Squatters take over Brighton disused supermarket

Co-op building in London Road, Brighton The squatters plan to remain in the disused Co-op building until Sunday

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Activists have occupied a former supermarket in Brighton in a four-day protest over calls by a local MP to make squatting illegal.

The squatters from around the UK have taken over the former Co-op in London Road.

Mike Weatherley, Conservative MP for Hove and Portslade, said "Squatters tend to be anti-social anarchists."

Organisers of the protest said: "It's exactly the opposite and will be a social occasion."

Network23 posted details of the 2012 Squatters Convergence in Brighton on its website.

It said workshops and discussions would take place in the building.

The organisers wrote: "As much as Mr Weatherly, among others, would like to portray this convergence as a display of anti-social behaviour, it's exactly the opposite and will be a social occasion where all squatters are welcome."

Mr Weatherley said that homeless people and squatters were "entirely different".

He said: "If these squatters are web-savvy and well organised and able to mobilise people across Europe to a conference as such we can't call those the traditional homeless people."

The squatters are planning on remaining in the building until Sunday.

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