London to evict anti-war protesters from Parliament Square

London Mayor won the legal right to evict anti-war protesters from outside the Houses of Parliament.

London to evict anti-war protesters from Parliament Square

 

London Mayor Boris Johnson won the legal right on Tuesday to evict protesters from outside the Houses of Parliament, where peace activists have been camping against much-criticised war for several months.

One man, Brian Haw, has been there since mid-2001, his placards and anti-war banners now a fixture of parliament's surrounds.

Authorities regard the tents and placards as an eyesore, and the Press Association reported that Johnson had won a High Court order for the square to be cleared.

"The mayor is pleased that the court has supported the Greater London Authority's application to regain possession of Parliament Square Gardens," a spokesperson for Johnson said in a statement after the ruling.

"Parliament Square sits alongside a world heritage site and is a top tourist attraction ... We would urge the protesters to respect the Court's ruling and now leave the site peacefully," the statement continued.

Protest groups could not immediately be reached for comment.

Reuters

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