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Riots Break Out In Bristol After Squat Raided

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-13167041

Eyewitnesses said police fought running battles with hundreds of protesters, who dug up cobbles from the road to throw at them.

Police carried out the raid because they feared a nearby Tesco store was to be attacked with petrol bombs.

However, the squat raid led to trouble in nearby streets with bins and skips being set alight.

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This is old news, there were "riots" when the Tesco express was announced. This is just a continuation. I'll be heading down the pub nearby soon, if I remember I'll report on what the state is like.

Tonight will be interesting. :huh:

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A local hack I know said several thousand people were involved at peak, and that polis were worried about trouble in other parts of city...

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This is old news, there were "riots" when the Tesco express was announced. This is just a continuation. I'll be heading down the pub nearby soon, if I remember I'll report on what the state is like.

Tonight will be interesting. :huh:

Well, word is spreading like wildfire.

BBC Bristol is at the heart of this so coverage should be interesting.

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Police carried out the raid because they feared a nearby Tesco store was to be attacked with petrol bombs.

What a load of BS, petrol bombs are not very often used in the UK... I mean have you seen the price of petrol these days?

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Well, word is spreading like wildfire.

BBC Bristol is at the heart of this so coverage should be interesting.

Miners strike? You know where they edited the footage which made is look like the miners attacking the police and then the police performing a counter charge. When really the police charged first. The advent of personal cameras everywhere should make interesting viewing vs the state line of the state propaganda machine.

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It's the first thing to happen "outside the M25" since records began, according to the BBC!

I'm glad I'm outside of Bristol!

Nothing has happened in the village of Gurt Clodney since 1922, when a safety bicycle was accused of witchcraft, for having electric lights! :huh:

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It's the first thing to happen "outside the M25" since records began, according to the BBC!

I'm glad I'm outside of Bristol!

Nothing has happened in the village of Gurt Clodney since 1922, when a safety bicycle was accused of witchcraft, for having electric lights! :huh:

:lol::lol:

Bristol has a nice long history of individual and organised acts of violence and non-confirmist behaviour. Part of the character, certainly integral part of the character of Stokes Croft.

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Indymedia coverage: http://bristol.indymedia.org/article/704197

The Battle of #StokesCroft

WOW. I’ll update this in the morning, have just returned from a week abroad to pure and utter carnage on my doorstep. Please excuse all the errors in this – it’s been about 20 hours since I slept. (I have deadlines next week, this has been literally the most ridiculous unplanned night of my life.)

Since I got back to Bristol this evening I’ve been stuck between various police roadblocks and witnessed running battles between police and mostly random people woken in the middle of the night by the sound of police sirens and choppers. The riots kicked off shortly after 10 and have continued all night.

For those not local here is the back story:

Tesco has been trying to move in to stokes croft for over 2 years and has been unable to because of huge protests. They have had to move builders in under police escort and have 24 hour roof top private security. Last weekend Tesco opened and there have been non stop protests all week.

When I arrived the police would only tell me that I could not enter stokes croft for my “health and safety” and that it was to do with Tesco. Asking around there were various different explanations. Most people said that the police were raiding protesters houses throughout stokes croft. We could see across the police line approximately 10 riot vans and a riot squad entering the famous “Telepathic heights”. A house, like a lot in the area painted from head to toe in murals. One mural on the side of the block reads “No Tesco in Stokes Croft” in huge letters. Stokes croft is known in Bristol as the cultural quarters and spansonly a few thousand square feet of concentrated cultural activity not dissimilar to Camden in central London.

At something like 10PM a huge crowd landed on the front of stokes croft drawn by the lowflying helicopter with spotlight and the army of police emerging from 12+ riot vans dressed for combat. Pretty soon tension peaked as no explanation would be given for the roadblocks and there was intimidation on both sides.

I was on the junction of stokes croft high street when the police charged what was only at that point a croud (of about 100 but which quickly grew) down Ashley road pretty much all the way to the end of it over the course of a couple of hours. Due to the absolute confusion a number of people had emerged from their houses only to shortly find they were the wrong side of a road block and got roped in to what became a three hour running battle through pretty much all of the back streets coming off Ashley road croft and in to St Pauls, numerous burning barracades were errected and a huge amount of people were battered and bloodied by police for attempting to approach police lines to get home of find friends. By this point there was devastation everywhere. All junctions were blocked by overturned glass bottle dumpsters and makeshift neighbourhood roadblocks blocks.

Eventually what seemed like the entire residence of stokes croft emerged and pushed the police back on to stokes croft high street. For a long time there was a deadlock, people stood around and shared rumours about the reason behind the army of police that had arrived unnanounced and were terrorising the neighbourhood.

