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Denmark still has its own CHAZ from 1971 - Christiania, the breakaway anarchist commune
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Freetown Christiania, also known as Christiania, is an intentional community and commune of about 850 to 1,000 residents, covering 19 acres in the Danish capital city of Copenhagen.

Denmark is often listed among the happiest countries in the world, but back in 1971 there was enough discontent to inspire a group of hippies, junkies, oddballs and outcasts to set up a permanent squat in a former military complex in the country’s capital.

Over the years, the social experiment developed into a self-contained society that, though it rejected state control, lived in tolerable harmony with the rest of the city - Christiania has its own flag and currency.

Many Danes outside of the commune see the town as a successful social experiment, a place where entrepreneurs are as highly regarded and valued as the drug addicts who take refuge in the area because of the ongoing negotiations concerning the legality of substance abuse.

The commune today is partially self-governing, and its members pay taxes to the state, but it still applies own rules such as no cars, no stealing, no guns, no bullet-proof vests, no hard drugs. The stands on the famed Pusher Street, where until 2004 one could buy hash openly, are today gone, but cameras are still not allowed.

Still, at core an anarchist community, Christiania remains a place where drugs are freely sold and consumed without overt interference from the police — a weed-smoking Disneyland.

Image: https://www.contiki.com/six-two/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/1440-Christiania.jpg

Image: https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/9ace7fe3ae868d045a767778956c7d8f45bf0d0c/43_122_2893_1736/master/2893.jpg?width=620&quality=45&auto=format&fit=max&dpr=2&s=d9c98ab083877a5a578aaa813b87d199

Image: https://static01.nyt.com/images/2018/08/26/world/26Freetown1/merlin_141931104_98147bfa-d0e0-4d95-83ea-0aa9a4deab5e-superJumbo.jpg


Freetown Christiania (Wikipedia)

Paradise lost: does Copenhagen’s Christiania commune still have a future?


Darth_Vader
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re: Denmark still has its own CHAZ from 1971 - Christiania, the breakaway anarchist commune
We ain’t fricking Denmark. Time to shut this shite down.


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notsince98
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re: Denmark still has its own CHAZ from 1971 - Christiania, the breakaway anarchist commune
they don't have a clue what anarchy means. idiots.


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BeepNode
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re: Denmark still has its own CHAZ from 1971 - Christiania, the breakaway anarchist commune
There's a place like this already in California called the Slabs, except it's very remote, sparsely populated, and is in a desert.


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MorbidTheClown
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re: Denmark still has its own CHAZ from 1971 - Christiania, the breakaway anarchist commune
rules such as no cars, no stealing, no guns, no bullet-proof vests, no hard drugs.

and if someone breaks a rule?

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cameras are still not allowed.



How are we seeing pics?


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re: Denmark still has its own CHAZ from 1971 - Christiania, the breakaway anarchist commune
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Freetown Christiania, also known as Christiania


Also known as Freetown.


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Sasquatch Smash
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re: Denmark still has its own CHAZ from 1971 - Christiania, the breakaway anarchist commune
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at core an anarchist community


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its members pay taxes to the state


Hmm...interesting dichotomy there. I wonder what they get back from the state with those taxes.


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re: Denmark still has its own CHAZ from 1971 - Christiania, the breakaway anarchist commune
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How are we seeing pics?

The "no camera" policy is an innuendo that means "don't acquire evidence of us selling drugs."

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"Police are here three times a day. They turn up every morning between 9 a.m. to 11 a.m."

Dealers have established a sophisticated surveillance system to evade arrests. When positioned sentries put out a warning call, the pop-up marijuana and hashish stalls collapse and vanish before a single police boot steps onto Pusher Street.


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re: Denmark still has its own CHAZ from 1971 - Christiania, the breakaway anarchist commune
I’ve been there several times. It’s not really like CHAZ. But it may have started that way


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paperwasp
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re: Denmark still has its own CHAZ from 1971 - Christiania, the breakaway anarchist commune
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I wonder what they get back from the state with those taxes.
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Christiania is responsible for the payment of electricity, water, renovation, and chimney sweeping, as well as for contributing to waste collection, fire-fighting services and other expenses according to an agreement with the Danish defense ministry (which still owns the land) in 1995.


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DomincDecoco
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re: Denmark still has its own CHAZ from 1971 - Christiania, the breakaway anarchist commune
does that scaffolding have a permit?


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Jedi
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re: Denmark still has its own CHAZ from 1971 - Christiania, the breakaway anarchist commune
I am picturing Nordic corner boys yelling "Narcos, Narcos" in Danish when the Nordic Carver & Herc roll up in Scandinavian Hamsterdam.


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RogerTheShrubber
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re: Denmark still has its own CHAZ from 1971 - Christiania, the breakaway anarchist commune
I'm fine with these places if they're truly anarchist and not commie, and self sustaining.


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LegendInMyMind
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re: Denmark still has its own CHAZ from 1971 - Christiania, the breakaway anarchist commune
Did it have its founding and origins within an upper middleclass neighborhood in a major city?


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RogerTheShrubber
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re: Denmark still has its own CHAZ from 1971 - Christiania, the breakaway anarchist commune
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rules such as no cars, no stealing, no guns, no bullet-proof vests, no hard drugs. 


Then it's not free..


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Mufassa
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re: Denmark still has its own CHAZ from 1971 - Christiania, the breakaway anarchist commune
I’ve been there. It’s just a literal pile of trash and smelly hippies doing arts and crafts and feeding ducks


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re: Denmark still has its own CHAZ from 1971 - Christiania, the breakaway anarchist commune
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arts and crafts and feeding ducks

I like arts and crafts and I like feeding ducks. Don't care too much for the smelly hippies, though.


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wm72
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re: Denmark still has its own CHAZ from 1971 - Christiania, the breakaway anarchist commune
This one in Copenhagen is large and has some quite specific interactions with the local government but similar types of "communes" in ex-military buildings / spaces that were taken over by squatter are all over Europe.

They mainly have a few residents and a lot of "members" that use the spaces for art/gardens and various kinds of commerce. The main commerce though is usually concerts/shows.

I toured in bands in my younger days and a lot of rock shows in Europe are organized in these places.





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Vanilla Ice
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re: Denmark still has its own CHAZ from 1971 - Christiania, the breakaway anarchist commune
Been there with multiple other TD posters

PTE, sexecutioner, and more

The singer Lukas Graham is from there IIRC


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