Update 05-03-2005 !!! The Hang is No More !!!
We very unexpectedly lost the second court case. Oh well.
We had a blast and there will be more projects/squats. We'll keep you posted.
Everything below is just kept online for historic reasons
Hang is a large squat (about 500 square meters) right in the commercial
center of Rotterdam. It
is located 2 minutes walking from the Blaak marketplace. Hang 4. is the
address (there sometimes seems to be confusion about this).
was squatted on 08-02-2004 by the KSU with the help of many people for
some students. The
squatting was very tough since the police was very difficult and had
to be talked out of eviction. Luckily it worked out, albeit just. Once
again knowledge, preparation, dedication and not giving in made all the
students and their friends had many plans for the place. After some
time however it became very likely there would be a court case. The
pressure of having to work on their graduation/thesis combined with the
pressure of having to face a legal proceeding made them decide to
leave. They had no experience with legal issues nor the time and means
needed in order to stand much of a chance in court.
A member of the KSU heard
about all this. It seemed like a logical and understandable decision
but a waste to give up the squat without a fight. The KSU person then
decided to resquat (19-04-2004) the place right after the students
left. This way he could go to court and hopefully help out
people with the space.
A lot of people helped with both the initial and second squatting.
The court case took place
06-05-2004 and the squatters won!
The victory was due to
-a lot of effort by many people-, a good lawyer, a capable
and of course some luck. People are now living, working and basically
a really good time in the Hang and we all hope this will continue for a
At present the Hang and the owner are engaged in a so called 'bodemprocedure' this legal proceeding takes (much) longer than the previous one. In the event that we should lose, it is very likely that we will have to find a new squat in January 2005, not sooner! It could take longer and we -with the help of our lawyer- are also trying to do everything we can to win.
you enter the Hang the first thing you see is a paper with the
No Hard Drugs or Liquor (Vodka, Whiskey etc.)
No Racist, Sexist, Homophobic behavior, symbols or talk.
No Physical or Verbal aggression
If you don't agree with this, don't come in !!!
As soon as the place had
been resquatted lots of projects started of in the Hang. At present
some of these are:
Eetcafe -Cheap vegan food, open every Tuesday
from 17:00 to 22:00. The
food is usually done at 19:00 and is served until it runs out.
It costs about E 2.50 for a simple meal.
Juice and Coke is very cheap. The eetcafe ALWAYS needs people
to volunteer (cooking/cleaning).
can buy books, fanzines, buttons, patches etc. The topics
but include Anarchism, Squatting, Ecology, Activism,
Philosophy and Veganism. The store is only open when the
'Hangry' is open.
-This is a corner where money is worth nothing, all the items in this
corner are given away/are free for anyone who need them. Here
you are both customer and store owner since the weggeefwinkel
store can only exist if people take and bring items...
Semi-Permanent -The Rotterdam artists Richard and Rafael have art up.
Expo More to come soon