The squatters – calling themselves the London Makhnovists in honour of Ukrainian anarchist Nestor Makhno – told The Big Issue they entered the property at 1am on Monday.
Upon entry, they found it “deserted”, with no food in the fridges, and the heating and hot water turned off.
“We think there’s a lot of space here to house refugees,” they said. “We aren’t here to live we are here to protest and open up the space for refugees. They did not buy this house as a home they bought it a as a property investment.”
They added that the only way they will leave the property is with a “High Court order”.
One person attempted to throw a Sainsbury’s carrier bag full of food up to the balcony of the property, where the protesters are stationed. It wasn’t the best throw, however, and the bag landed on top of a police van, angering officers who had set up a cordon outside.
“It is not a crime to be bad at throwing food, right?” one asked.
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