Bank of Ideas wins right to appealTagged as: bank free_spaces ideas london occupy occupylondon occupylsx of social_struggles squatting
Occupy London has been given at least three more weeks use of its repossessed Bank of Ideas space.
Protesters have been squatting in a disused UBS building on Sun Street in Hackney, London, since November 18. They took it over in an act of "public repossession" and renamed the office block the Bank of Ideas. Since taking over, groups have used the space for art, activism, films, health, and political discussions and workshops.
Representatives from the Bank of Ideas appeared in the High Court today to seek permission to appeal the injunction and possession order sought by the UBS investment bank, that was granted on November 18 by the High Court.
The protesters were seeking to appeal the short notice they were given over the initial court appearance when the injunction and possession order were granted. This was done at a special night hearing, conducted over the phone between UBS lawyers and Mrs Justice Proudman on November 18. The occupy protesters were given less than 45 minutes notice by text message of the hearing, and were not told when or when it would take place.
Today, Lord Justice Lloyd gave protesters permission to appeal after January 11, when the courts will reopen after the festive season.
Lawyer Stephen Knafler QC representing the Bank of Ideas told the judge today "there was no notice at all there was to be a hearing and how the defendants could take part in it."
He said there was no reason for the claimants to breach normal judicial processes to get an injunction.
He said UBS' claims of health and safety concerns were unfounded.
Occupiers at the hearing were pleased with the result and applauded the judge, and exchanged high-fives and hugs between them.
The Bank of Ideas is now calling for more people to get involved to make it have "the best workshops and talks in town."
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