Scottish Parliament lawyers say IndyCamp can protest in other ways

Dean Halliday at Indy Camp, a pro-independence camp near the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. Picture: PA

Dean Halliday at Indy Camp, a pro-independence camp near the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. Picture: PA

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A COURT has heard that protestors camping outside the Scottish Parliament can demonstrate in other ways without having their freedom of expressioon restricted.

Lawyers representing the corporate body that runs the parliament were putting forward their case to Lord Turnbull, who is weighing up arguments for and against IndyCamp’s continued residence on Holyrood grounds.

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Gerry Moynihan QC, representing the parliament, told Lord Turnbull at the Court of Session there were other ways protestors could get their point across “without a permanent encampment.”

IndyCamp was established outside the Scottish Parliament since November last year with the aim of remaining there until Scottish independence was achieved.

IndyCamp residents, who in a previous hearing said they were on a “spiritual mission,” citing “Jesus Christ the Second,” had earlier applied for an adjournment in a bid to secure legal aid. Lord Turnbull declined it.

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