UK Free Spaces Newswire Archive
15-07-2011 21:49Autonomous activists based in Birmingham are currently facing an injunction and eventual eviction for a local squat that was being prepared for a community centre.
Only having just moved into it eartoday, the landlord and police are already threatening the squatters and activists with an injunction for eviction, so that the building can be demolished and the land taken over to build a local ASDA supermarket store.
ASDA kills small community businesses and stirchely has a lively local community which would be threatened by the construction of the multinational corporation; Asda. ASDA destroys livelihoods and community characters all in the name of profit for a few.
We are determined to not let this space be wasted on ASDA that would only damage the comunity, we are going to turn it instead in a comunity centre and a reasource for all the comunity.
Despite the attempts of Tory backbenchers to delegitimize squatting, and divide it from the issue of homelessness, the two remain inextricably linked: un-met housing needs, a supply of empty property, and squatting, go hand in hand in hand. But that’s about as far as the generalizations go; squatting is both a means and an end, and the ways that different individuals and groups put squatting into practice varies enormously.
The goofy arrival of Cameron’s Big Society, which provides us with a nice neighbourly back pat to see us through the cuts, and which gives us a sense of ‘involvement’, might lead one to think squatting could have even been embraced by the Con-Dem dogma. Would it not have fitted snugly in with “the spirit of activism, dynamism, people taking the initiative, working together to get things done”? [David Cameron, 2010 conference speech] For better or worse squatting was not invited in for tea and cake and I expect this is because, like the student movement, like those protecting the right to protest, like those preparing to take industrial action on the 30th, like all of these groups, squatting is political in a way that the Big Society is not.
13-07-2011 17:42The folks at the Ministry of Justice have today launched their 'consultation' document about new laws how to 'deal with' squatters. It asks for the views of "anyone affected by squatters or [who] has experience of using the current law or procedures to get them evicted." They don't seem too interested in what the squatters have to say.
13-07-2011 10:41On tuesday 5th of July there were mass arrestees during the eviction wave in Amsterdam with 143 people being arrested
10-07-2011 18:24In the past couple of days, a group of people in Vienna, fed up of the increasing daily repression of life and the lack of free social space, have taken over an abandoned building in the Ottakring part of the city.
10-07-2011 15:22The next Gloucestershire eco-village meeting list... Get in touch now, if you'd like to have a more "active" role on the day!
Kukutza Gaztetxea III, is at imminent risk of eviction and demolition. "International Demonstration" for the next 16th of july that will depart from the city of Bilbao at 18:00. We need your help in order to spread the word.
08-07-2011 21:50On the eve of the return of the Unemployed Daytime Disco to Cardiff - Monday 11 July, 2 - 8 pm, Rockin Chair, Lower Cathedral Rd., Riverside Cardiff - activists reproduce for indymedia readers the text of a handy DIY helpsheet we've produced ;) To paraphrase Che, 'Create One, Two, Many Unemployed Disco's'!
05-07-2011 12:20Police is still going through time to kick people out of squats. Resistance and lock ons at the Schijnheilig squat near Leidseplein meant the kettling and arrestation of more than 100 persons
Our carnival's been stolen ... let's steal it back!
29-06-2011 15:32An abandoned shop front in Churchill Square, Brighton’s biggest shopping centre, has been occupied in solidarity with striking public sector workers.
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27-06-2011 10:37Strathclyde students have just gone into occupation of their university. They are occupying against the cutting of four departments which were ruthlessly voted through by the senate last week. They need the support of every Glasgow anti-cuts activist to make this a success. Come down to the Graham Hills building and show them support.
24-06-2011 14:21On July 5 some very important squats in central Amsterdam are facing eviction by the military police, based on the recent ‘ban on squatting’ in the Netherlands. We won’t give up our autonomous and non-commercial spaces that easy and we will organize action days from July 2-5 to keep our spaces and prevent the eviction from happening.