Homes Not Jails Demo – Wed 26th February

Call-out from Streets Revolution :

“The Met [Police] have announced plans to make ‘rough sleeping’ a crime in 6 London boroughs. Operation Encompass will be in effect in Camden, Islington, Lambeth, Southwark and Westminster, alongside Croydon.

We are opposed to this latest attack on Homeless people and will protest at City Hall to tell Boris Johnson and the Greater London Authority (GLA) to call off this hideous campaign criminalising some of the most vulnerable people in our city. Already there have been arrests of people whose only crime is to be homeless due to the lack of shelter spaces and suitable accommodation.

We ask people to support our opposition by attending and circulating the information amongst their networks and groups. The biggest crime of all is the fact that people are homeless today.”

London Assembly (Mayor’s Question Time)

Wednesday 26 February 2014


City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1

We also plan local actions in each of the boroughs affected… details to follow.



Some articles about Operation Encompass:

“Homeless charities call for caution over police crackdown on London’s rough sleepers” [6 Feb 14, Camden New Journal]

“Camden police launch crackdown on people who sleep rough” [6 Feb 2014, Ham& High]

“Croydon Met Police targeting homeless in new initiative” [1 Feb 2014, East London Lines]

“Shutting homelessness hostels, then slapping Asbos on rough sleepers. Brilliant.” [12 Feb 2014, Kate Belgrave blog]