Up to 200 squatters and supporters followed a call for an unauthorised demonstration in the city centre from Manchester's No Borders group. Accompanied by a samba band (Rhythms of Resistance) and two soundsystems mounted on bike trailers. "With the cops not bothering to show up, we marched undisturbed from Victoria Station into the Northern Quarter, along Market Street and Kings Street , through Spinningfields into Castlefields."
The lead banner read FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT FOR ALL - DEFEND AUTONOMOUS SPACES. Hundreds of copies of the Mesho were given out to passers by. The Mesho was a squat themed spoof news paper was also distributed in other participating cities.
The aim of the widespread action was is to develop interconnections and solidarity between autonomous spaces and help create more visibility for them as a political movement. In the UK the scale of the actions were extensive. Fuller coverage is here.
Also on the subject of immigration and fighting gentrification Check this upcoming event.
Movement for Justice in El Barrio is a grass roots organisation of immigrant communities fighting against gentrification in El Barrio (East Harlem) 7.30 pm Thursday 8th May 2008 at the Town Hall Tavern, Manchester - more info
"I tried to help someone up who was on the floor, he was at the feet of a policeman with a dog snapping right at him, and was holding his leg and screaming. I went to help him out of the way of the dog and got hit from behind by a truncheon in the side of the knee and back of my leg 4 times before I could get out of reach." Alex - would be party goer.
Last weekend about two thousand party goers were attacked by police whilst attempting to attend a free party in the Manchester area. The A57 was closed for about 2 hrs when police forced party goers out of a warehouse and on to the streets. According to one first hand report the rave was already filling up by around 11pm, nearly half an hour before the police arrived, and the premises were protected under section 6 "squatters rights" due to it being the permanent residence of a small number of people.
The police upon entry ignored this warning and proceeded to use extreme force on people who were showing no resistance and breaking no laws. This behaviour was carried out under supervision and instruction of the attending Detective Inspector. Several accounts confirm that people were beaten with police batons, bitten by Dog units for not moving fast enough and/or were thrown around by the police.
Outside the venue a large crowd of about 800 people had gathered outside in anticipation of the rave. It response the police saw necessary to form a line complete with riot units, and rush the crowd with both dogs and batons.
On Friday 26th a protest was held at Manchester Magistrates court to support a raver charged with affray. (see video below)Read more >>
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Residents of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire have opened a temporary "Pitt Street Social Centre", offering tea, cake, videos, workshops, a Free Shop, and a chance for residents to discuss how to stop council sell-offs and the "gentrification" of the former mill-town.
When the Pitt St building became the most recent of public buildings to be put on the market, frustrated locals asked Calderdale Council for time to put forward an alternative plan to keep it as a community resource. However, in their rush to make a quick buck, the Council steam-rollered opposition, and went ahead with the sale.
"Where has the money gone and who are the new owners? We’ve been asking questions but no-one seems willing to tell us anything. How dare our representatives continue to completely ignore our needs and views? It’s just more council corruption." said Katrina, a local involved in the occupation.
This is the second occupation of a public building that has been sold off by the council, in the last year. For five days in April 2004, hundreds of local people were involved in the occupation of the old Hebden Bridge Tourist Information Centre, turning it into the People’s Information Centre. And residents are well aware that other buildings are in line for possible sell-off, including the library and the council offices.Read more >>
Local residents who took over a former Council building in West Yorkshire for five days over Easter have declared the occupation a resounding success. The residents occupied the former Tourist Information Centre in the Pennine town of Hebden Bridge.
The building has been handed to a developer to convert into apartment flats and a restaurant, rumoured to be part of the Harry Ramsden chain. The occupiers said they wanted to highlight the threat the former textile community is under from unsustainable development and soaring house prices. They opened a Free Shop, called "Freesources", offering tea, food, clothes, books and toys for free, stating "we believe that without profit, there is plenty for all." They also gave out "tourist information" such as "don't fly anywhere – it's destroying the planet! Take the train instead."
The locals opened the building to the public on the morning of Thursday April 8. Jim Brown, the centre's new owner, well-known in Hebden for turning a series of buildings into upmarket apartments, attempted to have them removed by the police. However the police acknowledged that the locals were legally "squatting" the building, and Brown's representatives left amicably after boarding up a window. "This conveniently supplied us with a dark room to show films during the daytime!" said an occupier.Read more >>
The Gathering provides a much-needed space for all those involved in direct action in Britain, Europe and the rest of the world - and for all those who want to be involved in direct action - to meet and talk about what’s been going on and what we’re going to do next.
