According to indymedia:
“On Saturday the 29th of May, at 5am around 40 church congregation members broke into the old Carlton Cinema on Essex Road, where a group of around 10 squatters were living. The cinema is owned by Resurrection Manifestation, an evangelical church currently based in Enfield.*
The church members, some with their own weapons such as hammers and others picking up anything they could find on the floor woke the occupants up screaming “leave now!” One man was woken up by a strip light being smashed in his face. Another man got glass in his eye from a church member affronting him with a broken bottle. “They sprayed fire extinguishers in our faces and grabbed us by our clothes and threw us around,” said one person living in the cinema.”
The squat had been occupied by mostly meek arty-types for just over a month, and was due to face an eviction hearing on June 18. It seems the nutty Christians couldn’t wait and decided to take the law into their own hands and smite the dirty heretics.
Illegal eviction is a criminal offence punishable by up to six months inside. What God would make of it is anyone’s guess, but even Saul, who was himself a bit of a twat, said:
“If someone has done you wrong, do not repay him with a wrong. Try to do what everyone considers to be good. Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody. Never take revenge, instead let God’s anger do it. If your enemies are hungry, feed them. Do not let evil defeat you; instead, conquer evil with good.”
Failing that turn up mob handed in the middle of the night and give the cunts a good kicking.
Resurrection Manifestation appear to be an offshoot of the Resurrection Power Evangelical Ministry, an American outfit dedicated to spreading the Good Lord’s Word. In Islington they plan to do this by turning a much loved building into luxury flats.
The UK branch of the Ministry runs a charity which in 2008 spent a whopping £1 million pounds. According to their charitable return none of this was spent on Charitable Activities but was all spent on generating voluntary income. Half a million of this was donated to another charity, the aforementioned Resurrection Manifestations, which whom it shares three trustees.
It was this cash that was used to buy the old Mecca Hall on Essex Road in Islington. It’s difficult to say much more about this bunch of God botherers because their accounts and annual charity return are currently 211 days overdue.
As the squatters themselves have said, do Islington residents really want batshit fruitcakes like these next door who carrying out ‘crazed violence in the name of the lord’. Whilst the consultation period has closed, planning permission for the flats has yet to be granted – contact Islington Council to have a possibly belated whinge on 0207 527 3506 or firstname.lastname@example.org
*As far as we can tell Resurrection Manifestation are based at 100 Amhurst Road, Stamford Hill, N16.