Eviction

We’re very sad to say that the Factory was evicted by police, Delta security and court bailiffs at 6am on November 16.

Two men were arrested. One was released when police realised he wasn’t the person they were looking for. The other has been bailed until January. He may be facing charges relating to the smashing of windows at the evening post in august. However, the evidence is flimsy to say the least, so he and his solicitor are confident these charges will be dropped. All other residents were simply put out onto the street. Everyone is okay.

Thanks to everyone who came out in the morning, those who have helped people find places to stay, and to everyone who has put in work over the last year and a half.

The flag is no longer flying on the roof, but the fight isn’t over.

We’re still here!

We remain in occupation and the building remains in use.

People’s Kitchen will be happening as usual from 8pm this evening, and every Tuesday unless we get evicted. Wear warm clothes.

And look out for a special suprise outdoor cafe on Sunday afternoon, weather and bailiffs permit.

Solidarity from Prague

We received the following message from comrades in Prague, Czech Republic:

hey!

yesterday we made a little action in prague to support the struggle
against the criminalisation of squatting in UK and to send our love and solidarity to our friends and comrades from Orange Fence and The Factory. Our attempt to occupy the british embassy failed but we at least managed to block the front door with our banner and spread some english/czech flyers:We are here today to show our solidarity with the English squatter’s movement which is now facing a wave of repression and as well the government efforts to criminalise it.

The UK parliament is planning on Tuesday 1st of November to take the first step towards the criminalization of squatting, voting a clause that makes squatting in residential building a criminal offence, with up to 51 weeks of imprisonment. In the mean time anarchist squats like The Factory in Bristol and The Orange Fence in London are already under treatment of eviction and they are currently fighting to resist that abuse:

“We will always lose in their courts. We will always lose in their
elections, their wars, their boardrooms and all their other games.

The only people who win in these settings are the people who already have money and power.

We’re not going to win our freedom fighting rigged battles within their system.

We will win together, outside of and against that system: in the streets; in the squares; in the occupied spaces.”

Criminalization of squatting doesn’t mean end of autonomous spaces. It will not suffocate our desire of self-organization and it will not even stop us from liberating houses from the capitalist machine.

We want and we need homes not shopping malls, banks and posh hotels. Here in Czech Republic, in UK and everywhere else.

HANDS OFF THE FACTORY, ORANGE FENCE AND ALL THE OTHER SQUATS!

"In solidarity with the Factory and all squats in UK"banner outside British embassy in Prague

 

Update

The owners were granted possession forthwith in court this afternoon.

Their lawyers told a representative form the Factory that the earliest bailiffs would come is Friday am.

We’re keeping alert and ask people to stay ready.

Thanks and love to everyone who was on the demo and waiting on Cave St today.

To the streets!

We’re not attending court for the possession hearing Wednesday morning. We’ll see you on the streets.

We will always lose in their courts. We will always lose in their elections, their wars, their boardrooms and all their other games.

The only people who win in these settings are the people who already have money and power.

We’re not going to win our freedom fighting rigged battles within their system.

We will win together, outside of and against that system: in the streets; in the squares; in the occupied spaces.

DEMO FOR THE FACTORY TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY 26/10/11) AT NOON IN PORTLAND SQUARE.

BE READY FOR POLICE AND BAILIFF ATTACK FROM THIS TIME ONWARDS.

Love

The Factory

Tuesday 25th Oct 8pm Squat Info Night during People’s Kitchen

October the 1st 2011 will mark one year since the Kraakverbod made squatting illegal in the Netherlands. However, hundreds of people still squat and will continue to squat.

With squatting in the UK coming under threat, join us to hear 3 squatters from Amsterdam talk in several cities across the UK about squatting before the ban, resistance to the criminalisation and what’s been happening since the Kraakverbod became law.

The talk will include;

-a brief history of squatting in the Netherlands,
-an run-down of the various attempts to criminalise squatting, the most recent campaign and what the Kraakverbod is,
-Anti-Kraak companies like Camelot, Ad Hoc
-what the speakers felt was successful in the campaigns and mobilisation before the criminalisation, what was not successful, and what’s been happening since
– the consequences of the Kraakverbod for for housing general, cultural life, political activism and the squatting community

with some space for questions and discussions afterwards.

KRAKEN GAAT DOOR!

kraakverbod.squat.net
squashcampaign.org

Defend The Factory! March and Demonstration!

