Occupy London has lost a battle but started a war over public space | Comment is free | The Guardian

The high court has ruled that the defence of the public highway is grounds for evicting Occupy London protesters from St Paul’s. This could not be more ironic, given that the removal of public space in the City is at the nub of the row between the protesters and the Corporation of London.

Over the last 20 years, since the corporation quietly began privatising the City, hundreds of public highways, public pathways and rights of way in place for centuries have been closed. The reason why this is so important is that the removal of public rights of way also signals the removal of the right to political protest. Continue reading…

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