[diggers350] 'Estate agents' offer empty homes for squatrers

suburbanstudio at runbox.com suburbanstudio at runbox.com
Tue Apr 29 08:51:42 BST 2008

A bit more background in regard the article
on the Daily "Cry" ...

During the opening of the squatters estate agents at the
new Shoreditch / London squatted social centre,
 a very curious guy came along. He was asking many questions
and information beacuse - he said -he wanted to find
a squat for himself...

The day after, the same guy turn up, with a much better dress
and an NUJ card... he his saying to be a journalist for the
Daily Mail and want to do an article about the squatters estate
agent.  The answer was clear from our side.

We were not interested to collaborate with a journalist we did not
know, and in particularly for the the Daily Mail.......

Finally the article appeared on the Mail on Sunday, together with
detailed pictures of the building and the "estate agent"...

I guess now, the question to Miles Goslett, and to the NUJ is...
Why had he to cover up his identity coming along to the social centre
pretending to be a squatter ?

Gerrard Winstanley wrote:
> 'Estate agents' offer empty homes for squat
> Last updated at 01:47am on 27th April 2008
> lots of pictures here
> http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=562325&in_page_id=1770 
> <http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=562325&in_page_id=1770>
> At first glance, they are the sort of glossy particulars you would
> find in the window of any estate agent's.
> But, on closer inspection, most of the properties on offer 'boast'
> some rather unusual features - such as boarded-up windows, possession
> orders and no front-door entrance.
> The homes are being offered by Squatters Estate Agents, which has set
> up a 'shop' in a derelict warehouse near the gleaming office buildings
> of the City of London.
> The new service is advertised on anti-capitalist websites and
> prospective 'tenants' are directed to the premises - squatted, of
> course - in the Shoreditch area of the capital.
> A reporter from this newspaper met James, an 'agent' in his late 20s,
> wearing jeans, a T- shirt and several days' stubble, who guided us
> through the details of dozens of ' available properties' on printed
> sheets produced using a digital camera and a computer.
> He explained that the service was free and designed to guide others
> like him into new digs.
> http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=562325&in_page_id=1770 
> <http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=562325&in_page_id=1770>

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