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Student occupiers fight clampdown on protest rights

by Nick Clark
Issue No. 2449

Students protest on Tuesday of this week

Students protest on Tuesday of this week (Pic: Tom Kay)

Student occupiers from University of Arts London (UAL) were protesting outside the Royal Courts of Justice in central London as Socialist Worker went to press.

Bosses were seeking a possession order which would allow them to evict the occupiers.

There were reports that the possession order had been granted—meaning occupiers would have to leave on Tuesday of this week. But an injunction naming 15 of the occupiers had reportedly been dropped. 

The injunction would have made it illegal for the 15 to return to the occupation. It could have also forced them to pay tens of thousands of pounds in legal fees.

Samia is one of the UAL students who would have been named on the injunction. She told Socialist Worker, “I’ve been both a student and a member of staff here—it doesn’t surprise me that management are doing this.

“But we’ve had a lot of press coverage since we were given the court papers—and our support has grown.”

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Tue 14 Apr 2015, 16:52 BST
Issue No. 2449
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