Video of protesters “liberating” the £50 million home of a Russian oligarch and waving a banner saying “Putin go f*** yourself'”.
The footage was shot at 5 Belgrave Street, where Oleg Deripaska, a billionaire, has been sanctioned for alleged ties with Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin. He denies these allegations.
After midnight on Monday (March 14), four-floor high-rise building was closed, black-clad protesters gathered on the first-floor balcony.
They have a banner saying “this property has been liberated”And another. “Putin go f*** yourself”.
There are police vans parked outside. It seems like there is a deadlock, but protesters were eventually removed and arrested.
Images of the scene show officers using a ladder followed by a cherrypicker to reach the balcony.
Metropolitan Police stated earlier: “Officers have completed a search of the property and are satisfied there are no people left inside.
“We are continuing to interact with four people on the balcony, as we balance the safety of all parties with the enforcement need.
“We remain at the scene and are considering the appropriate next steps given the large and complex nature of this property.”
The rest of the protestors were arrested by police at 8pm.
A Met spokesperson stated: “The four have been arrested under section 144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.
“The police will remain on the scene.”
London squatters, the group organising the action, said in an earlier statement: “We are anarchists.
“We Occupy this property in protest against Putin and his world.
“We are taking over this mansion in solidarity with the peoples of Ukraine, as well as the people of Russia.
“We want to show our sympathy to the brave protesters who have been in the belly of the beast, and suffer unjust imprisonment for staying up to Putin.”