Sunday Times

A story in pic­tures

- Society

Pho­to­jour­nal­ist James Oat­way says: “Red Ant is a doc­u­men­tary project that fol­lows the no­to­ri­ous Red Ants evic­tion squad. They spe­cialise in evict­ing peo­ple from con­demned blocks called ‘hi­jacked build­ings’, of­ten dens of thieves and drug ad­dicts — but also home to des­per­ate fam­i­lies. The Red Ants are also em­ployed to break down in­for­mal set­tle­ments built on pri­vate land. They are some­times met with ex­treme vi­o­lence. These clashes of­ten re­sult in in­jury and death, with ca­su­al­ties on both sides. Ethics and the law clash when poor peo­ple are legally evicted but have nowhere else to go.”

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