Ungdomshuset activists reform

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Well, they never really went away actually. But last night was their biggest action for a while.

Yesterday marked six months since the demolition of Ungdomshuset and the milestone was celebrated with customary restraint by the activists – a looting and rioting spree in Nørrebro.

TV2 has the full story here, while English readers can get more info from the Beeb here.

On a related note, when they’re not raping and pillaging around Nørrebro, the activists are busy with a campaign to persuade the government to furnish them with a new home, an old waterworks on the outskirts of Copenhagen.

They say that unless their demands are met by October 6 – G-Dag – there is going to be trouble. Big trouble.

Read about Aktion G13 here.

Update: Fellow Cph blogger Isabel found herself caught up in proceedings last night; my pics following the aftermath of the December 16 Ungdomshuset riots last year.

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6 Responses to “Ungdomshuset activists reform”


  1. 1 Mark September 2, 2007 at 6:23 pm

    It’s just plain stupid. They want their house which was – unethically and unfairly – taken away from them, and no one can blame them for demonstrating. It’s their right (some would even say duty) to demonstrate for what they believe in, but terrorizing a whole neighborhood like that? It just hurts their case.

    I can only tell how I feel about it all, and it has definitely not made their situation any easier this time around. Their support is falling apart and my confidence in their ability to act as civilized people just went down the drain.

    Now I just hope they won’t hurt any “normal” people with their trashing and rioting. It just doesn’t belong in a civilized country with a democratic ideology.

    (oh – and sorry for not calling today; I’ve been helping my dad and I didn’t bring my cell. Nice seeing you friday, on the other hand – and yes, you were a bit drunk, but weren’t we all? 🙂

  2. 2 aaron78 September 2, 2007 at 6:51 pm

    Well said Mark…I try not to take sides on this blog but having lived round the corner from Jagtvej 69 I feel personally involved in this story.

    Someone I care about very much still lives in that neighbourhood so every time I see that there’s been more riots my heart starts racing a bit.

    I wish there was an easy way to resolve the situation, but I wonder sometimes if people seek such conflicts out. It seems surreal that so long after the Enlightenment humanity has progressed so little.

  3. 3 Casper September 2, 2007 at 7:13 pm

    Just a quick comment on this, but it sums up my feelings: Grow the **** up! If you’re in such demand of a house, get a fund to sponsor you and buy a rundown place outside Copenhagen. Rioting has nothing to do with the Youth House ethics and it makes a lot of musicians and other affiliated people look bad. Then again most of the people involved in these riots are kids from up north with nothing better to do.

  4. 4 Mark September 2, 2007 at 10:11 pm

    The beauty of a place like “Ungeren” is the variety of people attending the concerts and the various exhibitions of art etc.

    That is what Copenhagen needs and what I support(ed).

    I find it so hard to find the energy and will to talk to these kids (especially when some of the rioters are not even users of the house, as Casper rightly wrote).

    And btw, they have found a sponsor, but they want to stay in Nørrebro and Københavns Kommune don’t want to let them buy anything. The building that was once used by a fire department was an obvious choice, but it was owned by Copenhagen University (or something like that), so it couldn’t be sold to them. And when everybody’s so steep in their demanding, nothing good will ever happen. Only stuff like last night (and maybe tonight as well?).

  5. 5 Russell Quinn September 4, 2007 at 9:00 am

    69 demos on the 6/9. Interestingly 60 Haraldsgade is Netto.

  6. 6 aaron78 September 4, 2007 at 9:30 am

    Cheers fór that link Russ…Thursday could be interesting!


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