UK Free Spaces Newswire Archive
04-04-2012 22:03It will remain legal in non-residential properties, but a new law is going through the final farcical stages of parliamentary approval that is meant to make squatting in residential property a crime. The law still needs royal assent and a timetable to come into force, and its effect is not so simple. The wording leaves some space for argument, and there will be human rights challenges.
04-04-2012 15:26A squat in Brighton was illegally evicted by riot police and bailiffs yesterday morning.
01-04-2012 14:45The Squatters Network of Brighton (and hove actually) is having a squatters convergence from 17th to 20th May 2012.
31-03-2012 18:39In response to the ban on squatting being passed in the House of Lords on Tuesday, Squatters and their supporters took a meandering march through Brighton and Hove today.
29-03-2012 09:52On March 25, The New York Times headlined, "US and Turkey to Step Up 'Nonlethal' Aid to Rebels in Turkey," saying: Other US allies were urged to do the same. Insisting no weapons will be sent belies heavy Western and Israeli ones delivered through porous borders for months. ... They include powerful explosives, small arms, submachine guns, machine guns, sniper rifles, rocket and anti-tank grenade launchers, among others. They've been used to kill civilians and security forces, as well as destroy government facilities. Russia repeatedly denounces Washington's one-sided support while claiming peaceful resolution intentions. Obama says aiding Assad's opposition furthers transitioning to a "legitimate government." In other words, he wants independent Syria replaced by a client state America controls. Then on to the next target for the same purpose - Iran.
28-03-2012 23:25The House of Lords voted through the law to criminalise squatting in residential buildings last night. Here is the Squatters Network of Brighton (SNOB's) response:
Glasgow Social Centre
30 March at 18:30 until 1 April at 17:00
Pearce Institute. 840 Govan Road. Glasgow, G51 3UU
26-03-2012 22:20On Mothering Sunday 18th March 2012 Hamptead Heath wardens and the police prevented a ceremony to honour Mother Earth @ the traditional Stone Of Free Speech. We are calling people to gather at the Stone on Sunday 1st April 2012, Wise Fools Day.
25-03-2012 20:55The Fire Station Social Centre near Lambeth Bridge will start running activities this week after a judge ruled the issuing of its IPO was illegal.
The judge threw out the London Fire Service's Interim Possession Order (IPO) on Friday after it arose that papers for the 48-hour fasttrack eviction process were received FOUR days after it was squatted.
Polish Embassy, 47 Portland Place, London W1B
21-03-2012 13:22The farce of democracy continues with the discussion of criminalisation of squatting in
residential buildings going to a third reading in the House of Lords, still without a real
discussion of what it will involve
16-03-2012 22:53Word is coming in of an attack by police on the Elba squat in Poland :[ one of Poland's largest squats - but the latest news is it hasn't been evicted!
16-03-2012 15:10a recent freedom of information request against the city of london police has shown the true extent of the city's might against st paul's occupy lsx
On Friday 02/03, Londoners were invited to the opening of the 'Open Place', a "radical social centre" at 27 Acre Lane, SW4. They were promised " three films (not sure which ones yet but they'll be good) and a social evening with some grub and home made wine and beer."
On Sunday, 'Peckham squatter commented that the number didn't work, and that several people had attempted to find the centre and failed. Ian couldn't understand how that happened, as apparently "plenty" did find the place and a good night was had by all.
01-03-2012 11:39In the previous issue of SHIFT, we launched a series of articles discussing the relevancy of lifestyle choices for radical politics. In the first article from the latest issue (Issue 14) to go online , TOM FOX continues the series with a critical look at housing cooperatives, arguing that networks such as Radical Routes have all too often tended to miss what exactly it is - or what could be - that's radical about coops in general, and housing coops in particular.
01-03-2012 11:34In the previous issue of SHIFT, we launched a series of articles discussing the relevancy of lifestyle choices for radical politics. In the first article from Issue 14 to go online, TOM FOX continues the series with a critical look at housing cooperatives, arguing that networks such as Radical Routes have all too often tended to miss what is - or what could be - radical about coops in general, and housing coops in particular.
29-02-2012 13:37Occupy Birmingham will be leaving the park behind Symphony Hall today. The occupiers have had a permanent presence in Birmingham City centre since October 15th, first in Victoria Square and latterly in the park on Cambridge Street. The camp is the longest occupation in England, it might be dismantling but this does not end the activities of Occupy, far from it. This is not the beginning of the end, but is the end of the beginning phase of Occupy.