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Cari amici,

purtroppo la situazione degli sfratti in Croazia sta precipitando.
Nonostante siano state raccolte più di 3.300 firme nell’ambito della campagna “Sfratti Zero”, il governo si rifiuta di intervenire; gli sgomberi violenti continuano come testimonia, a volte, persino la stampa (vedi sotto) e gli inquilini, ormai stufi di subire senza reagire, sembrano disposti a spingersi fino a compiere i gesti più estremi.

Ecco cosa scrivono:

26/03/06


Gentili signore e signori,

Coloro  che, nella Repubblica Croata e nel resto dell’Europa, hanno  il potere di fermare gli sgomberi forzati  in Croazia, lasciano che tale terribile situazione continui.  Sembra che ormai ci sia rimasto ben poco da sperare. Ci chiediamo, dunque, quanto tempo passerà prima di venire a sapere che qualcuno è stato ucciso mentre cercava di far valere quelli che sono i suoi fondamentali diritti umani e il suo status di inquilino ‘protetto’? Dal momento che nessuno è pronto a  tutelare nè loro nè  i loro diritti, la gente mormora già da un pezzo di voler ricorrere alle armi.
Come si può notare dall’articolo tradotto, il quotidiano 24 Sata dedica poche righe a tale problema e ciò è indicativo dello stato attuale delle cose in Croazia, ove gli sgomberi forzati sono ormai all’ordine del giorno e, dunque, non fanno più notizia.


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27/3/06

Gentili signori,

in riferimento allo sgombero forzato della signora Tatjana Lazanec dal suo appartamento di Zagabria in data 25 Marzo 2005.
Abbiamo raggiunto telefonicamente la signora Lazanec questa mattina e dalla conversazione telefonica è emerso che gli uomini che l’hanno fisicamente trascinata fuori dall’appartamento, insieme ai suoi effetti personali, NON appartengono ad alcun tipo di organizzazione, ma sono bensì ‘gorilla’ mercenari, appositamente ‘ingaggiati’ per l’occasione dai proprietari nominali dell’abitazione.
Adesso che anche altri proprietari sanno di poter agire indisturbati allo stesso modo, senza timore di interferenze da parte delle autorità e con il beneplacito della polizia, che resta in disparte a guardare, nessuno sarà più al sicuro.
Per quanto mi riguarda, quando sarà il turno del mio appartamento, sarò pronto a reagire, con una pistola a salve o con qualcosa di ben più pericoloso; non mi preoccupo delle conseguenze.
Almeno in carcere il diritto all’alloggio non te lo toglie nessuno!

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Non possiamo e non dobbiamo lasciarli soli!

Vi chiedo dunque di darci una mano adesso prima che scoppi un’altra sanguinosa guerra: la guerra degli sfratti.


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  • Sollecitare l’intervento di altre associazioni e istituzioni.

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Ciao e a presto

In solidarietà

Cesare Ottolini
Coordinatore Alleanza Internazionale degli Abitanti.

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CAMPAGNA SFRATTI ZERO

Che cosa significava nell’ex Jugoslavia poter vantare un diritto alla sicurezza abitativa? Significava essere detentori di un diritto di uso a vita e senza limiti di un appartamento, così come quello di prender parte alla sua gestione ed amministrazione. L’unica cosa che l’inquilino non poteva fare era vendere l'alloggio.

Nel 1996 il Parlamento croato ha approvato la legge sugli affitti che privava gli occupanti degli appartamenti privati di proprietà nominale, del diritto di beneficiarne a vita, diritto questo a carattere ereditario e in vigore dal 1945.

Questa legge sugli affitti ha dunque messo in pericolo il diritto umano fondamentale alla protezione della casa e della famiglia degli inquilini che, adesso, corrono un grave rischio di essere sfrattati.

Stiamo parlando di oltre 40.000 persone, i cui sfratti stanno aumentando progressivamente. Donne e uomini anziani vengono mandati in ospizi la cui retta viene pagata non dallo Stato ma dalla loro pensione.

Perciò l'Alleanza delle Associazioni degli Inquilini della Croazia  promuove la Campagna Sfratti Zero in Croazia,  Restituire il diritto alla sicurezza abitativa degli inquilini, assieme all'International Alliance of Inhabitants e a decine di organizzazioni sociali, sindacali, politiche e personalità.

Cosa possiamo fare? Moltissimo, come è dimostrato dalle altre Campagne Sfratti Zero. Queste funzionano perché si stabilisce un legame di solidarietà tra la mobilitazione locale e le decine di migliaia di persone che sostengono concretamente la battaglia, anche con una semplice firma.

>>> Perciò è indispensabile la solidarietà internazionale.

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Zagreb daily newspaper 24 SATA, 26 March2006

PROTECTED TENANT FORCIBLY EVICTED DESPITE POLICE WHO WERE ON THE SPOT FORBIDDING IT
Photograph: Tatjana Lazanec had lived in the apartment from which she was evicted for 30 years

Although a protected tenant living in a nominally privately owned apartment, Tatjana Lazanec (43) yesterday [Saturday, 25 March 2006] ended up on the street. Despite a police warning that they were not allowed to do so, owners of the disputed apartment in Kestercanekova Street threw her out. The court case which the owners of the apartment have initiated because of her status is still in process. Slavko Bandov and his wife Finka explained that they had sold the apartment in which they had lived, and that they have nowhere else to stay, so yesterday they engaged the services of the Bilic-Eric security company to forcibly evict the protected tenant. Ms Lazanec was able to do nothing other than watch men who were unknown to her packing up her belongings. In only a few hours she lost her home. She has said that she will be bringing a legal action against the security company, and will initiate offence procedures.”

