After two weeks of the siege and partial eviction of the house project Rigaer 94, it is time for us to take the first step, and propose for discussion ways that we might go forward together.
Firstly we would like to pass on the good news that we have overcome the first stressful phase. It took us a few days to come from being totally confused and overwhelmed to a point where we could take stock of the general situation in the house.
We had to got over the initial shock of the sudden siege and also the flagrant tactic of carrying out the eviction in the name of ‘Refugee Support.’ Quite soon after this we began to sabotage the work of the labourers, security and cops. Because of the overwhelmingly disproportionate balance of power, we were forced to construct ourselves a threatening image. It was very quickly apparent that even in the occupied zone here it is possible to operate somewhat outside of the law.
After this, a number of security personnel succumbed to our pressure. They were positioned all over the house, and we could convey quite believably to them in no uncertain words, that the only reason for their continued physical safety was the considerable police presence outside. A group of security workers who were posted in the house from the very beginning have all left. One of the decisive factors was the hopefully lasting realisation that by doing their job, they have placed themselves on the side of the pigs, who were responsible for the murder of someone among their milieu a few years earlier. The prominent case of Slieman Hamade, in which we have involved ourselves, gives our story an unexpected pointe.
We are absolutely sure that the instigation of the ‘Tag-X’ concept — especially the actions that captured media attention — have been essential in supporting the credibility of our threats. They have given us considerable strength in our often hourly, nerve-wracking confrontations.
Our combined combatative stance has had the effect that the cops have prepared themselves to stay here in large numbers for a long time. We cannot imagine how they could think of leaving the security workers alone in the house with us again. At the moment it looks like this is anyway not possible for them.
So it has come about that the police occupation has been cemented in its current form. This insight gave us the necessary rest to explore different legal options, unpleasant as it may be to engage with the state in this way. It looks as though we have anyway scant hope for any positive outcome through legal channels.
We are elated by the albeit gradual reemergence of a critical public. The risk is great for Interior Minister Frank Henkel, that this saga will bring about his spectacular downfall. We recall that this was exactly the challenge of Rigaer Strasse after learning of the eviction threat.
The primitive brutality of Henkel’s hired thugs is playing a significant role in this: with their attack on us they affronted the neighbourhood. The confrontations in the streets show that we do have structures of solidarity, and that the “rebellious Nordkiez” is not just an idea dreamed up by the autonomous scene. On Sunday evening, when a cop tried to steal the phone from a woman standing outside of Rigaer 94, the people standing nearby stepped in to vigorously intervene. The photos of the person who was heavily injured in this escalation are a harsh reminder of this violent experience for us all. However, these experiences only serve to bind us more strongly together. There is no longer a front house and a back house, there is now only one Rigaer 94.
Now when we say ‘Rigar 94 stays’, then we are talking about one hundred percent of the people here. When we say ‘Rigaer stays’, then we are talking about everyone who is fighting back against this police attack on the structures of solidarity and rebelliousness in our neighbourhood.
Therefore we now ask ourselves the question, how can we actually prevail?
This much we are sure of, we must channel all of our resources into this confrontation. If we have any posibility to release more energy, then it must be done in the next few weeks of this siege.
We propose to use the week before the demonstration on Saturday, 9th July, to intensify the conflict.
Directly after the eviction there were a series of night time riots. Until today, there has been no night free of offensive actions. Rigaer 94 has put out the call to throw Berlin into chaos.
The actions must be decentralised, regardless of the level of intensity, the number of actions must increase and the terrain must be expanded worldwide. We want a ‘Black July!‘
Locally, we welcome all creative, powerful, subversive and crazy actions or publicity stunts. The goal may be to bring an early finish to the summer holidays of the Berlin police, before they really got started. Or the goal could be to create moments where people can come together, connect, share and reflect.
