Dickenson Rd and the surrounding area has been host to a number of squats in the last year. Some of which have been ‘legally’ evicted after one or more court appearances, and others are being occupied. These houses have played a central role in housing those who cannot afford to pay rapidly increasing rent payments, those who simply object to the principle of property and rent, or both.
118 Dickenson Rd has been sitting derelict for upwards of 6 years, becoming an eye saw to the community as well as attracting unwanted attention from individuals and groups who may intent to cause trouble. Around 6 weeks ago the property was occupied with the intention of making a habitable home out of a shell of a building. Since the locks were changed and the Section 6 was posted massive renovations have taken place inside and outside the property, from re-glazing broken windows to huge clean up of rubble left by previous occupiers.
After visit by the housing association employees who represent the owner of the property on the on the 16th August, the occupants of 118 had to talk down officers from the Greater Manchester Police Force who thought they could bully their way in and bully the squatters out (disregarding the law they claim to protect). After the police and housing association presumably consulted superiors (as it was quite clear they did not have any knowledge whatsoever of squatting laws themselves) both parties left without saying a word. It seemed like there would be no word again from the landlord until court papers were posted.
However…. on the 17th of August the land lord showed up began hurling abuse at the occupiers and then threw a brick through one of the windows on the side of the door before promptly fleeing the scene. This act is a breach of the Section 6 so occupiers rang the police. The G.M.P. promptly showed up and instantly wielded a battering ram at the front door, shouting statements such as “it’s his house he can do what he wants” and “pah squatters don’t have rights”. This just strengthening the argument that the law enforcement agencies have no knowledge whatsoever of the law they are employed to protect as out of 3 cars and a vans worth of police not one of them knew squatting was a civil matter.
As the landlord has declared he will return in two or three days (of the 17th) and we obviously cannot trust the police to protect our rights as they only seem to care about the property owning classes, we must mobilise a group who will act as witnesses, and help prevent the landlord illegally evicting the squatters from their home. You don’t have to be a squatter to be actively involved in the struggle!!
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