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    Following a demonstration by 400 people outside St. Pancras Town Hall Sept 21, hundreds of?

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    Following a demonstration by 400 people outside St. Pancras Town Hall Sept 21, hundreds of policemen brought a dramatic end to the three-week old 'rent rebellion' by council tenants, when, early the following morning, they evicted the two 'champions', Don Cook and Arthur Rowe, from their barricaded flats.

    Eleven people, including a woman, were arrested Sept 21, when mounted policemen drove back demonstrators outside St. Pancras Town Hall. More than 400 council tenants were protesting against the borough's differential rents scheme, while councillors were meeting inside to discuss the latest situation in the tenant's campaign of defiance.

    At 6.30 a.m. the following morning, police surrounded the blocks of St. Pancras flats where two tenants - 38-year old Donald Cook and 59-year old Arthur Rowe - had barricaded themselves in to resist attempts by bailiffs to enforce eviction notices for non-payment of rent. While bailiffs were battering down Mr Cook's door, police were engaged in clashes with pyjama-clad supporters.

    To the shouts, yells and jeers of the crowd, police inside ripped away the barbed wire, removed tiles from the roof and brought out Mr Cook. Outside the police had trouble moving their van, and waste paper, stones, bottles and other missiles began to fly. Several policemen and many defendants were injured.

    Less violence but louder protests met police as they cordoned off Mr Rowe's flat. Two lines of policemen stood shoulder to shoulder while bailiffs forced an entrance and executed the eviction order.

    Afterwards, a member of the tenant's Action Committee told tenants to pay no more rent until Cook was re-housed. (SOF). More violent demonstrations followed.

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