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Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 15:48:15 +0100
From: Cornerstone Resource Centre
Subject: EF!NE - Reclaim the Streets in Leeds

From: "Gumbyfish" (men6dj@ECU-01.NOVELL.LEEDS.AC.UK)

The sun shone, the people were there, all colourful and cheery and it was all set up to be a triffic, trafficless party last Saturday on Albion Street in Leeds.

Unfortunately the Police had other ideas.

Having split up to confuse West Yorkshires finest, two crowds of people came together on Albion Street to be confronted with 20 - 30 police brandishing truncheons, batons and, more worryingly, cs gas spray. After the police confiscated tripods, the protesters attempted to set up a bouncy castle only to be beaten back by more officers with telescopic batons. Several protesters had gas sprayed in their faces and the police later denied even having the spray, even though one of their own officers had to be taken to hospital when he was sprayed by mistake! The confrontation was settled when the 500 protesters sat in the road in a demonstration of a non-violent protest and the police allowed the organisers to set up a sound system and the bouncy castle.

The party continued throughout Saturday afternoon and once the police had left, without further incident. Banners were strung up and shoppers were informed about the nature of the protest whilst protesters danced showed others just how much fun a traffic free street could be. One banner seemed to sum up the atmosphere perfectly. It simply said, "Reclaimed."


Leeds EF! adds respect to the bloke who we recon gets "Crap arrest of the Week" for walking on the pavement up to Hyde Park. He was arrested, when he complained about the police riot van driving along the pavement, trying to run him over!

Anyone who witnessed any arrested please come to the debriefing meeting at 8pm this Wednesday at Leeds Uni Student Union or ring / e-mail cornerstone.

Tel:  0113 262 9365

Cornerstone Resource Centre

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