Police in the used tear gas against what they described as a “small group of protesters” who entered the police station in Brixton Saturday afternoon, while taking part in an anti-gentrification demonstration.
It is unclear how many protesters entered the station, but police used CS spray, a kind of tear gas, as they removed the protesters from the premises.
The protesters were part of a larger anti-gentrification demonstration in Brixton – a district of South London that is becoming increasingly trendy and seeing housing prices soar.
Organizers say the march – dubbed Reclaim Brixton – attracted thousands of participants including local residents and business owners, housing campaigners, some campaigning politicians, as well as other supporters against the rising prices that are pulling apart the community.
Rents on the market have tripled in the past few years, while renters can now expect to pay at least $1,063 (700 pounds) for a room in a shared house in Brixton.
Protester and local business owner Cyndi Anafo told The Guardian, “It’s no longer the dreaded ‘g’ word. It’s hyper gentrification – it’s far more aggressive.”
Apart from the police station, a group of protesters also gained access to the Brixton town hall, but there were no reported arrests from the mostly peaceful march.