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