Arrests at anti-capitalist protests in London

PROTESTERS at an anti-capitalism rally in London have been arrested.

Three campaigners were nabbed by officers, who managed to stop a planned occupation of the London Stock Exchange.

Several hundred protesters from the Occupy London Stock Exchange movement were stopped from entering Paternoster Square today. It came after reports a High Court injunction had been issued to prevent members of the public from accessing the area.

After the attempt to occupy Paternoster Square failed miserably, the protesters returned to outside St Paul’s Cathedral, a position they have held for several weeks. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange addressed the crowds, talking about police oppression, Wikileaks and the current economic situation.

The protesters’ spokesman said: “We are doing this to challenge the bankers and the financial institutions which recklessly gambled our economy.”

He also spoke of a further 20 occupations being planned around the UK, inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement. Activists carried banners with slogans such as “Bankers got a bailout, we got sold out” and “We are the 99%”.

Canadian Lorena Fuentes, a charity worker, said: “I’m here today because I can’t see why you wouldn’t be and I feel that this is one of the few moments in history where it’s not a protest, it’s an actual movement that’s taken root.

“We’re trying to challenge this myth that there are not enough resources to go around.”

Berlin... German demonstrators take part in protests

Berlin… German demonstrators take part in protests

Protesters also marched in cities across the world in support of those occupying Wall Street, America’s financial centre.

There were demonstrations in New Zealand and Australia, and the movement’s website said that 951 protests would take place in cities across 82 countries. It is unclear whether that target was reached. The group’s website calls for people to “rise up to claim their rights and demand a true democracy.”

Rome... demos over finance fears were all over the world

Rome… demos over finance fears were all over the world

The demonstrations are against corruption and capitalism, and are a reaction to the global financial crisis. The Occupy Wall Street protests began in Canada last month, and have spread across the globe. In Frankfurt, some 5000 people protested outside the European Central Bank.

The movement has received celebrity endorsement too, as a group of 100 prominent authors, including Salman Rushdie and Neil Gaiman signed an online petition declaring their support for the movement.

Source: News Group Newspapers Limited 

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