Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Police Remove Campaigners after Protest in McDonald's ; Anti-Homelessness Activists Occupy Fast-Food Restaurant for Second Time in Two Months

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Police Remove Campaigners after Protest in McDonald's ; Anti-Homelessness Activists Occupy Fast-Food Restaurant for Second Time in Two Months

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POLICE moved in to remove homeless protesters who stormed a McDonald's restaurant in Manchester for a second time in two months.

A group of 20 to 30 anticuts and anti-homelessness activists went into the Oxford Street venue as they marched through the city centre on Saturday.

They unfurled a banner which read 'dignity not doorways' inside and occupied the restaurant for about 15 minutes until police arrived.

Officers removed the protesters who then tried to storm nearby Barclays and Halifax banks, but were thwarted.

Later the protesters came across a homeless man near the Arndale Centre who appeared to be unconscious. They tended to him until police and paramedics arrived.

Activists stormed the same McDonald's in May after reports - denied by the fast-food giant - of a 'policy' of refusing to serve homeless people.

Saturday's protest consisted of a group called the Merseyside Love Activists and the Homeless Rights of Justice Group which currently has a camp in St Ann's Square. …

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