Squatters take over TA building, until police arrive

August 26, 2011 19:07


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For the second time in less than a week, activists took over an abandoned building in Tel Aviv on Friday, protesting what they say is the municipality's failure to utilize such properties.

The building in question was at 28 Bialik a few doors down from the old Tel Aviv City Hall and the former home of poet Nahman Bialik. Like in last week's one-day takeover of a 3,000 sq. meter building on Dov Hoz Street, activists referred to the building as "The People's House". Two of the building's three floor's remain abandoned, while the third floor houses an office and the back half of the building is currently being used by Tel Aviv's "Yiddishspeil" Yiddish theater.

According to a pamphlet released by the group, "for the past 25 years two floors of this building have stood empty and neglected. The City Hall, which does not want to carry out the expensive renovations, is not doing anything in order make it available for residential or communal use."

Police arrived and began work to seal off the building, leaving the future of "the People's House" on Bialik in doubt.

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