Support the Badger Cull saboteurs!

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Dirty weekend punkfest!


OH YEAH!!!! We’re very excited about this! So many great bands, top politics and a proper punk and organised crew putting it on. And it’s in a field! Proper job!

We’re very pleased to be playing on the Pumpkin Records stage Sunday evening, 6.30pm. See ya there!

Sunday 30th Aug: Rebel Soul stage at Shambala festival

So this weekend Spanner is off to sample a bit of Utopia – well that’s what it says on the tin anyway! Apparently it’s going to be instated at Shambala festival. We think there might be some new song material here…

Anyway, we’re playing at the Rebel Soul stage, Sunday night at 00.15. So yes, that means pace yourselves, possibly an afternoon power snooze and lashings of soya cappuccino darlings!

Rebel Soul are mixing music and politics throughout the festival in recognition of the fact that Utopia doesn’t come without a struggle! Funds raised at the stage and cafe go to support social movements and radical campaigns and initiatives. So if you’re at Shambala check out their programme and cafe. Dude.


Free gig at the Chelsea this Sunday!


Outcider festival

Outcider poster with changes

Spanish anarchists solidarity fundraiser – No estan solos!


On the 16th December Catalan police raided 14 houses and social enters in Barcelona and Madrid, destroying or stealing everything of value. Without concrete accusations and with the greatest secrecy, 11 comrades were sent to a high court in Madrid. 4 have been released with charges and 7 have been locked up (in part for supporting the 2 anarchists who have already been in prison for the past year). So that’s now 7 people imprisoned simply for being anarchists.

The situation in Spain has taken a massive turn lately when the state passed the new ‘Gag’ laws. These laws basically mean complete control from a totalitarian and fascistic regime, here is a few examples of what is now ‘illegal’ and can face hefty fines. Google to find out the full list.

Photographing or recording police – 600 to 30.000€ fine.
Peaceful disobedience to authority – 600 to 30.000€ fine.

Meeting or gathering in front of Congress – 600 to 30.000€ fine.
It allows random identity checks, allowing for racial profiling of immigrants and minorities.
Police can now carry out raids at their discretion, without the need for “order” to have been disrupted.

To show solidarity, Riot Ska Records (us) and Pumpkin Records will be donating any money made through their Bandcamp pages to the Spanish anarchists for legal costs, fines, and whatever they think it’s best used for.

Bring it on! First gig of the year!


For a winter of discontent…


De Vloek stay strong! Up the squatters!

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!!!

rippin it up @ Pirate bar


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 

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]

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: With a large and well  attended 
manifestation, we let the rest of the city know about the importance of 
our space (see:

Social center De Vloek will not go! Stop the demolition!

Solidarity statement against police harassment

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.


  • Bristol Defendant Solidarity
  • Bristol Anarchist Black Cross
  • South Wales Anarchists
  • Bristol Solidarity Network
  • Bristol Legal Observer Network
  • Bristol SolFed
  • Kebele Social Centre
  • Riot Ska Records
  • Rising Tide
  • Spanner
  • Bristol Hunt Saboteurs
  • Empty Cages Collective
  • Bristol AFed

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 Activist Trauma Support has a list of resources to help understand and deal with trauma – 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: