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21-04-2012 17:05The following is an urgent call to action from Movement for Justice in El Barrio, The Other Campaign New York, and supported by the Patishtán Family, to realize the:
“WEEK OF GLOBAL STRUGGLE FOR THE LIBERATION OF PATISHTÁN AND SANTIZ LOPEZ: BRINGING DOWN THE PRISON WALLS”
To take place from Tuesday, May 15 to Tuesday May 22 of this year.
As of 9:00 pm Sunday 21 April Occupy Nottingham will end their occupation of Nottingham's Market Place after 190 days.
Prior to the last court hearing our legal team at Public Interest Lawyers has given us a 50-55% chance of success. During the hearing Judge Inglis dismissed all of the Council's allegations against the camp, but said that any proposed deal between the Council and the camp was not the business of the court, he also stated that any issues over human rights, rights of assembly, or to protest were secondary to the issue of lawful possession of the land. He accepted that the Council were the legal owners of the land and therefore showed inclination to grant the order for possession in favour of the the Council as landowners.
This meant that at the next hearing of the three day trial due to begin on 30th April, that our barristers had a hugely difficult task to win the argument for the camp to be able to remain on the Market Place.
Whereas initially the risk of costs being awarded against camp members was removed from the previous hearing, that was not the case for the trial with a risk of some 20-30K in costs, which didn't seem such a worthwhile risk with a much lower chance of success and unlikelihood of winning the case. A protective costs order was denied by Inglis on the grounds of a vested interest in the outcome, insurance cover was attempted but that too was unsuccessful.
It was decided that it would be best to remove Carl Freeman from being named defendant and that he should withdraw from the protest to protect him from costs, but that would then put any other camp members whose names were known to the Council of being at risk for the costs themselves.
Feeling that we were no longer in a good position at this point to negotiate a deal with the Council with their certainty of winning, the camp decided it would be best to withdraw from the Market Place and regroup. It was felt that in order to avoid the hearing going ahead and then costs being awarded against camp members that it be best to remove the camp before the barristers and Judge prepared for the case and generated costs.
It was never Occupy Nottingham's intention to do 'battle' with the Council, as we have said all along, they may have made some decisions that we do not agree with, but we understand their hands are tied so to speak to a certain extent and they are are part of the 99% too. We also realise that should the trial go ahead, then the costs generated be awarded to camp members and there is no way anyone on camp could possibly afford to pay them. That would result in 20-30K in lost resources for the City, which as it is already struggling through lower available funds, we would not want to add to such a problem (even though we still maintain that was never any need for a hearing if the Council had only maintained negotiations and as such the costs generated would have been a direct result of the Council's mismanagement of failing to reach a comparable position with our protest), no matter who was at fault or liable for such costs. On those grounds too we felt it was time to withdraw.
During the stay of over six months on Nottingham's Market Place, Occupy Nottingham feel that they have been successful with what they initially set out to achieve in raising awareness of the issues we currently face in our society, the reasons behind them and begin discourse to find solutions to the problems. We have helped raise what were almost unheard of subjects for discussion in to regular daily conversation for many people throughout the City and thus begun a chain reaction of increasingly better informed and more aware members of the public, who are thinking for themselves, researching their own answers and making up their own opinions away from those of the media and government. In turn these people will discuss these subjects with others and so it roll's on.
We would make it quite clear that although we are leaving the Market Place, we are not packing it up or giving in, we realise there is a lot more work to be done and many more people to be reached. We make no attempt to hide the fact that the past six months of the protest have been hard work to maintain and we are not a little bit tired, many have had to take a break and that has reduced numbers and put more pressure on those remaining, along with the pressure of the court case sapping motivation. Therefore a break and some recuperation was not only needed but well deserved.
We have decided to use a short break to regroup, plan our next actions and reorganise before we take the campaign mobile, there are many people who are still not aware fully of the issues we are facing, or even of Occupy Nottingham. There are many more places and towns that we could and will visit now, and aim to take our protest throughout the Shire and even to support groups in other City's.
The decision to leave was not an easy one, but the camp now feels that the time is right to move on and begin a new chapter for Occupy Nottingham, this will help us to regain the initiative and put a fresh spark of energy and ideas in to action.
On a final note we would like to thank everyone who has shown or given us support in any way, Public Interest Lawyers for their steadfast advice and support throughout the legal proceedings, Nottingham's Police Force for their understanding and fair treatment of us throughout, Nottingham Council for being open to some form of liaison and Richard Antcliff for being willing to perform that role.
Coming to a place near you soon...
We are the 99%
We are legion
21-04-2012 06:12Farewell lovely cyclists of London to Brighton crew and today's Menu...
Robert Green FREE on 17th May!
20-04-2012 23:35The Ludlow Massacre was an attack by the Colorado National Guard on a tent colony of 1200 striking coal miners and their families at Ludlow, Colorado on April 20, 1914.
The Ludlow Massacre was a watershed moment in American labor relations. Historian Howard Zinn has described the Ludlow Massacre as "the culminating act of perhaps the most violent struggle between corporate power and laboring men in American history". Congress responded to public outcry by directing the House Committee on Mines and Mining to investigate the incident. Its report, published in 1915, was influential in promoting child labor laws and an eight-hour work day.
Two weeks of campoaigning with Nottingham Animal Rights and associated group, including The Big One - March and Rally in Birmingham for World Day For Animals in Laboratories.
Saturday 21/04/2012 - Veggies are catering at hands-on healthy eating workshop for young people in Sneinton. Vegan Outreach Volunteers welcome!
Saturday 21/04/2012 - Coventry huntsabs benefit gig in Birmingham.
Wednesday 25/04/2012 - Anti-vivisection stall in city centre. Meeting 14:00 near Lush on Clumber Street.
Thursday 26/04/2012 - Brinsley Animal Rescue work evening. Transport from Broxtowe. Leaving 18:30ish.
Friday 27/04/2012 - Greyhounds Demo as usual. 18:30 at Colwick racecourse. http://www.veggies.org.uk/event.php?ref=1535
Saturday 28/04/2012 - World Day for Animals In Laboratories, march through Birmingham. It is suggested that people could make their own banners and maybe bring some leaflets. Transport will be from Sumac.
New fur shop spotted on Station Street. 2nd hand, but lots of nasty stuff - even out of season.
It's looking like McDonalds will NOT be building another branch on the way out to Clifton! :)
The Flannels national chain are finally agreeing to a fur free policy! :)
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Recent abortion demo in central London - was noisey, interesting and a fun evening out
20-04-2012 18:24Although found guilty following anti-war action, Judge dismisses application by National Domestic Extremism Unit for ASBO against anti-war activists
20-04-2012 15:38A long drawn out case against Lindis Percy has ended in North Yorkshire with the District Judge dismissing all charges. The Judge was highly critical of the police behaviour in this case, including 'mystery' police statements, failure to record the incident and failure to interview key witnesses. She concluded that the case was weak, vague and contained significant inconsistencies. Lindis was awarded costs.
20-04-2012 15:23There will be a screening of the sell-out play 'The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning' on Saturday 21 April at the Red and Black Umbrella squatted social centre in Cardiff.
20-04-2012 13:37"War, what is it good for?"
20-04-2012 09:28Keep Our NHS Public will be picketing the Virgin Store, Cornmarket, Oxford, 12 noon this Saturday.
20-04-2012 07:48Today Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 500 days
Next week, Bradley Manning will have been jailed for 700 days without trial.