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Estate agent’s window smashed and town hall stormed during ‘Reclaim Brixton’ rally

A small number of protestors involved in the ‘Reclaim Brixton’ rally smashed the shop front of Foxton estate agents on Brixton High Street.

Graffiti was daubed on another window saying ‘Yuppies out’.

A number of protestors also entered Lambeth Town Hall before being ejected by police.

Police also used CS spray to disperse protesters at Brixton police station.

Police guard the estate agent. Image: @allmark21

Police guard the estate agent. Image: @allmark21

Metropolitan Police issued a statement concerning the two incidents during the rally:

At approximately 15:15hrs a group from the demonstration gained access to Brixton Town Hall. Officers entered the building and the protestors were removed. There were no arrests.

A group of protestors then made their way to Brixton Road where the window of a commercial premises was smashed and graffiti sprayed on the building.

One man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage in relation to this incident.

At approximately 16:10hrs a small group of protestors entered Brixton Police Station. They were removed by local officers – CS spray was deployed.

No arrests in relation to this incident.

It followed a day’s peaceful protest, attended by around 1,000 people in and around Windrush Square in Brixton.

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Bringing together a large number of different organisations, the rally focused mainly on the current state of affordable housing in the area, evictions, and ever-increasing rents.

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Protestors at ‘Reclaim Brixton’. Image: Tom Glasser

One of the helpers of the events spoke about the circumstances which she believed had brought the rally together.

On a flyer distributed at the event, the organisers of ‘Reclaim Brixton’ stated:

Reclaim Brixton seeks to highlight the plight of those hardest struck by this current mandate which in this instant are those in housing crisis and tentative eviction.

Say yes to improvement and no to gentrification!

The rally welcomed the arrival of residents from both the local Guinness estate as well as the Cressingham Gardens Estate, both of whom represented their respective campaigns.

Another estate which was represented at the rally by residents was the nearby Aylesbury Estate in Walworth.

A resident of the estate spoke about her personal struggle as a council tenant and her attempts to address the situation.

Protestors gather in Windrush Square. Image: Tom Glasser

Protestors gather in Windrush Square. Image: Tom Glasser

The demonstration was also attended by political organisations such as the Green Party and Left Unity.

Left Unity candidate for Vauxhall, Simon Hardy spoke to LMMN about why he was attending the rally.

 

Met Police officers in Wandsworth later turned to Twitter to reflect on the pressures they had in policing the event.

In an age of social media more opinions, photographs and smartphone videos were generated by people attending the event than subsequent coverage by mainstream media oganisations:

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