Ten years on from the first EF! Gathering, some are questioning the usefulness of the Earth First! network which is seen by some as a social club and as not expressing many peoples politics. Many people are saying change is needed.
In response to recent years' events, the content, workshops and discussions of this year's Gathering have been organised so that everything is up for discussion.
For constant updates on venue, events, directions and appeals, see the Summer Gathering websiteRead more >>
Bicycle Social Centre Manchester
24-12-2010 09:49 | 2 comments
OKASIONAL CAFE is back in Manchester!
08-12-2010 12:33 | 1 comment
Reimagine the University -24th-26th November - Leeds
20-11-2010 11:04 | 9 comments
Reimagine the University - 24/11-26/11 - Leeds
Manchester Uni Occupation
11-11-2010 14:01 | 2 additions | 6 comments
A call out from Amsterdam
2nd Leeds Queer Film Fest, September 22-27th
J B Spray Squat, Court Hearing Mon. Aug 2nd, CALL FOR RESISTANCE TO EVICTION!
01-08-2010 11:42 | 1 comment
Lewes Road community garden demo (Fri July 9)
Lewes Road Community Garden V Tesco
01-07-2010 00:37 | 6 comments
Switzerland: Short film on Zurich's Autonomous School
The Logic of Occupation: demand nothing, occupy everything!
Know Your Airport! Biodiversity Walk - Sun 9th May
DIY Aye! Radical Festival - This weekend in Newcastle
Liverpool Social Centre don't think that the BNP matter
19-04-2010 01:17 | 15 comments
Social Centres in a Time of Crisis
“Knife arch” for Piccadilly Gardens
21-02-2010 17:32 | 3 comments
The Really Open University: Strike / Occupy / Transform!
18-02-2010 11:10 | 4 comments
Resisting the cuts at Leeds University. Strike, Occupy, Transform!
Earth First! Winter Moot location announced, 6pm Fri 5th - Sun 7th Feb 2010
01-02-2010 11:59 | 3 comments
Dissident Island Radio - back in your earholes tonight
Ride Bikes, Have fun, Support MCDAS, Give kids presents...awesome.
Skelmersdale council tenants fight for their houses
29-11-2009 18:23 | 1 comment
MMU campus plans set to be delayed
squatting in Manchester! new social centre
20-11-2009 23:53 | 8 comments
Sabotage and digger-diving – work stopped twice in two days at Mainshill Wood
10-10-2009 23:06 | 1 comment
Mainshill Solidarity Camp needs you! Clear-felling and drilling ongoing
02-10-2009 23:11 | 1 comment
Stop the Rot
The Madness of CityCo
Dissident Island Radio - latest show ready for download!
Newcastle's 2 Day Radical DIY Festival starts tomorrow!
Radical DIY Mini-Fest in Newcastle
06-05-2009 14:37 | 1 comment
G20 Part II - Dissident Island Radio
Public Investment for Private Profit?
26-03-2009 18:17 | 1 comment
Occupation of Manchester Metropolitan University in solidarity with Gaza
22-01-2009 16:38 | 2 additions | 3 comments
Illegal IPO Served in Manchester
05-01-2009 21:31 | 1 addition | 7 comments
report (and find) your local empty homes
25-11-2008 10:39 | 3 comments
A film for Anti-McDonalds day
Free Software Community Project needs Hardware
15-10-2008 09:34 | 2 comments
Basement Social Centre Update
09-10-2008 15:50 | 1 comment
I Bike MCR Mini Festival.
Critical Mass September
26-09-2008 11:58 | 4 comments
Manchester Pride Launch Interrupted by Protesters
16-08-2008 01:12 | 2 additions | 4 comments
Leave it in the ground banner dropped above roadway
04-08-2008 22:33 | 1 addition
Climate change protestors occupy Derbyshire open cast site
18-06-2008 04:59 | 1 comment
Garden City Social - Saturday, June 28, 2008
Reclaim Hulme Park - every Friday - Manchester
09-06-2008 00:09 | 1 comment
Free Food and Guerrilla Gardening!
03-06-2008 12:12 | 2 comments
Space Invaded, and Evicted? - Squat manchester a summary
No Borders demo and mass action
17-04-2008 18:30 | 6 comments
Demonstration of squatters turns into mass occupation
15-04-2008 15:53 | 1 comment
A tale of 4 squats in Manchester
14-04-2008 20:00 | 1 comment
Manchester Space Invaders...Landing Tonight!
