At around 8am this morning, police and bailiffs numbering around eight, arrived and held a meeting in a nearby street for around half an hour, and disappeared again. All morning the people outside got support from passing cars and passengers on the buses. Loads of flyers were given out as well explaining the situation. A reporter from the local paper also came to cover the events.
The main demand from the people occupying the social centre is to be allowed to stay until 31st of March, finishing the advertised programme of events at the centre (see below), at which point they have said they will leave peacefully. They also say they want time to hold public meetings with the locals who have been using the building to find another venue to continue the project.
While it looks then like an eviction will not now take place today, nothing is certain. Many people think that any eviction would now require specialist bailiffs to remove people from the roof, cut others out of lock-ons and deal with the extensive barricade defences inside. However there is no sense of complacency at the social centre and supporters say they are determined to stay en masse to maintain the space.
Anyone wanting to get involved or offer support or help resist any eviction, just get in touch or pop down there for a visit:
93 Fortess Road, Kentish Town, NW5
Nearest tube: Kentish Town
Telephone: 020 7247 1373
For more info see:
Planned Events at Fortess Social Centre:
(until march 8th - nb more events to be confirmed)
Thurs 26th Feb 7.30pm
Presentation and discussion on the Italian Social Centres Movement and how we can learn from their experiences.
Sat 6th March 10am
Jumble Sale fundraiser
Sat 6th March 7.30pm
Anti-Copyright Cinema presents an anti-repression film night:
Film, talks and experiences of the struggle against state repression in Thessaloniki against the EU summit, and the anti-G8 summit in Evian / Geneva.
Followed by DJs
Sun 7th March 3pm
T-shirt printing with stencils and creativity.
Mon 8th March
International Women's Day event
4pm Cafe, kids space, films and discussion - open to all!
Every tuesday afternoon - Squatters Infoshop
Every Saturday 6pm - weekly meeting of Fortess Road Social Centre - all welcome!
Everyday from 2pm - Zapatista coffee bar