With baleful timing a court ruling that kettling during the G20 protests was lawful swiftly followed one that ruled the Occupy encampment at St Paul’s wasn’t. At least we know where we stand. As Occupy’s lawyer, John Cooper QC, remarked: “This is an important judgment. It marks the start of a legal analysis as to the extent of protest in this country. What Occupy have done is push the boundaries of public law on protest.”
OLSX is appealing the eviction but it’s unclear what happens next. Yesterday the tireless activist tweeter @heardinlondon (who’s well worth following) reported that the protesters played the following songs to mark the eviction ruling — a small gesture but one which displayed the mixture of wit and defiance that has made this occupation so inspiring.
Update: two terrific blog posts about the importance of OLSX. One from the aforementioned heardinlondon: “The strongest fault I can find with Occupy is that it has arrived too soon. That rumble that is growing is the sound of malcontent. Over the next six months, as more people lose their jobs, their houses and their sense of being able to provide for their families, I suspect there are going to be a lot of people jig-sawing ‘Oh, that is what they were on about.’” And one from Steve Maclean, editor of the Occupied Times: “Either we – the people – do something about the neoliberal agenda adopted by both political parties, or it will make no difference whatsoever who wins the next general election. Occupy is an acceptance of our predicament and an attempt – however naive and imperfect – to do something about it.”
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