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Author attacks 2012 Olympic legacy

By Channel 4 News

Updated on 15 February 2009

Hackney resident and celebrated author Iain Sinclair reports for Channel 4 News on how developments for the 2012 Olympic Games are destroying east London.

His new book, Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire, comes out this week but has already caused controversy.

Sinclair was banned from launching the book, which explores Hackney's past, in a local library.

The book, and his report for Channel 4 News, also looks to the future, namely the 2012 Games - and Sinclair is not a fan.

He says it will destroy the history and community of East London.

However Olympics minister Tessa Jowell has come out fighting against Sinclair's criticisms, saying that 75p in every £1 spent on the Olympics is spent on regeneration.

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