Protesters Right to Work
Target Wandsworth Council, Conservative Party
Location Wandsworth, London
Date 18 August
Forty campaigners gathered outside the house of Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia to protest against the decision to serve the country's first riot-related eviction notice. Protesters yelled anti-Conservative party chants and held placards reading 'Evict the Tories'.
Why the protest?
Maite de Calva, a Battersea resident and single parent, was handed an eviction notice after her son was charged with burglary and violent disorder during the riots. The group was demonstrating its opposition to the council's decision as part of its 'No to Evictions' campaign.
How did Wandsworth Council respond?
Wandsworth Council did not issue a response to the protest. However, Wandsworth head of comms Simon Jones explained to PRWeek that his priority has been to convey a 'strong sense of support' for the businesses affected and 'send out a powerful message that the disgraceful behaviour we saw will not be tolerated'.
How did the media cover it?
The protest was mainly covered by local press such as the Wandsworth Guardian.
It was also picked up on local community forums, local council website and online campaigning sites including indymedia.org.uk.