The Labour council in Southwark, south London has written to 35 tenants across the borough where members of the household have been charged with riot related offences.
The council is threatening eviction if members of a household living in a council property are convicted. Forty activists gathered outside Southwark Town Hall in Peckham on 31 August to protest against the collective punishment of whole working class families.
This vindictive second punishment will only be imposed on council tenants rather than home owners. And evictions will lead to the break-up of families, homelessness and possibly set in motion secondary waves of anti-social behaviour.
Moreover, the protesters are worried that such evictions could set a precedent whereby tenants convicted of other petty offences could be thrown onto the streets.