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Gremlin Alley EVICTION RESISTANCE happening now in Cardiff, South Wales

Gremlins | 04.10.2012 11:14 | Free Spaces | Policing | Repression

This morning activists and anarchists have rallied round to defend Gremlin Alley, the squatted bowling alley and cinema on City Road, in Roath, Cardiff.

The eviction resistance is also in solidarity with Alex Haig, the 21 year old squatter who was the first squatter sentenced to prison under the new anti-squatting law, which began on September 1st this year.

Occupied Spin bowling - now Gremlin Alley, City Road, Cardiff
Occupied Spin bowling - now Gremlin Alley, City Road, Cardiff

The bailiffs arrived around 10am this morning and seeing the support outside the 100 year old building, which opened as the Gaiety Cinema and skating rink in 1912, and realising they had no hope getting through, called the cops for back up.

The cops though, didn't stick around for long, and conversations were overheard about a meeting between cops and bailiffs in Cathays, the neighbouring area.

About an hour later cops and bailiffs came back, but decided against trying anything and left again shortly after. The resistance stayed strong and when two cops came back to try and talk to the resisters were politely told to "go and fuck themselves".

The state tries to make people homeless, anarchists have no sympathy for the state and it's lackeys.

UPDATE: 12:05pm lots of cops just arrived. Stand by for an update - together we are the resistance!

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Support welcome!

04.10.2012 11:53

P.S. This is the first atempted resistance of an occupied building under eviction in Cardiff for around a decade!

Come and show your support:
find us at 195 - 197 City Road, Roath, Cardiff.

Love from the Gremlins x


UPDATE 2:45pm

04.10.2012 13:57

Sorry for double posting before, first comment seemed to take half an hour to go through...

Latest update is that cops scaled down to between two and five in the last hour and have just been stood across the road with two bailiffs and the janitor. No attempt at entry so far.

Still several squatters on the roof wearing masks, and a few people still outside, but not as many as before.

Passing cars have been supportive, with one woman apparently saying "don't move, stay strong!"

And the house over the road near where the cops are standing playing Public Enemy, Rage against the Machine and CRASS loadly through the upstairs window! Last we heard the Autonomads had just been requested, but folks on the roof are after black paint to make signs to save shouting requests across the road and food is also welcomed (vegan if possible).

Photos from the day due up shortly...but more to come as they haven't gone...

And thanks for the messages of support received from places ranging from Swansea to Brighton!

Solidarity to all squaters and Alex Haigh!


Gremlins still resisting

05.10.2012 10:06

We're queer and were still here! Update coming soon...


Gremlin news

05.10.2012 10:17

Cops this morning threatened to break in regarding one our banners "fuck the fucking fuckers" under public order. We've now removed it to lengthen the resistance after 24hrs of naughty behaviour. Cops have passed since and seem to of not noticed rather than pull over. In response is more banners! Traveller, cuts cafe and queer/trans solidarity. Communique on its way.

Raid averted?

Your sidee

05.10.2012 13:29

Please please please is it possible to somehow chat to one of you, even from a window or whatever about your argument. This is something i really believe in and i have the opportunity to write an article for the uni newspaper highlighting your struggle and hopefully evoke more support. Please let me know asap, thank you!

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05.10.2012 15:56

Someone will be in touch to chat about the possibility when we get our phone sorted. We're restricting interviews to radical media only, but if you are on side (as you sa) then we'd be willing to. Cheers, one of the grems


Fantastic historical building being left to rot

22.06.2013 20:42

I was happy to hear initially that this great old building would be put to use again but the state of it now with the squatters in there is a disgrace- litter, graffiti etc. Why doesn't the council do something? As the squatters obviously don't care about or respect the building, they should be evicted.

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