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‘Occupy Eleven’ Judgement

 

The ‘Occupy Eleven’, arrested and charged with “obstruction of a bailiff enacting a high court writ” during the eviction of the Occupy camp at St Paul’s Cathedral, have been found guilty but were released this afternoon with conditional discharges. The judge handed out the lowest sentence possible, despite the prosecution’s calls to exclude the accused from vast swathes of London.

 

On leaving court the defendants released a joint statement:

Today we the Occupy Eleven have been found guilty of intentionally obstructing high court bailiffs performing duties. We maintain our innocence. Our intentions remain the same as when we first joined Occupy: To highlight the corruption in the financial sector and the influence that sector has over our political system. That message remains as significant today as when we occupied the London Stock Exchange on the 15th October 2011. We find it odd that those highlighting the crimes of high finance are criminalised, whilst Bob Diamond and the like remain free of any type of prosecution. We are resolute and will remain committed to the cause until the real criminals are brought to justice.

 

The OccupyLSX camp was cleared by bailiffs, with police assistance, in the early hours of February 28. The eleven defendants were amongst occupiers who climbed onto the camp’s kitchen shelves while the tents around them were dragged away. The eleven waved flags and chanted, remaining peaceful while police controversially cleared the church steps, carrying praying protesters away from what had been assumed to be a safe, sacred space. Bailiffs removed furniture piled up around the kitchen shelves and the ‘Occupy Eleven’ clung onto one another in an attempt to remain upright on their narrow ledge but, one by one, were pulled down by bailiffs and promptly arrested.

 

The defence argued that no clear warnings or instructions were given to those occupying the kitchen shelves, however the prosecution won the first round yesterday, with a District Judge declaring that there was sufficient evidence for the prosecution case to continue. The defendants returned to Westminster Magistrate’s Court on Marylebone Road this morning where the City Of London Corporation asked that year long exclusion orders from the City, Stratford and Westminister be imposed, and that the defendants each be awarded costs of £750.

This afternoon, having watched footage of the eviction and after hearing eyewitness accounts, the Judge acknowledged that the eleven were making a peaceful stand and awarded conditional discharges with no costs and no exclusions.

 

12 Responses to “‘Occupy Eleven’ Judgement”

  1. Thank you for covering this Jack. My son is one of the defendants and I was a little worried that they would be made an example of as we are so close to the Olympics. The Judge sounds (dare I say it) sympathetic to their case as peaceful protesters.

     
  2. Well done.

     
    • go away Troll

       
    • sorry obi the above troll comment was meant for the Troll below. This page is very confusing to see who left what comment

       
  3. Oh look, another “poor me” article. You do realise that the only reason bailiffs were sent in to clear the site was because you didn’t move on when you were told to after losing your appeal on 22nd February? Your actions do not represent the 99%.

     
    • get lost Troll

       
    • Do you actually work in the City? Are you one of the wannabees, believing themselves to be temporarily embarassed millionaires?

      I do not see any logic for defending the City Corporatocracy, unless you are being paid. If not, you are a very sad person.

       
  4. I’m relieved, and the sentiments of this article expresses just how I feel about these heroes loseing their liberty for highlighting the injustice of our economic system, I wonder if the judge considered how the tide is turning and he too one day would be put in the spotlight of Justice for his Judgement on these brave, insightful, resourceful individuals, did the Judge see the light burning in our souls for the wellbeing of future generations.
    Love, respect & solidarity,

     
  5. I am pleased to see that the Judge has seen sense that this was people with conviction taking part in what will be seen as a very important event in our history.

    Bankers Criminals? It sounded a bit far fetched to many back in October – back then it was just the issue if bailouts and still getting the bonuses; but just look at what is coming out of the woodwork now! Barclays and others cooking the interest rates for their own advantage, and even worse the mighty HSBC caught red handed laundering BILLIONS of dirty money! No wonder the City of London needs to be protested about!

     
  6. It’s a good post.

     
  7. was one of the eleven. However a clarification needs 2 be made. My charges were different from my 10 co-defendants mine was ‘OBSTRUCT PC’ and ‘DRUNK AND DISORDERLY’- The obstruct pc was dropped after police admitted i didnt stop then from doing their job (even tin i was trying to get part them into the rite). The drunk and disorderly however was found guilty of (even with contraversy over whether it was legally in a public space) i ende ur with a fine of £165. Judge didn’t understand why my matters were dealt with in the same case but i was up for some direct action.

     
  8. Well done, an inspiration as always

     

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