Eviction of disabled man to make way for new homes was ‘social cleansing’, say protesters
Mostafa Aliverdipour had lost a High Court attempt to be allowed at least three days’ notice of eviction
Mostafa Aliverdipour: ‘The poor are being made to move out so the rich can move in’ © Micha Theiner
A disabled father was woken by the sound of shattering glass as bailiffs broke in to evict him to make way for a new housing development in what protesters have branded an example of “social cleansing”.
Mostafa Aliverdipour, 49, said he was surrounded by burly bailiffs, lifted into his wheelchair and put outside his home in the north London borough of Barnet.
Mr Aliverdipour, a father of four on disability living allowance, had been the last remaining tenant on the Sweets Way estate. About 140 families had already left to make way for a 288-home development planned by Annington, owned by Terra Firma, a private equity firm.
A day earlier Mr Aliverdipour had lost a High Court attempt to be allowed at least three days’ notice of eviction. He told The Independent then that he was “more nervous than words can say” about what might happen to him. “The poor are being made to move out,” he added, “so the rich can move in.”