This afternoon we got a sms calling for urgent support as it was expected that bailiffs with specialised equipment and police would be arriving on site by 4pm. We set off to Wembley to show our support to one of the few examples of grass roots autonomous organising and resistance we've seen in London that escapes the usual (and expected) 'activist' scenes. As soon as we got there we realised that today's alleged eviction was yet another bluff in the 'threats and wait' game the bailiffs are playing. An earlier eviction had been set for yesterday afternoon, when around 50 local people turned up to show support. That one didn't materialise neither, and so now the protestors are expecting it at any time. They have therefore now taken permanent positions on the roofs of the building next to the sports grounds, with at least one protestor already locking on to the main mast. The protestor's claims that the sports grounds are a vital resource to the local community, was reinforced whilst we were there when a local football team turned up for their usual training.
The general feeling is that most probably the eviction will happen 'by surprise' in the early morning, and quite possibly tomorrow thursday morning, and so they maintain their call for urgent solidarity and for people to go up there and show their support.
See below some pics of the occupation today:
View of the roof occupation
Protestors on the roof's 'tent city'
Protestor ready to resist the eviction ...
... with part of the sports grounds up for privatisation below.
Wembley Tent City Occupation
Wembley Anti-Academy Tent City Occupation, Bridge Road, Wembley.
Wembley Park (Metropolitan Line)
Turn left up the hill, and then left again at The Torch pub.
302 from Mill Hill and Kensal Rise
297 from Willesden Garage
83 from Golders Green