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Smash School Privatisation: The Wembley Tent City Eviction

22-07-2008 16:00

Friday 18 July 2008: At 6.30am council bailiffs arrived with ten police officers at Wembley Sports Ground on Bridge Road to evict Brent NUT and ATL Secretary Hank Roberts. He was locked by the neck to the sports hall rooftop flagpole. Below is the press release and a video used with kind permission of freelance video and print journalist Jason Parkinson. EVICTED WITH PRIDE - The campaign continues.

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Our homes should cost £1.00 a week

21-07-2008 23:20

To give an example of how corrupt banking, taxes, usury (the charging of interest on money) actually is, here’s a simplified look at how much our homes SHOULD cost.

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Free for All in Wrexham and Penycae

19-07-2008 21:35

Choosing books
Freeconomy Wrexham has held two more Free for All bring and take events in Penycae and Wrexham. Free for All is exactly what it says - free for all.

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Eviction gets go ahead - Bodge House

19-07-2008 14:07

Activists fortify Bodge House against UK Coal open cast mine and the eviction squad

The group of direct activists occupying Lodge House opencast site since 18th June have declared that they are ready to resist eviction.

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Squatter's Protest at Stoke Newington Police Station

18-07-2008 22:17

Two people were arrested as police evicted a squat in Hackney today. Friends and supporters gathered at Stoke Newington Police station to demand their release.

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Squatters Illegally Evicted From Abandoned Pub in Cheltenham

18-07-2008 13:23

On July 17th at 14.00 squatters were illegally evicted from the Duke of York Inn, 315-317 London Road, Cheltenham, GL52 6YY.

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Wembley Tent City Occupation Resistance Continues, Wednesday 16th

16-07-2008 19:53

View of the roof occupation
Wembley teachers and local people continue their occupation today despite the threats of forced eviction and possible arrests. Local teachers and supporters are determined to resist the injunction served earlier today by council bailiffs. They argue that after more than two years of campaigning to keep the community sports grounds out of the private sector that wants to build a privatised academy school, they have now exhausted all avenues to keep one of the few remaining green areas accessible to the local community for sports training. The teachers and their local supporters also state that they are not going to give in without a fight, as the building of the planned Wembley Academy is part of Brent's council drive to privatise schools, turning education into a profit making business instead of a basic human right beyond the 'logic' of the market.

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:

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Teachers against Wembley Academy prepare to resist eviction

16-07-2008 19:35

On the roof at Wembley Sports Ground
Some pictures taken around noon on Wednesday 16 July as teachers and others at 'Tent City' opposing the north Wembley Academy were preparing to resist the expected eviction attempt by Brent council.
Photographs (C) 2008, Peter Marshall. All rights reserved.

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Teachers against Wembley Academy resist Brent Council eviction of 'Tent City'

16-07-2008 13:19

Local teachers stand their ground against eviction (photo by Guido)
Yesturday, teachers and their supporters - part of the campaign against a proposed academy school in Wembley, NW London - defied Brent Council officials as the deadline to leave their protest camp expired without the threatened eviction. Brent Council obtained the eviction order yesturday for the removal of ‘Tent City’ on Wembley Park Sports ground, and an injunction order against Hank Roberts, one of the leaders of the campaign, who is camped on the roof of the community centre on the site.

THE LATEST: Brent Council have served all protestors on the site with an injunction to leave the site and have already received court paper for specialist baliffs. Police are threatening protestors with being chraged if they resist.

Brent Council have pushed for an immediate eviction order on the Tent City on the Wembley Sports Ground, Bridge Road, so the construction of temporary accommodation for the first 60 pupils can start for what has been termed the 'pre-academy'. (More info and background below).

Wembley Tent City Occupation, Bridge Road, Wembley:
Nearest Tube: Wembley Park (Metropolitan Line)
Turn left out the station, walk up the hill to main junction on Bridge Rd, turn left, walk 100 metres, turn left into the gate way to Wembley Park Sports Ground and you're there.

