Palestine protesters STORM building at London School of Economics after judge ordered eviction as activists prepare for stand-off with police

Palestine protesters STORM building at London School of Economics after judge ordered eviction as activists prepare for stand-off with police
Ben Chapman

By Ben Chapman


Published: 17/06/2024

- 16:15

Updated: 17/06/2024

- 21:13

A court ruled that LSE are allowed to dismantle their encampment on campus

Pro-Palestine protesters have been videoed causing chaos at the London School of Economics (LSE) after a court ruled in favour of the university being able dismantle their encampment on campus.

A hearing held at the Central London County Court this week concluded with an interim possession order, which requires those attending and enforcing the encampment to leave the premises within 24 hours once that order is served.


Demonstrators have been seen making their feelings known as they arrived at the university to vent their fury.

The judge stated that the group of protesters are “aware of the difficulties they are causing the claimants”.

\u200bProtesters arrive at LSE

Protesters arrive at LSE

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He acknowledged that the students maintain the right to protest, emphasising that the right does not “give parties an unfettered right to occupy other parties’ premises with a view to protesting, particularly when they are required to leave”.

Students today appeared to take the ruling with a pinch of salt as they arrived in their droves.

Palestine flags at LSE

The encampment has been in place for weeks

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Many were holding pro-Palestine placards and drums can be heard in the background.

Holding up signs with slogans like, ‘Global Student Revolution’, many can be heard partaking in chants.

The LSE’s representative, who addressed the court through written submission, said the group “may have had permission to enter the building, as they appear to be students, but they did not have permission to enter the building in order to encamp on part of it, nor have they ever had permission to remain there”.

He claimed the encampment posed an “intolerable fire risk”.

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