The Battle for Taringa

The right to the city is far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources: it is right to change ourselves by changing the city. It is moreover, a common rather than an individual right since this transformation inevitably depends upon the exercise of collective power to reshape the processes of urbanisation. The freedom to make and remake our cities and ourselves is, I want to argue, one of the most precious yet most neglected of our human rights. – Henri Lefebrvre

It may not seem like much but 30 or 40 people stopping a landlord evicting a tenant in Taringa may turn out to be something more than expected. On Friday 17 June 2022, police and government authorities have decided not to act on a warrant to evict renters in Taringa.

On the other hand evictions are going on throughout the country, landlords and avaricious owners cashing in on a housing market out of control with rents of over $700pw for humble suburban houses. One disabled woman was evicted from her house in Camp Hill saying she was “thrown in the street despite being severely disabled” and “told to just contact (the) legal centre … and I’ve been homeless since including me violently assaulted twice.

Just in from anti-eviction demonstration …

Renters union stop eviction
Action successful! David will be able to stay in his home tonight. We may need to mobilise again on Monday afternoon, but hopefully the Minister for Housing will come to her senses.

This morning we’re resisting the government’s attempt to evict a disability pensioner into homelessness (from government-owned public housing)…

For more info go to Renters Alliance facebook page. Here is the latest:

There is a photo of three people who locked on to David’s door to prevent police access including Jonno Sri, Greens Brisbane Councillor.

We are already seeing how elected Greens are willing to stand up for the community in a way that other mainstream pollies are not.

Another photo is of David speaking after his successful return from the Supreme Court.

We won the battle today but it is possible the police could try again at 3pm on Monday. They only have a small 3 hour window of opportunity to execute the warrant of termination until 6pm Monday. We will be protesting again from 2.30pm – 6pm Monday to stop the police – which will force the case back to QCAT.

This could turn sour and we may have another Battle for Bowen Hills on our hands? But then police were not so kind in Bjelke-Petersen’s Queensland, or are they? In 1972, 50-60 police raided a house in Bowen Hills, evicted the tenants, bashed some of them up and readied the suburb for a freeway that was never to be built …

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