Occupy the London Stock Exchange

The Guardian, 15 October 2011
Julian Assange speaking to protesters from the steps of Saint Paul's Cathedral
Julian Assange speaking to protesters from the steps of St Paul’s cathedral. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

10.33am: Welcome to the Guardian’s live coverage of the continuing and growing worldwide protests against the global financial system and corporate greed. This is David Batty – you can follow me on Twitter @David_Batty.

Today the Occupy movement, which has been protesting in New York for the past month, comes to the UK with a march on the London Stock Exchange. The demonstration in the city of London comes as G20 finance ministers are meeting in Paris to grapple with the eurozone crisis.

Campaigners are to gather outside St Paul’s Cathedral at midday on Saturday before marching the short distance to Paternoster Square, home of the Stock Exchange, as well as the London head office of investment bank Goldman Sachs. There will be live video from the protest from midday.

The protest has been organised on Facebook and Twitter pages that between them have picked up more than 15,000 followers. The organisers of Occupy London say they “intend to highlight and address social and economic injustice in the UK and beyond, as part of a global movement for real democracy.”

My colleagues Mark Townsend (@TownsendMark) and Lisa O’Carroll(@lisaocarroll) will be at the London demonstration. It is one of a series of events planned around the UK as part of a global day of action, with800-plus protests promised so far worldwide.

We’ll be bringing you rolling coverage of the London demo and keeping you updated on the situation in New York, where the Occupy Wall Streetprotesters were yesterday celebrating after a planned “clean-up” of their camp in Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan was called off. We’ll be handing over to our colleagues in New York this evening, who will have a new live blog on the continuing protests there.

11.20am: The worldwide protests, which combine anger at the bailout of the financial sector with disquiet at the faltering global economy and increased inequality, have their roots in mass marches earlier this year in Spain. The 15-M movement was the harbinger of the massive Israeli protests in the summer and the Occupy Wall Street movement in the US.

Naomi Colvin, supporter of the Occupy the London Stock Exchange Movement, explained the movement’s concerns to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning:

We are concerned about the role the financial services industry plays in this country – and the relationship between the financial services industry and government.

We need a flourishing financial services sector in order to recover as a country but what happened in 2008 is not a sign of a flourishing industry. It’s hard to think of failure on a more catastrophic scale. It’s difficult to have faith that that kind of thing couldn’t happen again, which isn’t good three years on.

The first UK event took place in Manchester this month, timed to coincide with the Conservative party conference in the city. Up to 30 people remain in tents in the city’s Peace Gardens in St Peter’s Square. About a dozen other events are planned for Saturday around the UK, including Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol, Norwich, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Among events in other countries, 1,300 people have pledged via Facebook to occupy a central plaza in Sydney, with similar events planned for Saturday in Melbourne, Taipei, Seoul and Hong Kong. This website has a map and details of all today’s protests. The global movement has issued a manifesto, endorsed by Naomi Klein and Noam Chomsky, among others, calling for a democratisation of the global finance system and mentioning the Arab spring as an inspiration for mass action.

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Occupy London protesters on Saturday gather outside the stock exchange. Photograph: Lisa O’Carroll for the Guardian

11.51am: My colleague Mark Townsend has sent through this dispatch from the starting point of the London protest:

Protesters are starting to assemble beneath the shadow of St Paul’s cathedral ahead of a planned occupation in the City of London.

Energised by the success of similar tactics in New York, organisers are hoping to occupy Paternoster Square, home of the London Stock Exchange. Scores of police are currently inside the square alongside signs warning the site is private property and that any “licence” to enter can be “revoked forthwith.”

Several thousand protesters are expected to congregate throughout the day and have been encouraged to bring tents. Those already gathered expect the policing strategy to be one of swift dispersal, aware that the successful occupation of New York’s Zuccotti Park shows that the longer demonstrators remain the harder it is to shift them.

12.11pm: Mark Townsend has this update from the assembly point outside St Paul’s Cathedral:

Live blog: TwitterHe Tweets: “Hundreds now sitting in bright sunshine on steps of St Paul’s. Occupation of a global landmark has begun.

“Paternoster Sq by contrast deathly quiet. High Ct injunction banning entry granted yesterday by justice peter smith.”

