Human rights laws could let activists cling on until 2012

THE THREAT of challenges under human rights legislation means any eviction of protesters outside St Paul’s Cathedral may not take place until the New Year, City A.M. understands.

Yesterday the City of London Corporation met lawyers and officers believe it could take several months to win a legal battle against Occupy LSX because of the time needed to prepare a writ capable of overcoming challenges under the Human Rights Act. Protesters could also seek leave to appeal any ruling.

The corporation, which declined to comment, is taking into consideration the failed attempts to remove Brian Haw from Parliament Square since 2001. Part of the camp remains despite Haw’s death earlier this year.

St Paul’s remained closed yesterday. Prayers are being said each morning and evening and the Dean and Chapter are reviewing the situation several times a day, a spokesman said.

Activists from Occupy LSX and UK Uncut marched on HM Revenue & Customs yesterday to demand the resignation of Dave Hartnett, Britain’s top tax man.

The new camp, in Finsbury Square, continues to grow with around 80 tents pitched there last night.