Buses: From Central London: 18 from Euston to Sudbury and then the 182 to
Wembley Park Station (the N18 runs past Sudbury. Get off at Wembley
triangle from which Bridge Road is a 15 minute walk past Wembley Arena).
Other routes: 83 from Golders Green Stn, 302 from Kensal Rise Stn, 297
from Willesden Bus Garage.

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Wembley Tent City Occupation Forced Eviction 4pm: Resist!

16-07-2008 13:09

Council balliffs have just arrived on site following the injunctions and threats of prison time, served less than two hours ago, for all involved in the campaign and have given orders for everyone on site to leave before 4pm or face for forced eviction and possible arrest.

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Smash School Privatisation: Wembley Anti-Academy Protestors Served Injunctions

16-07-2008 12:27

Following the resistance and support from across the city yesterday as the Wembley Tent City Occupation defied yesterday's 6pm eviction order, this morning Brent Council officials arrived and served a written injunction order on one Tent City member and injunction orders on every empty tent, lisitng the addressee as "unknown occupier".

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The Festival of Useful Openings....

15-07-2008 13:29

we're looking to have some fun this week and maybe even learn a thing or two. Bowl Court Social Centre thus brings you the Festival of Useful Openings taking place until Thursday 17th July. Come along play some ping pong, have a bike ride
or attempt to make a rocket stove, it's your choice. And if there's
nothing on the menu you fancy why not suggest something else?

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Smash School Privatisation: Wembley Tent City Issued Imminent Eviction - Resist!

15-07-2008 12:07

Just 30 minutes ago a Willesden County Court judge ordered Hank Roberts and all those with him to leave the Wembley Park Sports Ground immediately, take all tents and belongings and be removed by 6pm tonight, an impossible injunction if you've seen the photos, or face further prosecution and even jail. Resistance and support is needed now. SMASH SCHOOL PRIVATISATION!

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We are hostages of an oppressive anti-democratic regime

14-07-2008 16:44

Hereby, we address our call to the civil society in democratic Europe, especially from the Czech republic, to the free mass-media to help us in the justified and lawful effort of autoexilation in order for us to be able to activate as free human beings and as a perfectly legal organization.

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Can you photograph a bouncer who is being aggressive?

14-07-2008 11:27

A number of people had complained about the aggressive and threatening behaver of the security guards at EOCC employed during the Cowley Road Carnival this year.

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Wembley Tent City Occupation: Urgent Call To Action

13-07-2008 23:20

We need more people, numbers, for the day, a morning or afternoon or come and stay, squat the land. Smash school privatisation. Oppose education for profit.

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Wembley Tent City Occupation: Press release - 12/07/2008

13-07-2008 22:17

11-07-08: Tent City Occupation: Smash School Privatisation
The latest press release (12/07/2008) from the Wembely Anti-Academy Tent City Occupation - Smash School Privatisation/

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Action and Support: Wembley and Pimlico Anti-Academisation Need You

13-07-2008 21:27

11-07-08: Supporters Gather At Wembley Tent City
On Tuesday 15 July there will be two anti-academy school actions. From 7.30am teachers and residents will form picket lines at Pimlico School in a strike against the privatisation of Pimlico School by Tory funder John Nash. Then at 10.30am the Wembley teachers, local businesses and residents will protest outside Willesden County Court to oppose Brent Council's eviction order application of the Wembley Tent City which has squatted the land designated for the privatised Wembley Academy school of "child charity" Ark and its multimillioniare funder and Tony Blair cohort Arki Busson.

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Green councillor excludes community activists - not the first time!

11-07-2008 20:57

Unfortunately the incident reported below during carnival ( & is not the first time city councillor Mary-Jane Sareva has evicted people from a democratically-run community centre for no good reason at all, and with dubious authority. On an earlier occasion she called the police when no crime had been committed.

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On Photography

11-07-2008 20:24

On my experiences photographing various door supervisors on the day of the 2008 Cowley Road Carnival.
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