Bermondsey Street businesses fear that they are being targeted by anti-gentrification campaigners, after protest stickers were posted on shop windows and graffiti daubed on a wall.
Vandals sprayed “CLASS WAR” and “YUPPIES OUT” onto the exterior wall of a block of luxury flats on December 30, with one business owner reporting that stickers supporting ‘F*ck Parade’ had also emerged in the days before.
The group had organised a protest against the Cereal Killer Café in Brick Lane this autumn, which turned ugly when paint was thrown at the business and windows were broken while terrified customers cowered inside.
A Bermondsey Street business owner, who wished to remain anonymous, told the News that it was feared protestors were set to launch a similar assault on their street.
Before the graffiti appeared, the News contacted F*ck Parade about the stickers and the concerns about a similar march in Bermondsey.
“That’s the first we’ve heard of it. Plus we don’t do marches, we do parties,” they replied, before adding pointedly: “Bermondsey is long overdue a visit as is most of London.”
Since the graffiti emerged, an open letter purporting to be from campaign group Class War to the owners of the Bermondsey Street-based White Cube gallery has been posted through business letterboxes.
It reads: “We think the White Cube would be an ideal replacement for a winter refuge for the homeless. The Cube is open only from 10-6 daily and not at all on Mondays. This would give ample time to open for the homeless from 8-8 daily…
“If you were to grasp this opportunity to marry art with social responsibility no doubt it would be welcomed worldwide.”
The News contacted the White Cube gallery for comment but did not receive a reply.