This Saturday: Demo / Street Party for Autonomous Spaces, Manchester
Dissident Island Radio - Mixed bag on tonight
Autonomous action/Space Invaders Line Up
21-03-2008 10:59 | 1 comment
Demo Callout: April 12th Manchester: Freedom of Movement and Autonomous Spaces
18-03-2008 14:41 | 1 comment
I Bike MCR Fest 2008 Starts This Month
Manchester Space Invaders.....Taking Over the City
Lancaster 'First' Carnival Of Culture 2008
04-03-2008 12:25 | 1 comment
Manchester Crtitical Mass and After Party This Friday
Manchester Space Invaders Landing April
26-02-2008 12:10 | 1 comment
Decentralised Day of Action for Squats and Autonomous Spaces
the return of the basement - meeting 4th february
29-01-2008 17:16 | 8 comments
North West Vegan Festival - a reminder
North West Vegan Festival - all welcome
02-12-2007 15:11 | 3 comments
International Campaign for Release of the Cuban Five Intensifies
27-11-2007 23:28 | 2 comments
photos of Critical Mass ride to TAA squat
Lancaster anti-supermarket protest camp
08-10-2007 17:44 | 7 comments
Manchester Temporary Autonomous Arts Exhibition
C.U.T.S ( Communal Use Textile Studio), Liverpool.
Perverse Preston Development Direction
07-09-2007 23:41 | 1 comment
Wanted! - Queer Activist Street / Graffiti Artists
Rock Around the Monument! Cuba solidarity report on Tyneside, police harrassment
30-07-2007 01:28 | 28 comments
"Rejuvenation" and the theft of Public Spaces
28-07-2007 12:35 | 2 comments
Save the autonmous centre of edinburgh - updated objection address!
Save the autonmous centre of edinburgh - updated objection address!
A.C.E under threat
manchester bike stuff this weekend
27-06-2007 09:50 | 3 comments
Urgent Basement Workday Tomorrow
Peel Holdings Vs Democracy
12-05-2007 10:53 | 6 comments
This struggle is not over, it has just begun...
10-05-2007 20:25 | 1 comment
mcr bicycle polo team practise and rematch vs oxford
08-05-2007 19:41 | 1 comment
The Basement Fire / Flood Update. WE NEED YOU!
Critical Mass this Friday!!!
Benny Rothman's Twyford Down Mass Trespass recollections
21-04-2007 16:46 | 1 comment
The Kinder Mass Trespass & Labour's Greenwash
21-04-2007 16:42 | 1 comment
New video: CSOMilano 0.1
18-04-2007 18:20 | 1 comment
Cafe Politique at the CommonPlace Thursday 12 April
River Barrages are an Expensive Burden on Nature and Communities
Street Event: Free the Cuban Five!
04-04-2007 22:34 | 3 comments
Preston Vision Board - Private Developers Marketing Subsidised With Public Money
25-03-2007 16:52 | 1 comment
Manchester Bicycle Exhibition
Occupation at Lancaster Uni
12-03-2007 23:47 | 1 comment
150 at demo against repression and police brutality
04-02-2007 22:29 | 2 comments
Video of Protest at Manchester magistrates court over Police Rave Riot
27-01-2007 03:47 | 2 additions | 2 comments
SchNEWS 573 with Social Centre Spoof
27-01-2007 00:15 | 2 comments
Aesthetics and Radical Politics conference - Manchester - 3rd Feb
21-01-2007 22:50 | 1 comment
21-01-2007 09:50 | 1 addition | 19 comments
mancunian soundwalk tomorrow
Epiphany Derive Tomorrow in Manchester
Critical mass this Friday 29th Dec
27-12-2006 16:29 | 1 comment
'Consultation' Preston City Council Style
Garden City Social...Sat 2nd December
Lost and Found Social Centre Last few days!
25-10-2006 12:59 | 2 comments
THINK G8 ! An anticapitalist teach-in
Lost and Found social centre Manchester opening this Wednesday!
critical mass manchester took the roads!
30-09-2006 11:49 | 1 comment
Housing and Land Rights 06 Campaign
Save Frenchwood Rec - Save The Ribble!
Hay Stax Not Drax
31-08-2006 20:33 | 1 comment
Squat in chorlton
Public sector cuts
April 2006 No Borders Days of Action
Art and Activism Caravan 2006
Climate Camp 2006
French CPE uprising 2006
G8 Russia 2006
Lebanon War 2006
March 18 Anti War Protest
Refugee Week 2006
Transnational Day of Action Against Migration Controls
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