12.20pm: My colleague Lisa O’Carroll has sent through this update from St Paul’s Cathedral.

About 200-300 protesters have gathered in from of St Paul’s as part of the London protest against corporate greed. There seems to be as many media present as protesters.

Paternoster Square, which the organisers hope to occupy, has been closed to the public with private security guards issuing warnings that people could be arrested if they try to enter.

The police presence is quite muted. They’re keeping their distance – in groups of twos and threes – and there’s no sign of kettling or anything more sinster.

The general good humour and camaraderie of the crowd is helped by the glorious sunshine and music.

http://boos.audioboo.fm/swf/fullsize_player.swfThe protesters are very aware that this is an international day of protest. They’re hoping to raise awareness of the adverse impact of the global financial system and build up a global movement.

Occupy London LSX TahrirOccupy London protesters gather outside the London Stock Exchange. Photograph: Lisa O’Carroll for the Guardian

12.29pm: Lisa O’Carroll has just sent through this update from Paternoster Square, home of the London Stock Exchange: “Protesters have now moved on mass to Paternoster Square chanting, “We are the 99%”.”

This is a reference to the 99% of people the Occupy movement says have paid a dear price so that 1% could become the wealthiest people in the world.

She adds that a well prepared protester has just renamed Paternoster Square Tahrir Square – a sign of the Occupy movement’s solidarity with the pro-democracy campaigners in the uprisings across the Arab world.

12.38pm: Here’s a gallery of some of the protests going on around the world today calling for democratic reform and an overhaul of the global financial system.

Here’s another picture of the protest in London from Twitter. This photo shows the polite standoff between police and protesters at the entrances to Paternoster Square.

1.05pm: There’s a rich international flavour to the London protests, writes Mark Townsend.

A South Korean protester holds a banner during the Occupy Seoul rallyA South Korean protester wearing a mask holds a banner during the Occupy Seoul rally as part of the worldwide protest Photograph: Park Ji-Hwan/AFPJungmin Choi, 40, from Seoul, South Korea, said she’d arrived in London several months later and was dismayed to find the economic disparity in the UK as pronounced as her homeland.

“The poor are getting poorer and the rich are getting richer, it is the same here. The world is an unhappy place,” said Choi, an intern at a UK-based international peace group.

Occupy London Stock Exchange protestA protest against the global financial system, outside St Paul’s Cathedral, London. Photograph: Ian Nicholson/PA

1.08pm: Lisa O’Carroll has been speaking to a Spanish protester who has joined today’s demonstration in London.

Tamara Wildash, 30, from Castellon in Spain, said she was protesting in solidarity with her friends and family who were also on the streets at home.

“It’s very bad in Spain; 40% of young people are unemployed and salaries are very bad, really low and life is difficult. I was reading in a paper the other day that 1m families in Spain do not have an income, not in from the government and that is very sad,” she said.

Castellon is a city of 200,000, 800 miles from Madrid and relied heavily on its porcelain tiling industry for employment.

Wildash came to London three weeks “for a better life” and says she had not future at home.

“Almost all the factories are closing down. It’s not only young people who are affected, it’s families and old people.”

1.17pm: The police have just closed St Paul’s tube station as the crowds in the narrow streets surrounding it gather chanting “our streets, our streets”, writes Lisa O’Carroll.

1.27pm: There’s a more visible police presence around Paternoster square but still no sign of officers kettling protesters, writes Lisa O’Carroll.

Police reinforcements now being drafted on New Gate street, home of the the London Stock Exchange, but for no apparent reason. Crowds swelling into the thousands but everyone is still milling round the area amiably with the occasional burst of sirens.

Live blog: TwitterMark Townsend adds via Twitter: “Seven vans, riot gear unloaded Newgate St. Not sure why, couldn’t seem more relaxed.”

1.29pm: The Associated Press has a brief summary of some of the protests elsewhere in the world today.

In Frankfurt, around 5,000 people took to the streets to protest in front of the European Central Bank.

Hundreds marched through the Bosnian city of Sarajevo carrying pictures of Che Guevara and old communist flags that read “Death to capitalism, freedom to the people.”

Several thousands are expected to protest in Rome a day after Premier Silvio Berlusconi survived a confidence vote.

