The officers arrived after a court verdict earlier this afternoonNoella Chye

This afternoon, bailiffs physically dragged out several protesters at Greenwich House, all of whom were from Zero Carbon Society, and ordered students to leave the premises within the next ten minutes.

Bailiffs arrived at Greenwich House shortly before 5pm, following a hearing at 2:30pm at which a court judge ruled that the University of Cambridge could evict students from the property following a seven-day occupation.

Bailiffs on the scene spoke to occupiers after they had been dragged out of the buildingNoella Chye

One bailiff said, after all occupiers had been dragged out the building: “You’re resisting a High Court enforcement officer now. We’re going to search the building; it’ll be ten minutes. If you’re not off the land by then, we’ll be moving you.”

In a statement, Zero Carbon wrote: “We condemn in the strongest possible terms the actions of the University executive, who would rather repress a peaceful, democratic protest than respond to calls to negotiate or engage with its legitimate demands.”

A group of occupiers was dragged out of the building by forceNoella Chye

A University spokesperson said: “The occupation of Greenwich House caused significant disruption both to the University staff who work there, and to the vital work they carry out to support research and teaching across the university.

“The University respects and upholds the right to peaceful and legal protest. This was an unauthorised occupation, and proportionate legal action was taken to bring it to a peaceful resolution.”


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Crowded in the canteen of the central administrative building, several occupiers were initially seated in the middle of the room chanting and refusing to leave, surrounded by at least eight bailiffs from the High Court, who had blocked both entrances.

Around five students voluntarily left the occupation when bailiffs arrived, while around seven students remained inside of Greenwich House.

The occupation of Greenwich House – a University administrative building which houses its research operations, finance, and public relations offices – entered its seventh day today. Occupiers had previously vowed that they would continue the occupation until the University agreed to the demands of “immediate commitment to full divestment from fossil fuels by the year 2022”, and that no disciplinary action be taken against students involved.

The University has not yet said whether it plans to pursue disciplinary action against the organisers of, or participants in, the occupation.