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City camps must be encouraged

I REALLY cannot see what the problem is with the Occupy camps which have been set up in cities such as Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Bristol.

In addition to providing a jolt to the consciences of those behind our economic ills, these camps have enabled impoverished young people to sample city centre living when previously they would have been banished to expensive camping sites on the periphery.

Any sensible city would seek to encourage the social cohesion inherent in these informal communities, instead of pursuing eviction policies leading to unnecessary violence - not to mention the expense of having to house more homeless people in expensive temporary B-amp;B accommodation.

JOHN EOIN DOUGLAS

Edinburgh

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