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In Defense of Squatting

Squatting empty buildings is not a criminal offence. It is, in fact, an ancient right, a tradition that can be traced back over centuries of popular dissent and pragmatism.

Do you believe that, in a country where households are overcrowded, where the government has declared that it can no longer afford to help the landless sick, disabled and poorly paid to sleep safely because it needs to give tax breaks to bankers, it is right that so many commercial buildings are vacant, boarded up and patrolled by private security firms? Do you consider it fair that there is less than no room for the young, the poor, the disabled, the disenfranchised in this society, whilst the rich control more space than they know what to do with?


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