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(en) Sydney, Australia - Midnight Star Squatted Social Centre Evicted : 7.12.02 :

From dr.woooo@nomasters.org
Date Mon, 9 Dec 2002 03:33:06 -0500 (EST)

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On Saturday 7 December 2002 the Midnight Star Social Centre
was evicted. Around 25 OSG riot police forced their way in just
after 7a.m, searched those inside for knives etc, tried to take
down names, and gave them just a few minutes to get out.
Within hours, the owners had enclosed the site with barbwire
fencing and were refusing to allow people in to get their
equipment. There were no injuries and no arrests were made.
The Midnight Star had been occupied since February 2002.
From the outset, the Social Centre was an experiment in
autonomous direct action - it was a non-residential space
focused on creating a space outside the control of the state and
market. The Midnight Star was an important space for gigs -
many doof, punk, hip-hop, and jazz benefit gigs were held
there, introducing many people to the possibilities of occupied
and autonomous spaces. A pirate cinema - oPeRaTiNg
tHeAtRe - screened unusual and rare films and served free
food every week, including Hindi films for the local Indian
community. A number of different people and crews with
computer skills set-up a computer workspace/infoshop with
discarded and donated computer equipment. The Midnight
Star was also the meeting space for a number of different
groups - from local wireless technology networking groups to
copwatch and other autonomous/activists crews.

The Midnight Star was a key organising space for a number of
anarchist/autonomist events in Sydney this year - including
organising for M1 demonstrations and an anarchist/autonomist
conference in May 2002, and organising against the WTO
mini-ministerial meeting held in Sydney last month.

The eviction was designed and driven by the police, as the
owner had been fairly indifferent to the occupation of the
space. The police had earlier tried to evict just two weeks
before Mayday this year, but were unable to break the
barricades. This latest eviction comes just two weeks after the
WTO meeting in Sydney, and significant mainstream media on
the Midnight Star as the "nerve centre" of violent and
politically motivated dissent.

There are a number of different autonomist actions planned
over the next few months, and those involved in the Midnight
Star are already planning further occupations to take and create
autonomous spaces over the next few months.

For more info on the Star see http://scan.cat.org.auor mail

"justsay ha!" <shac@kittymail.com

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