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Squatters Crack Memorial Arena in Victoria, B.C., Canada

On November 16, 2002, a month after the opening of the Pandora Squat in Victoria, squatters, homeless youth, and supporters from the Anti-Poverty Coalition of Victoria moved forward and cracked open the old Memorial Arena building, a huge structure that is due to be torn down and converted into a $30 million dollar entertainment complex.
Squatters Crack Memorial Arena in Victoria, B.C., Canada
Squatters Crack Memorial Arena in Victoria, B.C., Canada
Squatters Crack Memorial Arena in Victoria

November 16, 2002

On November 16, 2002, a month after the opening of the Pandora Squat in Victoria, squatters, homeless youth, and supporters from the Anti-Poverty Coalition of Victoria moved forward and cracked open the old Memorial Arena building, a huge structure that is due to be torn down and converted into a $30 million dollar entertainment complex.

After tearing boards off windows and breaking a glass door to gain entry squatters began to take up residence. Police moved in to arrest and then attacked the crowd, three police tackling one man, and pepper-sprayed several people. A scuffle continued as the crowd de-arrested some of their comrades. 6 people were arrested, 2 were released that day, and 4 were held over the weekend. Charges include "break and enter".

A solidarity demonstration was held outside the police station, and then moved on to re-elected mayor Allen Lowe's afterparty, where agressive police arrested 3 more people for "breach of the peace"; or "bad attitudes".

The squatters are in need of solidarity and support.

- by Insurgent-S

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BRAVO Squatters! 21.Nov.2002 22:39

GRINGO STARS gringo_stars@attbi.com

Utilising abandoned or unused spaces to live in is one of the most revolutionary acts there is.

The cops are tools, choosing to protect the interests of the upper class minority. Heaven forbid some people aren't successfully terrorised by the prospect of houselessness into paying rent or wage slavery!

Even though all the squatters did was exist without paying, they were brutalised and jailed. The cops are showing their true colors.