Words and pictures by Jennifer Slevin
A constant stream of people had been camping near the Stock Exchange in London since October last year, in protest to unemployment, bank bail-outs and privatisation. The group’s mission is to force a change to the UK’s current situation, which they say is ‘undemocratic and unjust.’
The group have targeted Bournemouth University specifically, because of its high-profile Vice Chancellor, Lord Chief Justice Nicholas Phillips.
“We have a few points of law that, if we can get his attention we’d like to ask him some questions, especially relating to land value tax and property law,” says Gary Sherborne, a spokesperson for new group, Occupy Bournemouth.
The protesters had been denied the chance to appeal to the Supreme Court, of which Lord Phillips is President, so have proudly set up camp in Bournemouth University grounds as an act of “civil disobedience.”
Mr Sherborne said, if given the chance, he’d like to ask Lord Phillips what he thinks about the current state of the country. “It seems that property law takes precedent over human rights at the moment, and we’re very concerned that if that continues, it doesn’t bode well for any of us.”
A statement from Bournemouth University wanted to make it clear that the protest was not connected to the institute in any way. “We have asked the demonstrators to leave the University grounds. If they do not respond to this request, we will have to take legal action. Our primary concern is the well being and safety of our staff and students.”