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Spain: Squatters rebuild after police smash homes

Spain, Barcelona
May 31, 2014 at 17:05 GMT +00:00 · Published

Can Vies squatters and supporters gathered together for the reconstruction of the partially-demolished building on Sunday. Barcelona city hall authorities stopped the demolition of the squat after four days of violent protests followed the eviction of its residents at the beginning of the week.

Can Vies, in the working-class Sants neighbourhood, was illegally occupied for 17 years and served as a public space, offering training courses and hosting concerts. The transport authority, who is the original owner, wanted to demolish the squat and redevelop the area, which was the trigger for clashes. Dozens of people were arrested fighting for Can Vies.

Barcelona's local government said it would attempt to start a dialogue between the owner and occupiers.

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Can Vies squatters and supporters gathered together for the reconstruction of the partially-demolished building on Sunday. Barcelona city hall authorities stopped the demolition of the squat after four days of violent protests followed the eviction of its residents at the beginning of the week.

Can Vies, in the working-class Sants neighbourhood, was illegally occupied for 17 years and served as a public space, offering training courses and hosting concerts. The transport authority, who is the original owner, wanted to demolish the squat and redevelop the area, which was the trigger for clashes. Dozens of people were arrested fighting for Can Vies.

Barcelona's local government said it would attempt to start a dialogue between the owner and occupiers.

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