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Post riot evictions: Standing against the injustice

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2266

Balach is one of the people standing up against the evictions  (Pic: Smallman )

Balach is one of the people standing up against the evictions (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Local campaigners protested on Thursday of last week against plans to evict rioters’ relatives from their council houses in south London.

They stood outside the home of Wandsworth Tory council leader Ravi Govindia, who wants to evict Maite de la Calva and her family.

Maite’s son, Daniel, is accused of taking part in the riots. “It’s typical of a Tory council,” said local resident Michael Brown. “I’m far more frightened by the reaction to the riots than by the riots themselves.

“It’s an excuse for the government to make life even harder for the working class and the poor.”

Sharon Borthwick, a council tenant from Peckham, added, “I’m shocked that an innocent family could be kicked out by councillors. The boy hasn’t even been convicted yet.”

Balach, a local teenager, called the eviction threats “disgraceful”. “They want to eliminate the idea of fighting back, to put it out of people’s minds,” he said.

“The council started this in the first place—demonising people and increasing the gap between rich and poor.”

On the same day in Highbury, north London, a man was remanded in custody because his mother would not give her home as a bail address—for fear of being evicted from her council house.

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