Hundreds of people also joined peaceful protests in Sydney, Tokyo, Manila, Hong Kong and Seoul.

1.36pm: The police are now changing into full riot gear, suggesting they may be about to adopt more forceful tactics with the protesters, says Mark Townsend.

Live blog: TwitterHe Tweets: “Dozens of police changing into full riot garb. New Met commissioner pledged last wk to “win big days of action.” Strong tactics ahead.”

1.52pm: The mood of the protest has changed dramatically as riot police move in to kettle the demonstrators, says Mark Townsend.

Live blog: TwitterHe Tweets: “St Paul’s completely kettled. First arrests. Legal observers cannot access to “prevent breach of peace”. Rapid mood change.”

Lisa O’Carroll adds that legal observers say one person has been arrested but this has not been confirmed.

1.55pm: The New York Times has a report on the protests in Asia and Euope today.

Most events drew modest numbers across Asia — the largest crowd was in Sydney, Australia, where some news reports estimated up to 800 people were in attendance. Rallies in Hong Kong, Melbourne, Australia, Seoul, Taipei and Tokyo drew a few hundred people each.

In Sydney, several hundred protesters, some carrying signs with slogans as disparate as “We are the 99%” and “Capitalism is Killing our Economy,” packed onto one of the art-deco style public thoroughfares outside the headquarters of the Reserve Bank of Australia in Sydney’s financial district. The atmosphere was lively, with a brass band providing music and hand-drawn chalk artworks springing up on the sidewalk.

2.03pm: Despite the thousands of protesters gathered outside, it’s still business as usual for St Paul’s cathedral, writes Lisa O’Carroll.

Staff tried to shepherd a bride and her father into the cathedral just across the road from the riot police. They arrived in a green and White volkswagon van and were ushered in through a side entrance.

2.11pm: There are reports that Julian Assange has been arrested at the Occupy London protest.

Live blog: TwitterJen Robinson, a lawyer with firm Stephen Finers and Innocent, tweets: “Here with #assange and police take him under section 60AA for wearing a mask to get into demo. Crazy.

“Police refuse to let me through barricade to allow #assange a lawyer.

Glen Goodman, business correspondent for ITV’s London Tonight, earlier posted a Twitpic of Assange speaking outside London Stock Exchange.

2.17pm: It appears that Julian Assange was not arrested but was told he could not wear a mask.

Live blog: TwitterLawyer Jen Robinson tweets: “assange NOT under arrest. Says we can’t wear masks and be anonymous but swiss bank accounts can be.”

She later adds: “assange being kettled – can’t get through to speak.”

2.28pm: Julian Assange arrived at the London protest outside like a modern day messiah flanked by his disciples, says Lisa O’Carroll.

“He pushed through the police kettle followed by an entourage shouting “Julian, Julian”. He is now on the steps of St Pauls.”

Mark Townsend adds that the whole crowd went mental, chanting “Julian”. They also passed a vote allowing him to address the protest.

Live blog: TwitterHe tweets: “Assange says had trouble getting through kettle, blames greed, corruption and money laundering in London for undermining rule of law.”

And speaking of people who are not the messiah here a picture of Jesus amid the demonstrators on the steps of the cathedral.

2.49pm: Spanish protesters have invited Crown Prince Filipe to join them at today’s demonstrations in Madrid, says Giles Tremlett

Today’s protest in Madrid is expected to be one of the largest worldwide, with six marches set to converge at the Plaza de Cibeles later this afternoon. This will be followed by a rally on the Puerta del Sol in the early evening. There are protests today in around 60 other Spanish cities.


2.58pm: Mark Townsend has filed this dispatch on Julian Assange’s appearance at the protest to Occupy the London Stock Exchange.

Just after 2.30pm Julian Assange broke through the police kettle enclosing St Paul’s, then surrounded by an entourage of supporters and the media swept through the crowd towards the cathedral.

Amid a cheering throng he fought his way through the packed ranks of protesters, turned half-way up the steps and addressed those gathered below. Assange began by lamenting the police tactics, noting hundreds more remained stranded outside the kettle. Then he began attacking a greedy and corrupt system that had united individuals from Cairo to London.

