'Anti gentrification' protests (attack on Killer Cereal Cafe)

I am speechless.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3250896/Cereal-offender-Hipster-hating-mob-attacks-novelty-cafe-anti-gentrification-protests-turn-violent.html

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Sign of the times Lou. The scapegoating of these shopowners is appalling, and evidence of the zero-sum game of far-Left fuckwits, in which those who are not like them are against them.

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This is just utter bullshit. Violence + high moral ground is not a good combo.

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It is indeed a sign of the times.

We’ve got two Labour supporters pushing a Daily Mail article that isn’t the one about left-wingers being more intelligent :cool:

The Guardian’s take is somewhat more measured.

Esther Planas Balduz, 55, an artist who attended the protest after hearing about it on Facebook, said she supported the cause because she was evicted from her home of seven years when her rent doubled last year.

“I’ve lived in Shoreditch for 17 years and it’s appalling what’s been going on. Its our fault, artists like me go to these kind of areas, then the architects follow, the developers, the hipsters etc,” Balduz said. “The problem is social cleansing. There are no protections for us. The law does not protect us, only the greedy landowners.”

Balduz said the protest seemed “more like a punk carnival” and hoped it would open up debate on the issue of gentrification. “ Even if a few became a bit aggressive, it was really less aggressive than the masses of drunks I have to cope with every weekend in the area ,” she said.

Another protester, who declined to be named, conceded that there were “more justifiable targets” than a small independent business, but played down the scale of the attack.

So that’s a slightly less sensationalist take, but probably won’t tick as many right wing boxes. I disagree with the violence, as I do at any other demonstration. I also disagree with the way that the media only ever focuses on the violence. I’ve been to loads of protests and have never seen any with my own eyes. That’s all I see on the news reports afterwards. It’s such a myopically presented view that when suggesting that I take Juvenile Unit #1 to a demo, I had a 30 minute interrogation from ms pap about safety.

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So an artist whose colonisation of the area contributed to the gentrification in the first place goes on a sanctimonious rampage at a perceived consequence of her own actions. Admitting her part in it makes it even more bizarre.

Brilliant. By which I mean nauseating.

Must be a nightmare picking coco pops out of those beards.

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You can buy a whole box of cereal and some milk for those prices.

Hipster bashing. It’s the new hip thing in town.

Hipsters are annoying though, Lou. You can’t deny that, can you?

Balduz said the protest seemed “more like a punk carnival” and hoped it would open up debate on the issue of gentrification. “ Even if a few became a bit aggressive, it was really less aggressive than the masses of drunks I have to cope with every weekend in the area ,” she said.

Nice bit of justification from Esther there. Hope that makes you feel better about it all.

My experience of ‘hipsters’ is that they are generally a pretty placid bunch, kids doing daft things to be different or stand out or whatever. When I go out in a so called ‘hipster’ area, I never feel threatened, or intimidated (at least, not by the hipsters). But they’re easy to mock, easy to pick on, and now it seems, easy to blame.

Shoreditch has got ridiculously expensive because the bankers have bought it out, not because of hipsters. People who get drunk on Brick Lane aren’t hipsters.

Reality is, most of you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between an artist and a hipster.

And that’s the trouble when you lump people together in a group, and you follow group mentality. People aren’t individuals anymore. They’re just hipsters, and hipsters have ruined it for me.

A) define hipster

B) what have they done to you?

a) people who pay £2.50-4.50 for a bowl of cereal in a shop

b) they haven’t done anything to me but they do mean that other people might think it’s ok to pay £2.50-4.50 for a bowl of cereal in a shop

Lots of people pay 700 odd quid a year, to watch a bunch of kids kick a ball round a pitch. Many people consider that pretty dumb. Each to their own, I say. If it’s not harming anyone, who are you to judge.

Lou, some of these hipsters have beards, hats and tight jeans as well. It’s not just the cereal eating, you know.

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I like a man with a beard. I’m wearing tight jeans right now. Hats can be a good look.

Maybe you’re talking to the wrong person here, Fats… Maybe I’m one of those insufferable hipsters that have gentrified Shoreditch…

That’s a fucking long protest… Until 3am on the 27th October!

Seriously, that is fucking strange!

When did you last buy cereal and did you get a box of it or a bowl of it?

Premier Inn, it was a bowl!

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Lou, some of these hipsters have beards, hats and tight jeans as well. It’s not just the cereal eating, you know.

I like a man with a beard. I’m wearing tight jeans right now. Hats can be a good look.

Maybe you’re talking to the wrong person here, Fats… Maybe I’m one of those insufferable hipsters that have gentrified Shoreditch…

When did you last buy cereal and did you get a box of it or a bowl of it?

Premier Inn, it was a bowl!

Fucking hipster

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I don’t actually eat cereal. But if they also served tea, and happily hang out in their cafe because I’m sure it would be a relaxed friendly place.