Nottingham's Market Square protesters served eviction notice
ANTI-capitalist protesters camping in Nottingham’s Market Square have been served with an eviction notice by the city council.
The Occupy Nottingham camp has been set up outside the city’s Debenhams store since October, inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York.
They have been protesting against the depth of Government cuts, the influence of banks and a perceived lack of concern for issues such as the environment.
But yesterday the protesters were told they would be taken to court if they fail to leave the site within seven days.
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Campaigner Carl Freeman, 43, of New Basford, said the Occupy group would continue to demonstrate in the city even if the camp was uprooted.
He said: “Whether we get to stay here or whether we are forced to move out, it will make no difference.
“We will carry on having a visible presence in the market square, holding meetings and leafleting, even if the camp is not here.
“The message still needs to get out. The fact that the council is moving us on means they are not actually listening to us.”
John Kelly, the council’s corporate director for communities, said the council had no option but to serve the eviction notice.
He said: “We have been very tolerant of the Occupy protest in the Old Market Square and have engaged with them throughout their occupation.
“We have spoken to them about options for leaving with dignity and we are hopeful that they will still choose to do so as we have no desire to go down the legal route.
“Once this notice period expires, we will take action to secure their removal from the site so that it can be returned to wider public use.”