“People are being ordered to Guantanamo Bay to obey the rule of law, and money is being laundered through the Caymen Islands and London to obey the rule of law.

“This movement is not about the destruction of law, but the construction of law.”

With that he stopped, the crowd hollering as a list of other occupations throughout the world was read out.

3.03pm: The Metropolitan Police have confirmed they have made only one arrest at the London protest.

PA has spoken to a couple of people involved in the demonstration:

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 carried banners with slogans such as “We are the 99%” and “Bankers got a bailout, we got sold out”.

Among them was Lorena Fuentes, 27, a charity worker originally from Vancouver, Canada.
She 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.”

After the attempt to occupy Paternoster Square failed, protesters returned to their previous position in front of St Paul’s Cathedral.

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3.29pm: Lisa O’Carroll here – I’m just back from hearing Julian Assange address the protest from the steps of St Paul’s.

It was clear from the lack of crowds in the streets surrounding the kettled area that this protest is very isolated. Life is carrying on as normal in the streets away from St Paul’s.

As I left several protesters had erected tents and were hoping to camp out all weekend, and longer, police permitting.

Jack Owen, a charity worker, was one of the first to get his up along with his friend Audrey Versteegan who had travelled from Manchester.

“I’ve come down from Sheffield and will stay tonight and tomorrow. Then we hope others will come in and take over and keep things fresh. It’s about building a community.”

He said he wanted to “hang around, to see what was going on and engage in discussions” about progressing the global movement.”

3.37pm: Kap, another protestor who intended to stay overnight has just lost his job in youth services said: “This is about building a community from the bottom. We are doing it in solidarity with New York, Syria, everywhere people are rising up against capitalist society.

He puts the global financial crisis down to excessive military expenditure in the UK and the US.

“If you stopped the occupation of Palestine and the wars in Afghanistan we’d see a big change in the financial situation. It is the same in American which is broke because of its military and its foreign policy.”

Versteegen, who has just finished a PhD and has no job said would stay over the weekend, go hope and return when she could to make her contribution to the protest.

Live blog: substitution

3.51pm: This is David Batty taking over the live blog again. My colleague Paul Harris in New York has been speaking to Occupy Wall Street protesters about today’s protest in London.

I just spoke to several protesters in Zuccotti about their advice to people in London today.

“Let the cops be the bad guy,” said Tim who declined to give his last name.

Another long term protest organiser, Chuck Scheid, echoed that theme and stressed the importance of non-violence. “If anyone starts to break windows then isolate them and let the police do their job. Don’t give the police an excuse to run full tilt at the crowd,” he said.

Any message for London protesters today? “solidarity,” said Tim and added; “goggles and apple cider vinegar too.” That’s a reference to dealing with pepper spray and tear gas.

3.57pm: One of the main messages from protesters involved in Occupy Wall St is that British unions need to get behind the anti-austerity protests if they are to have a wider impact, writes Paul Harris.

One of the key moments that helped Occupy Wall St was when local labour unions joined. I spoke to one of the union reps now running a stall in Zuccotti and had simple advice for British union members: get behind the protests.

“Fight. Stand up and in solidarity fight. If you don’t fight you are going to lose everything that we have. Fight for each other and out families,” said Thomas McAllister of Teamsters Local 814 in New York.

Obviously he did not literally mean fight anyone. McAllister said unions added a powerful legitimacy and voice. “These protests needed a voice and our voice is powerful,” he said.

4.01pm:PA has more on Julian Assange’s appearance at the London protest. A spokeswoman for the protesters confirmed that he had been challenged by police for wearing a mask as he walked to the protest.

As I understand it, Julian initially refused to take the mask off. Police detained him for 15 minutes before letting him go. He then gave a speech in which he talked about Wikileaks, police oppression and the current economic situation.

4.04pm: Scotland Yard says people have been arrested at the London protest for assaults on police officers, PA reports.

Police at the scene denied that a “kettling” technique had been put in place to close protesters in and said they were free to leave the square.

4.05pm: Here’s a report from German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel on the thousands protesting in Berlin today.

http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9/26396137001?isVid=1&isUI=1&publisherID=281851582Link to this video

4.10pm: Here’s an afternoon round-up of the protests in London and across the globe against corporate greed.