We recently recieved court papers from the owner looking to gain a possession order on the building. Today we recieved new papers which brought the court date forward 5 days. Our court date will be on Wednesday 26th October at 2:30PM at Bristol Civil Justice Centre.

We don’t want to be moved on and we don’t want this building to be developed. We are asking for your support! Please join us for a March and Demonstration against the proposed threat of eviction. Assemble at Portland Square, St. Pauls at 12:00PM on Wednesday 26th October!

AGAINST EVICTION & GENTRIFICATION!

In defence of autonomous spaces!

FILM SCREENING: Culture Clash on the Frontline Sunday 23rd Oc t @ 7PM

Two special People’s Kitchens

We’re still open & still using the space to share food & make plans! So we bring you two special People’s Kitchens:

Tuesday 11 October – 8pm – Tuneful People’s Kitchen with vegan cake & mulled cider to raise cash money for Dale Farm in their fight against eviction.

Tuesday 18 October – 8pm – Discussion over dinner about what’s happening to the Factory & what we’re going to do about it. Followed by eviction resistance riot porn film special.

Against eviction and gentrification in St Pauls: for the defence of liberated spaces

We are people who live in or use the Factory Social Centre, the building on the corner of Cave Street and Portland Square. A company called the PG Group wants to develop the building we are occupying. They plan to turn it into luxury flats, offices, a cafe, an art gallery and a small health centre. Aside from the possible health centre, we don’t see their development plans as good for this area. Also, when all other information suggests that the NHS is cutting back on public outpatient nursing, we have doubts about what kind of heath centre it would be and if it will really happen.

We don’t want to be moved on and we don’t want this building to be developed. We are asking for your support.

We have worked hard since we squatted here a year and a half ago to turn this building into a home and into a space for free activities, creativity and political discussion. All of these things are under threat from this development. They are also threatened by similar developments in many other places.

We don’t believe that St Pauls needs more luxury flats and offices. On Portland Square alone there are three buildings full of empty offices. We don’t want to be removed in order to create more “beautiful” sterile vacant spaces. We see the PG Group’s proposal as part of a process that is changing our city – and St Pauls in particular – by making more places that are only comfortable for people with more money. This process – often called gentrification – pushes up prices and displaces existing residents, destroying the relationships that people have built with their neighbours and their neighbourhood. It leads to even more security cameras and police to stop people gathering in public space. We want this to stop.

The PG Group say that their aim is to “improve the environment of their community and, if possible, to make donations to charity.” However, nearly all of their developments are luxury accommodation – which is useful to only a small section of the “community”. For example, they developed the flats and serviced apartments on Portland Square. They were also part of the failed onedovelane development, which proposed building the second-highest skyscraper in the UK in St Pauls.

In addition to this, the main aim of the Grant Bradley Trust, the organisation PG give money to, is “the advancement of the Roman Catholic and Christian faith in any part of the world.” It is a religious, rather than a charitable, organisation. Despite what they say, the PG Group are a development company like any other – who just use some of their profits to promote their own beliefs.

The PG Group are trying to get us to leave voluntarily by holding out the promise of another building that we could use. So far all they have offered is a shipping container for storage and the use of some meeting rooms. We reject this offer.

We want to make it clear: even if they offered us a suitable building, we do not want to leave. We believe that, in this situation, accepting another building in order to vacate this one for development would be the same as supporting what the PG Group want to do. We do not want to help them promote themselves as ethical and caring as they continue to damage neighbourhoods. We do not agree with their development and we do not intend to cooperate with it.

We are squatting this building. We do not legally own it. However, we believe that buildings should belong to the people who use them and open them up for others to use together, not to those who only want to make money off them. Laws exist to protect the interests of the rich and keep the rest of us shut out. That is why, if we have to, we will defy them. We know that this means that we are likely to face violent eviction but we believe that resistance is essential. We have to take a stand.

We are staying where we are and we call for those who support us to join us in struggle – for this building, for free spaces and against eviction and gentrification.


Come on in!

We meet every Thursday at 7pm at the Factory. Everyone is welcome. Also please come and visit if you feel like it, we are working on the space daily and just drop in for a chat, look round, cup of tea and to find out what's going on!

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People’s Kitchen every Tuesday

Cooking starts at 5pm all help appreciated!

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