“Squattastic is a loose network of squatters and squat-supporters that was started in London in December 2010 out of the need for an organised response to the Tory government’s announcements of an upcoming revision of the squatting laws, flanked by an ongoing campaign to defame squatting on the mainstream media.”
On Saturday 7th May 2011 a meeting was held at the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair regarding the Squatting Law, the upcoming changes, the impact it has on Bristol squatters and action to take for the future. The meeting, titled ‘Squattastic Bristol’ was an open discussion with both squatters and non-squatters concerned of recent events in Bristol, Brighton, London and elsewhere. Packed into a small room, every point raised in the meeting was respected, and many ideas were put forward. The meeting raised many questions for us all to think about now and in the future.
What is the new law? How does it affect squatters and travellers?
It was explained that the new ‘law’ is to effectively remove Section 6 of the Criminal Law Act 1977, as amended by Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. This would make squatting a criminal offence of trespass, regardless of whether the land or building is occupied or not. So far only 23 MP’s have supported the EDM and it hasn’t progressed beyond this point.
Last Updated: 09/05/11