|Eviction of a squat in St. Petersburg|
What is interesting, that besides 9 police vans there was also a TV-crew participating to the eviction of the squat in Ligovskiy prospekt. Perhaps they wanted to film some kind of scandalous report on squatters for some kind of cop TV - lately in many cities journalists have reported, that they have been given orders to write reports which put "antifa" and "anarchists" to negative light, and police TV also contacted anti-fascists in Moscow. Slandering in media is just one part of the recent crackdown on Antifa, which is taking place all around the Russia.
As a response to the eviction, squatters recorded a video-message for "inhabitants of St. Petersburg", and put it to youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuu1gcnX4pU
There is no written translitteration in internet so it is hard to translate, but basically they explain what is point of free spaces in the cities, and put squatting struggle in wider context of preserving St. Petersburg - there is an important people's movement against urban development in the city, which tries to preserve 18th century skyline of the city against such projects as the planned Gazprom skyscraper headquarter.
Also, there is currently a continuous art-hungerstrike going on in St. Petersburg against police brutality and political repression by CPE (Center of Counteraction against Extremism) police force, such as frameup of Artyom Loskutov in Novosibirsk. You may see some photos at: http://ihavexx.livejournal.com/220193.html
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