A group of around thirty people came to support the squatters of a Toulouse pavilion on Thursday. The owner and a journalist were attacked.
In Toulouse, situations are tense around individual squatted houses. This Thursday afternoon, rue Bresdin, in the district of Bourrassol, about thirty people, masked and caps screwed on their heads, were determined not to let the occupants of Frédéric’s house dislodge. They knew from social media that owners’ supporters intended to make their voices heard.
A prompt reinforcement not frankly pacifist
“When we saw how they were, we did not come. We were afraid,” admits an anti-squat activist. In the garden, on the roof, but also in the house, the squatters had received prompt reinforcement, not really pacifist. Having found out what was happening on the spot, a journalist from La Dépêche du Midi introduced herself in order to start the dialogue and to understand the motivations of the squatters. She was refused admission, threats and orders to leave. The group sprinkled water on her and threw eggs in her direction.
Moments later the owner arrived. There too, no dialogue possible. “They have been occupying the house for ten days, says Frédéric. I was alerted by neighbors that strange things happened at home. I came.” A handful of squatters are on site that day. “I was able to parley with three or four girls while trying to get home calmly. They refused me access and handed me some of my father’s personal belongings in a box.”
“This is my family home, the one where I grew up”
While Frédéric tells his story, the throwing of balloons but also of eggs resumes, under threat. The owner is sprayed with green paint. In the garden of the pavilion, cries and laughter are heard. “Shut your mouth! Get off you dirty shit!” More sheltered, Frédéric resumes: “It is my family home, the one where I grew up. A judicial police officer came to note the occupation of the premises. I now hope that things will move forward. I am psychologically exhausted. “
This new squatted house affair echoes that of Roland, last February north of Toulouse, but also, more recently, that of Georges, near the Izards district. The winter truce no longer exists and eviction procedures can be very long unless the prefecture decides to order an accelerated procedure. This Thursday, two complaints were filed for “violence with the use or threat of a weapon and violence committed in a meeting”.