Canary Wharf ban on protest camps

By Giles Broadbent on November 3, 2011 10:34 AM |


Canary Wharf Group has won a High Court injunction preventing protesters from setting up camp on the estate.

With St Paul's and Finsbury Square full of anti-capitalist "Occupy" protesters, social media sites had come alive with chatter about targeting the home of Barclays, HSBC and other major banks.

But, CWG secured an order which prohibits "any persons unknown remaining on the Canary Wharf estate in connection to protest action".

The ban is indefinite and anyone breaking it is in contempt of court and could face prison or fines.

A statement said: "Canary Wharf Group is keen to ensure that people at Canary Wharf are able to go about their normal day to day activities without interruption.

"Following recent disruption in the City, we have obtained this injunction to prevent similar disruption by a small group of people to the 95,000 people working at Canary Wharf or to those people choosing to visit the estate.

"The injunction is not about stifling debate, it is about stopping disruption. Our priority is to ensure that people are free to go about their normal business. Peaceful, non disruptive protest has previously taken place at Canary Wharf."

Last night an Occupy London spokesman said: "This is an interesting proactive move by Canary Wharf Group. The camps at St Paul's and Finsbury Square are already full and we are looking to occupy other spaces in London with Canary Wharf one of the main areas.

"But we won't be deterred - there are many more spaces in London."


henry said:

Please can you post a copy of this injunction. Does it only apply to people who are already on the site, because only they can "remain" there.

Henry said:

Can you post the injunction? I think it only applies to people who were there this morning, banning them from "remaining" there.

Anon said:

CWG takes out injunction against camers? Someone should ask them what happened to their covert security team recently. Find out on twitter.