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Metelkova mesto is an internationally renowned autonomous cultural zone situated on the squatted site of former military barracks – the Slovene headquarters of the Yugoslav National Army. This public space which otherwise lay unused, and which the state now intends to clear, was occupied in September 1993 precisely in order to prevent its illegal demolition and to carry out various forms of autonomous creativity. Neither the City of Ljubljana nor the Slovene state have showed any interest in maintaining the status of the autonomous zone of Metelkova, and therefore the possibilities of the people involved in it, to further develop their creativity. Instead we have witnessed attempts by the city and the state to try and legalize Metelkova or attempting to supplant it with shopping centres and other commercial ventures. The hard, yet energetic, development of Metelkova in a contrary direction, was possible due to numerous groups and individuals who consistently fought to maintain the autonomy, new spaces, contents and cultures of Metelkova. The word squat has different meanings: Squatting is a term for inhabiting unused land without title, especially in a city. ... The Yugoslav Peoples Army (Jugoslavenska/Jugoslovenska narodna armija, JNA, Slovene Jugoslovanska ljudska armada, JLA) was the army of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia prior to its dissolution. ...   (IPA: ) is the capital and largest city in Slovenia. ...

For instance – Metelkova is one of the few places where different types of live music ranging from Free Jazz, Noise to Dub and Techno can be heard in peaceful coexistence. A number of artists have their studios at Metelkova. This also boasts one of the most open and creatively varied galleries for contemporary art not only in Slovenia but regionally, too. Metelkova is also one of the few places in Slovenia to offer migrants and asylum seekers, members of ethnic and other minorities, a possibility to openly socialize among themselves and with other people. For many years, Metelkova hosted the only fully fledged Women’s centre, and it is today still the only place in the country with community run clubs for handicapped youth, gay and lesbians. Many campaigns against racism, various forms of individual as well as social violence, have been planned and carried out at Metelkova. Free jazz is a movement of jazz music characterized by diminished dependence on formal constraints. ... NOiSE is a one volume manga created by Tsutomu Nihei as a prequel to his acclaimed ten-volume work, Blame!. It offers some rather sketchy information concerning the Megastructures origins and initial size, as well as the origins of Silicon life. ... Dub can refer to: dub music, a sub-genre of reggae music a mostly-instrumental remix, usually without lyrics but still with chorus The IATA airport code for Dublin Airport, Dublin, Republic of Ireland dubbing, the process of recording or replacing voices for a motion picture dubbing, also the process... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Metelkova has been a site of political abuse and one where the representatives of all the political parties have tried to maximize their popularity. In 1997, the then Mayor of Ljubljana and the current foreign minister, Dimitrij Rupel, had the so-called Old School demolished. In its place the Little School was built. As part of their academic studies, the walls of this building were painted with a mural by Tina Drčar and Bine Skrt, under the tutorship of Dr. Gabrijelčič and Dr. Gruev. The building itself was the result of a project carried out by the German artisan group Axt und Kelle, and was financed by the German embassy and the City of Ljubljana. In 2002, Vida Stanovnik - the then city coordinator for Metelkova in the cabinet of the Mayoress Vika Potočnik, reported the Small school as an illegal construction to the relevant authorities. Metelkova’s users, however, were never allowed to become subjects in the discussions that took place between the State Inspectorate and the City Council. Throughout these they were relegated to the role of being powerless witnesses who otherwise annually answered forms of state oppression with various festivals, and other instances of creativity and imagination. 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ...

In 2006, the Inspectorate for the Environment unsuccessfully tried to carry out the demolition of Metelkova, but was prevented each time by the physical yet non-violent intervention of people at Metelkova itself. On 2nd August, however, the Inspectorate nonetheless succeded in its intentions, and with the help of a large number of police who cordoned off the relevant site. Nonetheless, later in the same time, the various users of Metelkova decided to build a new school in place of the the old one. This will not be renamed the Small school. Rather, we want to show that we have politically as well as culturally grown and developed in all these years. Therefore instead of a “Small school” we shall build a “Primary school”. The autonomy that therefore crucially defines the creativity Metelkova continues regardless. 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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