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Squatters protest at Didsbury RBS

Banners hanging from Lapwing Lane branch

Published on March 7th 2011.

Squatters protest at Didsbury RBS

Squatters have taken over a flat above the Royal Bank of Scotland in WestDidsbury as a protest against bankers’ bonuses.

The group has hung banners off the Lapwing Lane building, but the bankcannot take any action to move them out, as the flat is owned by a privatelandlord.

One of the banners reads: "The squatters are revolting!" while another says:"We bailed RBS out and still £1.2 billion bonuses!" RBS plans to pay out£950m in bonuses this year, despite being 84 per cent owned by the taxpayer.

Thanks to Dave Haslam for sending in the pictures.

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mMarch 7th 2011.

"The squatters are revolting". They perhaps need a bath but that's a little harsh.

"We bailed RBS out". I take it by 'We' they mean those who have jobs. Guarding recently acquired flats doesn't really count as a job.

Good to see a bit of olf fashioned anarchy. Can we get an invite to the party?

AnonymousMarch 7th 2011.

Political critique from people who take things which belong to others, and do not pay taxes. I assume this is an ironic protest??!! A government chooses to bailout one of the largest employers in the UK and is going to make more than £800million in the process....do these soap dodgers actually expect people who works in a banks to have no goals/incentives and start bin-dipping like them??!! If it weren't for greedy banks filling government coffers I dare say there would be less benefits for people who elect to avoid work.

Simon TMarch 7th 2011.

Ha ha. "Soap dodgers...bin-dipping"? You're expecting them to take a lesson in "political critique" from you??! They're not on benefits.

DrakeMarch 7th 2011.

Well done to those protestors in taking over that, uhhr, empty building. that'll show the man. Hardly anarchy, M, they're protestors wanting MORE government and MORE taxes. Quite the opposite of anarchy.

No, for anarchy (of a somewhat historical bent), you need top go over to the Wirral where 300 libertarians arrested a judge today--

AnonymousMarch 7th 2011.

I thought the idea of sit-in protests is to occupy the premises of a business you want to disrupt, not to occupy a flat quite near the business you want to disrupt.

I don't know who occupies the rooms above my bank in Sale, and I don't care. Since ATMs came in a about 30 years ago I hardly ever go in anyway - about once a decade or so at most.

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