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Squatters evicted from building of co. working to stop squatting

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Squatters evicted from building of company that works to stop squatting  



...The group who moved into the former head office of Camelot Europe in Shoreditch, east London two months ago to highlight housing inequality, were evicted by bailiffs just after 11am on Thursday.

Camelot provides property guardians who look after empty buildings, generally at lower rents. But the squatters say property guardians do not get a good deal from companies such as Camelot and do not have full tenancy rights. The activists say they also want to highlight Britain’s homelessness crisis.

“We received a lot of support for this occupation. We offered yoga workshops, tea and coffee, exhibitions about homelessness and we had a recording studio facilitating young musicians to make music,” said one of the squatters, Rich. “It’s ridiculous that there are so many homeless people on the streets while at the same time there are so many empty buildings like this one.”

The squatters say that as a result of the surprise eviction they will all be homeless on Thursday night in sub-zero temperatures...

...When the squatters first occupied the property, Frank Freeman, another of the activists, had said: “We are doing this on behalf of dispossessed, homeless people and guardians who are being exploited. London is built on culture, but artists and creative people can no longer afford to live here. It is becoming a sterile and unaffordable place.”

Camelot’s chief operating officer, Mike Goldsmith, previously offered the squatters a deal: leave the occupied building in return for permission to use it as an arts and culture space. But the squatters rejected his offer and continued their occupation.

“What Camelot didn’t make clear when the deal was first offered was that we had to agree to a number of restrictions. The first would have been to remove any displays about the issues of homelessness and property guardianship – the reasons for occupying this office in the first place,” said Freeman...


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I have met some of the Camelot guys...they are not about providing homes for the homeless or supporting culture.  Their business is protecting vacant commercial premises, just a form of security.

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