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April 3, 2012

2500+ people signed petitions. 100s protested,campaigned, marched, painted & danced.
Riots took place.

The No Tesco in Stokes Croft Campaign took Bristol City Council to court.

Despite exposing the flawed planning process, the Council won.

Nearly £2500 costs were awarded against the No Tesco Campaign.

This is how the news was received in the Council Chamber:

“On prompting from Cllr Kent – the officer in charge stated that,
because the protestersdidn’t have any insurance,
they were therefore liable for ALL the costs….

The only one who didn’t seem to find this amusing was Cllr Stevenson –
most of the others found it hilarious… “

HELP US TO PAY THE FINE TOGETHER.

TOGETHER, WE ARE STRONGER

TO SETTLE THIS ACCOUNT, WE ANNOUNCE

AN EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION OF 250 “I PAID THE FINE”

BONE CHINA MUGS TO BE SOLD AT £12 EACH .

WHEN WE SELL ALL 250 MUGS, THE COMMUNITY OF STOKES CROFT

WILL HAVE PAID THE COUNCIL’S FINE, BY SELLING LOCALLY PRODUCED WARE.

*PLUS* WITH EVERY MUG BOUGHT YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN

1 OF THE LAST 12 ORIGINAL BANKSY PETROL BOMB POSTERS

(Currently on eBay at £125)

DOORS 7:30 PM FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED . . .

SHOW SOLIDARITY, GET A PIECE OF STOKES CROFT HISTORY.

MAYBE WIN A BANKSY!

AND HAVE A PARTY! MUSIC! FORNICATION! DRUGS! RIOTS! MAYHEM!*
The Occasional Cinema screening “TESCO FILMS”
Goodbye Tesco closing ceremony with Councillor Gus Hoyt

Friday 13th April 7.30pm ONWARDS
AT PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF STOKES CROFT, 35 JAMAICA STREET

http://www.prsc.org.uk http://www.notescoinstokescroft.org.uk * Maybe

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THE NO TESCO CAMPAIGN IN PICTURES

Shortly after it was announced that Tesco had bought the lease on the former Jesters Comedy Club and gained planning permission incognito, community activists squatted the building. Our Police found themselves in the invidious position of facilitating the actions of Tesco Bailiffs, against the will of local people.

Surveys were done. 2500 protests were delivered to our Council,
importuning them to recognise that a Tesco branch in Stokes Croft was wholly inappropriate.

Marching and protest took place. Campaigners worked within the clearly flawed planning system to stop the supermarket’s encroachment into Stokes Croft.

Artists painted. The Council failed to listen to the People.

Riots took place.

In the usual messy way that riots manifest themselves, damage was caused.

Despite a year of continual and sustained protest, our elected representatives failed the many people who sought to safeguard the uniquely independent area that is Stokes Croft.

The No Tesco Campaign took Bristol City Council to Judicial Review after their failure to back the Community.
We lost the case, and nearly £2500 costs were awarded against the No Tesco campaign.

This is how the news was received in the Council Chamber:

“On prompting from Cllr Kent – the officer in charge stated that,
because the protestersdidn’t have any insurance,
they were therefore liable for ALL the costs….

The only one who didn’t seem to find this amusing was Cllr Stevenson –
most of the others found it hilarious… “

HELP US TO PAY THIS SHAMEFUL FINE
BUY A BEAUTIFUL MUG ON FRIDAY 13th APRIL at PRSC

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