Occupy Finsbury Square evicted

Submitted by Matthew on 20 June, 2012 - 8:09

On the night of 14 June, Occupy protesters were evicted from Finsbury Square by bailiffs supported by the Metropolitan Police.

At 1:00am bailiffs put metal fencing around the site and proceeded to clear away the tents and evict people.

The camp, at that point occupied by around fifty people, had become home to a number of homeless people. Paul Convery, Islington council’s executive member for community safety, claimed that “we have been speaking to them and offering advice and support to those who need assistance.”

However, an Occupy London statement notes that “at 5am there were still about six people on the pavement outside, unwilling to leave their home with no appropriate alternative.”

It is unlikely, in the midst of a housing crisis, to a backdrop of cuts and with rising homelessness, that anyone got the sort of help they needed.

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