Published November 17, 2011
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.
Published November 8, 2011
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.
Published November 2, 2011
We received the following message from comrades in Prague, Czech Republic:
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!