• More than 950 demonstrations against the global financial system and corporate greed are being held in more than 80 countries around the world today. Inspired by the huge rallies organised by 15-M movement in Spain and more recently Occupy Wall Street, tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets from as far afield as Seoul and Rome.

• In London about 1,000 protesters massed outside St Paul’s Cathedral in a bid to occupy the London Stock Exchange in the nearby Paternoster Square. But the square was closed off by police and private security and the demonstration remained focused on the steps around the cathedral after attempts to enter failed. Police moved in to kettle the crowd and two people were arrested for assaults on officers.

• Wikileaks founder Julian Assange addressed the crowd on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral. He attacked a greedy and corrupt financial and political system that had united individuals from Cairo to London.

• In New York Occupy Wall Street protesters renewed their protests following yesterday’s celebrations after a planned “clean-up” of their camp in Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan was called off. They are marching on JP Morgan Chase bank and then plan to occupy Times Square.

4.44pm: My colleague Addam Gabbatt, who has been covering Occupy Wall Street, has sent through a dispatch about today’s protests in New York.

Adam Gabbatt bylineAt Zuccotti Park around 1,000 are gatered eating breakfast and packing away sleeping equipment, while a smaller group prepares for the “march on the banks”.

A selection of suits has been donated to Iccupy Wall Street, and dozens are now decked out in fat cat attire. In the queue for a pinstripe was 18-year-old Ethan McGarry, who had travelled down from Boston for the day.

He said it was “fantastic” how the occupy movement had spread to the UK and elsewhere.

“People identify with us, then hey will find reasons in their own community for action.”

Lauren Zygmont was also in line, having travelled over from the Occupy Denver protest to New York 7 days ago.

“Borders don’t matter at all,” she said. “Were all human beings, were all in this together. This is a global movement.”

Dave Bonan, who was at OWS on day one, said it was “a little surreal” that the protest had spread.

“I didn’t expect it to last more than 15 mins,” he said.

“The fact it lasted more than a day inspired people all over the world to capitalise – no pun intended – on our success.”

Bonan said the movement had spread because “folks are angrier, their wallets are getting hit now”.

Asked if he had a message for protesters elsewhere in the world, he said: “Decentralized movements are mire effective than movements with leaders.”

He added: “It’s good to have our brothers and sisters involved.”

4.46pm: Human rights activist Peter Tatchell has criticised the police decision to bar protesters from the London Stock Exchange.

We live in a democracy where we are supposed to have freedom of expression and the right to peaceful protest.

There was no justification for the police to close off Paternoster Square. This has been a good-natured, entirely non-violent protest and I regret the police have taken this decision.

Here’s a gallery of today’s protest in London.

4.55pm: Reuters has more details of today’s protests in New York:

Hundreds of protesters marched on JP Morgan Chase bank buildings in the financial district, banging drums and chanting, “We got sold out, banks got bailed out.”

Police were directing them to stay on the sidewalk and saying they would arrest anyone who did not keep moving.

“These protests are already making a difference,” said Jordan Smith, 25, a former substance abuse counsellor from San Francisco, who has been at the New York park for 10 days. “The dialogue is now happening all over the world.”

“Today is going to be a good day,” said Alita Edgar, 31, a costume designer from Brooklyn. She is part of team offering free tailoring and haircuts for protesters at the park.

“It is a friendly atmosphere. I am excited that the people’s voices are being heard. There has been a lot of frustration,” she said while cutting a protester’s hair.

At the park’s makeshift kitchen on Saturday protesters were filling plates with scrambled eggs, rice and beans and cereal.

Charlie Myers, 20, from Little Rock, Ark, left college a week ago to join protest and admitted sleeping out in the park was tough “but it’s worth it.”

“This everything humanity has ever strived for,” Myers said.

4.58pm: Paul Harris says a man who hurled a glass bottle at protesters in New York was not challenged by the police.

A man emerged from an alley at the tail end if the protest. He hurled abuse at the marchers, screaming at them to get jobs. Then he threw a glass bottle that smashed within inches of a group of people. Cops watched entire incident and did nothing, even when asked to get out if their car.

