As I wrote that blog, the people of Mount Zion had already suffered having their water and electricity disconnected in a drive by the city to push them out, and, those who had endured these brutal and inhumane conditions were facing an immediate eviction threat.
In his article 'Mount Zion: the city within' written Aug 2nd, Carlos Delclós described what happened next:
"On 24 July, a considerable police unit of 55 vans and 385 Spanish, Catalan and municipal police officers evicted the remaining hundred or so residents of Mount Zion. The eviction date had been announced some days before, and most of the inhabitants had already left to find shelter elsewhere. That won’t be difficult: according to an October 2012 census carried out by the City of Barcelona, Mount Zion was just one of 62 occupied factories housing hundreds of scrap-metal workers and others involved in the informal economy."
On August 7th I went back to Mount Zion, looking for former residents and wanting to see what had become of the place.
In the less formal environment of Barcelona the people of Mount Zion will have done the same. Somewhere out there a new community is building.
Mount Zion is dead. Long Live Mount Zion.
AZ Köln is dead. Long live AZ Köln.
My blog: http://www.furnessphotography.com/4/post/2013/07/on-the-road-mount-zion.html
Carlos Delclós has written two interesting pieces about this community and it's eviction by the city:
July 24: http://roarmag.org/2013/06/autonomy-in-barcelona-the-mount-zion-community/
Aug 2: http://www.opendemocracy.net/opensecurity/carlos-delcl%C3%B3s/mount-zion-city-within
To read more about the AZ:
My blog: http://www.furnessphotography.com/4/post/2013/08/on-the-road-az-kln.html
And there is some English news on the AZ Köln website: http://az-koeln.org/