Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/668/11929

From The Socialist newspaper, 27 April 2011

Bristol 'Tesco riot' reveals anger

On Thursday night, 21 April, disturbances took place in the Stokes Croft area of Bristol when police clashed with anti-Tesco protesters and the local squatting community.

A local campaign to prevent the opening of another Tesco store in the area has been running for a couple of years, organising demonstrations and direct action. Following the opening of the store protesters have been calling for a boycott of the supermarket, which it is argued will have a negative impact on the area.

Peaceful protests developed into a riot when 160 police with shields and batons descended on the area, allegedly following reports that local squatters intended to petrol bomb the store. The police response was heavy-handed and confrontational.

Stokes Croft is known as a hub of artistic endeavours, with a strong sense of independence and difference from the increasingly homogenised high streets in much of the UK. Some have suggested that the police actions smacked of trying to clean up the area ready for gentrification.

Events continued through the evening as people left bars and clubs and saw what was going on.

There was a sense that the violence came about, not only as a result of Tesco opening, but also of people's continuing frustration with the Con-Dem government, bankers' bonuses and the billions of spending cuts.

When ordinary people are not listened to, anger grows and can boil over into violence. We need more than ever a strong political voice that can take on the neoliberal agenda of the government and their friends in big businesses like Tesco.

Stokes Croft resident

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 27 April 2011:


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Fight the cuts: Vote for a socialist alternative

Why I'm standing on 5 May

Fight the cuts - strike, demonstrate, stand against cuts

TUSC election challenge: vote socialist to stop the cuts


May Day Greetings

May day Greetings in The Socialist May 2011


Socialist Party news and analysis

No Health Cuts, No Privatisation

NHS cuts Leeds: Save Yorkshire's children's heart surgery unit

Stop the Connaught closure

Teachers' conference calls for strike ballot to defend pensions

Bristol 'Tesco riot' reveals anger

Royal wedding: Not much bread but there's plenty of circuses

News in brief


Socialist Party workplace news

Striking for jobs

Management failures force school strike

National Shop Stewards Network 2011 Conference

Saltend lockout: Struggle continues

Support the Leeds Fed strikers

Workplace news in brief


International socialist news and analysis

Syria: Assad's regime uses brutal terror to suppress opposition


Socialist history

Manningham Mills 1890-1891: A strike that changed Britain's unions


Socialist Party campaigns

Police assist racist EDL marchers

Opposing the BNP

Swansea says: make the fat cats pay!


 

Home   |   The Socialist 27 April 2011   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Bristol:

triangleDemand for no-cuts budget grows

triangleThousands march - mayor needs real anti-cuts strategy

triangleBristol's Labour mayor calls anti-austerity march - now stop making cuts!

triangleHow much reserves have councils got?

triangleBristol South Socialist Party: 150 years of Marx's Das Capital

Tesco:

triangleTesco's 10% pay increase accompanied by cuts and job losses

triangleUsdaw ADM 2017: Left challenge needed to end assault on retail jobs and conditions

triangleWhat would a socialist food industry look like?

triangleSolidarity with Tesco Ireland Valentine's Day strike

Police:

triangleConference on state spies and sabotage: who's watching who?

triangleSheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

triangleWho's watching who?: The fight for justice, trade union and democratic rights

Bankers:

triangleTories torn - bin them now

triangleDefuse the consumer debt time bomb: nationalise the banks!

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

18/10/17

Art

'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

18/10/17

Democratic rights

Conference on state spies and sabotage: who's watching who?

18/10/17

Council

Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

18/10/17

South West Wales

Hundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

18/10/17

NHS

Uprising to save the NHS!

18/10/17

Socialism

Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

18/10/17

East London

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!

18/10/17

North London

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

18/10/17

Leeds

Striking back against the sackers' charter at Leeds University

18/10/17

BAE

Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

18/10/17

Royal Mail

Workers' anger increases after Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

18/10/17

Schools

Schools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

18/10/17

PCS

PCS ballots members to send message to government: scrap the pay cap

18/10/17

Swansea

Socialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

18/10/17

Local government

Unite local government sector plans strike ballot

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

triangle11 Oct CWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

triangle11 Oct The fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against...

triangle11 Oct Catalonia: Workers can finish what Puigdemont won't

triangle6 Oct Boeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

triangle4 Oct The nasty party turns on itself... but the Tories must be driven out

More ...

triangle18 Oct Warrington & St Helens Socialist Party: 1917-2017; the October Russian Revolution

triangle18 Oct Hackney Socialist Party: 100 years ago - the Bolshevik-led revolution

triangle18 Oct Tower Hamlets Socialist Party: Capitalism in Crisis - is Corbyn the answer?

triangle19 Oct Waltham Forest Young Socialists: Deaths in police custody

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2