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Report from Squattastic Bristol
south west | community | news report Monday May 09, 2011 20:36 by Taunton Squatters tauntonac at riseup dot net
On Saturday 7th May 2011 a meeting was held at the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair regarding the Squatting Law, the upcoming changes, the impact it has on Bristol squatters and action to take for the future. The meeting, titled ‘Squattastic Bristol’ was an open discussion with both squatters and non-squatters concerned of recent events in Bristol, Brighton, London and elsewhere. Packed into a small room, every point raised in the meeting was respected, and many ideas were put forward. The meeting raised many questions for us all to think about now and in the future:
What is the new law? How does it affect squatters and travellers?
How to deal with police in future evictions?
S.N.O.B (Squatters Network Of Brighton) – gave out their contact number
New upcoming Squat for Bridgwater?
The Media and its role in the Squatting Movement
Following recent events, some squatters are concerned that ‘irrational’ violence towards police does not help the squatting movement. This may be the case, but it was reminded that the media will always be biased, and by condemning those causing violence only encourages the concept of ‘good squatter, bad squatter’, which is not what most people want. Furthermore it lacks understanding as to why squatters feel angry and disempowered to act in such a way, although tactical criticism should always be encouraged. It was also reminded that we should be promoting squatting as a principal and human right, not because of its ‘good’ connotations.
Expanding the Squatting Network
By expanding the network to smaller towns, the focus would be taken from Bristol, Brighton and London and would symbolise the importance of squatting for everyone – not just those in larger cities. If the squatting community expands, then even more support could be gained for the future, although this can be challenging without enough numbers to support such projects. Other concerns of expanding the network were that it may increase negativity towards squatting by any communties already under threat.
Expanding the network seems a likely plan of action however, especially towards Somerset, with rumours of activity in Glastonbury and future plans for Taunton and Bridgwater. Additional benefits to these rural areas would be the likely support from current and ex-travellers, such as in Taunton, where a phone-tree is being created between squatters, supporters, and the local travelling community.