Occupy wins eviction ruling delay

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OCCUPY Edinburgh protesters have returned to court to fight eviction from The Meadows.

At the city’s Sheriff Court yesterday Fiona Reid, appearing for the city council, asked Sheriff Kathrine Mackie to grant an order evicting the “occupiers” from The Meadows.

Representing Occupy Edinburgh, William Black, asked for the case to be adjourned to allow them time to obtain legal advice. He told Sheriff Mackie that a meeting had been arranged with a lawyer next Tuesday.

The protesters, he said, wanted to know if the council had the right to evict them from public land and if it would be in breach of the European Convention on the right to protest.

Sheriff Mackie said: “It is difficult to resist the application for time to obtain legal advice about a matter which is not necessarily straight- forward.” She continued the case until next Friday.