Occupy London: In pictures
Occupy London, inspired by the US’s Occupy Wall Street movement, is demonstrating in St Paul’s, London. Euromoney takes a look.
Up to 3,000 protesters gathered outside the London Stock Exchange in St Paul’s over the weekend to demonstrate against the Government’s handling of the financial system and regulation, and, in some cases, to vent anger at bankers.
Many demonstrators left the financial district on Sunday, but a few hundred die-hard protesters remained camped in the shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral for further action on Monday.
The Occupy London website states that “the current system is unsustainable [and] we refuse to pay for the banks’ crisis. We want regulators to be genuinely independent of the industries they regulate.”
Originally congregating outside the London Stock Exchange on Saturday, protestors were moved off the privately owned land towards St Paul’s Cathedral, where the Rev Dr Giles Fraser, canon chancellor of St Paul’s, defended people’s right to protest when the London Metropolitan police tried to move them on.
Occupy London members state they are “voicing anger at the social and economic inequality in the UK and around the world, and their lack of control over the decisions shaping their lives.”