UK Free Spaces Newswire Archive
01-11-2011 17:35Below is an open letter from Glasgow Women's Activist Forum to Occupy Glasgow. If your organisation would like to sign the letter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
01-11-2011 11:25Titnore Woods is again under threat of disappearing under 700+ houses...
Around 20 people slept outside the BBC on Oxford Road, Manchester last night to oppose new legislation that would criminalise squatting. An amendment to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill which has its first reading in the House of Commons today, Tuesday 1 November, will make it a criminal rather than civil offence to trespass in an empty residential property.
Campaigners also visited the constituency offices of Lib Dem MPs Mark Hunter (Cheadle Hulme) and Andrew Stunnel (Hazel Grove), leaving messages explaining the effects of homelessness on squatting.
01-11-2011 06:10Police have arrested at least a dozen people who were sleeping on the streets outside parliament in protest against the potential criminalisation of squatting. In a last minute amendment to their Legal Aid and Sentence Bill, the government will today be voting on Clause 26, which will make squatting in residential properties illegal. Hundreds of people met at different locations in London last night to express opposition to the Clause, and finally congregated at Parliament Square, where they were “kettled” and arrested en mass for trying to sleep on the streets.
31-10-2011 19:08St. andrews leads the way in rolling occupations. We urge student activists to adopt our tatic and keep the pressure up.
Below is the email sent out to hundreds of students.
31-10-2011 15:48Happening today and tomorrow, to coincide with the criminalisation clause's introduction in the House of Commons
29-10-2011 11:03The following is drawn from a variety of local activist blogs
28-10-2011 15:43This is a story from Brighton's local paper, The Argus. We took the liberty of correcting some obvious typos, but the rest is verbatum.
28-10-2011 02:14The Squatting Network of Brighton respond to the possible criminalisation of squatting, to be discussed in Parliament on the coming Monday. We're angry and obviously concerned that the government have sneaked this clause into an unrelated bill, and hence wish to inform the masses of this potentially enormous miscarriage of justice. Excuse our formal language but it is our press release!
27-10-2011 12:15Breaking news, two representatives of Birmingham City Council have handed to the group occupying Victoria Square on behalf of Occupy movement, a notice to vacate the square, the message is as follows:
26-10-2011 19:40>They trashed the land. >They were evicted by the council.
>We cleared 30 tonnes of their rubbish. >We planted vegetables, fixed bikes and provided community space.
>They want to evict us.
>We want to stop them.
26-10-2011 17:49Despite the respondents to its very own consultation overwhelmingly supporting squatting, the Government is still moving full steam ahead to criminalise a solution to emptiness. It's a farcical situation! But one which may have far-reaching consequences...