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Hafenstrasse

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The Hafenstrasse is a former squat in St. Pauli, a district of Hamburg, Germany. The initial squat was started in 1981 by people squatting empty flats in houses in the streets St.Pauli-Hafenstrasse and Bernhard-Nocht-Strasse. Today, Hafenstrasse consists of 12 houses owned by a cooperative administered by the residents.

History

Although referred to as a squat, during its history various contracts existed between the occupants and the buildings' former owner, the City of Hamburg.

Between the initial occupation of the squat and 1992 there were often riots and militant conflicts between the squatters and police forces or groups of fascists mixed with hooligans.

To the squatter movement of the 1980s Hafenstrasse was a focal point for various social conflicts. Solidarity with these issues led to growing conflict with the state. Meetings were held at the end of the years 1984 to 1990, where up to 5000 people participated. Discussions covered topics such as squatting, anti-NATO politics, anti-nuclear politics, the question of political prisoners and international solidarity.

In 1987, after the first contract run out, barricades were built up to save the squat. A pirate radio station, "Radio Hafenstrasse", was set up a month before to provide information on the situation. After 8 days of barricades, a new contract was negotiated between the squatters, their supporters and the City of Hamburg.

In 1990 a campaign was started against Hafenstrasse, stating that supporters of the Red Army Faction were living there. A raid using 1000 police was initiated by the "Bundesanwaltschaft", the German General State Prosecutor, but no real evidence was found to support the allegations.

After the final contract expired the houses were sold to a cooperative to diffuse the potential for conflict between the residents and the state.

References

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