Today at 3pm we learned that the University was taking us to court to request a possession order. Several people from the occupation, supported by Cambridge University Students’ Union, went to the court hearing, scheduled for 4pm, where the magistrate granted the possession order without accepting our request for an adjournment for time to get legal advice.
We have been informed that the University filed the request for a possession order on Friday, the day we occupied- seeking permission to forcefully evict us before they even had a chance to hear our demands. They also had put in a request on Friday to shut down the University wireless internet- this request was not processed until today because of the weekend.
We are now having a big discussion about what we want to do. There is a lot of feeling in favour of staying for longer–and there are two hundred of us in here!
Meanwhile, it turns out that despite Aaron Porter’s pledge to the UCL occupation, the National Union of Students wasn’t actually planning on giving legal advice to individual occupations. Porter says they are only intending to provide general advice on occupations, which is already freely available on the internet. We are being failed by institutions which are meant to be standing up for us- this is why we need to step up to act and resist.
Thank you everyone for your messages of solidarity, all the solidarity food (pizza coming tonight) and good luck to all those taking action against fees and cuts across the country.
We are urging all of our supporters to come spend the night to show your solidarity, and show how many of us there are. We don’t expect any trouble from the authority figures overnight, so please do come along!