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Hundreds protest at gentrification

Published 25/04/2015

There has been anger over locals in Brixton being prices out of homes
There has been anger over locals in Brixton being prices out of homes

The front window of a branch of Foxtons estate agents has been smashed amid dramatic scenes at an anti-gentrification protest.

Thousands of people are believed to have turned up at the planned demo, called Reclaim Brixton, which was being held to protest against local residents and businesses being priced out of the increasingly trendy south London area.

The Metropolitan Police said that at around 3.15pm a group from the demonstration gained access to the town hall.

"Officers entered the building and the protesters were removed. There were no arrests.

"A group of protesters then made their way to Brixton Road where the window of a commercial premises was smashed and graffiti sprayed on the building.

"One man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage in relation to this incident," a police spokesman said.

The front window of Foxtons on Brixton Road was smashed, and a photo on Twitter showed a large space where the window pane once was and the floor covered in shards of glass.

Other photos and videos on Twitter show crowds trying to force their way past police during the protest.

Groups of protesters remain in the area and officers are continuing to monitor proceedings, police said.

Grace Lally, from Lambeth Housing Activists, said the demo attracted thousands of people, adding: "The protest has been lively and strong and loud and people have hung banners off the town hall and blocked the streets and marched through Brixton a number of times and stopped traffic."

While it has been "really lively" there has been "no violence or trouble or anything like that".

Ms Lally said organisers were "really pleased" with the turn-out at the event and "absolutely delighted" at the response, seeing it as the beginning of a movement.

CS spray was used on "a small group of protesters" who went into Brixton Police Station at around 4.10pm.

The Met said the group of protesters were removed by local officers and "CS spray was deployed".

None of them were arrested.

A policing presence continues to be in place in Brixton.

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