many of u here (from da south of da UK especially dirtycircus refugees)may have had a good time @ last weeks Reading warehouse party. It was also home to 5 of Readings squatters – and a workspace 4 working on backdrops, art, bikes, rigs etc.
following last weeks party, Thames Valley Police immediately got in touch with the owners, and helped the owners fast-track the court case through civil court, and now these squatters have been evicted from home as a reprisal for the party.
The graffiti drawn on every wall, and damage (although minor) was cited in court as a reason for swift eviction – as I type they are clearing out – and worse still managers of other companies in the industrial estate, angry that their van was parked in “their” parking space, have called the old bill and had their van towed away for no tax, so the squatters have also lost their transport
luckily they have contingency plans. Full details are restricted for security purposes but at least they have somewhere to sleep at the weekend (and it is cold as fuck here in Reading!)
OK they did know that a second party in the venue may hasten eviction – but graf and stuff on the walls didn’t help their cause.
To give u lot that party, they sacrificed their HOME.
Next time you take out your marker pen – THINK. IS THIS SOMEONES HOME? and if you DO scrawl on your own walls at home (even if Mum gives you a slap) think about a press release I read from British Transport Police – loads of graf artists are caught when Pc Plod visits their home address and sees their tags on the bedroom wall or door.
Use your brains…
what was written? did they swear?
it was all kindz of stuff ranging from tags to the usual schoolyard type wall-scrawling and even a half decent picture of a monster or something, but it was everywhere – plus loadz of rubbish left around the day after…….
neway what I woz geting at is that whilst it may be different in London trashing some building that is fucked anyway and is going 2 be knocked in and when the partys finished every1 fucks off, in some areas these buildings r peoples homes.
also the old bill are now working with building owners 2 try and prevent parties – any damage just gives ammunition to the anti-party hysteria they are spreading….
A lot of us go back to a nice secure house after the event, whilst the squatters often have to deal with a home full of other peoples rubbish and possibly the court papers for eviction on the monday comedown – I think people sometimes forget this….
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