Dalston Theatre occupation - Update Tuesday 21st

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Activists are still defending the occupation of the Dalston theatre and the two adjacent buildings from eviction.

The situation at the moment is confusing. Whilst the police have stated this morning that they have no orders to evict the buildings as they see this as a 'civil matter' between the occupiers, the contractors and Hackney council, workmen from Byline have effectivelly taken over the theatre itself, even though, 1 activist is still resisting at the roof. The others are maintaining the occupation of the building opposite, and intend to open it as soon as possible as a social centre.

The contractors from Byline (hired by Hackney Council) claim to be "doing work" preparing the theatre for a structural survey by English Heritage, although the the people maintaining the occupation argue that what they are actually doing is probably to prepare the building for demolition.

Although few people from the local Open Dalston campaign and others have gone today to the Theatre to show support, the activists maintain the call for more people to go down there to show solidarity with the occupation, and to resist any fruther attempts of eviction. The address is 4-14 Dalston Lane, London E8.

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DALSTON THEATRE / FOUR ACES / THE LABYRINTH…TOO LATE IN THE DAY? IT DOESN’T MATTER, PLEASE COME AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT TODAY, THIS EVENING, TOMORROW!!!! GIVE IT A LAST SHOT AS THE BULLDOZERS ARRIVE.

21st February 2006

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This image is of the old Dalston Theatre, sadly about to be lost to the hungry appetite of Hackney Council and their developers forever. BUT squatters who have been occupying the adjacent Georgian houses, also to be demolished, are bravely trying to save the buildings at the last minute, whil

st Bill Parry-Davies & Co from OPEN Dalston (www.opendalston.net) continue their amazing efforts against the council’s unpopular decision in the courts today. A single female is occupying the theatre roof, its freezing and dangerous. They need your support NOW!
The injunction Bill managed to secure against the illegal demolition of these beautiful and immensely cultural significant buildings has just run out, at 4pm today. Hackney will inevitably be sending the bulldozers in, together with strong arms to evict the protesters. Nobody wanted to lose these buildings, and their demise was planned by the council a long time ago, with the usual wilful damage so they would fall into disrepair and eventually it would be ‘necessary’ to demolish. I was present at the planning sub-committee as a member of the public. It was one of the most depressing meetings I have witnessed, with huge public protest being ignored as the council just pushed the demolition go-ahead through. Find out more at the OPEN Dalston blog. IN THE MEAN TIME…

PLEASE COME AND SUPPORT THE THEATRE AND ITS OCCUPANTS TODAY, THEY NEED YOUR HELP!!! AND IF YOU CAN BRING DOWN BLANKETS & HOT DRINKS FOR THE OCCUPANTS, BANNERS, ETC ETC EVEN BETTER! DALSTON HAS BEEN GOING TO THE DOGS, PLEASE COME AND SUPPORT! RECLAIM OUR COMMUNITIES AND CULTURAL LEGACIES BEFORE THEY ARE LOST FOREVER!!!! (it’s happening everywhere…time to pull together.)

DALSTON LANE, E8, JUST NEXT TO DALSTON JUNCTION AND OPPOSITE THE HACKNEY PEACE MURAL.