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Social housing protesters target MIPIM UK

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A crowd of protesters, including Architects for Social Housing, gathered outside MIPIM UK this morning to condemn what they say is the selling off of London’s public land to build luxury housing.

For the second year in a row visitors to the property show at London’s Olympia were heckled by campaigners as they tried to enter the west London exhibition centre (see Police ‘lockdown’ MIPIM UK as protesters gather).

In an echo of the protest at this year’s AJ120 Awards, Architects for Social Housing delivered a 12-point manifesto accusing MIPIM of contributing to London’s social housing crisis.

Spokesperson for Architects for Social Housing Simon Elmer said: ‘MIPIM is mostly about selling public land into private hands.

‘The property deals that are done at places like this are leading to the demolition of existing housing stock. London is not for sale and we want public land to remain in public hands.’

Campaigners from Architects for Social Housing joined activitists from the Radical Housing Network who tweeted: ‘Housing is a human right. That’s why we’re here to #StopMIPIM while the developers inside drink champagne + sell-off our homes+communities.’

In response a spokesperson for MIPIM UK said: ‘[We are] mindful of the importance of affordable housing and of the current housing issues facing London and the UK. MIPIM UK respects the rights of individuals to express opinions on this and other subjects.’

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