Indy campers evicted from Holyrood Park

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Independence campers are being evicted from outside of the Scottish Parliament following a Scottish court ruling last month.

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Caravans are moved as part of the eviction. Picture; contributed

Caravans are moved as part of the eviction. Picture; contributed

The eviction of Indy campers began this morning with caravans being removed and fences being put up around the site.

The camp, which was set up in November 2015 aimed to stay in Holyrood Park until Scotland became an independence nation, however, following a court battle with Scottish Parliament officals, the group were ordered to leave.

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It had been argued by the campaigners that eviction would infringe their rights to freedom of expression with the group putting forward several arguments against eviction – including claims that Jesus Christ had given permission for the camp, and that they had not been given a fair hearing.

The Independence Camp, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh. Picture; Toby Williams

The Independence Camp, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh. Picture; Toby Williams

In a letter to MSPs, parliament chief executive Paul Grice said: “Following the failure of the protesters’ appeal last week, the SPCB (Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body) made a final request to the protesters to clear the camp from Parliament land.

“Disappointingly, the protesters refused to respect the judgement of the court or to co-operate with the SPCB’s request. The SPCB therefore took steps today to have the camp removed from Parliament land.

“The removal of the camp was carried out by Messengers at Arms who are officers of the court and they were supported in this by Police Scotland.

“The presence of the camp over the last 11 months has caused damage to the land in that area. Fencing has therefore been erected around the affected land to protect it from further damage and to allow remedial work to begin as soon as possible.”