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London protesters to face legal action.

Summary: Protesters camping outside St Paul's Cathedral in London could face legal action to force their eviction.

Protesters camping outside St Paul's Cathedral in London could face legal action to force their eviction.

The City of London Corporation announced that it would seek court action to remove more than 200 tents from the public highways around the cathedral.

The news comes as the cathedral opened it doors to the public after being closed for a week. It was St Paul's first closure since the Second World War.

Michael Welbank, who chaired the planning and transport committee, said: "Protest is an essential right in a democracy but camping on the highway is not and we believe we will have a strong highways case because an encampment on a busy thoroughfare clearly impacts the rights of others."

"We have no problem with a peaceable 24-hour protest by people without tents - provided the highway is fully usable - but campsites and important highways don't mix."

The cathedral said: "The Chapter only takes this step with the greatest reluctance and remains committed to a peaceful solution.

"At each step of the legal process the Chapter will continue to entreat the protesters to agree to a peaceful solution and, if an injunction is granted, will then be able to discuss with the protesters how to reach this solution.

"Theirs is a message that the Chapter has both heard and shares and looks forward to engaging with the protesters to identify how the message may continue to be debated at St Paul's and acted upon."

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Date:Oct 28, 2011
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