Ac­tivists evicted from man­sion in Lon­don


LON­DON - Bri­tish au­thor­i­ties have evicted a group of squat­ters who moved into a va­cant man­sion in one of Lon­don’s prici­est neigh­bour­hoods to draw at­ten­tion to the prob­lem of home­less­ness.

Po­lice and bailiffs de­scended on the five-story town house in posh Ea­ton Square at dawn on Wed­nes­day af­ter a court ruled that the squat­ters could be evicted. About a dozen peo­ple emerged from the house with bags of clothes and blan­kets and boxes of food.

Ac­tivists call­ing them­selves the Au­ton­o­mous Na­tion of An­ar­chist Lib­er­tar­i­ans had oc­cu­pied the prop­erty for about a week. Hous­ing cam­paign­ers say thou­sands of Lon­don homes are un­oc­cu­pied, many of them owned by wealthy overseas in­vestors.

Bri­tish me­dia have re­ported that the Ea­ton Square prop­erty is owned by Rus­sian banker An­drey Gon­charenko.

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