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High Court allows removal of protest tent

Maria Gallastegui Credit: PA

The High Court has lifted an injunction preventing the removal of the last anti-war protest tent near the Houses of Parliament. Judges said that it would be "lifted immediately", leaving Westminster Council free to clear Parliament Square of the tent as soon as it is ready.

The injunction had been in place while peace campaigner Maria Gallastegui challenged the legality of new byelaws giving the local authority power to remove tents from the road and pavement around the square. High Court judge Sir John Thomas and Mr Justice Silber have ruled the byelaws lawful.

Ms Gallastegui returned to court to ask for permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal, arguing her case was of public importance and that the High Court had got the law wrong. The court refused her request that the injunction allowing her tent to remain should be maintained while she appealed.

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