Judge recognises students freedom of expression claim and adjourns courtcase


On Friday 3rd December two students on behalf of the UCL Occupations
attended a hearing to resist the university’s application for a
possession order. After almost an hour of legal debate, the judge
acknowledged the occupying students’ rights to freedom of expression
and freedom of assembly and concluded that no possession order could
be granted without a full hearing of all the legal arguments. The
hearing has been adjourned till Tuesday 7th December at 10:30am.

The solicitor for the defence, Kat Craig, from Christian Khan
Solicitors said “This result is a recognition of the importance of the
rights to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression, and is a
testament to the students dedication and commitment to ensure access
to education for all by means of peaceful protest.”

The UCL Occupations see today’s result as a small victory in the
on-going fight to achieve their demands, and prevent education cuts
and tuition fee rises. The occupied space provides a safe place in
which students can exercise their democratic rights to freedom of
expression and protest. In just over a week the space has become one
of the most active hubs for student opposition to the cuts, as well as
a forum for intellectual inquiry. The UCL Occupations plan to use the
extra time to reopen negotiations with the UCL management, as well as
allowing the voices of students heard in a democratic and peaceful
manner, in the lead up to the crucial Commons vote next Thursday.

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BREAKING NEWS – Court Hearing Adjourned!

Our court hearing has been adjourned until Tuesday. Look’s like we’re not gonna be leaving the Jeremy Bentham Room quite a soon as previously thought. SOLIDARITY.

(Read about it on the Guardian website)

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The day the teenagers turned on Topshop

From Laurie Penny‘s blog at the New Statesman.

Oxford Street at Christmastime is a special hell, and the last Monday in November is no exception. Grim-faced shoppers mummified in winter coats shove their way down freezing pavements to do their duty to the market, while a panopticon of corporate-sponsored festive lights glares down from slate skies. With no warning, a hundred young protesters pour across the road holding banners and whistles. The children of Britain are leading the consuming classes to mutiny.

These young activists are the same students and school pupils who were kettled in central London on 24 November after demonstrating to protect higher education. They have not gone away. They come from the buses and the Underground, pouring out of the backstreets in twos and threes, chanting: “No ifs, no buts, no education cuts!” The target is the flagship store of Topshop, the global byword for successful British commerce, owned by Philip Green, billionaire and business adviser to the Prime Minister.

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Message of support from Paul Greengrass

The director of the Bourne Ultimatum says:

i just wanted to send a message of support.
it’s cold inside and out, in britain today.
anything we can do to change things for the better, is great..
keep at it!

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Student Protests in London: A Moment of Collective Joy

Philippe Marlière, a UCL lecturer, has written this article about the UCL Occupation and the current student movement going on in the United Kingdom for French website Rue 89. The article is in French but you can also view a translated version.

Depuis le 24 novembre, à Londres, quelques centaines d’étudiants occupent la salle Jeremy Bentham située à côté de la bibliothèque principale de UCL (university college London), l’université où j’enseigne. Cette fac est aujourd’hui rejointe par plus d’une trentaine de campus également occupés : à Londres (School of Oriental and African studies, King’s College, Goldsmith, London university of arts, university of East London, South Bank university) et en province (Oxford, Cambridge, Leeds, Manchester, etc.).

A UCL, les étudiants séjournent jour et nuit dans une vaste pièce d’ordinaire utilisée pour des réceptions, qui comprend deux petites pièces adjacentes ainsi qu’une cuisine.

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Today’s Events



Blog: https://ucloccupation.wordpress.com/

Website: http://www.ucloccupation.com/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/UCLOccupation#

12 – 2pm The Geographies of Protest, Cuts and Social Change. Where? JBR

2pm Legal Briefing.Where? JBR

3pm Professor Jerome de Groot, From Manchester University,

A History of Radical Action in the UK”

Where? JBR

4pm Professor Andrew Leak, French Department, “Politics and Haiti”

Where? JBR

4:30pm Paul Cotterall creates debate on how to oppose cuts, and what’s next for the students.

Where? JBR

5pm Staff Meeting.

Where? Side room from JBR

Professor Eric Gordy.

Senior Lecturer in South East European Politics, SSEES;

A Brief History of Crowd Control.”

Where? JBR

After which follows,

Professor Alex Callinicos;

Kings College London;

The Importance of the Student Movement.”

Where? JBR

6pm General Meeting

Where? JBR

7pm Owen Hatherley.

Where? JBR

Architect / Critic, “Architecture as a Force for Social Change?”

10pm The Sheridans; band; celtic folk / rock.


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