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Squat Seattle

The first major anti-WTO action created a HOME out of a vacant building. During the week hundreds of protesters and homeless folx worked together to make the autonomous zone breathe fire into the steel and glass leviathan of corporate Seattle.

It\’s the 5th day of occupation. 5 squatters are huddled by a window.

\”The fucking media\’s scapegoating this squat for all the shit that went on downtown. They think we\’re the headquarters of the entire Black Bloc, that we\’re coordinating the entire resistance out of this building. They could move on this place like they did MOVE and no one would blink an eye,\” says Tom.

Spyda agrees. \”The media\’s been setting us up for the last three days so when we go down they can say we were violent riffraff all along. They\’ve been given hours of lucid, articulate quotes about housing and social fucking justice and all they can talk about is anarchists from Eugene.\”…

…the first day of the occupation. It was evident that those involved understood the seriousness of the takeover. Within two hours the activists had installed a sink and a toilet, cooked hot meals for 90, reinforced barricades, conducted interviews with mainstream and independent media, and organized security and radio communications teams…

…Everyone in the building worked hard to meet the ultimate goals of the building\’s liberation: providing housing for the homeless! This objective directly bonded to criticisms of the WTO as a global machine fueled by the blood of the working class and the rape of natural resources for capital and consumerist growth…