Over a year ago, I wrote about the personal experience of a friend of mine who, despite serious need of safe secure accommodation, was initially turned away from the Hamish Allan centre after spending the previous night under a table in one of the offices, regardless of the seriousness of the situation that she was in.
This is the experience that I have had with a friend of mine, who turned up yesterday on my doorstep having seen her once only briefly over the previous couple of years. It spans two days of phone calls, police involvement, hospital attendances and homeless units.
Wandering around Central Paris through the day gives the impression of a very clean, very affluent modern Western city. There is little of the urban decay which is very visible in Athens, nor do you see the struggle for survival as you wander among the expensive cafes and posh shops.
Occupy Glasgow today voted at their General Assembly to move the camp from George Square to Kelvingrove park, where the council have agreed to provide them with facilities including lighting, toilets, heras fencing, CCTV, heaters and a water supply as well as transportation for all tents and materials.
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