‘Love Activists’ squatters in stand-off with police in former RBS office, London

'Love Activists' squatters in stand-off with police in London
Squatters have taken to the balcon (Picture: Corbis/Demotix)

A group of squatters calling themselves ‘Love Activists’ are in a stand-off with bailiffs and police after taking over a former bank in central London.

The group, who took over the vacant former RBS office on the corner of Charing Cross Road earlier this week, said they planned to provide a free festive lunch to the homeless on Christmas day in protest against the housing crisis.

And two members of the activist group refused to leave the building when bailiffs arrived to evict them this morning, taking to the balcony and prompting a tense stand-off with police.

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The activists were planning to provide a free festive lunch (Picture: Facebook)

‘On the instruction of the bailiffs all but two of the people inside left the building,’ said a Metropolitan Police statement.

‘A man and a woman believed to be in their twenties remain on a balcony and are being spoken to by police.’

About 10 officers are at the scene, with a police van and ambulance on standby. One of them, identified by The Guardian as Danny Freeman, 22, told the paper that he was the one that called police after people ‘forced their way in’.

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Danny Freeman said he was ‘distressed’ about the eviction (Picture: Corbis/Demotix)

‘I climbed on to the balcony and then I called the police,’ he said.

‘I can’t put into words how distressed I feel about this. We won’t be able to provide Christmas lunch for the homeless now and about 50 people who were sleeping here will be homeless over Christmas.

‘I’m here for the long haul, I’m not planning to come down from the balcony. I’d rather spend Christmas here than in the cells.’

This is not Mr Freeman’s first run-in with the law. In October, he stood on a Winston Churchill statue in Parliament Square in a 28-hour stand-off with police.

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24 December 2014 | 12:14 pm – Source: metro.co.uk

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