Greece is facing an acute housing crisis, part of broader socio-economic crisis of the last four years. Under the memorandum and austerity politics, imposed by the Troika and the Greek governments, the right to housing and the right to the city are severely violated. Due to the rapid impoverishment of the majority of the population and the rising unemployment, an increasing number of people are forced to live in precarious and inadequate housing; even on the streets.
The gradual liberation of auctions of primary housing and small property (suspended until December 2013), the excessive increase on property taxation (irrespective of income or ability to pay), the abolition of the Workers’ Housing Organisation (2012) as well as the broader cuts in welfare provision and benefits are only some of the governments’ measures that jeopardize the right to housing while destroying peoples’ lives.
Against this “crisis regime” an open assembly is organised on Saturday 19th October 2013 inviting social groups, organisations, associations, local assemblies and movements, local residents and interested individuals to share their experiences and views on the expanding housing crisis and to deliberate on common demands and actions in order to (re)claim and safeguard the right to housing and the right to the city for all.
more information (in greek): http://encounterathens.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/19october2013/