Occupy London Stock Exchange and the European Convention on Human Rights

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On the 15th and 16th day of October 2011, some protestors, led by Tammy Samende and having George Barda and Daniel Ashman, among others, pitched a protest camp in St Paul’s Churchyard. The protesters set up between 150 and 200 tents in the churchyard, with some tents serving as accommodation for the protestors. Other tents were allocated different activities including setting up temporary first aid centres, a learning centre, named Tent City University, and a children’s place. The tents occupied nearly the entire compound of the church, with the protestors extending their activities to the city’s highway. The land occupied by these protestors was subdivided into three areas, area 1, area2 and area 3. Of these three areas, area 3 was the…show more content…
As stipulated in section 2 of article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights, authorities can intervene for the sake of protecting other human rights. The same is categorically stated in article 10, which allows for intervention by legal officers for the sake of protecting human rights. These articles shows develop a paradox in that the demonstrators were acting within the constitution, while still breaching other parts of the constitution. By holding demonstrations in the cathedral and across the city’s highway, they were exercising their constitutional right. However, by doing the same, they were breaching the constitution because they did not have licences to occupy the land, and they also breached the right of other citizens to exercise their freedom of worship. The demonstrators also breached the right of city dwellers to use public utilities like the highway and the cathedral, which was visited by many people from the country and beyond. The demonstration and pitching of tents in public places therefore breached article 9, and 10 as they made it hard for other individuals to occupy public places and a place of worship. The other statute that was breached is the Local Government Act of 1972. Under this Act, the City of London Corporation reserves the right to local authority. This means that the protestors were meant to notify them before occupying regions within the city. The City of

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