Here are some photos and video I took at today’s very heavy handed police eviction and breakup of an anti eviction protest in Camden. A man called Mark was being evicted – he’s a man with mental health problems who I have talked to fairly regularly over the last couple of months. He did not want to leave this house. More on that soon as I’m not sure where he is at right now and what he wants to say. The police said they took him to Camden housing offices. For now – this sort of footage shows how people are trying to stop evictions and the lengths that police will go to get anti-eviction protestors out of the way and enforce.
Anti eviction protestors, including protestors from the Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group – at which Mark was a regular attendee – had linked arms across the front door so that the police and bailiffs could not get through. It became clear that the police were calling for reinforcements. There were a lot of photographers and journalists around at that point. Amazingly, the police told the press to get away from the door – that people could not film or photograph the eviction and the breakup of the protest. The hell with that, I thought. They’re obviously going to get violent and don’t want people to see it. So, I refused to go and told the police that filming police activity was in the public interest. I have to say that I’m getting very sick and tired of authorities telling me what parts of austerity can and can’t be filmed, thanks. They make it up as they go along. The police said that if I stayed, I’d risk arrest because I’d be part of the protest. I said I would stay where I was, thanks, and film the police carrying out an eviction. They did back off after warning me that any injuries I sustained as things escalated would be my problem. Bloody hell, they try it on.
Here are the protestors being removed by the TSG I think it is. I had to shoot this on my phone, although had another camera which I’ll take footage from as well. People had linked arms across the doors and the police pulled them away. This was rough. This was over the top.
The police walked Herbert, one of the people they’d arrested, a long way up the road and put him in a van by himself. They wouldn’t let us, or anyone, travel with him. Then, they moved him to another van. They said they were taking him to Holborn.