5.17pm: Adam Gabbatt says Occupy Wall Street protesters are now approaching City Hall. The march must be 200m long, he adds.

5.34pm: Occupy London have just issued a press release claiming around 4,000-5,000 people gathered in the Square Mile this afternoon.

It quoted protester Jane McIntyre, who plans to stay at the site for as long as possible:

Whilst the illegitimate G20 finance ministers meeting is happening this weekend, people around the globe are protesting against the inequality and injustice that has arisen because of the failed economic system that governments are pushing onto people everywhere. People are saying enough is enough, we want a read democracy, not one that is based on the interests of big business and the banking system.

Another supporter Ronan McNern added:

Our movement for change transcends political affiliation – you don’t have to be left or right. Come join as we begin to open up a space in London’s Square Mile to start much needed conversations about changes in the financial sector and government, so that they better serve and protect the interests and wellbeing of the country.

5.39pm: There have been a total of three arrests at the London Stock Exchange protest, according to Scotland Yard.

It said in a statement:

Earlier today, protesters were peacefully prevented from gaining access to Paternoster Square and there has been no major disorder. We will deal swiftly with anyone who breaks the law or plans to break the law under the guise of protest.

There is currently a containment at St Paul’s Churchyard to prevent breach of the peace. We will look to disperse anyone being held as soon as we can.

A containment officer is on the scene to make sure this process works effectively.
“We will attempt to communicate with people within the containment area and will provide water and toilets for those being contained.

Those who are suspected of being involved in disorder may be questioned or arrested as they leave the containment. All officers will look out for people who are vulnerable so we can help them to leave first, as appropriate.

Police said a section 60aa order was put in place for the City Of London police area.
They also said there had been three arrests – two for assault on police and one for a Section 4 Public Order offence.

5.45pm: My colleague Giles Tremlett in Spain has filed this dispatch from Madrid where more than 10,000 people have gathered today.

Giles TremlettSpain’s Indignados, who started the global protest movement in May, are out in some 60 cities today.

I’m with at least 10,000 marchers who have gathered in the centre of Madrid at the Plaza de Cibeles. More people are arriving all the time as half a dozen different marches converge in a city where austerity measures have included cuts in teachers’ numbers.

“Hands up! This is a robbery!” is one of the cries of the peaceful protest on a sunny autumn afternoon.

Marchers are now heading towards the Puerta del Sol, where the global protests started with a massive spontaneous camp out on May 15. It looks like the crowd is now growing considerably.

5.57pm: PA has more on the links between the London protest and those across the globe.

James, 32, a protester from south London, said: “The assembly that started here today is based on a methodology that’s been going on inspired by the May 15 movement in Spain and is being employed by the occupy groups all over the world now.

Jon Villada, an unemployed 24-year-old from Bilbao, Spain, and a member of the Spanish 15-M protest initiative, said: “For the 15-M movement our main objective is to make politicians understand that they have been elected to govern for us, not for multinationals, markets, financial agents or whatever.

“This protest is more global, there is people from all around the world and they have focused on financial institutions and powers.”

6.01pm: We’re wrapping up this live blog now but our New York team will continue our rolling coverage of Occupy Wall Street.

Live blog: recapIn the meantime, here’s a round up of today’s main events:

• More than 950 demonstrations against the global financial system and corporate greed are being held in more than 80 countries around the world today. Inspired by the huge rallies organised by 15-M movement in Spain and more recently Occupy Wall Street, tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets from as far afield as Seoul and Rome.

• In London about 1,000 protesters massed outside St Paul’s Cathedral in a bid to occupy the London Stock Exchange in the nearby Paternoster Square. But the square was closed off by police and private security and the demonstration remained focused on the steps around the cathedral after attempts to enter failed. Police moved in to kettle the crowd and three people were arrested.

• Wikileaks founder Julian Assange addressed the crowd on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral. He attacked a greedy and corrupt financial and political system that had united individuals from Cairo to London.

• In New York Occupy Wall Street protesters renewed their protests following yesterday’s celebrations after a planned “clean-up” of their camp in Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan was called off. They marched on JP Morgan Chase bank before heading to occupy Times Square.

• In Spain, more than 10,000 people gathered in the centre of Madrid where the global protest movement against austerity measures began in May.


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