Leeds Homeless Action Group occupy

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Leeds Homeless Action Group having initially occupied the civic area of Victoria Gardens in Leeds city centre with a tent city for the safety and well-being of our homeless friends in the city have now set up Tent city 2 at Park Square. This action stems from need and to fight the councils criminalisation of the homeless – please go down to show solidarity – this is their initial statement below:

LEEDS HOMELESS ACTION GROUP
INITIAL STATEMENT

TO WHO IT MAY CONCERN.

LEEDS HOMELESS ACTION GROUP HAVE OCCUPIED THIS CIVIC SPACE  TO HIGHLIGHT THE PLIGHT OF THE HOMELESS COMMUNITY WITHIN OUR CITY AND BEYOND WITH THE FOLLOWING GOALS AT THE FOREFRONT OF THIS DEMONSTRATION.
1. WE DEMAND THAT THE HOMELESS PEOPLE OF LEEDS ARE GRANTED A ENVIRONMENT WHERE THEY ARE SAFE FROM ABUSE , ASSAULT AND HARASSMENT.


2. WE DEMAND THAT LEEDS CITY COUNCIL PROVIDE ACCURATE FIGURES FOR THE NUMBER OF HOMELESS PEOPLE IN THE CITY AND DISREGARD THE COUNT PREVIOUSLY UNDERTAKEN BY THEMSELVES .

3. DURING THE LEEDS HOMELESS SUMMIT ATTENDED BY GROUPS FROM ACROSS THE CITY LEEDS CITY COUNCIL CLAIMED THAT DURING THE ABOVE COUNT ONLY 15 HOMELESS PEOPLE WERE LIVING WITHIN THE CITY AND ALL HOMELESS THEY SPOKE TO ON THE NIGHT OF THE OFFICIAL COUNT WERE OFFERED ACCOMMODATION AND REFUSED. WE WOULD LIKE THAT SPOKESPERSON TO MAKE THAT OFFER AGAIN TO THE PEOPLE YOU SEE HERE SHOULD THEY WANT ACCOMMODATION.
4. FOR THOSE THAT DO NOT WANT ACCOMMODATION WE WANT ASSURANCES THAT A PERMANENT PLACE OF SAFETY BE FOUND FOR THEM TO LIVE AS A GROUP ON COUNCIL OWNED LAND OR PRIVATE LAND FUNDED IN FULL BY LEEDS CITY COUNCIL
5. WE DEMAND THAT LEEDSBID ARE EXCLUDED FROM ANY FURTHER TALKS REGARDING THE WELLBEING OF HOMELESS PEOPLE WITHIN THE CITY . WE BELIEVE THEM TO BE A VERY REAL THREAT TO THE SAFETY OF THE HOMELESS AND THAT THEIR BUSINESS INTERESTS MAKE ANY EMPATHY FOR THE PLIGHT OF THE HOMELESS IMPOSSIBLE.
6. THIS IS A PEACEFUL GATHERING PUT IN PLACE TO BRING ATTENTION TO THE OPPRESSIVE TREATMENT OF THE HOMELESS AND WE WILL OPPOSE THROUGH EXISTING CHANNELS ANY MOVE TO BRING A END TO THIS DEMONSTRATION.
WE DEMAND THAT THE HOMELESS HAVE ACCESS TO SERVICES , DWP BENEFITS, MEDICAL AND DENTAL ASSISTANCE AND BASIC FACILITIES
WHERE THEY CAN WASH / SHOWER AT NO COST AND MAINTAIN PERSONAL HYGIENE LEVELS ETC
7.  WE DEMAND THAT THE HOMELESS COMMUNITY IN LEEDS ARE NOT GOVERNED BY ANY COUNCIL / POLICE LEGISLATION THAT WOULD SUCCEED IN FORCING THEM AWAY FROM AREAS WITH GOOD CCTV SURVEILLANCE TO MORE DANGEROUS AREAS FURTHER FROM THE CITY CENTRE
8.  WE SIMPLY WANT TO SEE A END TO THE HOMELESS PROBLEM YOU SEE HERE AND ASK THAT LEEDS CITY COUNCIL RETHINK THEIR ENTIRE HOMELESS STRATEGY AND GRANT EVERY HOMELESS PERSON IN LEEDS THE HUMAN RIGHTS THAT THE REST OF SOCIETY TAKE FOR GRANTED. WE FEEL THAT BOTH LCC AND WEST YORKSHIRE POLUCE HAVE FAILED TO PROVIDE A DUTY OF CARE TO THE HOMELESS OPTING TO TAKE THE VIEW THAT THEY DO NOT EXIST.
9.  THIS DEMONSTRATION HAS NOT BEEN ORGANISED BY ANY ONE PERSON OR VOLUNTARY ORGANISATION.
IT IS A COLLECTIVE OF VERY CONCERNED TAX PAYERS WHO ARE CONCERNED THAT LCC HAVE PURPOSELY FALSIFIED FIGURES REGARDING THE NUMBER OF HOMELESS PEOPLE WITHIN THE CITY INSTEAD USING VAGRANCY / BEGGING PROPOGANDA TO FURTHER ALIENATE OUR MOST VULNERABLE FRIENDS.
WINTER IS COMING AND WE STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT THE CURRENT ATTITUDE OF LCC AND LEEDSBID WILL CAUSE SERIOUS HARM AND EVEN DEATHS TO DESTITUTE PEOPLE . WE WANT TO GO ON RECORD THAT WE HAVE WARNED LCC AND WEST YORKSHIRE POLICE OF OUR FEARS SO THAT THEY CANNOT , SHOULD ANY OF THE ABOVE HAPPEN  CLAIM THEY WERE UNAWARE THAT THE PROBLEM EXISTED IN THEIR CITY.
LOVE , PEACE , UNITY AND HUMILITY.

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