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Street party against social control & the banks (Reclaim Nottingham!) | 16.07.2011 15:55

A roving street party against the enclosure of public space for private profit was held in Nottingham today. A mobile sound system toured around the city centre disrupting the business of most of the banks and a few other corporate nasties. We also did a lap of the Broadmarsh Centre. Hundreds of flyers protesting social control of the city centre and the human and environmental destruction of the banks were handed out.

Ironically we ended up being followed by three CPOs and various other private security guards (exactly the kind of people we want to get rid of!) but they didn't seem bothered about actually trying to stop us. Several of the businesses got scared and closed before we'd even got there - we even had the amusing situation of having to wait for some of our mates to be let out of one shop which closed with them still inside!

The spectacle was made a lot of passers by curious and many wanted to take our flyers and find out what it was all about. We even gathered a small army of kids to the cause in the Broadmarsh. We're not the only ones fed up about being told what we can and can't do in our city and making a visible and noisy protest was a good way to get other people to take notice. Even the sun came out for us :)

Reclaim Nottingham!


This street party is an attempt to reclaim our city from corporate bloodsuckers, grey-faced bureaucrats and humourless wardens and police. When CCTV watches our every move and even busking can get you a ticket, having fun for free has been made illegal. We want to change that. Come and join the party!


This city is supposed to belong to us, the people of Nottingham. But most of the city centre is controlled by giant companies who only want to drain money out of us. Even the Market Square has become another place for the Council to make a few bob. We are only allowed in if we have money to spend. It’s time to take back the space.


One of the worst offenders are the banks. Making billions out of arms, oil and environmental destruction isn’t enough – they still need to be propped up by bailouts from the taxpayer. Whilst their friends in government make our lives a misery with cuts to services, the bankers are using public money to top up their multi-million pound bonuses. Enough’s enough! Chase the bankers out of town. (Reclaim Nottingham!)