Declaration of independence free state swomp 4


We the swompers (the occupiers and users of this lot) hereby declare our independence. In this autonomous anarchist free state where we live in a way corresponds with our conscience and responsibility in respect to others and this earth. We will not cooperate with further destruction of the earth and realize that we must create a sustainable future in a self-sufficient manner. A future that will keep on supporting life in the neighborhood and on the earth

We resist against the powers of the government and those of capitalism. Like the cut price selling of social housing, building of car parks and the general yuppiefication of the Pijp. Or on the bigger scale the building of coal power plants, addiction to oil, and the capitalist destruction of (including the people of) the global south.

We reject the governments smokescreen of “speak ins”, objection procedures and participation occasions. That seldom lead to more decision making power of the people of the neighborhood, district or surroundings, but rather to exhaustion and frustration. More strongly we do not recognize the government and its monopoly on violence and oppression. They who, with it’s hierarchy, want to stand  above the people, and create inequality in society. Which paves the way to take away peoples freedom.

We believe in a way of life where everyone contributes what they can and take what they need. We believe in D.I.Y (do it yourself), and we take our lives and this ground into our own hands. We wont wait until the government, and or companies choose our faiths for us and decide what to to with this lot, or with a sustainable future.

We will not wait for governments and corporations so called “green initiatives”, but instead we ourselves have started a sustainable and environmentally friendly way of life. We make our stand on greening our lives and surroundings. So as to free ourselves from industry and capitalism, and for self-governing. This is our own temporary autonomous zone in which we live exactly as we would wish, and not according to the standards which are pressed and imposed on us from above.

We grow our own vegetables and try design our lot along permaculture principles with care for the earth, we strive to be self-sufficient. If we buy food, it will be local and organic products. We explicitly reject racism, sexism, homophobia, and all forms of discrimination as they stand in the way of peoples freedom.

We respect the lives of animals and therefore eat no meat or fish, boycott the animal industry, and refuse and question all forms of hierarchy.




  1. Izmar said,

    April 17, 2009 at 9:48 pm


    1 van de mensen van de tuin in Den Haag hier.
    Prachtige en krachtige tekst onder ‘t kopje “Declaration of independence”! Verder ook goeie site. Hier is m’n eigen site met de muziek die ik maak en ook wat schrijfsels over etnobotanica:


  2. gaia punk said,

    July 25, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Great declaration! That was very well written.

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  4. Domalokar said,

    October 16, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Hello, it really interesting, thanks

  5. November 7, 2009 at 10:55 pm

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  6. Sean said,

    November 8, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    I love what you are doing, but you are squatters. Everyone must realize that not doing things right and legal is hurting our cause.

  7. swompenglish said,

    November 8, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    And hello to you sean,

    how are you? and who are you, maybe yo couls tell us bit about your background (nothing too private) and why you think this.

    how are we hurting “your” cause?
    how are we not doing things right?
    how are we doing things not legal? (squatting is allowed in the netherlands, as long as the owner hasnt used it for over a year)


    • newgreensby said,

      December 7, 2009 at 6:55 pm

      Hello swampenglish, how are you?

      I’m writing because I am very interested in what you are all doing- I would really like more information about how I can contribute in my own community and maybe even join a permaculture community- however, I’m a NEWbie at all this- I’ve been brought up in the corrupt degenerating system and really have little to no education about how to actually, literally, LIVE this way- I want to, my friends want to, can u help us?

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