France: Lyon squat evicted in 7am raid

After months of threats from oil supergiant TotalEnergies, the abandoned school on Jean Bouin street was cleared out by a huge police operation yesterday, sparking alarm over the use of disproportionate force. The former Georges Brassens school, which was originally occupied in early 2020 and housed up to 200 people, mostly Eastern European and Central African

Review: Good Times In Dystopia

Good Times in Dystopia George F Zero Books, 2020 ISBN: 9781789041902 Review by Peter Bearder Featured Image by oneslutriot Additional artwork by Junk Comix The literary output of squats, occupations and other autonomous spaces is vanishingly small. Squatters, almost by definition, are invisible and unchronicled. What literature does exist, often arrives in the form of

Gary Neville luxury development occupied by Persons Unknown

Either you retire a hero, or you live long enough to become Nevillan, say squatters as they launch broadside against luxury apartments ousting working class families from Manchester. The crew, has taken over 19 and 21 St John Street in Castlefield, on the edge of the Northern Quarter.The million-pound Grade II listed property, formerly business

Book Review: The Cambridge Squatter – architecture, cinema and education

Accompaniment to Eliane Caffé’s original film, which blended documentary and fictive elements to tell the story of life at the Cambridge Hotel in São Paulo, Brazil. by Carla Caffé Sold as E-Book [Kobo][Amazon] PP: 242 Publisher: Edições Sesc SP 2017 Based on the film Era o Hotel Cambridge (Hotel Cambridge/The Cambridge Squatter) directed by Carla Caffé

Occupied Sanctuary in Bournemouth prepares to resist eviction

Organisers in Bournemouth who took over land earmarked for luxury housing and turned it into a sanctuary for the homeless over Christmas are preparing to defend themselves against an eviction attempt tomorrow. Update: The eviction went ahead this morning. Several videos were taken of the bailiffs coming in and destroying the site facilities, which can

Wealth blinds our rulers to the truth about homelessness

Recently the National Audit Office (NAO) published a study which was of surprise to no-one — notwithstanding the blustering pretend humbug of neoliberals and Tories — showing that welfare cuts cause homelessness to rise. Not so long ago, this would have been a “well duh” report which would itself have risked being written off as

Lessons of Cornerhouse

The Cornerhouse is a former theatre in Manchester squatted from January to August 2017 by self-organised homeless people linked to the Manchester Activist Network. This is their story. As the final pieces of our belongings, donations and clothes were brought out of the infamous Cornerhouse it was time for Manchester Activist Network to reflect back

Manchester Council gears up for eviction of the Addy

Andy Burnham’s Labour administration found itself in yet another mess over homelessness today as it made its first abortive attempt to scare a self-organised homeless group off an occupied site in Hulme — just days after pledging to “end homelessness” in Manchester. The spectacle has been particularly humiliating for City bosses because the squatted empty