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Dozens protest in Brighton against squatting ban
11:10am Monday 2nd April 2012 in News
Protesters took to the streets in opposition to legal changes that will outlaw squatting.
Dozens of protestors walked through Brighton from Victoria Gardens on Saturday in a protest launched by the Squatters Network of Brighton (SNOB).
The demonstration followed the House of Lords vote on a law to criminalise squatting in residential buildings. Hove MP Mike Weatherley has been campaigning for the change since his election in 2010.
A SNOB spokesman said: “The criminalisation of squatting in residential buildings represents a persecution of the homeless and vulnerably housed population of Britain.
“It creates a costly mess that will burden the taxpayer while exacerbating the problems of homelessness, overcrowding and worsen an already escalating housing crisis.
“Nearly 7,000 privately owned homes were reported as being empty for more than six months across Sussex recently.”
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