There was total confusion and stokes croft (street) was mostly cordoned off, the police started making arrests and then all hell broke loose. Missiles began coming down from telepathic heights, the starting point of the problem and police braugh out dogs to clear people from the street, quite a few got bitten. Meanwhile a lot of police vans had their tyres let out. At that point the dogs retreated and the convoy of about 10 vans that were surrounded drove at speed through the crowd clipping a large number of people on their way out. Both Tesco and telepathic heights were abandoned by the police.

At this point I decided to go home since now the police had retreated all hell was being unleashed on Tescos and hundreds of pieces of police riot gear were being handed out from the abandoned vehicles, since then the police returned and there’s been more running battles and people flooding down my street.

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St. Pauls in Bristol kicked off the 80s riots...

could push up the price of the Luxury executive apartments as Bristol is rebranded as having a more cosmopolitan Parisian feel, particularly with the artwork.

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For a long time there was a deadlock, people stood around and shared rumours about the reason behind the army of police that had arrived unnanounced and were terrorising the neighbourhood.

Funny that, a few years ago people were talking about how evil China was for hiring thugs to force developments on people they didn't want. :blink:

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If I am reading this right, the police were forced to retreat under the weight of numbers?

That would really make tonight interesting.

Don't worry they'll be back with guns and live ammo shortly.

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If I am reading this right, the police were forced to retreat under the weight of numbers?

That would really make tonight interesting.

Police numbers will be up tonight. Will the Tesco opponents also up their numbers?

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Indymedia coverage: http://bristol.indymedia.org/article/704197

The Battle of #StokesCroft

WOW. I’ll update this in the morning, have just returned from a week abroad to pure and utter carnage on my doorstep. Please excuse all the errors in this – it’s been about 20 hours since I slept. (I have deadlines next week, this has been literally the most ridiculous unplanned night of my life.)

Since I got back to Bristol this evening I’ve been stuck between various police roadblocks and witnessed running battles between police and mostly random people woken in the middle of the night by the sound of police sirens and choppers. The riots kicked off shortly after 10 and have continued all night.

For those not local here is the back story:

Tesco has been trying to move in to stokes croft for over 2 years and has been unable to because of huge protests. They have had to move builders in under police escort and have 24 hour roof top private security. Last weekend Tesco opened and there have been non stop protests all week.

When I arrived the police would only tell me that I could not enter stokes croft for my “health and safety” and that it was to do with Tesco. Asking around there were various different explanations. Most people said that the police were raiding protesters houses throughout stokes croft. We could see across the police line approximately 10 riot vans and a riot squad entering the famous “Telepathic heights”. A house, like a lot in the area painted from head to toe in murals. One mural on the side of the block reads “No Tesco in Stokes Croft” in huge letters. Stokes croft is known in Bristol as the cultural quarters and spansonly a few thousand square feet of concentrated cultural activity not dissimilar to Camden in central London.

At something like 10PM a huge crowd landed on the front of stokes croft drawn by the lowflying helicopter with spotlight and the army of police emerging from 12+ riot vans dressed for combat. Pretty soon tension peaked as no explanation would be given for the roadblocks and there was intimidation on both sides.

I was on the junction of stokes croft high street when the police charged what was only at that point a croud (of about 100 but which quickly grew) down Ashley road pretty much all the way to the end of it over the course of a couple of hours. Due to the absolute confusion a number of people had emerged from their houses only to shortly find they were the wrong side of a road block and got roped in to what became a three hour running battle through pretty much all of the back streets coming off Ashley road croft and in to St Pauls, numerous burning barracades were errected and a huge amount of people were battered and bloodied by police for attempting to approach police lines to get home of find friends. By this point there was devastation everywhere. All junctions were blocked by overturned glass bottle dumpsters and makeshift neighbourhood roadblocks blocks.

Eventually what seemed like the entire residence of stokes croft emerged and pushed the police back on to stokes croft high street. For a long time there was a deadlock, people stood around and shared rumours about the reason behind the army of police that had arrived unnanounced and were terrorising the neighbourhood.

There was total confusion and stokes croft (street) was mostly cordoned off, the police started making arrests and then all hell broke loose. Missiles began coming down from telepathic heights, the starting point of the problem and police braugh out dogs to clear people from the street, quite a few got bitten. Meanwhile a lot of police vans had their tyres let out. At that point the dogs retreated and the convoy of about 10 vans that were surrounded drove at speed through the crowd clipping a large number of people on their way out. Both Tesco and telepathic heights were abandoned by the police.

At this point I decided to go home since now the police had retreated all hell was being unleashed on Tescos and hundreds of pieces of police riot gear were being handed out from the abandoned vehicles, since then the police returned and there’s been more running battles and people flooding down my street.

Why don't they want a Tesco?

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