Russell Brand hit the streets of London will those protesting the evictions of tens of residents of the city’s New Era Estates.

Russell Brand Protests

On Monday, Brand marched in solidarity with hundreds of fellow protestors to 10 Downing Street to deliver a petition. Roughly 300,000 individuals signed the petition that demands that the rents of the properties recently purchased by US investment firm Westbrook be kept at affordable rates.

“The thing about Westbrook is they’re known throughout the world as predatory landlords, they’ve done this kind of stuff in New York City,” Brand said in a video.

The comedian went on to reference New York mayor Bill De Blasio, who said, “Sometimes it’s fair to say there’s a limit on how much profit you should make because you shouldn’t want to dislocate people from their lives.”

Brand notes, “That’s pretty good, that sounds like a condemnation of Westbrook from the mayor of New York City to me.”

“We’ve seen very clearly the mayor of New York is prepared to back Londoners in their fight against these villainous developers Westbrook. If the mayor of New York will back Londoners, will Boris Johnson back Londoners?” he added.

Following the protests and petition, Westbrook released a statement, which says, “There will be no changes to their residential leases and no increases in rents during the first half of 2015,” and that the firm plans to address residents’ concerns.

 

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