12.18.2006

Danish Youth Defend Ungdomshuset











About 300 protestors were arrested Saturday defending their youth center, Ungdomshuset (the Youth House) as Danish squatters clashed with police.

"The conflict over the youth center has been brewing since 2000 when local government sold the building that houses the center. Left-wing activist have been using the center as a base since 1982."
From the Ungdomshuset website, where they list their approach to direct democracy and leaderless leadership,

"Volunteer activists do everything being done in Ungdomshuset, from every wall painted to every meal cooked and every beverage sold at shows. It can be hard work, but is a necessary part of creating an equal community."

"We do not have a management and we do not have a leader. Our highest instance is our weekly general meeting at Mondays at 7 p.m. Here we coordinate our work and discuss issues regarding Ungdomshuset. We make all decision processes as decentralized as possible. Every group in the house make decisions by themselves, but all matters can be brought to the Monday meeting. We never make decisions by voting but by finding solutions suiting everyone. Some will claim that our way will never work, but we have been functioning this way since 1982."
[Reuters]
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[Ungdomshuset]

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