On 28th of January 2012, a demo against a police congress and the urban
operations-conference in Berlin took place. At night there was an after-demo
soliparty in Kadterschmiede which is located in Rigaer 94. Before the party had
even started, the area was already swarming with cops. Soon the usual quarrel with
the cops at our gate to the street began. It is not unusal that they try to get into
the yard and cause some trouble. At first, they were held back by our outter gate as
always. But then they tried to find other ways into the house, climbing over walls
and sneaking through basements. They got through to the front door of Kadterschmiede
and started to destroy it as well as the entrance door to the living space of Rigaer
94. At first they didn’t get very far because behind the doors there were barricades
awayting them. Meanwhile they spayed tons of pepper and teargas into the house and
emptied fire extinguishers into the stairs in front of Kadterschmiede. Some people w
ere close to being suffocated.
The cops finally snuck through adjoining basements into Kadtschmiede and opened the
barricades from the inside. They beat down and ran over the first people they met
and threw some people down the stairs. They also broke into two flats of the living
space of Rigaer 94, where they beat, pepper-sprayed and arrested many people. Some
of the arrested ones had to stand outside in the bitter cold to await their
transport to the police station for a long time. On their way in and out of the
house they damaged doors, windows and many other things. The cops didn’t let any
lawyers through to us and also most of the press had to stay well away from the
In all this trouble and chaos, there was great solidarity form many people and
places. Some other parties in Berlin that night were interrupeted and people
mobilised to defend Rigaer 94 and Kadterschmiede. Many small groups of people were
running around in the area causing trouble to the cops, smashing banks and starting
fires. The cops were also partly obstructing themselves: they argued about how to
carry out orders and tried to instruct each other on how to do their job – at least
something to laugh for the arrested people in the house. We assume that the cops had
planned and prepared this attack beforehand – they parked up in the side streets
before the party had even started and knew the architecture and rat runs of the
house very well – but from this point of view they acted rather stupid and could
have done a lot more damage to us.
In the midst of all this crazy shit it was amazing to experience all the solidarity
and support. Many thanks to the ones who took to the streets, who awaited us with
hot soup and warm words when we were realsed from the police station and had already
started fixing up the house when we returned. We call out to everyone to fight back
against repression and keep fighting capitalism!
For a self-determined life and free-spaces!
Defend Rigaer 94!