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Occupy Capitalism: ‘No freedom of press in London’

NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT CRUSHED PEOPLE WITH HORSES

 

London Stock exchange occupation blocked

Anti-capitalist protests that started with the Occupy Wall Street movement on Saturday spread to London and other cities.

Thousands of people descended on the area around the London Stock Exchange in a bid to replicate the huge demonstrations which have been taking place in New York.

A spokesman for the protesters said: “We are doing this to challenge the bankers and the financial institutions which recklessly gambled our economy. This occupation and 20 other occupations all around the UK have been directly inspired by what’s happening all across America and especially Wall Street.”

Activists had planned to take over Paternoster Square, where the Stock Exchange is located, but police cordoned off the area. Instead, protesters returned to their previous position in front of St Paul’s Cathedral.

As night fell, they announced their intention to set up a campsite in St Paul’s Churchyard, putting up tents and portaloos on one side of the square. However, Scotland Yard made it clear police would not allow the campsite in front of the cathedral, saying such a move would be “illegal and disrespectful”.

The force said they had made efforts to ensure the protest was largely peaceful. Three arrests were made – two for assault on police and one for a public order offence.

Well-known activists including Julian Assange and Peter Tatchell were among the protesters. Mr Assange, creator of the Wikileaks website, addressed the crowds on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral.

Protests also took place on the streets of Edinburgh and Dublin, which passed off peacefully. More than 100 demonstrators turned out to protest in St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, while hundreds also took to the streets of Dublin.

Anna Jones, a supporter of Occupy London Stock Exchange said: “So far, we have already seen a disproportionate amount of force by the police against protesters who are occupying the area outside St Paul’s… The only crime that the police can pin on people is one of having a conversation about real democracy and the unfair and unequal economic system that favours the rich and powerful.”

In Italy, however, police fired tear gas and water cannons as protesters turned the demonstration against corporate greed into a riot, smashing shop and bank windows, torching cars and hurling bottles.

Source:  UK Press Association

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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