"Crap & Cockroaches" dumped in housing protest

Posted: 13/5/2017


The prestigious annual property awards held by Property Week in a five-star hotel were targeted by protesters with manure and cockroaches.

Demonstrators outside the Grosvenor House hotel in Park Lane, London, had attempted to shut down the event in April.

They dumped cow manure and live cockroaches as guests arrived for the black-tie bash.

Members of the group Sexual Avengers, which espouses ‘radical queer resistance’, were demanding affordable homes, rent controls, no Right to Buy for social tenants, and more support for homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

They were also demonstrating against the ‘gentrification’ of parts of London and the displacement of communities.

A spokesperson for the group said: “We are at the mercy of the housing market, where landlords and letting agents condemn us to live in unsafe flats among filth and vermin.”

Places at the swish awards dinner cost £400, with tables at £3,000.

One demonstrator held up a placard, telling attendees: “Your dinner costs more than my rent.”

A tweet on the Sexual Avengers twitter account said: “Sh***ing on their doorstep like they sh** on ours.”

This is the second time that this year’s Property Week awards have attracted controversy.

Last November, student judges of a new category, “the Student Accommodation Awards”, refused to make any award.

They said that student accommodation providers of, for example, private halls of residence, over-charged, provided the wrong sort of accommodation, and put their shareholders first.

The category was scrapped.

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