London, United Kingdom – Housing activists mounted a last-ditch fight on Thursday to stop a disabled man from being forcibly evicted from his home and left with “nowhere to go” to make way for private properties to be sold off at prices unaffordable to most residents.
Mostafa Aliverdipour, pictured outside the High Court, after losing the right to stay in his Sweets Way home
An entrance to Sweetstopia prior to the evictions
Environmental activists in Sweetstopia prior to their eviction
Bailiffs smashed up homes to deter people from moving back in
Bailiffs block off access to homes after evicting activists and squatters
Mostafa Aliverdipour, 50, who has required a wheelchair since injuring his back in a car accident five years ago, and his family are the last residents still living on the Sweets Way Estate in Barnet, north London, where campaigners accuse the local council and developers of waging a campaign of “social cleansing” against the poor and vulnerable.
A court ruled on Wednesday the family could be evicted with immediate effect as bailiffs watched by police and emergency services moved onto the estate to remove dozens of activists and squatters, many of them homeless, who had been occupying some of the empty houses for the past few months.