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From: "Jo Makepeace" (webmaster@schnews.org.uk)
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2008 20:04:09 +0100
Subject: SchNEWS 652, Friday 24th October 2008

Wet Paint survives threatened eviction


A squatted social centre in Worcester has survived a threatened illegal eviction this Wednesday (22nd). Wet Paint, an art squat run along the lines of the TAA squats, was given a notice this week by a bailiff for the owners, Keather Properties, who said they would forcibly remove the squatters as was their right under Common Law, set out in Halsburys law of England. A phone call to the Advisory Service for Squatters confirmed that this was not lawful, and preparations were made for a violent confrontation with bailiffs, and doors were barricaded.

With numbers inside, and outside the building, they were met late Wednesday morning by a group of men who surveyed the entrances to the building. They were given a notice saying that their planned eviction was unlawful, and that they needed to go through proper legal channels.

So for the time being Wet Paint is back on, Worcester's oasis of autonomousness is still creating art, music, food, and more. The crew are adamant that even if this building gets evicted, they will occupy somewhere else.

Check it out at 13-17 Carden Street (off City Walls Road), Worcester WR1
Site mobile - 07965 710354
email - wetpaint@riseup.net

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