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Ungdomshuset Blir! (The Youth House Lives!)

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – On Dec. 22, 2008, two years after riots first broke out in defense of Ungdomshuset (the Youth House), 15 activists were convicted of possessing unlawful weapons and preparing to assault police officers at the March 2007 eviction riots. These charges were evidenced by fireworks and Molotov cocktails found at the site.

Eleven of those convicted were sentenced to one year and three months in prison, while three others were sentenced to one year. The remaining youth, who was under 16 at the time of the arrest, was given a nine-month sentence.

Twenty-four years before the eviction, the city of Copenhagen gave the building to a group of anarchists to use as a social center. In 1999, the city resold Ungdomshuset to the right-wing Christian group Faderhuset (the Father's House) despite the fact that it was no longer theirs to sell. This move precipitated legal action and eventually protests and riots in defense of the building in 2006. Ungdomshuset had been on lock-down from December 2006 to March 1, 2007 when police used a helicopter to enter the building from the roof, evacuate it and finally demolish it on March 5.

Faderhuset had intended on making the former social center their headquarters. Today the lot still sits empty.

Earth First! Won’t Put Everglades Second

INDIANTOWN, Fla. – On Jan. 10, local police arrested17 Earth First! activists after six of those activists entered the Barley Barber Swamp illegally and chained themselves to trees, demanding that the swamp be opened to the public. Police scooped up eleven other protesters for trespassing in a place that they had mistaken for public property.

Barley Barber Swamp is a fragile ecosystem, home to thousand-year-old cypress trees. Florida Power and Light (FPL) has been systematically sucking the swamp’s water to cool their plant, leaving the trees’ roots exposed and rotting. The Earth First!ers want FPL to allow scientists to monitor the condition of the swamp and its trees.

The 17 activists at Martin County Jail have a bail set at $18,000. Everglades Earth First! is currently collecting donations for this cause.

A Rage From Below

MEXICO CITY & CHIAPAS, MEXICO – Jan. 1, 2009 signified 25 years since six individuals entered the Selva Lacandona to form the EZLN; 15 years since the Zapatista Army for National Liberation emerged from the jungles of Chiapas, declaring a war against forgetting; five years since the birth of the Caracoles and Juntas de Buen Gobierno; and three years of the Other Campaign and Zezta Internazional.

In commemoration of these dates, the Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee of the EZLN called for the First Global Festival of Dignified Rage (el Primero Festival Mundial de la Digna Rabia) to take place in Mexico City, San Cristóbal de las Casas and the Caracol of Oventik from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. Participants shared experience, music, dance and ideas of an Other World and Other Path, below and to the left.

Among those invited were members of Movement for Justice in El Barrio (MJB), from la Otra Nueva York. Coming off a recent victory against Dawnay, Day Group (the London-based corporation pushing gentrification in East Harlem), members traveled from East Harlem to attend the festival and share their struggle and path of Zapatismo Urbano.

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