Protest against rough sleeper 'criminalisation' today
A protest will be held today in a bid to stop the ‘criminalisation’ of rough sleepers in London.
Arranged to coincide with mayor of London’s question time, the ‘Homes not jails: sleeping rough is not a crime’ protest has been organised in response to Operation Encompass.
Under Operation Encompass, which was announced in October, the Metropolitan Police force has teamed up with six London boroughs to ‘combat begging and rough sleeping’. The authorities are working together to target those who ‘commit’ such behavior through ‘engaging, disrupting and deterring’. The ongoing operation aims to tackle persistent begging and anti-social behaviour.
The six London boroughs involved in the scheme are Camden, Islington, Lambeth, Southwark, Westminster and Croydon.
The protest is being held at 10am outside City Hall and the organisers hope Operation Encompass, which they say is ‘criminalising some of the most vulnerable people’, will be called off.