London Action Resource Centre

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The London Action Resource Centre (LARC) is a social centre situated in Whitechapel, in the East End of London. It is used as a meeting place for protest groups, including Queeruption and Indymedia in London. It was originally known as the Fieldgate Action Resource Centre. LARC is part of the UK Social Centre Network, alongside other projects which were set up around the same time, like the Cowley Club in Brighton and the Sumac Centre in Nottingham.[1]


The building was formerly a synagogue and at one time housed the Louise Michel International Modern School.


LARC was purchased in the autumn of 1999 by people active in Reclaim the Streets, just after the Carnival against Capitalism which occurred on June 18, 1999. It was rebuilt over three years.[2] It was described in 2005 as "a hub of the new anarchist movement."[3]

The library was set up to run on the principles of the Antisystemic Library on June 18, 2003. A split in the User Group over claims of institutional racism and of fascist infiltration of Peoples' Global Action.[4] of which LARC is one of the founding info-points, led to the expulsion of the No Platform group West Essex Zapatista at the December 2004 AGM of the company. This led to the forced departure of the Voice Refugee Forum[5] and eventually the relocation of the Antisystemic Library. Many of the books and resources, however, were retained by the LARC library.

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  1. ^ Katzeff,Steen & Hoogenhuijze, (eds) (2014). The City Is Ours: Squatting and Autonomous Movements in Europe from the 1970s to the Present. PM PRESS. p. 167. ISBN 978-1-60486-683-4. 
  2. ^ "London Action Resource Centre". What's This Place? Stories from radical social centres in the UK and Ireland. LARC. 2008. Retrieved 2015-11-07. 
  3. ^ Sebestyen, Anna (2005-11-19), "Tony Mahoney", Guardian, retrieved 2015-11-07 
  4. ^ On New Right infiltration in PGA, Savin's website, What really happened at the PGA Europe Wintermeeting
  5. ^ Institutional Racism in the Left, Alytusbiennial

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