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reclaim the streets

RTS Reports 98:

Cardiff Reclaim The Streets 13.06.98- report

"Four lanes of auto-madness were reclaimed in the city centre, on the bridge over the River Taff for about 3-4 hours. A sound system got in 5 minutes after the party started, but there were amp and generator problems for about 30 mins. This rig then played out to happy party-goers (and the FIT guys who were at Brixton), against a back-drop of great banners hung from lamp-posts and a veritable see of custard. People from trade-union organisations and crusties danced side by side until about 8:30pm, when the people walked as one to a great warehouse for an after-party party, followed by extremely fluffy ("no headlines please") cops.

The leccy was on in the warehouse, and the sound system from the RTS grew throughout the night as more bits and bobs arrived. As I write this, I've just got home from the great warehouse party - the time is 8:00am ! The RTS crew made sure that bottles of water were available for the more-enthusiastic party goers before relaxing and getting down to serious boogying (nice and safe)."

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Leeds Reclaim The Streets! - 12.05.98

The sun shone, the people were there, all colourful and cheery and it was all set up to be a triffic, trafficless party last Saturday on Albion Street in Leeds.

Unfortunately the Police had other ideas. Having split up to confuse West Yorkshires finest, two crowds of people came together on Albion Street to be confronted with 20 - 30 police brandishing truncheons, batons and, more worryingly, cs gas spray.

After the police confiscated tripods, the protesters attempted to set up a bouncy castle only to be beaten back by more officers with telescopic batons. Several protesters had gas sprayed in their faces and the police later denied even having the spray, even though one of their own officers had to be taken to hospital when he was sprayed by mistake!

The confrontation was settled when the 500 protesters sat in the road in a demonstration of a non-violent protest and the police allowed the organisers to set up a sound system and the bouncy castle. The party continued throughout Saturday afternoon and once the police had left, without further incident. Banners were strung up and shoppers were informed about the nature of the protest whilst protesters danced showed others just how much fun a traffic free street could be.

One banner seemed to sum up the atmosphere perfectly. It simply said, "Reclaimed." Contact for Reclaim the Streets: 0171 281 4621;

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