Squatting protesters take over former RBS office

Sorry, no compatible source and playback technology were found for this video. Try using another browser like Chrome or download the latest Adobe Flash Player.

Sorry, video is not available for your device…

Squatting protesters take over former RBS office

A group of activists squatting in a disused office near Trafalgar Square plan to open it to homeless people on Christmas Day.

The group, who call themselves “Love Activists”, say the takeover is a form of “public repossession”.

The building is Grade II listed and was leased by the Royal Bank of Scotland - which was bailed out following the financial crash of 2008 using £46bn of public cash.

It has stood empty for 18 months but is now covered in banners with squatters planning to open it as a public community centre.

They’ll also be dishing out festive meals to homeless people tomorrow. 

The group say the protest is against the housing crisis in the capital.

Related articles

More in Talking points

Nigel Farage urges Ukip unity as he declares: 'We want our...

Farage tells fellow Ukip members to put 'country before party' during the EU referendum campaign

Nigel Farage mocks David Cameron with 'piggy in the middle' jibe

Ukip leader jokes about claims that the PM put his genitals in a dead pig's mouth during an initiation ceremony at Oxford University

Where Scotland is headed as the dust settles from the referendum

The national psyche of Scotland has shifted - but what does this say about the future?