M11 Link Road (the protest)

Discussion in 'protest, direct action and demos' started by Firky, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. Firky

    Firky The first of the gang Banned

  2. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    was never there myself, sure there are some urbs tho
    bit depressing video
     
  3. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    Definitely the case. I'll let them out themselves though if they want. If they're still around ...
     
  4. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  5. chilango

    chilango *shrugs*

    I was there for the eviction. Up on the roof.
     
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  6. Ron Merlin

    Ron Merlin All about the anatomical snuff box.

    I wasn't there for the eviction but I knew quite a few people in the squats. One of them had knocked through the walls to link several houses together, as I recall.

    The film, Life in the Fast Lane - No M11 campaign's worth a look.
     
  7. Blagsta

    Blagsta Minimum cage, maximum cage

    I spent a little bit of time there, got nicked on "piss Tuesday".
     
  8. TitanSound

    TitanSound Mr Beardy Drummer

    Nice, bit of Augustus Pablo there at the start :D
     
  9. dogDBC

    dogDBC Well-Known Member

    I was there. Operational feeding was a bit 'meh' and the snacks on the carrier were very poor - lots of sandwich swapping and the usual rock hard apple with a bag of crisps. Everything was assembled at the 'new' Spitalfields and India 99 probably gave the game away in any case.

    Lots of standing around in the cold. Had to to use flash gloves inside the 'NI' gloves just to keep hands warm.
     
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  10. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    did you feel it was right or were you just following orders?
     
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  11. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    i was down there a few times but didn't get nicked. did get chucked out of the cemetery the other side of the tracks tho.
     
  12. dogDBC

    dogDBC Well-Known Member

    Right? Never thought about 'right'. The law said they had to go - not my job to think about right.
     
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  13. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    ahhh the following orders defence
     
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  14. dogDBC

    dogDBC Well-Known Member

    Defence? I wasn't defending myself. Don't be so silly.
     
  15. el-ahrairah

    el-ahrairah forward communism, forward gerbils!

    i was there, and wrote a big chunk of the wikipedia article back in the day :D
     
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  16. el-ahrairah

    el-ahrairah forward communism, forward gerbils!

    gosh, there's a lot on the wiki these days. much better!
     
  17. ChrisD

    ChrisD .

    I used to know some folk who where there.... last week I came across a letter I got back from The Dept of Transport in June 1993 justifying the road proposed through Oxleas Wood. One week after that letter was written the Govt abandoned that one.......
     
  18. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    That Wiki piece is excellent isn't it?! :cool:
     
  19. Blagsta

    Blagsta Minimum cage, maximum cage

    Seems like another age :(
     
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  20. toblerone3

    toblerone3 Grrrrr

    I think the M11 link road protests were incredibly influential and they coincided with a profound shift going on in academic circles about the benefits of building new roads.

    One month after the Claremont Road eviction in December 1994 an arcane report came out published by the Standing Advisory Committee on Trunk Road Assessment called "Trunk Roads and the Generation of Traffic". It formed the basis of what is now commonly accepted and what makes governments of all political persuasions hesitate before proposing new roads to combat congestion. The basic argument that new roads fill up with traffic jams far more quickly than estimates. The reason being that drivers take advantage of them to make new trips and longer trips than they had previously considered making - the phenomena of induced traffic.

    http://webarchive.nationalarchives....ics/rdg/nataarchivedocs/trunkroadstraffic.pdf
     
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  21. Streathamite

    Streathamite ideological dogmatist

    I live 5 mins away! You'd not know there'd ever been that inspiring protest, but I agree - ever since, when anyone's planning a new highway, they've had to think twice, and really justify it. More importantly, they crystallised in people's minds the question "is this really necessary?"
     
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  22. Dynamo

    Dynamo Banned Banned

    I bet many of those protesters are yuppies now working in high paid jobs. That happens with every generation of protesters and activists they are radical for a few years then they rejoin society. It happened with the hippies too, many of them became the middle classes of the 1980s.
     
  23. Blagsta

    Blagsta Minimum cage, maximum cage

    How much are you prepared to bet?
     
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  24. Dynamo

    Dynamo Banned Banned

    Well look at the people here who were involved in the Twyford Down protest of1992 Those people look really posh now.
     
  25. Blagsta

    Blagsta Minimum cage, maximum cage

    You failed to answer my question. Come on, money where your mouth is.
     
  26. el-ahrairah

    el-ahrairah forward communism, forward gerbils!

    you're very wrong on that, i've seen their facebook pages :D
     
  27. ChrisD

    ChrisD .

    Ones I know are working for transport charities: so no -they're not in highly paid jobs and are still fighting the same battles
     
  28. TopCat

    TopCat Gone away, no forwarding address

    The same old issue. He seems ok but if his boss says hit the man, woman or child over the head he will do it straight away. ACAB.
     
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  29. TopCat

    TopCat Gone away, no forwarding address

    I used to drop in on the way back from delivering parcels in Cambridge. Lots of strange people amongst the activists.
     
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  30. Rose Ellen

    Rose Ellen New Member

    Lol, just stumbled across this looking for something else and had to sign up to say.. I'm in that photo, hahahah :D
    Miss those days, was involved a fair bit, squatted in Claremont Road for some months :)
     
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