Danish media reports a quiet night after several peaceful demonstrations yesterday in sympathy with the squatters.
Resident reactions are reported campaigning for the eviction of the Autonome movement from Nørrebro.
Posters put up all over the quarter reads:
"Forget your Fascist Ways and get out of your Self-induce Martyrdom"
Please note! That's what the residents are telling the young left-wings.
Who said polarizations? well... we shall see.
What we are sure to see, the havoc of the last few days will have moved quite a few voters from left/moderate to the popular right, I'm really
One slogan favored by Danish People's Party is "Law & Order" of course.
Another thing to get a little informed on is the object of these riots, the house commonly named the Youth House, "Ungdomshuset".
Its history alone should deem it worthy for preservation.
*Background of Cooperative Movements in Denmark*
The cooperative awareness came about very early by a string of schools set up in accordence with the idea's of
Originally with offset in a nationalist periodical "Danne-virke", started in 1816 by a young enthusiast from the rural clergerie, supplementing as
private mentor to young ladies of the landed gentry.
His name was Grundtvig
and is probably the single most influence in Denmark in all of the 19th
century and a good deal of 20th as well.
In his 90-year life he'd been a public figure since he was 20. Started out doing jail time for insulting the king, but soon became dandy of the
ruling classes as part of this seeking enlightenment thing up in the times. The Ancient world were rediscovered and new inspiration brought to arts,
and scholars became in.
however had a provocateur style, accepted only probably because of an endorsement from
some royal member.
By our term, if it was today, he would've gone to the bin ..bluntly speaking.
But the king himself was known to be a little to the side, having had a traumatic childhood with a mother expelled, and (despite his young age) being
part of coups with barbarian executions, and his father notoriously being insane.
volume of work is in writing, literally 1000s of work, still being cherished today,
such as the 100s of church hymns song ever day in Danish churches.
What he's especially known for, is for creating the concept of Folk High Schools.
The first school was erected in 1844.
It was in the time of the big bankruptcy Denmark faced in 1813 whereby it lost all of Norway and territories in Baltic and N Atlantic waters.
These schools were set up by people wanting to heighten education and let the rural emancipation go further than land issues, they wanted to liberate
Humanism, tho hardly a word yet, was their drive. You've lost everything, what you have left to give? Humanism if you are human.
From being a N European super naval power ranging Britain, during the Napolonic wars several times seiced and beaten by them at last, we were
overnight reduced to a nation of backward peasants.
Our remedy has always been to turn inward when it all gets too much.
Well, what you do then?
Reading books and study were about the only options.
A few discoveries and a revelation came out of that -- and the revelation was brought about by a discovery.
A national identity grew faster in Denmark than in most European states
due to the unearthing of the Icelanders' sagas
Iceland was one of the few possessions Denmark was allowed to keep after
the Congress of Vienna had made new order out of the mess after Napoleon.
Denmark was about the only ally he had.
Up until about the time of him the term 'Viking' had been unknown and no image or popular account existed on this later so popular age.
The worthless piece of rock with nothing but glaciers and geysers was still part of Danish reign, so scholars and artist sought it --for the first
time since the Vikings, literally-- they were seeking inspiration and relief, doing their studies as they dealt with a national trauma.
Among there findings were the hand-writings of the Icelanders' sagas
In the following years they were found and recorded, collected all over the island, generally well-preserved due to climatic conditions and the fact
they'd been recycled in clothing and coverings.
Believed to have been written down in the 13th and 14th centuries, about 40-50 sagas have been saved, and fragments still found.
The finding of these sagas and the mythology they told immediately gained a certain popularity that set off the national movements.
*(As a curiosity note on the Vikings, it wasn't before 1880's the words "Viking" and "Viking age" appeared on print)*
Not to get too far from the topic, this only said, as to get the background for 'Ungdomshuset'
-- a lot of communal buildings was erected with base in the co-operative thought. And still are.
All this only to tell, no matter what they did, these kids has some claim on a house, they can never get around that.
The problem they've created now is to estrange themselves from any possible neighbour.
A very good article can be found here
with a snippet about the
The four-storey Youth House was built in 1897 as a community theatre and centre for the nascent labour movement. Lenin went there
when Copenhagen hosted the 1910 Socialist International Congress. The city authorities allowed the building to be used as a youth centre
from the early 1980s, when it became a focal point for anticapitalist activism.
More about the history of the house (in Danish)
BTW in these minutes they've started demolishing a building where Lenin and Rosa Luxembourg have spoken.
Shame? SURE! Blasphemy if you ask me.
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