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Occupy violently evicted from its ‘Bank of Ideas’

by Patrick Ward
Issue No. 2288

Protesters were evicted from Occupy London’s “Bank of Ideas” on Monday—and nearly run over by a bailiff.

A man was arrested over allegations of assault and criminal damage. He is believed to be a bailiff from the Rossendales firm.

Occupy London says the bailiff “accelerated into the crowd carrying one protester on his bonnet for 50-100 yards”. He is also accused of assaulting a photographer.

The squatters were evicted from the office block, which is owned by a subsidiary of the UBS bank, following a High Court order last Wednesday.

Marcus, one of the evicted occupiers, told Socialist Worker, “We made a lot of noise and tried to stop the police and bailiffs getting in.”

Marcus said that this was not the end of the campaign of occupations. “People are still planning to open new buildings here, there and everywhere.”

Defend the Right to Protest held a day of music, poetry and speeches in conjunction with Occupy LSX outside St Paul’s last Sunday.

The Tories have ordered tents banned from the Olympics site—in case protesters set up an Occupy camp inside.

Home secretary Theresa May says she fears there will be “encampment-style protests inside Olympic venues”.

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Sat 4 Feb 2012, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2288
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