The rent battle still went on August 30 for Londoner Donald Cook who, for three days, has remained in his barricaded St.
SV PAN ALONG...NATURAL SOUND..crowded tenement flats. (USE SILENT).
SCU Cook and others at barbed wire window on roof. (Cook in windjacket).
SV Tenants with posters "Stop the Eviction" and "Unite against Evictions."
CU Sign "Force the Council to negotiate."
TOP V..crowd outside flats.
CU S.O.F...Cook's statement starts.."As the result of the campaign". S.O.F. ENDS "...will enable us to win our case."
TOP V..NATURAL SOUND..crowded forecourt.
BACK V..Mrs Cook arrives and enters flat.
SV AND CU..Mr Cook's defenses at window.
TOP V..Crowd outside flats.
"As the results of the campaign of St. Pancras tenants against the council's differential rent scheme, we, the tenants, have been forced to this particular or peculiar circumstance of barricading ourselves in as a medium of opposition to the level of rents asked of us by the council. We feel that this is the only measure we can adopt and we are hoping that popular and public support will enable us to win our case."
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Background: The rent battle still went on August 30 for Londoner Donald Cook who, for three days, has remained in his barricaded St. Pancras flat in protest against a 28-shilling rent increase imposed by the local council. Hundreds of nearby tenants - who have also refused to pay an increase - surrounded his flat ready to repel any bailiffs who should try to evict him. From behind a wall of barbed wire on his roof, Cook spoke of the resistance he is putting up to the council:
Earlier in the day, red rockets flared up from the barricaded flat and the cry went up "The bailiffs are coming." It was a signal for action by swarms of women and children who formed a human wall up the stairs leading to Donald Cook's flat. The alarm was caused by a police inspector who had asked to see Robert Burgess - leader of the flat "defenses" to discuss the maintenance of law and order.
In nearby Hampstead Road, another St. Pancras "rent rebel", Arthur Rowe, was also under a state of siege in his barricaded flat. One of the chief pickets guarding the entrance to the flats said: We expect action some time today and all our people have been alerted." As he spoke a "No bailiff shall pass" banner was hung up.