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Following on from the anti-squatting clause being voted through the Lords last week some of Brighton's squatters were on the receiving end of a free preview of things to come courtesy of a combined operation by county court bailiffs, Sussex police and the Met.
At about 10am on Wednesday the rear door of their dwelling (the only entrance to the squatted maisonette) was forced open and without any warning at all bailiffs entered followed by cops in riot gear. The occupants were forced into the street and only managed to keep a scant few of their possessions. Perennial wankers and squatters' thorn in the side Sitex Orbis were soon on the scene and covering the property in ugly metal sheeting.
The squatters continued to argue with the police and bailiffs, insisting on seeing eviction papers to justify their actions. Eventually bailiffs produced an old possession order dated 6th January – while it is possible to resurrected possession orders via a 'warrant of restitution' one was not produced suggesting the eviction was far from legal.
The building on St. James's St (known locally as Darkside due to a long period without power) is now completely empty and the squatters have been forced to find pastures new. Apparently a FIT team were seen filming anything they could find relating to a forthcoming squatters' convergence (17th-20th May), though what dastardly plans the police believe were being concocted on the Darkside we can only guess.
Once the immediate excitement was over the squatted shop below (which is operating as a donation funded veg coop) was served papers for an eviction, presumably it was spared the surprise eviction as it had not previously been squatted. Fortunately the flat next door (known as Lightside) remains untouched and could soon become the last remain squat on St. James's St, though no doubt new ones will spring up in the not too distance future.
Squatted community social centre and veg shop opens in Lewes.
UPDATE: They finally coughed up. After two days of consistent hassling by activists at the Department for Transport earlier last month, during which one person got nicked, the DfT sheepishly released the previously top secret (read: problematic and embarrassing) documents about the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road.
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Since October, Europe's longest, largest 'Postcapitalist land occupation', la ZAD (Zone A Defendre) has been under attack from French authorities who want to clear it and build an airport. Here's another update from 'le frontline'...
German anti-fascists take Berlin on 20th anniversary of comrade Silvio Meier's murder.
UPDATE: The sh*t's well and truly hit the fan since we published this interview last week... Stay tuned for more SchNEWS from the front...