We have great memories of this incredible squatted social centre and gig space. We hope that the strength of feeling and community resistance will save it from “development”. Here’s to many more gigs, cafes, workshops, meetings and organising for years to come.
De Vloek, stay solid and fight to win!!! We will see you there again!!!
The city government of The Hague wants to evict social center De Vloek on January 5, 2015 to make room for a sailing center. Located in the harbor of Scheveningen, De Vloek was squatted 12.5 years ago and meanwhile has grown to be an essential social space in the harbor. De Vloek is home to the organic vegan restaurant “Water en Brood”, the concert hall “de Piratenbar”, many work spaces, studios, living spaces and rehearsal rooms for bands. There is already enough space for sport sailing in the harbor, but De Vloek must nevertheless move aside for the latest prestigious real estate project which nobody is looking forward to. On Thursday October 16, the city council will make a final decision about whether or not De Vloek must disappear. Please hang solidarity banners on your social center, squatters bar, community center or house. We would also like to receive photos so that we can put them on our website, to show that there is broad international support for De Vloek. Photos of banners and actions can be sent to devloekposter[at]gmail.com. On August 7, the campaign for the preservation of De Vloek commenced with a symbolic squatting action at the Pier. This icon of Scheveningen, which has already been vacant for a long time was occupied for several hours by supporters of De Vloek, providing for national attention (see: http://tinyurl.com/my5qc5j). With a large and well attended manifestation, we let the rest of the city know about the importance of our space (see: http://tinyurl.com/qxcaxuc). Social center De Vloek will not go! Stop the demolition! www.devloek.nl
Spanner is proud to stand with anarchists and comrades in Bristol and beyond to support this statement:
Police in Bristol appear to be stepping up their so far fruitless efforts to find individual anarchists and those that they think are responsible for property destruction actions over the last few years in Bristol. One year after their firearms training centre at Portishead was burnt down, they have turned to desperate measures to try and get any scrap of useful information.
They have made a number of arrests, detained people at airports, and raided people’s homes. The majority of people targeted have not even been charged with a crime, and we do not know of anyone who has been successfully prosecuted. Further, officers from CID have recently visited people at their homes under the pretext of having “a friendly chat”. Not surprisingly, they have been met with a resounding wall of silence with no cups of tea involved, as most good people understand the importance of not getting drawn into conversations with the police. Even if any one of the people recently harassed by these visits knew anything about these actions or the people involved, we are confident that common sense and solidarity would prevail and the police would get the sum total of zero information. Anything else would be working for the police.
These home visits, arrests, searches and requests to snitch are not just about information and evidence gathering. They have as much to do with a concerted effort to intimidate and divide us all. A big part of their plan is to scare people into inaction and to create divisions between us. They hope to get us blaming each other for increased surveillance to the point where someone falls for their lies and starts talking to the bad guys. These are tactics that have been used against social movements in countless places and times.
But they won’t work here in Bristol. None of us will ever co-operate with those whose job it is, all in the name of “security” and “safety”, to defend the rich and powerful while keeping us down.
We know that we are not the only people who face repression from the police – in no way do we want to compare what is happening to us to the things they are doing to others, for example their systematic use of anti-terrorism powers against people they see as Muslim. We oppose all police brutality and harassment, whoever they do it to. We also understand the need to stick together in the face of state control and repression. Anarchists and others targeted by the police have a wide range of opinions and preferred tactics, but we know who our comrades are and recognise the enemies at our front doors.
Here is some useful information on dealing with the police, both on the street and at your front door….
There are no friendly chats with the police! If police try to talk to you, we recommend you refuse to answer anything – answer “no comment” or “I am not obliged to answer that” to all questions. This isn’t just about protecting others – any other response will be taken by them as a sign of weakness, and they may hassle you more as a result. The ONLY time you legally have to tell them anything other than your name and address is if you are stopped at an airport under “Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act”. Even then, you do NOT have to answer questions about others, and they can ONLY ask you questions related to terrorism. If this happens to you, request a solicitor.
If police come to your door, do not let them in unless you have to. The only times they can force entry are when they have a warrant, when someone who lives at your house has been arrested, or in order to prevent a crime from happening. If you live in a shared house and someone is arrested, they can ONLY search communal areas and the room of the person arrested.
Dealing with police can be upsetting and intimidating, so it’s important that we support each other. Counselling For Social Change may be able to help if you need to talk through anything that’s happened www.counsellingforsocialchange.org.uk. Activist Trauma Support has a list of resources to help understand and deal with trauma – www.activist-trauma.net. The most important thing is to give each other space to talk without being given advice, and not to be left to deal with things alone.
Bristol Defendant Solidarity is a group of local people committed to putting principles of solidarity into practice and standing alongside anyone facing trouble from the authorities for involvement in radical politics. Anyone approached and harassed by the police to give information about people involved in struggle, here in Bristol or elsewhere, can contact BDS for support. We are also compiling a list of arrests, home visits and interviews at airports so far to get a clear picture of their lines of questioning, to track their operations and to use in any future court cases that people may want to bring against them.
We have compiled a more extensive guide to police powers and your rights if they target you, which you can read here: bristolabc.wordpress.com/defendant-solidarity/police-harassment
Shocking behaviour! On a schoolnight as well! This is gonna be good!
Not much to go on, we know. But does that make it a bit more exciting?
Spanner are playing Saturday night on the Philosopher’s stone stage. We think it might be the sort of stone that you can throw at the bad guys after a quick weighing up of the philosophical pros and cons of said act. So, probably a Paris ’68 or (UK 2014?) sort of philosophy. Allegedly.
We’re very excited to announce the release of our split 7″, “History Lessons”, with Action Sedition, a fantastic Montreal based antifascist band who we were lucky enough to meet and play with on our tour of Canada. In the spirit of international solidarity, we’re especially happy and proud to work with such a great band and top people that are Action Sedition as well as such committed and solid labels like Rebel Time Records, Iron Column Records, Jobsworth Records, Maloka Records and local legends Riot Ska Records. What a line up! We want to say a big thank you to all of the above for all the top work and support that has gone into the release and for their ongoing efforts to encourage movement off as well as on the dancefloors and to make punk a threat again.
The record is available from all the distros involved as well as direct from the bands.
Here’s more info on the release: http://historylessonsep.wordpress.com/
We hope you enjoy the songs and they contribute something towards motivation for action!
We’re playing on Sunday night in the Something Else tea tent.
For more info on the festival see http://www.surplusfest.co.uk
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