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Tesco attacked during Riots of Thursday 21st April

May 2, 2011

Tesco opened their  new store with a strong security presence in Stokes Croft despite massive local opposition in mid April. On Thursday 21st April, Police suspected that people in the Telepathic Heights squat opposite were preparing firebombs with a view to attacking the shop. Whether this is actually the case remains to be seen. However the decision to break into the squat to apprehend the alleged fire bombers precipitated a chain of events that led to full scale riots in Stokes Croft, with a presence of more than 160 riot police on the streets of Stokes Croft and Montpelier.

The violence led to the smashing up of the front of the store. A sense of injustice has been brewing over many months over the way that Tesco had managed to open their store despite strong local opposition. (For a fuller account, go to the Campaign/mission page). It seems clear that Tesco, while perhaps obeying the letter of the law, had failed to heed their own maxim that “Community is at the heart of everything we do.”

Tesco Express prior to the riots.

Boarded shopfront Post Rioters’ attack.

Local feeling still running high.

One Comment leave one →
  1. troy permalink
    May 30, 2011 7:31 pm

    It wasn’t Tesco’s that rioted and destroyed the belongings of the community…

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