Clifton Mansions evictions turn nasty

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Brixton’s famous Clifton Mansions – home around 50 creative squatters with CVs in the arts for more than a decade – were cleared by police yesterday in a violent exercise that appears to have riled not just the squatters but, we’re hearing, their neighbours, too. News that the council will now be paying “live-in guardians” to protect the flats before they can be redeveloped and sold on hasn’t won them any fans. More here. According to this (which also features a photograph of what appears to be Superman, cleverly disguised as a squatter, flying above the heads of shocked policemen) the last day at the CM squat wasn’t its most glorious, after a party, advertised on Facebook, degenerated into violence and theft.

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