City wins legal bid to evict Occupy London protesters


KEVIN RAWLINSON
The Independent

January 19, 2012

Demonstrators reacted with dismay and some of those in court indicated they would disobey the order, while others said it would be a decision “each individual has to take”. A spokesman for the movement insisted in the weeks prior to the ruling that there would be “no Dale Farm-style resistance” to an eviction but a meeting was being held last night to discuss the movement’s response.

Luke Wilkins, a 33-year-old Occupy protester from Reading, said: “I will base my decision on whether I think we have had a fair hearing. It is a decision I will make in peace and quiet when the time comes. It is entirely up to the individual, it is their choice alone.”

Tammy Samede, a protester who appeared in court on behalf of the movement, said it would continue to “peacefully protest”, adding: “This is not the end. Onwards and upwards.”

The protesters’ lawyer, John Cooper, said: “This is an important judgment. It marks the start of a legal analysis as to the extent of protest in this country. What Occupy has done is push the boundaries of public law on protest.”

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