Squatters action - from Hampstead to Nepal

Gerrard Winstanley office at evnuk.org.uk
Wed Jun 13 14:52:28 BST 2007

Squatters occupying £10m property 

A group of squatters are occupying a £10m property in an exclusive 
neighbourhood in north-west London. 

The nine-bedroom detached house, which has a swimming pool and a large 
garden, is in Hampstead Garden Suburb. 

Local residents say a total of 16 squatters moved into the property, 
which has been empty for years. 

A developer has planned to demolish the property and build two houses 
at the site but the proposal is being blocked by the Hampstead Garden 
Suburb Trust. 

'Like a dream' 

Jane Blackburn, of the trust, said: "The developer is trying to take 
the trust to the Lands Tribunal at the moment and we welcome that as 
we think our case is very strong and we would like to see the matter 

Until a solution is found, Katalin Ursachi, a gardener from Romania, 
and some of his friends are living there rent-free. 

"Its like a dream... this is the most amazing squat I ever lived in, I 
have ever seen in my life," he said. 

Jonny Sokoli, another squatter, said: "Nice to find myself in the 
middle of millionaires, it's a big space and has a swimming pool, 
which is going to be cleaned up soon. 

The owners could not be contacted for comment.

General strike gathers along Nepalese highway	
By: media for freedom 	
Posted on: 6/12/2007 
General strike along highway on rise in Nepal	

Landless squatters in Nepal gathered at major points of the cities 
throughout the country and obstructed traffic movement since Tuesday 

The traffic obstructions by agitating landless squatters have 
partially affected the transport movement in Nepali capital Kathmandu 
while most of the academic institution throughout the country remained 
shut Tuesday. 

According to the Private and Boarding Schools' Organization of Nepal 
(PABSON), the schools had to be closed due to obstruction in vehicular 
movement in various parts of Kathmandu city. 

Very few vehicles are entering to capital via Thankot, the entry point 
to Kathmandu Valley, police said. 

Reports say that the general strike has also affected life in several 
districts outside of capital valley. Traffic movements in major 
highways have also been affected. 

A report from Chitwan, some 85 km southwest of Kathmandu, said 
hundreds of passengers have been stranded when traffic came to a halt. 
The vehicular movement in the area was obstructed as the landless 
squatters staged a demonstration in Narayangarh bazaar this morning. 
The bazaar remained totally closed. 

Meanwhile, local newspaper the Gorkhapatra daily reported on Monday 
that the transport entrepreneurs as well as passengers traveling via 
land route in Nepal have expressed serious concern over the growing 
tendency to use general strike by the people living along the highway 
as means to put pressure on the authority to fulfill their demands. 

Various groups have been obstructing vehicular movement in major 
highways throughout the country demanding electricity, irrigation and 
other facilities in their areas. 

Local media reported on Monday that thousands of passengers traveling 
in east-west highway were left high and dry in the middle of nowhere 
as the vehicular movement was obstructed for six days in a row by the 
locals at Chisapani road section of the highway in Kailali District, 
some 470 km west of Kathmandu. 

The transport entrepreneurs expressed concern over such strikes that 
are leading to total disorder in regular vehicular movement in the 
highways. "We have been thinking of giving up the business for good if 
necessary steps were not taken by concerned authority to stop such 
tendency of obstructing vehicular movement in highways," said a 
transportation entrepreneur of Kailali District Jaya Raj Bhatta. 

He also urged the political parties currently in the government to 
take necessary steps so that to maintain conducive atmosphere for the 
transport entrepreneurs to run their business smoothly. 

"We do realize that some of the demands put forward by the agitating 
parties are reasonable but they are trying to pressurize the 
government by putting out bread and butter at the stake," the local 
daily quoted a bus driver of the region. 

The transport entrepreneurs also expressed the view that the 
government should circulate separate acts and laws to avoid such 
strike in major highways of the country which is causing uncertainty 
among the passengers. Source: Xinhua

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