The Non Commercial House is Not There Any More!

Tagged as: economic_crisis free_spaces social_struggles
Neighbourhoods: shoreditch
Published by group: GroupNon Commercial House

Noncommercial House (aka the Freeshop, ex-Free School, etc.) was evicted on 30th November 2009, by high court bailiffs. Only one person was staying in the house, who left with his personal stuff. Most of the clothes and other giveaways were neatly packed and taken to a storage room by the executors. The implications are that the police now has around 100 shorts, 3 tesco uniforms, several dozen umbrellas of different sizes and descriptions, a strange book entitled "How to speak about books that you haven't read", and a box of single socks (they might find their other halves in the storage rooms).

Read the story of a day in the freeshop: Another Buy Nothing Day at the Freeshop

Umbrellas installed

Volunteers of the house arrived late, triggered by an SMS some time after noon, only to find the workers of a sytex company on site. There has been a previous eviction attempt, when a 12 hour notice was gives by the bailiffs. Haphazard barricades prooved to be successful in warding off the executioners for a weeks, but their second coming was not announced. Fortunately, most of the very important/useful things were already out of the house. An electric toy flute (to play the "Wake of the Freeshop") and some copies of the new Dealing With Distractions maga-zine has been re-acquired after some social engineering, along with the lovely green bench. The latter now serves the falafel shop on the corner, commemorating the freeshop and replacing another broken/stolen one that was at the same place.

If you want to support the freeshop, come to the Tuesday meeting at 7p.m. to decide the next step in attacking capitalist economy with direct action.  The meeting will begin in front of the freeshop building and will proceed from there.  Everything free for everybody!


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Meeting announcement

The meeting about the future of the project is today (2009Dec9) at 7pm. It starts in front of the freeshop, and we will decide together where to go from there (literally and metaphorically).

correct date?

Presumably this happened on Monday, 30th November?

date corrected

Thanks Dater for pointing this out. Yes the date was wrong in the original article. It has now been corrected.

Freeshops under attack?

This has happened just six days after the freeshop in Berlin in Brunnenstr. 183 got evicted: pictures: