One day in Danish history...
Nørrbro Travel Blog› entry 1 of 1 › view all entries
Since 1982 a house located in Nørrbro called the "UNGDOMSHUSET" has been occupied by anarchist and leftist groups. The house was sold but then didnt want to leave...
The 1.st of March 2007 after months of warnings, the alternative group and members from "Ungdomshuset" was evicted from their building at 07.00 am... The eviction had been on the way for a long time, but the police planned a supprise attack in the early hour while everyone inside was still sleeping... and everyone present in the house got arrested....
All that commotion ofcourse attracted a lot of attention to the area and only after an hour, people that supported the house and its foundation came to show their support. Many youths tried to get through the police barricades in an effort to re-take the house, but without any luck!!
The police had formed big barricades at all entrances to the building, so an effort from the youths to get back into the house with not be a possibility.
That ofcourse led to commotion between the youth and the law, and it ended with total mayhem which was gonna last the next 13 hours plus a couple days of batteles since then.
Well.. when it all began I was still sleeping (Since I work at night) and when I woke up at 6.00 pm the battles between the law and youths was still going on.. and being a old freelance photographer I decided to hit the streets with my camera and my very old presscard and take some pictures of what was going on..
As I was standing on "nørrebrogade" I saw the police vans drive back and forth and as I was looking down the street iI could count 5 - 6 big fires in the middle.. with many people keep putting things that could burn into them... It was like that the police wasnt ready to interfear with the youths, so they had a lot of time to pull out garbage carts from the backyards and alleys from appartment buildings to be set a blaze.
And everytime the police vans drove by, it was about ducking your head.. cause the youths was standing on both sides of the street throwing these 11 - 12 lbs of bricks... just the sound of the bricks hitting the vans made you think.. "OKAY.. Someone is gonna die if they get hit in the head with that"
After a while it seemed like the police was ready once again and they started moving in, in groups... 2-3 police vans pr. fire, and ofcourse everyone scrambled when the saw the police come out of their vans...
But after they took off, the youths returned to put on a new fire or keep existing fires a blaze, in the last couple of hours the only thing that police could do was to shoot teargas into the crowdes to keep them away from the fire and in the end it worked out fine...
Besides in "Nørrebro" there were also problems with cars and barricades being set a blaze in Christianshavn and many many many widows of stores and banks was smashed by bricks..Dont know why!
The house where they got evicted from "Jagtvej 69" has since 1982 functioned as an underground scene venue for music and rendezvous point for varying anarchist and leftist groups.
Some more ekstra information from WIKIPEDIA:
In August 2003, Faderhuset served a writ upon Ungdomshuset and its users and claimed ownership of the building. In December the same year, the trial began at the Copenhagen County Court.
On 7 January 2004 the verdict from City Court arrived, stating that Faderhuset was entitled to sue four activists (rather than Ungdomshuset itself) since Ungdomshuset functions without a hierarchical management and is therefore not regarded as an organisation. The court, however, denied Faderhuset compensation.
Both sides appealed against the decision; Faderhuset demanding compensation and Ungdomshuset demanding future right of usage. On 28 August 2006 the National Court stated, as the City Court did, that the right of ownership and usage of Ungdomshuset belonged to Faderhuset and it was free to evict the inhabitants.
The activists refused to leave the house and barricaded themselves inside. In addition, an open-letter stating "Troublemakers of the World; We bid you Welcome!" had been sent to different autonomous groups around the world, asking for help defending the house in the event of a forced eviction.
On 16 December, around 2000 activists, some of them foreigners, demonstrated in Copenhagen in support of Ungdomshuset. The police had not been notified of the demonstration. The vanguard of the demonstration wore masks or helmets, which is not permitted by law during demonstrations in Denmark. The police ordered the demonstration to break up and the demonstrators to disperse. The demonstrators attacked the police; stones and fireworks were thrown at the police and burning barricades set up. The demonstration degenerated into what the police characterised as the worst riots in Denmark in many years �" they used teargas, which is a very rare occurrence in Denmark.