August 1st, 2014
1,700 riot police, a helicopter, a tank, and a water canon were deployed by Vienna municipality to evict 15 anarchists from a squat in Austria.
The squat, which calls itself Pizzeria Anarchia, is the only one in Vienna. The owner reportedly invited the group of young anarchists to move into an empty apartment himself, in November 2011. For the last two years, the squatters used their home as a center for “discussions, workshops, community kitchen, actions and resistance”.
The place is badly in need of renovations and the owner hoped that the anarchists would scare off the older tenants who were refusing to move, and clear the way for a new real estate project.
However, the squatters were sympathetic to the tenants’ plight, as they explained in a recent blog post.
Castella GmbH currently owns the building, and has offered the squatters a space in Vienna’s 15th district. They are, however, refusing to move, as they say the owners are only interested in using them to “increase their profits”.
“Tactics which were used by Castella GmbH to try and make [residents] leave include: vandalism of the supply systems, damaging the roof to allow rain to enter the flats, refusal to carry out maintenance work, nightly visits of intimidating individuals, financial offers and attacks with Butyric acid, used oil and paint," Pizzeria Anarchia’s blog post said.
At 5 a.m. on July 28th, cops began the eviction which took 12 hours and resulted in the arrest of 11 squatters and residents, 4 still remained in the building. The city of Vienna spent 500,000 euro’s to evict the building which is included in a gentrification plan.
Related: Video’s of Pizzeria Anarchia’s Eviction