Posted by: Eddie | April 22, 2011

The Battle of Stokes Croft

Last night, an eviction of squatters in Stokes Croft, Bristol, turned into a riot following heavy handed policing. We weren’t there last night as this was a spontaneous reaction against police violence so I won’t be going into too much detail into what happened. Instead I’m going to point you in the direction of two different points of view so you can make up your own minds.

Here is the news report from the local paper, This is Bristol: http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/news/Road-closed-squatters-targeted/article-3479322-detail/article.html

And here’s one from Bristol Indymedia: http://bristol.indymedia.org/article/704202

The petrol bomb allegations are quite suspicious as the police didn’t handle the original incident as you would expect them to handle terrorist activity as the Indymedia writer suggests. Combine this with the Royal wedding coming up and the many obviously fabricated  stories and interviews about anarchist terrorist cells being bandied about by the media, you can see a pattern emerging. Is the government creating an anarchist bogeyman to justify future political repression? We’ll have to wait and see, but it’s certainly pointing in that direction.

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  1. I think that as usual, whenever the police try to extend thier oppressive reach, more and more people turn against them. I was just reading a report on the gurdian website, full of comment from local residents disgusted by the police behaviour and mostly in support of the rioters. It is heartening to see that many people give up thier thursday bank holiday night out to defend a squat, get the pigs out of thier community, and ruin a tesco’s that 90% of the neighbourhood we’re in opposition to.

    Last time I was up that way a friend in bristol took great pride in showing me the longest strip of indipendantly owned shops in the UK, tescos must have been a real kick in the teeth to the community. I think we just saw a glimps of this elusive big society!
    …and just to add I don’t usually read the guardian, although i did like the quote about the cop!… “I saw a police officer get hit in the face and go down – he was taken away in an ambulance.”
    Best wishes to stokes croft!


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