[hackerspaces] Hacklab and social center in Malmo raided

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FYI: http://www.indymedia.dk/articles/1387

!!!! please distribute widely

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 through the entrance and a backdoor, using crowbars. Shortly
thereafter  twenty  to  thirty  more  showed  up,  mostly  dressed  as
civilians and some of  them IT technicians from Länskriminalen (county
police), who are  suspected to be interested in  the hackerspace. They
stayed in the building for about six hours.

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. The
allegedly  illegal club  activity was  a punk  concert, with  about 40
guests at the time of the  raid. After the raid the cops evacuated the
building,  searched through  it and  confiscated a  lot of  stuff. The
police was indiscriminate  as to whose effects were  removed, taking a
lot  of  equipment  from  Forskningsavdelningen and  peoples  personal
computers, even though the hackerspace was unaffiliated with the group
arranging the concert downstairs.

At  the   time  of   the  raid  there   were  about  five   people  at
Forskningsavdelningen. All of us were searched and photographed. Those
who  criticized the  harrasment were  threatened  to be  taken to  the
station for “drug tests”. Overall the police seemed hostile.

What did they take? We have gone  through our stuff and made a list of
what is definitely missing, but since  the cops havent given us a list
of what they’ve taken we might have missed some stuff.

    * 3 laptops

    * 1 media computer, refurbished

    * 2 office computers, refurbished

    * 1 gaming computer, 6500 SEK

    * 1 digital camera, Canon Powershot

    * 1 external 2.5″ hard drive

    * 2 key cutters

    * lock-picking practice locks (cut-away)

    * 1 network router (Linksys WRT-54G)

    * 1 wlan dishes antenna

    * 1 pocket calculator (casio)

    * 5 bottles of rum (Bacardi)

    * blank keys, to a value of 200 SEK (not more?)

    * material for building metal lockpicks

    * metal files

    * 1 backpack

We need your support! We all  feel really offended by this and some of
the confiscated equipment is going to  be hard to replace. If you want
to help us there are some things you can do:

    * Publish an open letter of support and send us the link

    * We’re gonna need  to replace some equipment. If  you have any of
      the following  stuff and want to  donate it, please  bring it on
      tuesday or send us a mail.
      - any “modern” pc to use as an office computer, we’re gonna need
        a couple  of them  (we still have  two or three  monitors and,
        plz, no CRT’s
      - some kind of wifi router

    * Do  fun  stuff   with  us,  we’re  gonna  meet   on  tuesday  as
      always. Come and help us make  the place even better than it was
      before the raid and bring fun stuff to play with

    * It is  common in Sweden  that the police never  return computers
      once  they have  been  raided. If  they  give it  back, it  will
      usually at least  take some years, the computers  will be old by
      then. If you want to  support us finacially you can donate money
      to a swedish account or a  paypal one. All donated money will go
      to replacing the lost personal and collective hardware.

      Please donate Clearing#: 9159
      Account#: 109.068-9
      Bank: Skandiabanken

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