Finally, on the 9th of July, we hope that everyone who wants to support us can come to Berlin. The demonstration is, as far as we know, registered. It can, however, serve as a starting point, or provide support for other unregistered actions. We will show that housing capital can be risky capital! Release your rage against those responsible for gentrification! Unleash your hate against the lackeys of the state! Precipitate pain for those who profit from the prevailing logic! No action is off limits!
We appreciate the call for a Black July from Rigaer 94. Many comrades in a lot of countries followed the call for a Black December of Nikos Romanos (Greek Prisoner). It’s not just about the Rigaer 94 that people now connect and think about strategies, attack different enemies of our freedom and struggle against the cops and the system.
Especially in Germany the fight against the system was weak the last years. People were not able to combine their fights and actions without dissociating from others. The question of violence was not discussed anymore and the alliances got wider and more in accordance to the system. Now there is a house that struggles without compromises, maybe their attitude impressed some of us, some still think that they should have brought their house themselves and could be “free” now. But the sign they send, saying that they keep their status and fight, now shows it’s effect on a lot of us. It’s a window that opens up for a short time that we should use to stand together. A moment when we are fucking angry and use our strength to go on the streets and take them back!
Thanks to all of you who used the concept of Tag X to show your solidarity with the Rigaer 94 and their ideas!
For a Black July
Let us feel the heat coming from our hearts to the streets every night
Kreuzberg: Day X Demonstration. Stones for a civil cop car and a union (verdi).
Kreuzberg: Attack on a Cop car at Mariannenplatz.
Prenzlauer Berg. Burned cars.
Prenzlauer Berg: Construction side equipment for a luxury building burned.
Prenzlauer Berg: Attack on luxury buildings with stones.
Kreuzberg: Spontaneous Demonstration – Stones for an ex-squatted building and the district exchange.
Moabit/Mitte/Kreuzberg: Attacks on banks with stones, color and fire.
Rummelsburg: Deluxe cars were burned.
Friedrichshain: A luxury building was attacked with stones.
Prenzlauer Berg: Office of a Party got attacked.
A-Radio: Comment about the eviction of the Kadterschmiede in Rigaer 94
Prenzlauer Berg: Cop car was attacked from behind.
Wedding: A Job center was attacked with color by a zebra and a giraffe.
Nikolassee: Three deluxe cars burned out and graffitties in solidarity with Rigaer 94 were sprayed.
Kreuzberg: Solistatement at Tempest anarchist Library.
Wedding: Spontaneous and illegal Demonstration against the eviction in Rigaer 94. About 100 Persons colored and damaged a Job center and the main office of the Social Democratic Party.
Schöneweide: Two burned cars in Solidarity with Rigaer 94.
Neukölln: Demonstration in Solidarity with Rigaer 94.
Wilmersdorf: One car of the Wall-company burned out.
Rummelburg: Five cars were burned.
Wedding: Two cars burned.
Mitte: Four cars burned.
Banner – We stay all! Love R94.
Kreuzberg: Broken lock and the slogan R94 forever on an estate office (Taekker).
Neukölln: Car burned out.
Mitte: Attacks against an estate office and a bank with stones.
Pankow: Attack against an estate office with stones. Slogans in Solidarity with Rigaer 94.
Friedrichshain: Graffitti at an office of a politician.
Kreuzberg: Burned BMW.
Friedrichshain: Container burned.
Friedrichshain: Estate Office lost windows and got sprayed with the slogan „Rigaer stays“.
Mitte: Attack against Job center with color and stones.
Schöneberg/Mitte: Burned cars of diplomats in solidarity with the struggle in France and Rigaer 94.
Wedding: Attack against housing corporation (Gesobau) with color and stones.
RAF: Reformation of advertisements all over the city.
Prenzlauer Berg: Demonstration against the festivity of the Christian Democratic Union and it‘s „Star“ Henkel (Minister for internal affairs).
Neukölln: Train sprayed – Day X is not over.
Rigaer 94: Sabotage of the security doors that were installed after the eviction.
