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Whose city? Evicting communities in London

This video tells the story of a family facing eviction from London’s Sweets Way estate. Yet another community has been destroyed for profit.

Marta Portocarrero
26 April 2015

This video tells the story of the Sweets Way community’s fight against social cleansing in an increasingly gentrified city.

Sweets Way used to be a social housing estate owned by the Ministry of Defence. In 1996, it was sold to a private company and it will now be demolished to make space for a new development project approved by the local council.

Another community in London has been destroyed for profit. About 160 families are facing eviction. Andrew, Zlatka and Daniel are just one of them.

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