Finsbury Square eviction looms post Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend
Today at the High Court, Justice Hickinbottom ruled that Islington Borough Council has the right to repossess Finsbury Square, which could potential bring about the end of one of the Occupy movement’s longest running camps – Occupy London Finsbury Square.
The occupiers, resident since 21 October 2011 in Finsbury Square – situated in the heart of London’s financial district – chose to represent themselves arguing that on the grounds of human rights, the occupation should stay. This was denied by the judge after the lawyer representing Islington Borough Council remarked that ‘if the human right of families with disabled children are not considered in possession cases, then why should the rights of the occupiers be considered?’
Thus possesion shall be granted forthwith, with a potentially forceful eviction expected in the early hours of the morning post Jubilee Bank Holiday, so that removal of the camp is not witnessed by the public. A peaceful resistance is expected, with individuals choosing their own way to mark the occasion.
Residents, many of whom do not have alternative accommodation, have vowed to continue the protest elsewhere in prominent sites in London.