Homeless protestors pitch tents in Glasgow city centre

Glasgow City Council has been accused of leaving homeless people to die. Picture: John Devlin
Glasgow City Council has been accused of leaving homeless people to die. Picture: John Devlin
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Homeless protesters have pitched up tents in Glasgow city centre, demanding the council gives them permanent accommodation.

The group of men and women have set up camp in George Square, across from Glasgow City Council’s City Chambers building.

There are ten homeless people and five tents situated on the grass areas of the square, but the group are trying to get more people from around the city to join them.

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They ordered 300 feet of barriers and 300 feet of six-foot-high fencing, which was delivered this afternoon on the back of a lorry.

The protesters have erected the fences and set up an outer shell of barriers to barricade themselves in.

Jason Miller, 27, one of the organisers of the protest, said: “We’re going to situate the tents all over George Square.

“We’re wanting to take Glasgow City Council to court because they’re leaving homeless people to die.

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“We’re also going to go around and try and get more homeless people to join us.

“This is something I feel really strongly about.

“I’m not homeless, but I’m doing this out of the goodness of my heart and want Glasgow City Council to see sense. They’re just not bothered.”

A spokeswoman for Glasgow City Council said: “Social work staff tried to speak to the people in George Square today to offer them help.

“Unfortunately, their offers of assistance were rejected and some of the protestors became aggressive.

“At this stage, we can’t verify if they are homeless as they have refused to provide their details.”