It’s been a little while since we posted an update on here. Things have been ticking along nicely, many different groups in the local area have been using the occupied space to hold their own meetings, and this has allowed us to forge greater bonds with groups in the same situation as us. Our campaign against the Guinness Trust continues, as well as our efforts to highlight the abuse of Camelot toward their own licensees.
Due to the interest in this campaign, another group occupied another set of flats in the Loughborough Park Estate. Last night security broke into the flats and destroyed the toilet to deter further occupation. SitexOrbis then came to seal up the flat, and occupiers were only given a chance to remove their possessions after pleading for the opportunity.
Until now the security on the estate have been very passive – despite having massive attack dogs on leads – but obviously the Guinness Trust has put pressure on them to start being less so. In addition to last night’s break-in, there have been multiple accounts now of the security attempting to force the doors of the occupation house at 82 Elveden House, as well as using the dogs in confined spaces to threaten the occupiers. Yesterday security tied cable around the front door in an attempt to trap the occupiers inside 82 Elveden – this is false imprisonment and a huge fire hazard. Thankfully an occupier was outside to undo the cable shortly afterwards.
This use of violence will not deter us. We will keep occupying here, working with ASTs to keep pressure on Guinness Trust, and working with Camelot residents to fight Camelot and their horribly parasitic business model.