Students from UCL have occupied a room in the Wilkins Bulding in protest against UCL’s imminent buy-out and eviction of the Carpenters Estate in Stratford, Newham. The UCL management, working with Newham Council (led by Sir Robin Wales, Labour), are continuing to ignore the views of the vast majority of the 700 people who live on the estate and have said will continue with their policy, despite the fact that it’ll lead to the forced eviction of residents.
After a successful demonstration on 28 November outside a UCL Council meeting, a group of demonstrators took over the Wilkins Garden Room and decided in the end to occupy. A number of events have been planned for 29 November, including a talk from a resident of the Carpenters Estate. The occupation has irked UCL management immensely and is hoping to continue for as long as possible, UCLU and both the President and Vice-President of ULU have voiced support for the campaign.
An occupier adds "We’ve chosen this means of protest to draw attention to the issue of space. UCL is depriving people of the space in which they live and so we’ve decided to take space away from UCL to raise awareness on campus amongst staff and students, who haven’t even been consulted people on these plans."
Labour leftwinger John McDonnell MP has pledged his support.
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