Video ID: 20140410 045
M/S Police try to cuff a protester
M/S Police wrestle resisting protester to the ground
M/S Police try to revive unconscious protester
C/U Unconscious protester in police arms
W/S A banner in front of the eviction home (in English) "Homes not jails"
W/S Protesters block the doorway, holding a banner (in English) "Homes for all"
M/S Police Sergeant UPSOUND (in English) "There is a court order here, enforced for him to be evicted today and for the premises to be reclaimed. That is going to happen today."
M/S Riot police wrestle a protester out of the doorway
M/S Riot police drag off handcuffed protesters
M/S Handcuffed protesters are lined up against the wall
C/U A handcuffed protester
M/S Protesters and police
Police wrestled to the ground and arrested protesters who tried to halt the eviction of a vulnerable man in London on Thursday. The scuffles left one protester requiring medical attention after he had collapsed following contact with officers.
The official reason for the eviction, which had been going on for six months, was because the man's room had been deemed too small and did not meet adequate standards. In that time the private landlord or Camden council had failed to find adequate alternative accommodation for the man, who is suffering from mental health problems. The landlord was also facing an investigation for renting out substandard properties. Protesters feared the tenant would self harm or even commit suicide, as had happened to a previous tenant facing a similar situation. Protesters also said such evictions were an excuse for private landlords to get rid of benefit claiming tenants.
During the scuffles police originally cuffed and detained 11 activists, but they were released after record checks had been carried out on the Police National Database. Two people, including the injured man, were arrested and taken to a local police station.
|Scooped by Darcy Delaproser|