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February 2018

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Ladbroke Grove Pret-a-Manger land theft

Notting Hill, London. Fri 9 Feb 2018

 

 

 The protesters were vusy handing out leaflets, and a very high proportion of people took them, some stopping to talk

 and there was an obvious high degree of community support.

 'Stop giving away our stuff. It's rude.'
     
 No Pret No Prep This is theft of Community Space'

 A vuvuzela adds to the noise

 A man walking past stops to talk and reminds the protesters about the community fights of the past

 Building the Westway in 1964-70 created 23 acres of derelict land below it. Direct action by the community meant these 23 acres
  were given to the local people as compensation for their continued suffering during the long period of construction and afterwards.

 The Westway Trust was established to make use of the land, but now the local community say it has betrayed them

 and they set up Westway23 who were the main group behind this protest to try to protect their interests.

 

 

 A group of drummers arrived and the protest moved to a new level

 

 Although some people remained inside Pret, clearly the protest stopped some from entering

 and some who took the leaflets on their way out said they didn't know about it and would not go there again

 

 

 

 

 

 A man photographs the protest on his phone from inside Pret;

 

 People dance and shout 'Shame on You!' pointing to Pret-a-Manger

 

 

 

 As said goodbye and left people were still dancing and drumming and were intending to continue until Pret closed for the night.

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