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Occupy London protesters defiant after legal defeat

(Xinhua)

10:40, January 19, 2012

LONDON, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Occupy London protesters remained defiant on Wednesday evening, in the wake of a court ruling that they should be evicted from the makeshift tented camp which they have been occupying at St Paul's Cathedral since the middle of October.

"This movement is far bigger than any one single location. Hopefully we will find another similarly iconic location, and if we get removed from there then we will move elsewhere," vowed Occupy London Stock Exchange movement (OLSX), spokesman George Barda.

Barda spoke to Xinhua outside the Royal Courts of Justice in central London where the City of London Corporation (CLC), the local municipal authority, won its legal battle to get the camp of about 150 tents taken down and the protesters evicted.

Barda, a graduate student at King's College London, which is just across the road from the Royal Courts of Justice and a mere five-minute bus ride from the St Paul's protest camp, said that he did not agree with the court ruling. "In terms of anything like truth, and what would be truly reasonable, I think we have very strong grounds for appeal."

"The arguments we have put forward, backing up academically the substance of why we are here, what we are doing, why things need to change, and how damaging the status quo is to the needs of democracy -- I think that case was very reasonable and it should have been answered by the court but it wasn't," Barda added.

For legal purposes, there were two named defendants from the protest camp in the court case. Barda was one of those named defendants, and he has been involved with the camp since its first day.

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