┐ “””hard-working home-owners””” └

© Graham Smith, (Boy) George O’Dowd at Great Titchfield Street squat. 1980

© Graham Smith, Kim Bowen at Warren Street squat 1980

© Graham Smith, Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet) at a Warren Street squat, 1981

This weekend a new law came into force that makes squatting – the occupation of empty buildings by otherwise homeless people – a criminal offence. Previously a lesser civil offence, the new law confronts squatters with the possibility of a £5,000 fine or six months in prison, with ministers declaring that this will shut the door once and for all on squatters while helping protect “hard-working home-owners”.

from The Guardian. continue reading here

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