Welcome to Peace News, the newspaper for the UK grassroots peace and justice movement. We seek to oppose all forms of violence, and to create positive change based on cooperation and responsibility. See more

"Peace News has compiled an exemplary record... its tasks have never been more critically important than they are today." Noam Chomsky

  • facebook
  • rss
  • twitter

Occupy LSX appeals

High court rules on St Paul's occupation

On 17 January, high court judge Keith Lindblom ruled that Occupy LSX, the tent city that has stood in front of London’s St Paul’s Cathedral since 15 October, was unlawfully obstructing a public highway.

Enforcement was delayed until 24 January (after PN goes to press) to allow time for an appeal.

However, despite the prospect of losing the birthplace of the UK’s Occupy movement, residents of the St Paul’s Cathedral encampment told PN  they were not discouraged by the ruling. 

“It doesn’t change anything,” camper Alex Brown said. “I never asked permission to live there in the first place.

“I’m in this to make change; if staying in the encampment lets me do that, then I’m going to stay.”

After leaving the high court, the six occupiers who had represented the movement in court led over 200 supporters in a march back to St Paul’s cathedral.

John M Lindsay is a US student working with Peace News