BBC - Occupy London St Paul's eviction appeal bid thrown out

Tony Gosling tony at
Wed Feb 22 13:31:39 GMT 2012

St Paul's protesters consider calling time on occupation
Kevin Rawlinson   Wednesday 22 February 2012
Protesters camped outside St Paul's Cathedral will meet this evening 
to decide whether to call time on an occupation which has seen the 
resignation of three senior members of the church after judges 
rejected their application to appeal an order for their eviction.
Many within the camp have privately expressed a desire to leave 
without provoking a fight with bailiffs. But they are worried that 
some are intent on staying.
"There will be discussions going on tonight and the issue of whether 
to stay or resist will be part of them," a spokesman said following 
today's judgement. She added that the larger communal tents put up by 
the protesters are to be taken down tomorrow.
Three judges headed by the Master of the Rolls, Lord Neuberger, 
turned down their application to appeal against Mr Justice Lindblom's 
ruling in the High Court last month that the eviction proceedings 
brought by the City of London Corporation were "entirely lawful and justified".
He granted the Corporation orders for possession and injunctions 
against Occupy London preventing them from pitching their tents in 
the Cathedral grounds.

BBC - Occupy London St Paul's eviction appeal bid thrown out
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Protesters have been refused permission to appeal against their 
eviction from the Occupy London camp outside St Paul's Cathedral.
Occupy London challenged the High Court's decision that the City of 
London Corporation's move to evict its camp was "lawful and justified".
The Court of Appeal's decision to refuse the application means the 
corporation is free to clear the site.
"All appeals denied but fight not over," Occupy London said on Twitter.
"Having a central focus point at St Paul's can still be maintained 
[without] residential tents but this isn't a setback."
The City of London Corporation called on the protesters to leave immediately.
Occupy London, which has been campaigning against corporate greed, 
set up the camp on 15 October. There are about 150 tents at the site.
'Planning law breach'
Refusing permission to appeal, the judges, headed by the Master of 
the Rolls, Lord Neuberger, said despite passionate views held by 
protesters, no significant new evidence was presented which justified 
an appeal.
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Stuart Fraser, the City of London Corporation's policy chairman, said 
the authority welcomed the ruling and called on protesters to "comply 
with the decision of the courts" and remove tents and equipment 
"voluntarily right away".
He said: "Everyone has had their day in court.
"Peaceful protest is a democratic right but the camp is clearly in 
breach of highway and planning law."
Last month, High Court judge Mr Justice Lindblom granted the City of 
London Corporation orders of possession and injunctions.
The authority sought a possession order after Occupy London ignored a 
ruling to clear its tents from the public highway.
The five protesters who appealed against the High Court's decision 
were Tammy Semede, George Barda, Daniel Ashman, Stephen Moore and 
Paul Randle-Joliffe.
Occupy campers described the ruling as a "blow"
Michael Paget, the lawyer for Ms Semede, said the protesters were 
liaising with the City of London Corporation to remove tents in a 
"proper and considered way".
This was important because there was a lot of "paraphernalia" at the 
camp, and also "vulnerable people", Mr Paget explained.
Speaking about the ruling, he said the seriousness of Occupy's 
message had never been questioned.
"The Occupy message has been heard and will continue to be heard," he said.
"It has made a difference and it will continue to make a difference."
Matthew Varnham, of the Occupy movement, said the authority had not 
provided a timetable for the eviction of the camp which the group 
considered "wreckless".
'Undue influence'
A protester from hacker group Anonymous, who has been at the camp 
since October and did not wish to be named, said the movement had not 
been defeated.
He said: "The decision is a bit of a slap in the face for the right 
to protest and it also highlights that the corporation is having 
undue influence over the system."
In legal terms, the Court of Appeal's decision is the end of the road 
for the protesters in the UK courts, but they could still lodge a 
case at the European Court of Human Rights, but that would not stop 
the eviction.
The protesters will decide their next course of action at a meeting 
later, but have said they could move to the other two occupations in 
the capital - in Finsbury Square and the School of Ideas in 
Featherstone Street, Islington.

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