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Shoreditch’s cereal café attacked by anti-gentrification protesters

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A cereal café in East London’s Shoreditch has been targeted by protesters campaigning for affordable housing

Paint was thrown at the windows of the Cereal Killer Café by members of a protest organised by a group called Class War, which was demonstrating against unaffordable London housing.

On Saturday night, the café tweeted: ‘Tonight we were attacked with paint and fire by an angry mob of 200. Riot police are on the scene.’

The window of a branch of Marsh & Parsons was also smashed during the ‘anti-gentrification’ protests, when chairs were thrown at the estate agents.

The impromptu 200 people strong demo also blocked Old Street roundabout as it made its way to the café on Brick Lane.

On a facebook page for the event, the protest group, said: ‘Our communities are being ripped apart - by Russian oligarchs, Saudi Sheiks, Israeli scumbag property developers, Texan oil-money twats and our own home-grown Eton toffs. Local authorities are coining it in, in a short sighted race for cash by “regenerating” social housing.’

It added: ‘We don’t want luxury flats that no one can afford, we want genuinely affordable housing. We don’t want pop-up gin bars or brioche buns - we want community.’ 

Earlier this year housing campaigners opposed to gentrification protested outside the AJ120 awards dinner.

The Fight4Aylesbury group was targeting event attendees HTA Design and Hawkins\Brown for their involvement in the redevelopment of the 2,700-home Aylesbury Estate in Walworth, which the campaigners claim would price-out existing tenants and lead to ‘social cleansing’.

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