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WAYS OF SQUATTING
This text was written for the London squatters conference on 15 may '77, where groups from Amsterdam were invited. It is not only a description of what is happening here, but also a critique of organisational proposals put forwards on this conference. Espescially from the SAC (Squatters Action Council), an organisation "infiltrated" by a few left-ideoloqists from the International Marxist Group (IMG/trotskist) who want to try out their models and schemes for world-revolution on the English squatters-movement. They want to make a squatters-union with an in our opinion very burocratic structure; executive, membership-cards, contribution, etc. The ideas behind it become quite clear when we read some of the "advantages" of the registered membership, mentioned in the discussion- sheats for the conference: - "it lends authority to the organisation, which can then truthfully claim to represent as many squatters as join" - "it qives people a genuine sense of involvement and makes their speaking, voting and political rights guaranteed" - "a membership drive is one way of reaching isolated squatters and we can form a true picture of how representative the organisatian is"
We are very disappointed about such proposals and ideas within the London squatters movement. Making a burocratic political organisation for squatters will not stimulate the squatting and other forms of human resistance against bad housinq, it will break them down, it will become a "harmless" political party or union, very easy to control by the authorities.
By giving a dsscription of the squattinq in Amsterdam we try to show other possibilitias of squatting-organisation than the ridiculous union-proposals: Summary of the actual situation in Amsterdam:
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