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Swedish hackers in a squat fight eviction

lekernel (1279600) writes | about 5 years ago


lekernel (1279600) writes "The newly opened Abbenay Hackspace in Stockholm has released a call for support in their struggle to keep their space. It was an empty office building until squatters moved in. The discussions with officials have stalled completely and the squatters live under the constant threat of police raids. Abbenay Hackspace is asking people to contact the landlord, and explain why creative spaces such as hackerspaces are important to them. Is there room for hackerspaces in major cities? Or is squatting the only viable strategy for hackerspaces in expensive areas?"
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Support (1)

gedw99 (1597337) | about 5 years ago | (#29655357)

Hacker spaces are great. They allow people to collaborate on building hardware. They should be encouraged in the same way open source software is supported.

Kuggz (1)

kugg (1002823) | about 5 years ago | (#29655421)

I think actually hackerspaces are more important because it brings prople in toa social context (like real life) which encourages people to participate in new ways. Also I think In major cities the municipality should promote these kinds of activities with supported rents, or free housing etc.

Freespace (in meatspace) (1)

half_d (314945) | about 5 years ago | (#29655665)

I believe it is essential to create and sustain freespaces which are driven by interest and passion - not profit.

All places I know that focus on creation of ideas and life, instead of money, thrive in a way that is a bit unexplainable, but profound. And encouraging!

Just like open source software, it lowers the barrier to participation to the absolute minimum. Instead of ensuring a ever growing surplus of money, there is total focus on creation/creativity.

Just like open source has spread out to the public, so will the ideas of freespaces - without interests beyond the interests of the users.

More of these please!

How about borrowing a room in a school? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#29719163)

Dear Swedish hackers. Are you surprised that you were evicted from the house? Couldn't you just have borrowed a room in a school for a few evenings a week? That must have been possible. Why did you have to break in to somebodys house?
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