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Zagreb daily newspaper Vecernji list, 23 March 2006

EVICTION: PROTECTED TENANT EVICTED FROM THE APARTMENT IN WHICH SHE HAD LIVED FOR 47 YEARS OUT ON THE STREET BECAUSE SHE DID NOT WANT TO SHARE HER HOME WITH A COMPANY
“She had no money for lawyers because she lives on only 1,800.oo HRK per month,” says the son of the evicted tenant.

Damir Luka Saftic - Journalist

A real-life drama was taking place yesterday in No. 23 Klaiceva Street. On the basis of a Court Order, and at the request of the owner of the whole apartment, a protected tenant was evicted from her half of the apartment. The 68-year-old pensioner had lived in that apartment since 1959. Yesterday, at 11 a.m., in the presence of the police, the officiating judge, two witnesses and the nominal owner of the apartment, quietly and with dignity, without resistance and totally bewildered, she left her only home. Her final agony lasted for five hour, agony during which, with the help of her son and a friend, she had to pack her belongings, her furniture, her whole life, and leave – to somewhere.

The fatal lock
“...What have I done to deserve this; what have I...” she kept repeating as she was leaving.
In 1948 her husband's parents were allocated half of the apartment. Since 1997 the Frangens have, as protected tenants, been paying rent to Darko Guštak, the nominal owner. Following the death of the people who lived in the other half of the apartment, also protected tenants, the nominal owner intended to turn the dwelling into company premises. Nada Frangen did not agree to that because that would have, she said, deprived her of her privacy. And so she changed the lock on the entrance door. The co-owners of the apartment sued her for unauthorized use of the apartment and served her with an eviction notice.

Appeal – too late
Seriously ill, Nada Frangen was unable to attend the court hearings, and she finally submitted her appeal, but too late. On February 8 the Municipal Court issued an eviction order.
“They initiated two court processes against her in order to evict her. The State played a dirty game because it did nothing to compensate her,” stated Mrs. Frangen's son, Julio.
He also told us that she had no money to pay for legal representation because she lives on a pension of only 1,800.oo* HRK per month.
Yesterday, Nada Frangen found temporary refuge with her sister but where she will end up, nobody knows.

Darko Guštak: I am going to sell the apartment
During the eviction process the owner of the apartment, Darko Guštak, refused to talk to Nada Frangen or her son.
“I have nothing to talk to them about, it is my apartment. She had the opportunity to prove things in court, but I saw her only once. I am going to either sell the apartment or rent it out at a going market price. It did not have to end like this; she could have paid me the rent, but a market rent [Op prev. i.e. rather than her legally protected rent],” said Darko Guštak, who owns another apartment in the same building.
· Translator’s note: 1,800.oo HRK (Croatian kunas) = approximately 170 pounds sterling.
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Daily newspaper Novi list, 23 February 23, 2006

Renewed announcement of eviction of a seriously ill invalid from a caretaker's apartment in Gunduliceva Street
EVICTION OF AN INVALID DIAGNOSED AS HAVING SUICIDAL TENDENCIES

Zagreb – Seriously ill Rajko Dejdar with 100% invalidity is again facing eviction from a caretaker's flat in Gunduliceva St., in total disregard of the previously submitted official correspondence from the Psychiatric Department of the KBC (Clinical Hospital Centre) Rebro expressing concern over the possibility of his taking his own life. Consequently, Dejdar is going to request that the Ministry of Justice investigate the legality of the entire procedure, at a time when information of the latest threat of eviction has been forwarded to the World Union of Tenants in Stockholm, which became interested in the case and which our newspaper covered, at the end of last year.
To make things quite clear, Dejdar has once again been bypassed as a party in the process following a request for disqualification of the judges in the Municipal Court involved in the case, which was made in November of last year due to the unauthorized removal of the subject documentation, when eviction was postponed at the last moment. The case in question involves the Ivan Gundulic elementary school which, together with and in the personal interests of private entrepreneur Novica Bogdanovic (an employee of the Ministry of Interior Affairs), who is at this point in time under suspension and investigation for alleged rape, is attempting to evict Dejdar through a judicial procedure from the caretaker's flat, despite the fact that this is the only home he has. In Zagreb Municipal Court they pointed out that the proposal for postponement of eviction could be made on Monday, February 27, only after the opinion of the competent Distraining Officer is received, although for now they have refused to comment on the details regarding the disputable eviction and events concerning the relevant documentation. However, the said documents again travelled through the judicial labyrinth. To wit, the eviction ruling could not have been served, either to Dejdar or to his lawyer Nevena Trumbic, to whom he has in the meantime withdrawn his authorization to represent him. According to available information, Nevena Trumbic visited the President of the Distraining Department, Mrs. Slavica Garac, on February 6th, during the consulting office hours for lawyers, insisting that he be told what was happening with the case file. Although Garac initially claimed that she knew nothing about it, one hour later she sent the case file in question to the Distraining Advisor, Markotic, who made the eviction ruling and urgently returned the file to Garac, but not to the Central Registry Office where a party to a case, or his/her attorney, would be able inspect the file every working day. Both Trumbic and Dejdar assured themselves of the absence of the case file from the Central Registry office on several occasions, which meant that they had had no opportunity to inspect the documents. It also has to be pointed out that Garac has office hours only on Mondays. The announced eviction is only one week away and is closely associated with the recently adopted law on caretakers' flats which, despite promises to the contrary, does not cover this category of apartments, that is to say, the rights of caretakers in institutions of education.

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