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Protesters take on housing crisis

Issue No. 2472

Marching in north London

Marching in north London (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Defend Council Housing supporters held a march for homes in Haringey, north London, last Saturday. It was against redevelopment plans that will force poor people out of the borough.

Council estates, including the famous Broadwater Farm, are to be knocked down.

Hundreds of people also marched through Stratford, east London, in a protest against evictions called by the Focus E15 campaign. They chanted, “Shame on you” at a branch of Foxton’s, an estate agent widely resented for profiting out of gentrification

Cops and bailiffs evicted homeless people and their supporters from a camp under the Mancunian Way flyover in central Manchester on Friday of last week. The camp, known as the Ark, has had to move several times since it was set up outside in April. The city’s Labour-run council has pursued draconian legal restrictions against them.    

Protester Wesley Dove said, “It’s disgusting. There has been a woman manhandled, they’ve destroyed people’s possessions. Where are they supposed to go?”

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