Occupy Manchester ReturnsTagged as: economic_crisis free_spaces social_struggles
Occupy Manchester will shortly return, at a new location in the city centre.
In fact, Occupy Manchester never did really go away, it just quietly relocated. It was originally at Albert Square, then soon afterwards it set up camp at the Peace Gardens in front of the town hall. The campers were forced to move from there late in October because they were getting too much hassle from homeless people with alcohol and drug issues. They went to Spinningfields, a safer but quieter location but with few people walking through except the office and court staff who work in the neighbourhood. Now that they have been served with an injunction for Spinningfields, the campers have asked the Quakers if they can camp on the front lawn of the Friends Meeting House on Mount Street. The Quakers may agree, and say they are treating it as a request for a 'room booking', although the 'room' will be outdoors. If agreement is reached, the occupation will have a licence to occupy the space, which will make it somewhat more difficult for the police or city authority to move them on, and it will be a more publicly visible location which would make leafletting and holding public debates easier.