Former residents of the all-Black Melting Pot care home in Brixton were protesting at Lambeth Tow Hall earlier this month when police came and disrupted the event.
The residents, who are mainly black women and of retirement age, said that they were placed at the Melting Pot – an agency that operated between 1970 to 1991 – subsequently raped while there.
They were voicing their anger at being excluded from being part of the Lambeth Redress Scheme, a sex abuse victims scheme which has paid out over £100 million.
The women argue that they are entitled to compensation for what they endured at a council-sponsored children’s home in the 1970s, 80s and 90s but the council has refused, arguing that despite it placed children there, and provided some of its funding, it was not officially council-run.
The home was run ran by a convicted fraudster, Ashton Gibson, who has since died.