Friedrichshain: Video-Manifestation at „Dorfplatz“ (Rigaer / Liebig Str.).
Neukölln: Burned Cop car in front of a police station.
Mitte: Attack against the security company Sicherheit Nord with stones.
Friedrichshain: Attack against an office of a party.
Charlottenburg: Graffitti in Solidarity with Rigaer 94.
Rummelsburg: Three cars burned out.
Steglitz: A BMW burned.
Spandau: Broken windows of a bank (Commerzbank) in Solidarity with Rigaer 94.
Westend: Attack on a recording studio of persons who are responsible for the eviction of Rosemarie F., who died two days after. In Remembrance of Rosemarie F. – In Solidarity with Rigaer 94.
Prenzlauer Berg: Color for Next Estate in Solidarity with Rigaer 94.
Prenzlauer Berg: Construction equipment burned out.
Lichtenberg: Demonstration of refugees and supporters from a Lager in Lichtenberg to Rigaer Straße.
Videos: Call for action and statement from inhabitants of Rigaer 94.
Dorfplatz: Autonomous court – We are not governmentable.
Dorfplatz: Concert in Solidarity with Rigaer 94.
Kreuzberg: Critical Mass in Solidarity with Rigaer 94. Color for the building management (BELIMA), Deutsche Bank and luxury buildings.
Kreuzberg: Solistatement from Meuterei (Bar collective).
Friedrichshain/Lichtenberg: Four cars burned out.
Nürnberg: Spontaneous demonstration in Solidarity with Rigaer 94.
Magdeburg: Broken windows of estate agencies (remax, büschel) in Solidarity with Rigaer 94.
Mainz: Spontaneous Demonstration in Solidarity with Rigaer 94.
Würzburg: Spontaneous Demonstration in Solidarity with Rigaer 94.
Weingarten: Broken windows of a bank in Solidarity with Rigaer 94.
Hamburg: Burned Porsche in Solidarity with Rigaer 94.
Dresden: Burned car of Thyssen Krupp in Solidarity with Rigaer 94.
Hamburg: Banner in Solidarity with Rigaer 94.
Leipzig: Stand behind you Rigaer94. Seven cars of the CG-Group, that wants to built luxury houses in the Rigaer Strasse, were burned out.
Rostock: Broken ticket machine and painted face of the court in Solidarity with Rigaer 94.
Basel: Demonstration against Racism, Repression and Displacement – Greeting to Rigaer 94
Würzburg: Color for Yuppies – Soliaction for Rigaer.
Regensburg: Solistatement – No Border No Nation No Gentrification.
Schwarzenbek: Solidarity from the hinterland. Banner for Rigaer94
Bautzen: Demonstration in Solidarity with Rigaer 94.
Leipzig: Demonstration in Solidarity with Rigaer 94, Cop cars were attacked.
Leipzig: Burned container of a constructions side for luxury buildings.
Weimar: Graffitties in Solidarity with Rigaer 94.
Flensburg: Graffiti in Solidarity with Rigaer 94.
Wattenscheid: Graffitti in Solidarity with Rigaer 94.
Tübingen: BMW burned out in Solidarity with Rigaer 94.
Tübingen: Two Mercedes were burned in Solidarity with Rigaer 94.
Hamburg: Burned Car sharing-BMW (Drive Now).
Hamburg: Attack on new deluxe condominiums with color and stones.
Bremen: A pile of broken glass in Solidarity with Rigaer 94. Attack against an estate office (Poll).
Weimar: Color and Stones for an estate office and the office of the Christian Democratic Union.
Frankfurt: Broken windows of a luxury building with steel balls.
Lübeck: Statement in Solidarity from Walli to Rigaer 94.
Jena: Banner and Greetings in Solidarity with Rigaer 94.
Dortmund: Color for Wert-Estate.
Würzburg: Attack against the Job center with stones and color – Rigaer 94 is everywhere.
Bielefeld: R94 is everywhere! Attack on a luxury building with stones and color.