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UK 2008 Days Of Action For Autonomous Spaces Newswire Archive

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Freespace Brum - Temporary Autonomous Zone 11-13th April

20-04-2008 11:47

Keep Digbeth Noisy
A report written collaboratively by the FreeSpaceBrum collective, supporters and participants of the last weekend's social centre in Digbeth.

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Request - Photos from the weekend of Autonomous Actions

20-04-2008 10:29

The next issue of the Mule is out soon and we are looking for photos from the 11th and 12th of April.

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Meet-up details

19-04-2008 23:21

In the spirit of freespace

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Hackney Social Centre Under Threat of Eviction!

19-04-2008 17:59

The Hackney Social Centre (231 Lower Clapton Road, Hackney) is now waiting for High Court Bailiffs, scheduled to arrive at the property at 9:00 AM this Monday, April 21, 2008. Anyone able to stand with us to meet the bailiffs and defend the space is asked to gather outside the Social Centre at 8:00 AM on Monday Morning.

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No Borders demo and mass action

17-04-2008 18:30

Pictures and report by Manchester No Borders of the FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT and DEFEND AUTONOMOUS SPACES demonstration on Saturday, April 12th (see

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Demonstration of squatters turns into mass occupation

15-04-2008 15:53

On Saturday evening, up to 200 squatters and No Borders activists held an
unauthorised demonstration in the city centre. Accompanied by a samba band
and two soundsystems mounted on bike trailers, they marched from Victoria
Station into the Northern Quarter, along Market Street and Kings Street,
through Spinningfields into Castlefield.

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Putting people into London's empties

15-04-2008 14:02

Squatters Estate Agents, putting people places
As part of days of action for squats and autonomous space a squatters estate agents was been set up in a newly opened squat in the centre of London. It consisted of display of eighteen empty properties ranging from abandoned houses and flats, to empty pubs, shops and even government buildings. Some would suit small residential squats and others grand large scale housing communities, squat cafes, freeshops or social centres. Along with photos of each property, details were given about their location, history and suitability for squatting.

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Days Of Action Follow Up for London's Autonomous Spaces

15-04-2008 12:12

Map aids London Squatter
Coinciding with the Europe-wide days of action in defence of free spaces a new squatted social centre was opened in Shoreditch and a series of events took place in autonomous spaces around London starting on Friday evening with a social meetup and info night at the rampART and acoustic bands and performances at the NOID gallery. On saturday, the newly opened social centre opened it's doors with an art-exhibition, free shop, films and a squatters estate agency. On saturday there was also a demo outside a homeless hostel in Hackney. In the evening around 300 ppeople turned up a the Hackney Social Centre for a gig raising money for the Advisory Service for Squatters and another benefit took place at the Wominspace. On the Mall, there was a banner drop from squatted crown property.

After the Space Is The Place and other contributions to the call out for decentralised actions in support of squats and autonomous spaces, what next?

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News from Londons autonomous spaces...

15-04-2008 11:33

The squatted warehouse
New squats; more meetings; Brad Will revisited; days of action followup; the film they tried to ban; 56a Infoshop and more... With the days of action for autonomous spaces now behind us it's time to look forward. Taken from the rampART mailing list, this is a round up of news and events relating to London's social centres. Get involved.

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Brutal eviction of Squat in Vienna (Spitalgasse 11)

14-04-2008 21:28

During the international action days for squats and autonomous spaces many activities took place in Vienna. After a powerful demonstration on Friday demanding free and autonomous spaces, followed by squatting a new place for the Viennese “Wagenburg”, the second day started with a “Bim Party” during which several tramways were occupied. In the evening dozens of people met to discuss queer-feminist aspects of squatting and their practical implications.

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A success in every way! Audacious Space Leeds

14-04-2008 21:16

Audacious space - banner
This was posted as a comment to the UK feature on the days of action for squats and autonomous spaces but it deserves to be read as an article in it's own right so I've reposted it here...

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London's Shoreditch New Squat Pics

14-04-2008 20:27

The first artworks appear in as you turn into Bowl Court ...
Here there are some shots we took on Sunday afternoon at the new social centre that was squatted in Shoreditch (London) to coincide with the Global Days of Action for Squats and Autonomous Spaces.

The building is in an amazing location. It is not only central, but it also sits right in the middle of an area right next to the City that is being highly ‘developed’. The contrast between the previously neglected building with the new glass and metal towers is almost beyond belief.

The crew maintaining the squat, have done an impressive work to bring a previously ‘condemned’ building back into life. Three floors have now made been available to the community. The space has got an entrance area with a free shop, info stalls, a squatters estate agents, and a café. The ground floor also contains a soundproof room for screenings and music, and in the upper floors there a few rooms (some pretty large) that had an exhibition.

Long and exciting life to the new social centre!

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Squatted Community Garden Reopened in Reading as Part of Days of Action!

14-04-2008 20:01

PJ & Gaby
On Sat 12th April, actions took place across the world in defence of squats and free spaces. In Reading, anti-capitalists managed to re-open Common Ground squatted community garden for the day, with a community BBQ and music show, despite a year of struggle with the authorities for control of the space.

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Hackney hostel residents march to demand better conditions

14-04-2008 12:07

Demonstrators hold placards outside the building
Residents from the Alexandra Court 'temporary' accomodation hostel in Stoke Newington, London, marched with members of the London Coalition Against Poverty to Hackney Town Hall on Saturday 12 April, 2008 to demand the council keep their promises to make temporary accomodation safe to live in. Pictures copyright (C) 2008, Peter Marshall. All rights reserved.

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Squat days of action summary...

14-04-2008 11:48

In defence of squats and autonomous spaces

The following is an attempt at a non comprehensive summary of the actions, demonstrations, gatherings and various initiatives that happen during the days of action for squats and autonomous spaces. The summary was created from reports on the IMC UK newswire and english language reports posted to the April2008 website.

Note: A more comprehensive summary now exists on the April2008 website..

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Action report-Angel Group targetted

14-04-2008 10:52

As part of the days of action in support of squats and autonomous spaces-
Action at Angel Group- building graffitied, locks glued, 12 company vehicles damaged.

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Reclaim the Streets - Defending autonomous space in Wellington

14-04-2008 01:57

A Reclaim the Streets party took place in Wellington as part of the decentralized days of action for squats and autonomous spaces. After a protest against the Labour Party conference, around 30 people marched through town to Upper Abel Smith Street where a group of people was already setting up for the street party.

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Day of Action for Squating and Autonomous Spaces, Brighton, 12/04/08.

13-04-2008 13:50

A video of pixies reclaiming the public space of Brighton with some banner dropping. To our surprise the pigs didn't show up. The weather was great. The day went well.

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[april2008] tour de squat rotterdam

12-04-2008 22:46

Twenty five brave souls motivated themselves to follow the tour de squat in Rotterdam. The weather was fine and spirits were high. We passed the sites of 50 or so squats, some still existing, others from the past.
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