessary. Our stand is unchanged: we won't give up without fight!

Rozbrat Collective
rozbrat.org This interview was published in 31st issue of "Abolishing the Borders from Below" (2008), anarchist journal from Eastern Europe.

1. ABB: What do you think Rozbrat means for the anarchist movement from Poland and from Poznan?


D.: Actually, when you think about anarchist movement in Poznan, you think exactly about Rozbrat, as a place that gathers free-thinking and anarchist milieus. For now it is quite difficult to imagine the anarchist movement without Rozbrat. Most of the activists from - what you call today - the anarchist movement in Poland became active when Rozbrat already existed. It means that they somehow had to refer to this active centre in Poznan. During those years hundreds of anarchist meetings, discussions and congresses took place here. There are not many anarchists in Poland who haven't had any relation to this place. I think it wouldn't be an exaggeration if I said that the anarchist milieu that is active around Rozbrat is today the oldest continuously active and the most diverse milieu in Poland. For the anarchist movement in Poland, relatively young and undermined by plagues of evanescence, such experience is a value itself.
rozbrat.org

A week after the international days of action in defense of squats and autonomous spaces, a demo under the same slogans took place in Poznan, Poland. At the Old Market Square there were samba drummers, Food not Bombs, fireshow, tallbike wars, speeches about squats and autonomous spaces, soundsystem and screening of videos from European squats' evictions & slideshow about Rozbrat and squatting in general.

After 13 years of its existence, Rozbrat squat in Poznan will be soon auctioned and is in danger of eviction. So far, due to long legal processes, the situation is suspended and the auction date is still not known. We still do not know when the final decisions about the squat will take place. But we are not passively waiting, we still need your support, we organize loads of events at the squat and you're all welcome to come. But the red alarm is on!
rozbrat.org Article written for the ESF in Malmo - September 2008

Rozbrat squat is situated in Western city of Poland - Poznan. The city is one of the richest ones in Poland, it's close to the German borders, the unemployment rate is much lower than in the other parts of Poland, there is an International Trade Center plus a lot of hotels for its guests, there's a football stadium that will be one of the stadiums for Euro 2012, there's one the best awarded shopping malls owned by one of the richest people in Poland. And yeah, the richest guy in Poland is from Poznan, him and his wife were given a ground for their shopping mall by the neoliberal president of Poznan on very doubtful grounds, now he's legally sentenced for this. He's also sentenced for banning several demonstrations in the city, at one of them - the infamous gay pride in 2005, 60 people were illegally arrested, finally, no one - apart from the president - was charged. Poznan is also a city where F-16 aircrafts have their base, it's located within the borders of the city, being very dangerous and burdensome for its neighbors and all inhabitants of the city. Poznan is an expensive city, what is troublesome for masses of working class people and for around 100 thousand students living there. In the last years, the costs of living rise rapidly, from the prices of food, rent, tram tickets, almost everything gets more and more expensive every year.

rozbrat.org You can download the video "Rozbrat. Episode 1" (length: 30 minutes), together with English subtitles. The video was made in 2004 and describes the situation of the squat at that time and also tells the history of the squat and shows the activities we're ivolved in. We encourage you to download the video and to show it anywhere you can. If you want to, you can also contribute and translate the subtitles to your languages and send it to us ( Adres poczty elektronicznej jest chroniony przed robotami spamującymi. W przeglądarce musi być włączona obsługa JavaScript, żeby go zobaczyć. ).

Contacts

Rozbrat squat
Pułaskiego Street 21a, Poznan, Poland see the map

Post send:

P.O. Box 5, 60 - 966 Poznan 31, Poland

Phone during the opening hours of the Anarchist library: (+48) 061 8484672

If you want:

- ask about Anarchist Federation, organize at Rozbrat a cultural orpolitical meeting, discussion, film screening etc.: write to fa-poznan@rozbrat.org
- visit us: write to baza@rozbrat.org
- play a gig: write to bands@rozbrat.org

Activity

Rozbrat squat

Since the beginning of the 1990's groups of Poznan freedom movement wanted to have their own premises. During that very active...

Anarchist Federation

The Anarchist Federation aims at abolishing all social structures and laws that restrict personal freedom in any way - the...

Workers' Initiative

Not without a reason, the birth of modern anarchist movement in Poland is said to be on 1st May 1983, when the group of the...

Trojka Publishing House

Trojka Publishing House was started in 1994. It originated as an idea to share interesting books found in antique bookshops...

Anarchist Black Cross

The ABC group of Poznan has been existing continuously since 1996. In this period, according to the acquired experience,...

Anarchist library

Through tens of years of communist dictatorship any studies about the idea and history of anarchist movement were appearing...

Food not bombs

Food not bombs is a world-wide initiative of handing out free vegetarian meals to the unprivileged. The first action was...

Critical mass

It takes place every last Friday of a month. People gather in the very center of Poznan, where they start their drive through...

Other activity

LIBERATION IDEAS DEBATE SOCIETYHaving a place allows us to widen our activity. Thanks to it, we create fundamental elements...

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The Anarchist Review, no.9/2009

Publications :: 19 maja ::

The Anarchist Review, no.9/2009

The magazine is published twice a year to present articles from the field of radical social critique and practice of alternative political concepts from Poland and abroad. The Editorial collective is part of the anarchist movement in Poznan, Poland; who are also engaged in other projects such as the Bractwo...

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The Anarchist Review - Issue No. 8, 2008/09

Publications :: 13 lutego ::

The Anarchist Review - Issue No. 8, 2008/09

The magazine is published twice a year to present articles from the field of radical social critique and practice of alternative political concepts from Poland and abroad. The Editorial collective is part of the anarchist movement in Poznan, Poland; who are also engaged in other projects such as the Bractwo...

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The Anarchist Review - Issue No. 7, 2008

Publications :: 13 lutego ::

CHAPTER: LATIN AMERICA – STRATEGIES OF DOMINATION, WAYS OF RESISTANCEJarosław Urbański "Slavery and a birth of the capitalism”Beverly J. Silver, Eric Slater "Revolution of Caribbean slaves at the turn of the XVIII and XIX century "Jan Sowa "Roots of inequalities. Significance of colonialism for the development of the capitalism”Maciek Wiśniewski...

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