The shit has hit the fan in my neighbourhood.

Gangs of anarchists and protestors are running round Norrebro, turning over cars, lobbing stones and fireworks at the police. The cops tried to stop them coming into my street by blocking both the entrances but loads somehow got in through some side entrances.

I looked back and they were like ants streaming all over the street, erecting barricades, ripping up the street furniture.

It was like a scene out of Escape from New York. Black-clad, many wearing strange little helmets, they were very calm and calculated in the way they went about their business.

I lost Anne and ran back to the flat to put our bikes round the back of the building and came face to face with three hooded chaps.

“Don’t touch the bikes,” I said.

“We won’t,” he replied, in an Eastern European accent, and then all three hopped over the wall into the next street.

The cause of all this is the Ungdomhuset, or youth house.

It has turned into a kind of commune and activity centre for troubled kids but it was recently bought by a Christian group and the Government have ordered that the inhabitants must be removed.

They are very well organised though. Each time they protest, hundreds, maybe thousands of supporters come in to Denmark from throughout Europe.

There were more than 250 arrests the last time.

More as I get it.


3 Responses to “Ungdomshuset”

  1. 1 Mikael December 17, 2006 at 8:16 am

    It’s a tricky situation. The City screwed up by selling the house. I sympathise with the youth in that respect. The house was a gift, which was taken from them.

    With that said there is little sympathy for a group of kids who shit on their neighbours, make a mess of the neighbourhood and, as seen last night, engage the police in violent street battles.

    Why do shops have to be trashed? Why do citizens have to live in fear of getting a cobblestone or a rocket through their window?.

    No respect for their fellow citizens. And sympathy for them is dwindling. Last night there were so many people leaning out of their windows shouting at the kids to get the hell out of there.

    Their days are numbered. It’s a shame, but they could have handled this much better.

  2. 2 aaron78 December 17, 2006 at 10:20 am

    Respect for their fellow citizens’ property is minimal, I agree.

    I stood and watched in Jaegersborggade as dozens of them turned a car upside down, uprooted benches and other street furniture to form barricades.

    Plenty of bikes were dumped in the middle of the street as well and there were lots of people desperately scampering around, moving their bikes to the back of the buildings.

    As you say, everyone was leaning out of their windows, screaming at the protestors not to damage their property.

    But there were plenty of people outside as well, trying to engage with the protestors, telling them to leave the bikes alone, don’t damage the cars etc.

  3. 3 Russell December 17, 2006 at 5:14 pm

    a lot of the damage to the shops was apparently done by completely unrelated gangs using the trouble as an “excuse” to loot places. a tiny breakout of violence will soon escalate, and will so many people in town with supposidly radical views (people with no connection to the neighbourhood or even the youth house project) it was always going to errupt.

    on one hand the youth house needed backup to protect the house in what they see as their only option, on the other hand they knew it would end in violence so i can’t condone their choice.

    (and i’ll stop spamming your blog now aaron. sorry).

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