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OCSET | 04.06.2004 16:37 | Free Spaces | Repression | Oxford

Oxford Social Centre evicted again...

Sunset Cottage in St Clements and the attached house next door where the owner lives are due to be demolished to make way for expensive flats, destroying a large and beautiful garden and continuing the process of gentrification in East Oxford. The development agent claimed at a meeting of the planning committee that the proposed new building fits in with the surrounding buildings. That was described as ludicrous by Rob Nash, who saw the plans and attended the meeting. Nash added "He said that the purpose of the conservation area and other heritage protection was to make a nice place to live and work and encourage economic growth. He was really fierce about basically instructing them not to find anything wrong with the plan."

OCSET squatter Mary Hunter said today "Everyone except the owner seems opposed to this plan. Most of the neighbours have been to visit and every single one of them said it's a horrible idea. We were representing the neighbourhood today, even the police seemed to realise that."

OCSET social centre was evicted again today. It was the group's second eviction from its third premises in two months. Seven police and three bailiffs evicted about 20 people, forcing entry and carrying everyone down the stairs. As soon as the eviction was finished, people (assumed to be employed by the owner, Janet Alexander) started taking the tiles off the roof and throwing them on the ground, making the place uninhabitable.

OCSET is having a short break and will reappear somewhere in East Oxford before too long. The sturgle continueses.



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04.06.2004 16:54

More pictures available at . Well done to everyone who resisted!



04.06.2004 17:07

Sorry about that, but it seems that I can't read the video on my computer. Is it possible to convert it to another format? Or tell me what to do to install the codecs to read .wmv video files on Linux (it seems I can read the audio but not the video part...)? :-)

thanks :-)


Video in MPG quicktime frendly

04.06.2004 19:21

If you have problems playing the M$S video try this one.

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always that guy..

05.06.2004 10:13

nice vid. sorry I couldn't be there to help.

It seems like its always that same guy who gets his arms twisted and tipped upside down by the cops.

keep it up mate


Playing M$$WMV on linux

08.06.2004 15:11

Hey mplayer deals pretty well with wmvs most of the time you can download it here:

Nice one to all the OCSET crew XXXX


An Interesting story

02.07.2007 22:18

I'm interested in this story because I'm doing a research about the new building design in this site. I would be grateful if you could provide me more details about this story. Thanks a lot.

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