Resistance successful at Gremlin Alley.

Posted: October 7, 2012 in Squatting, UK

Thursday morning activists from near and far rallied round to defend Gremlin Alley, the squatted bowling alley and cinema on City Road, in Roath, Cardiff. The eviction resistance was also in solidarity with Alex Haig, the 21 year old squatter who was the first squatter sentenced to prison under the new anti-squatting law, which began on September 1st this year.

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At around 10am Bailiffs arrived at the 100 year old building, which opened as the Gaiety Cinema and skating rink in 1912, after realising they had little hope of entering they called for police support. The police though, didn’t stick around for long, and conversations were overheard about a meeting between police and bailiffs in Cathays, the neighbouring area. About an hour later both returned, but decided that with limited resources they would hold off before evicting. The resistance stayed strong and the message remained clear.

The operation was then scaled down to between two and five officers ministering proceedings from across the road with two bailiffs and the janitor. With several of the squatters, affectionately known as Gremlins, on the roof wearing masks, and a few people still outside. Passing cars have been supportive, with one woman apparently saying “don’t move, stay strong!”

Throughout the day support gathered outside Gremlin Alley, people stopped to talk, food was brought and shared and a house over the road turned up their stereo and started playing Public Enemy, Rage against the Machine and CRASS loadly through the upstairs window!

Messages of support for the Gremlins have been received from places ranging from Swansea to Brighton! The Gremlins have also received donations from small businesses.
After police left around 3:30PM, black flags were raised, more banners were hung and the party continued on the oof. Music was played from supporters posite followed by a local band ‘Inconsiderate king‘who played for hours with people dancing in the street in the day.

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Resistance at Gremlin Alley is set to continue with predictions that the real eviction could come at the beginning of next week. The Gremlins welcome visitors, people looking to join them and continued support. Email The Gremlins at welcometogremlinalley@riseup.net or if needed, phone Eviction Resistance on 07591415860 with your contact details.

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