One of the girls was recently refused entry into Asda to use their toilet so had to take a pee outside, was as discreet as possible with someone else trying to shield her from public view, and was subsequently arrested and charged for breach of her ASBO. The magistrate commented that it was 'most distasteful' and the probation officer later told her that her personal hygiene was dreadful (it really isn't!) and was asking her extremely personal questions, such as had she ever been sexually abused/raped, had she ever had sex for money and so on.
The whole thing stinks of a big clean-up in preparation for the opening of a new shopping centre later this year. Newport has been especially hard-hit by austerity, indeed last year it was announced that Newport had the second highest vacancy rate of all city and town centres in the UK. There are many empty buildings in Newport, yet so many people don't have roofs over their heads.
Our homeless people are exceptionally vulnerable HUMAN BEINGS. If you take the time to treat them as humans, to talk and listen to them, their stories are often harrowing. Some are mentally ill and/or physically ill, some suffered childhood abuse, some have addiction problems. They never wanted to be on the streets, treated worse than animals and frequently in fear of their lives. They should be given all the help and support they need, including homes.
Each and every one of our homeless people should be valued more than a corporate bloody shopping centre.
Please, spread the word and come along to join us in our action. Prepare to mask up if you don't mind, so that our homeless friends can mask up and join us too, hence lessening their chances of arrest.
Vegan food will be available, donations welcome. Thank you!
We will be meeting outside the railway station 7pm Friday 3rd July and camping out in town for as long as we can to show solidarity and to raise awareness of the situation.