"There is tenderness only in the coarsest demand: that no-one shall go hungry any more" – Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia (1974: 156)
Yesterday I sadly received an email from one of the squatters in the Jeudi Noir squat (La Marquise) on the Rue de Birague explaining that they had been evicted early Saturday morning. Attempts to come to some form of mediated compromise were rejected by the owner of the property and, as a consequence, the Paris Court of Appeals issued a notice for “expulsion sans délais” on the 22nd of October (further background details are set out in an earlier post).
I had been planning to take a group of my third-year students to visit the squat as part of a field trip to Paris next week. Rights to the city, urban protest cultures, and new forms of precarity are central themes to the trip and the forcible eviction of the squatters have once again brought these themes into sharp relief. I hope to post a longer commentary on the eviction once I return from Paris.
An excellent photo-essay of the squat with interviews has been posted here (scroll down the page).