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DISGUST AS HOMELESS ROOFTOP PROTESTER JAILED FOR TWO MONTHS
 

Star date: 14th October 2016

SALFORD LAD WHO PROTESTED AT CO-OP HOMELESS EVICTION JAILED

Salford lad, Chris Blaine, who protested on the roof of the Ducie Bridge pub after homeless people were evicted by the Co-op/NOMA this week, was yesterday jailed for two months for `resisting a court officer executing a process to repossess'.

The court decision was met with outrage and disgust, as Manchester Activist Network stated "Today the judiciary failed to deliver justice, Manchester City Council have ignored their duty of care and a giant has been awoken", before challenging Council Leader, Richard Leese, to a `public discussion' on housing outside the Town Hall.

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There was fury and outrage yesterday as Salford homeless man, Chris Blaine, was jailed for two months after protesting on the roof of the Ducie Bridge pub, following the eviction of young, homeless people by the Co-op and NOMA this week.

The homeless people had occupied the pub, scheduled for demolition at a much later date, as a safe, warm place but following a High Court order were evicted back onto the streets on Tuesday, with Chris taking to the roof in a day long protest.

Chris demanded talks on homelessness with Manchester City Council Leader, Richard Leese, as part of the protest, telling the Salford Star "I'm on the roof in protest at the Co-op, NOMA and Manchester City Council...they would rather see the homeless dying in doorways."*

Yesterday at Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court he was jailed for two months for `resisting a court officer executing a process to repossess'. The decision was met with disgust...

"Today the judiciary failed to deliver justice" stated the Manchester Activist Network, which help runs the squats "Manchester City Council have ignored their duty of care and a giant has been awoken. Chris has been sentenced to eight weeks in prison for his part in a protest where he quite simply demanded, amongst other things, a conversation with Mr Richard Leese, Leader of the Council."

Now the Network has challenged Leese to a `public discussion' outside the Town Hall via an open letter...

"Mr Leese you had choices, to come down, send a liaison, to open up a discussion and you chose to be silent to ignore his demands and eventually see him in prison" the letter states "We think you will regret that decision Mr Leese. Know that we are sick and tired of people's needs and voices being ignored whilst you and friends gorge yourselves.

"Mr Leese, you will be invited to attend a public discussion, outside the town hall, democratic and open" it adds "There you will be given the chance to explain the challenges that are preventing this thriving city from ensuring homes for all. We'll be hand delivering an invitation in the near future. See you soon."

On social media there was total fury, with an immediate campaign to `Free Chris'... "I am so mad at Manchester City Council" wrote one poster "This city is experiencing levels of economic growth not seen since the Industrial Revolution - but it also seems like we are seeing a return of the same Victorian attitudes towards those who need our help. I am disgusted and outraged..."


*See previous Salford Star articles...

Co-op Eviction of Manchester Homeless Sees Rooftop Protest - click here

Co-operative Group `Thugs' Evict Homeless from Manchester Grass Verge - click here


Tahir Chakotai (Independent Housing Advocate) wrote
at 07:11:01 on 16 October 2016
Just wanted to say a massive thank you to the person calling themselves "rotten". I watched the you tube video concerning the topic ( Council Courts & Conmen), (Part 1 & Part 2), and read and watched the information concerning (Arrest That Judge). It's been a very long time since a comment truly educated me about court corruption. I would just like to say a massive thank you to "rotten" for pointing me legally in the right direction, and helping me find an answer to that which I thought was impossible. You may have helped me resolve a problem which has been bugging me since 2005. I hope one day I get to meet you, so I can thank you, and buy you a drink. Kindest Regards from Tahir Chakotai (Independent Housing Advocate).

Tahir Chakotai (Independent Housing Advocate) wrote
at 15:55:10 on 15 October 2016
I am utterly appalled by the courts decision to send a desperate homeless man to prison for trying to maintain a roof over his head. This person, in my opinion, is obviously vulnerable and suffers from a great deal of mental health. If you look at the Salford Star's article dated the 12th of October 2016, and watch the posted video, you can clearly see Coop Security Guards beating up innocent, vulnerable, homeless people. This, in my opinion, is an act of Common Assault, and General / Actual Boderly Harm. I don't see the GMP arresting those Security Guards. I phoned the GMP yesterday, to report the physical violence that is clearly shown by the Salford Star on the 12th of October 2016. I waited 22 minutes to get connected to the 0161 872 5050 number and 30 minutes waiting to be connected to the 101 number. So, in my opinion, the GMP are so busy serving the private sector, that quite simply, there is no one at the end of a phone, if a member of public wishes to report an emergency or crime. I do believe that someone should report this to the Professional Standards Branch and then the IPCC. No one, in my opinion, reguardless of status, should be allowed to unlawfully evict the homeless from a derelict property, and certainly should not have been physically abused for squatting on a grassy verge. This man on the roof, in my opinion, should signal to the general population, that the days of law and order, within the UK are truly over. In my opinion, the Courts, Police, Private Corporations, and Local Goverment Officials are now merging together, and are no longer protecting and serving the citizens of the UK, but the are safeguarding those who have the most power and influence. All this man wanted was a roof over his head, and the court gave him 8 weeks in Jail. All this has achieved, in my opinion, is to have taught the homeless that if they break the law, you will give them a bed, three square meals a day, and bathing facilities in a prison. In my opinion, the courts have now set a new legal president for the homeless, stating that "if you want a roof over your head", "break the law". "Well done Judge!!!!"

Disgusted wrote
at 10:41:51 on 15 October 2016
For trying to help the most vulnerable in our society, truly outrageous behaviour by the courts and Manchester City Council, they are basically in the pocket of the developers now, they are not representing the will of the people, why couldn't they have sent somebody down who could have put a roof over these people's heads? Disgusted with them, they are supposed to be a Labour council, we are in deep recession and homeless numbers are growing.

rotten wrote
at 10:41:47 on 15 October 2016
It is not a surprise the courts have done this. There is now no separation of powers between the courts, councils, police, TV Licencing, CSA and may other organisations, who are now allowed to hire courts and staff to issue their own version of the law. google:(councils courts and conmen) or (arrest that judge). Go along to one of Salford councils bulk hearing and see the abusive of the legal system and peoples rights under the law. Salford council, normally hire the court once a month on a Thursday and hire the court staff for the day to rubber stamp anything the council puts in front of them. I have watched the disgusting system in action

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