Grow Heathrow was one of 3 squats across London to be raided so far this morning. 40 Police in full riot gear turned up at 7.15 am this morning to raid the site.
In the same week as the Royal Wedding, the community market garden was raided and occupants were dragged out of their beds and searched. An hour and a half later they all left with nothing – all that was found was vegetables, chickens, bees and an enthusiasm to create a sustainable community in a world threatened by climate change.
The police tactics were completely disproportionate. If all they wanted was a tour round – they could have just taken off their uniforms and we would of given them a full tour. They might have even got a cup of tea.
Unfortunately they did not come round for a friendly visit. The raid was one of many acts of intimidation happening right now across London. This is a crackdown on people who are bored of the state and the police controlling our lives. First signs look like this was quite possibly an illegal raid which is a fundamental breach of democracy and our human rights in the UK.
More photos to follow this blog soon. We will not be intimidated. Stay safe everyone.