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intedinmamma (1689366) writes "At 20.45 on Saturday the 28th of November the police raided the social centre Utkanten in Malmö, where the hackerspace Forskningsavdelningen is housed. Twenty officers in full riot gear and ski masks broke into the space, using crowbars. The official reason for the raid was to do a “pub check” because of the suspicion that there was illegal selling of alcohol going on at a punk concert. After the raid the cops confiscated a lot of stuff, being indiscriminate as to whose effects were removed. A lot of equipment from Forskningsavdelningen were taken, and also some personal belongings, even though the hackerspace was unaffiliated with the group arranging the concert downstairs." Link to Original Source
I think actually hackerspaces are more important because it brings prople in toa social context (like real life) which encourages people to participate in new ways. Also I think In major cities the municipality should promote these kinds of activities with supported rents, or free housing etc.
lekernel (1279600) writes "The newly opened Abbenay Hackspace in Stockholm has released a call for support in their struggle to keep their space. It was an empty office building until squatters moved in. The discussions with officials have stalled completely and the squatters live under the constant threat of police raids. Abbenay Hackspace is asking people to contact the landlord, and explain why creative spaces such as hackerspaces are important to them. Is there room for hackerspaces in major cities? Or is squatting the only viable strategy for hackerspaces in expensive areas?" Link to Original Source
If you are guilty you can start a fund raising so that you fellow slashdotters and nerds of the net can help you out. Get public about the lawsuit and write a book get famous. Become the david versus goliath!