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Squat Manual From Barcelona (in English)

1. Introduction
- Information about the Oficina per l´Okupació, Assemblea d´okupes and squatting in BCN.
- What is squatting.

2. The politics of squatting
- Autonomy or housing rights.
- Friends and enemies.
- Solidarity.

3. Looking for a house
- Finding out who the owner is and how to look for abandoned houses.
- Investigating Permits for the house.

4. Preparing your squatting action
- Practical things about the building.
- Tools, materials, essentials.
- What NOT to bring.
- About Locks and bolts.
- Neighborhood informational pamphlet.
- You can’t do it alone.
- How to break a rounded cylinder lock.

5. Squatting Action
- The actual squatting.
- Silent action.
- Public action.
- Note to neighbors.

6. Your rights in the building
-“Morador” legal occupant.
- Identify or not?.
-The first days.
- Matones illegal eviction.

7. Your rights and the police
- Police illegal eviction.
- If you are arrested.
- People “with papers”.
- People “without papers”.

8. Legal Process
- Administrative, civil and penal processes.
- Administrative process.
- Civil process.
- Getting a state appointed free lawyer.
- Civil case strategy.
- Penal process.
- Penal case strategy.
- Evictions.

9. Deals with the owner
- While squatting.
- Before an eviction.
- Don’t take money or make deals.

10. Appendices:
- Your rights being identified during squatting.
- Your rights being arrested during squatting.
- Advice about testifying in front of a judge.
- Legal notice against cops and matones.
-  List of useful addresses.
- Note to neighbors.
- Check list. Examples of a letter to your neighbors in català and castellano

About author
We are just like you, citizens of the world fed up with the critical situation and we believe a real change can be achieved through the coordination of non violent actions and self-managed alternatives around the world. There must be a better way of dealing with the survival and enjoyment of our life, we believe in consensus and in non-hierarchical organization. We believe that another world is possible, where nobody has to die of hunger while others throw food away. We don’t have flags and we fight the borders crossing them. We try to be in the best place at the good moment, from Brussels to Lisbon, from Madrid to Athens, reporting but also acting. We come from activist groups, hacking platforms or post capitalist projects and we participated a lot in the Spanish revolution since the beginning. We leave our respective assemblies for this international project of global coordination but we keep in touch, sending back information and visiting regularly. We are open to integrate new people to our project or to help the creation of new teams. More information about our way to work in the protocol.
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  1. Denying the poor/disabled/disenfranchised housing when there are thousands of vacant buildings and homes here in the USA is immoral. There is NO excuse for seeing a disabled person sleeping under a bridge or sitting with a cup asking for help, or a child, or a family, or a veteran, or a citizen…We lost our home and I’m loathe to buy another one and feed the monster. The banks own so many houses and they are controlling the rate that they foreclose and put houses on the market. Why? Because without shelter we are beholden to them, it’s control. They can continue to bleed us more and more and control the prices.

    • sorry, but the reason the banks are only releasing a few properties at a time is to avoid a glut of housing that can’t be sold. Those that bought houses they could not afford should be held accountable. No bank has ever reached out and told a citizen they have to buy a house. Let’s hold people responsible for their mistakes.

  2. a copy of the barcelona squatmanual in PDF form can be downloaded for free at

    feel free to copy and spread!

    a lot of information and manuals on squatting in different countries can be found on

    squat (occupy) the world!

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