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Autonomous 'Strawberry Fair' A Massive Success

Fair goer! | 06.06.2010 16:35 | Culture | Free Spaces | Repression | Cambridge | World

Despite criticism from official fair organisers who told people not to go, the autonomous fair was a massive success!

Over 200 people gathered for a good time in Midsummer Common, Cambridge on the 5th June after Strawberry Fair was called off after pressure from the police. In the spirit of community people from across the city and elsewhere turned out to enjoy the sunshine and tell the police you can't cancel fun.

Many local people at the event I spoke to or overheard said that the event was better than the real Strawberry Fair and the atmosphere was certainly amazing.

A mobile police station, riot vans, cars, police vans and a police helicopter were deployed after statements were made by anarchists and others that ensured the police couldn't get away with cost cutting from stopping the event. The police clearly scored an own goal in this regard having to spend more time and resources but with no one to hand the bill!

A sound system provided a great source of entertainment and partying continued well after it got dark! There was no trouble and no arrests. Activists brought bin bags down to minimise mess and random people at the toilets worked out a system that avoided people having to pay their 20p!

Local activists had clearly made there point by ensuring the police turn out in force and were just there for a good time. There was no noticeable difference between the so-called 'Happy Fun Day' and the activists apart from the fact the latter made sure the police couldn't use there prevention of the fair as a cost cutting measure.

The Strawberry Fair will hopefully be back next year but there is no doubt this more autonomous event should happen again. We don't need organizers to have a good time. Next year lets bring along campaign stalls and the like as well and really make this a great community event.

Fair goer!


Display the following 4 comments

  1. Exageration — Arithmetitian
  2. @ Arithmetitian — Fair goer!
  3. well done! — strawberry
  4. stupid police — jo blogs