[ View the story "Homelessness rise in London met with spikes" on Storify] Homelessness rise in London met with spikes Mayor joins calls to remove 'anti-homeless' metal studs.
The Stream· Mon, Jun 09 2014 17:16:23
Spikes outside Southwark housing development to deter rough sleeping are ugly, self defeating & stupid. Developer should remove them ASAP.Boris Johnson
Although the developers of the property have not confirmed the purpose of the spikes, many took to social media to express anger over their placement:
Making it uncomfortable is one thing; turning cubbies into torture chambers is despicable #AntiHomelessSpikesAmy Smith
This was shared to me earlier. One man's protest - quite powerful. #HomesNotSpikes #homelessspikes
These Anti homeless studs are like the spikes they use to keep pigeons off buildings. The destitute now considered vermin.David Wells
Shame on all those who are fitting the spikes, totally inhumane #AntiHomelessSpikesHelp 4 Homeless Vets
Some also circulated a
with more than 8,000 signatures, calling on the development company to remove the spikes.
Others shared photos of similar "spikes" found throughout the country:
#AntiHomelessSpikes Because seeing homeless people might stop nice middle-class shoppers enjoying their hummus @Tesco
Some defended the use of the spikes:
Am I the only one who sees no problem with the #AntiHomeless thing? How would u like it if some random guy came and slept on your doorstep?SlayerTheHacker
4 all the #outrage re #antihomelessspikes in London, are neighbors willing to let homeless sleep in "their" back yards or doorways?Dorothy Gale
I'm all 4 the #antihomelessspikes also sorry not sorry. No 1 wants random homeless ppl sleeping every where deterring ppl & so forth.Elsa
I live in an area where there are drunks/junkies sleeping rough. I feel sorry for them but dont want them in my doorstep #AntiHomelessSpikesLady Andrea
Others noted it wasn't the spikes, but homelessness itself that was the problem:
Don't get angry over #AntiHomelessSpikes , get angry over homelessness. That is the real issue here, the spikes are a smokescreen.Sinnesloschen
I don't think #AntiHomelessSpikes make less people homeless.. So why not spend the money on helping the homeless instead of on spikes?James Shram
"Rough sleeping" has reportedly
75 per cent in London over the last three years.
, a charity for single homeless people,
there were 2,029 people sleeping on the streets of London during the first quarter of 2014.
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