Residents threatened with evictions will demonstrate outside New Scotland Yard
Save our Homes: Haringey has called for support in its campaign to stop the Metropolitan Police throwing a community of 21 homes onto the street.
With austerity cuts, the Met faces a short-fall in funding from the government of £500 million. This is part of a wider assault of cuts, austerity and privatisation that the government justifies due to the country’s debts. Although it seldom mentions how these debts have been caused mainly by the banker’s bailout and corporate tax evasion that costs the country over a trillion in lost revenue.
In a shout out calling for support the locals group stated:
The Metropolitan Police are planning to make 21 families homeless by reclaiming the land at Connaught House for profitable redevelopment. We have lived here for over 20 years. The Met Police will be ripping the heart out of this community, as the families are due to be EVICTED IN TWO WEEKS TIME. We, the residents, have decided to take our first protest outside New Scotland Yard on Saturday 23 February at 2pm. I know it’s due to be a cold weekend but if you could find it in your heart to come and show your support, we would be eternally grateful.
This situation shows the real face of austerity, a governmental policy that is causing pain across Britain, with even sharper cuts and deeper pain nationwide in April, with the coming of the new financial year. Michelle Mattocks, who lives in Connaught Gardens, commented “I am outraged by the way we’re being treated. We’re North Londoners – we deserve to keep our community.”
The residents would like support for their cause, and at their first public meeting they warmly invited support from people with experience in creative resistance strategies. Another resident, Caroline Gallagher urged, “I want to fight: it’s unreasonable to be pushed out.”
I also asked Joan, another resident, to explain the effect of being thrown out of a house. She said, “The whole thing is absolutely frightening –to lose your home terrifying. Two of the worst things it to lose a loved-one and lose your home. I’ve just lost a loved one and now I am being kicked out. They are splitting us all up. And for what – financial gain and playing with people’s lives. Also it’s going to happen to other people: it’s a strain – day-to-day. And what happens when others can’t cope? ”
These evictions also come at a time when there are further assaults on people. Mike Weatherley is leading a charge against squatters – backed by property tycoons who have been funding him politically. Then there is the new bed room tax, which is described as the government’s equivilant of Thatcher’s poll tax. Also, with 710,000 empty homes in Britain as reported by the pressure group Empty homes it show the nonsensical way housing in Britain favours landlords.
The option for some residents is to move into homes for just one year, before they have to move on again: whereas others are not being offered anything a part of sheltered accommodation. This relates to another issue in London: gentrification: communities being torn apart, people being moved out to make way for rich elites.
This theme is the one target of a new squatted community centre in Elephant and Castle called SOL or Self Organised London . This autonomous zone is dedicated towards anti-gentrification, equal rights and protesting against government cuts.
The group have a Facebook page is @