“Squatting is also an intervention in urban development and renewal, i.e. urban and housing politics and spatial adjustment, which is reinterpreted and shifted. Squatting often involves attempts to practice non-hierarchical and participatory organizational models. Squatted social centers offer an alternative mode of activities such as critical and radical political meetings and counter-cultural events outside of, and in antagonism with, commercial circuits. Social center activists and squatters are thus often engaged in broader protest campaigns and social movements, fighting against precariousness, urban speculation, racism, neo-fascism, state repression, militarization, war, locally unwanted land use, privatization of education/university reforms.”
Miguel Martínez, Gianni Piazza and Hans Pruijt - 'Introduction'
to ‘Squatting in Europe: Radical Spaces, Urban Stuggles’ by Squatting Europe Kollective