Mass Squatting Action!

Around 150 – 175 people gathered for SNOB(AHA)’s mass squatting action on Saturday 13th, taking advantage of the brief lull in the bad weather to fight back against the Squatban.

Led by a large banner saying “SQUATTERS RIGHTS OR SQUATTER RIOTS”, people marched up Edward Street, past the Law Courts, and round on to St James’ Street, where two squatters climbed and hung a banner saying “BETTER TO SQUAT THAN LET HOMES ROT” on the front of Darkside, an ex-residental squat that has been left empty for three years.

Chanting “No homes, no peace, fuck the police!”, the march then moved on up North Street, past Churchill Square and proceeded to occupy a 5 story vacant shop on Western Road (an ex-HMV). Around 40 people stormed into an unsecured back entrance and hung banners from the roof and inside the windows. Many other supporters remained outside to watch and cheer on the occupiers.

Leaving a group in occupation of the building, the march continued, despite the rain, back the way it had come, through the North Laines and on to London Road, where it finished up at a newly squatted art gallery run by a collective of radical artists called CRAB.

All in all, a very successful day with a large public crack being carried out on the main shopping street of Brighton, in front of hundreds of shoppers, tourists and supporters.

SNOB(AHA) would like to thank all those who came out in solidarity despite the weather (it hailed on us at one point). A special award goes to Sussex Police Liaison team who provided us with much laughter and totally failed to stop our direct action.

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Amazing demo!

A very quick update on today’s mass squatting action. It was AMAZING! Some pixies dropped a banner off of the front of the Darkside ex-squat, a massive building on Western Road was occupied and coated in banners, and the march ended up at a newly squatted art gallery on London Road.

More to come tomorrow, when we’ve had time to recharge!

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On October 13, solidarity with France!

This year, numerous collectives all around France have been struggling against all kind of misery: children living in the street, precarious housing conditions, people going to be evicted, precarious working conditions, undocumented people… and to deal in an autonomous way towards their needs regarding housing, food, freedom of movement. After getting feed back from all around, some people have decided to gather and coordinate themselves.
From August 31st till September 2nd, at the CREA Social Center in Toulouse, to be evicted and desvastated by the State a few days later, some individuals gathered in order to discuss and exchange tools, knowledge and empowered themselves.
As all forms of misery are politically organized by the State, people have to organized themselves. The State is not part of the solution, the State is the problem itself. From that meeting came out this call:

– to go on with with coordinating collectives and groups, with the planing of new meetings, an information and action network.

– an action week-end all other France from October 13th till 15th, simultaneous actions against all forms of evictions.

People involved with La Patate Chaude (Grenoble), Réseau 22 rue des Alpes (Grenoble), Les mal-logés acharnés (Paris), CREA et campagne de réquisition (Toulouse), GPS (Toulouse), Collectif Urgence Précarité 44 (Nantes), Intersquat Montpellier, Mission squat médecins du monde, La Petite Rockette (Paris), L’art ou Libre (Fontenay-sous-Bois), Abris d’Urgence Totale (Toulouse).

Tonight! Activism and Alternative Media

Photo-journalist Alec Smart, ‘Conceptual Architect’ Alex Casper and members of the Squatters’ Network of Brighton discuss activists’ use of alternative media as publicity, protest and direct action. Focussing on the recent history of activism in Brighton and Hove, speakers will consider the possibilities and limitations of films, zines, newspapers and art exhibitions as political tools.

 Doors open at 6.30pm

Free, all welcome, no need to book

11 October

Caroline of Brunswick

39 Ditchling Road
Brighton
BN1 4SB

7 -9pm

http://www.bpb.org.uk/2012/whats_on/activism-and-alternative-media-talk/

October 13th Update

The mass squatting action on October 13th is fast approaching, so it’s time for an update…

Police Liaison Officers

Sussex Police Liaison Officers (@SusPolPLO) have made numerous attempts to contact squatters in the run-up to the demonstration. These coppers (easily identified by their baby-blue bibs) are simply a re-incarnation of the notorious FIT (forward intelligence teams), who regularly filmed and harassed activists on demonstrations. Whilst PLOs do not carry cameras, they are still intelligence gatherers. They may approach you on the action and try to engage you in conversation. Remember kids: THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A FRIENDLY CHAT WITH A PIG! If they’re trying to talk to you it’s because they’re trying to find out things about you. Don’t talk to them, don’t engage with them, and if possible physically challenge their presence on the action. Block them with banners (or umbrellas), FITwatch style.

Look out for these two coppers in particular, they’re the leaders of the liaison team:

PC Stephanie Franks (DF386) and Police Sergeant Mark Redbourn (CR278)

More info on PLOs here.

 

Seeing the sights in Sunny Brighton

While you’re in Brighton you may want to take advantage of our beautiful sea-side town and take in some of the sights. Here’s just three you may want to visit, there’s plenty more!

Mike Weatherley’s Office:

109 Church Road, Hove, BN3 2AF

Mike Weatherley MP was the architect of the squatban. An all round scumbag who has carried out a vicious campaign of hate against Squatters and multiple Brighton based activist groups. Why not pay him a visit?

 

Zero Tolerance Gym:

Unit 7, Hove Business Center, Fonthill Road, Hove BN3 6HA

Sol “Zero Tolerance” Gilbert (the owner of the above gym) was responsible for a particularly nasty illegal eviction earlier this year. Him and some of his Cagefighter buddies turned up at a squatted building, kicked the back door in and threw the squatters out on their arses. His cohorts also stole a rather nice crowbar. Following the eviction he boasted about it on his twitter account. Why not go round and tell him what you think of this?

 

John Street Police Station:

John Street, Brighton, BN2 0LA

Squatters are Sussex Police’s favorite people. They’re never mean to us or evict us or anything… Seriously though, police in Brighton have a long history of vindictively targeting squatters. There have been evictions and arrests too numerous to count, most recently their particularly judicious application of the squatban (here). Go and visit their imposing copshop on John Street in central Brighton for a nice day out!