Barcelona’s Can Vies social center saved
How Solidarity & Mutual Aid Saved Barcelona’s Can Vies Squat from Eviction & Destruction
The Can Vies social centre in Barcelona made headlines around the world when its eviction led to five consecutive nights of rioting in late May 2014. But the social center has a longer history than this.
Can Vies, originally built in 1879 to stock construction materials for the city’s subway, became the headquarters of the anarcho-syndicalist CNT transport union during the 1930s Spanish Revolution. Following Franco’s victory in 1939, the building became the center for a fascist, hierarchal labor union.
May 12, 2017