After the dramatic destruction of the Occupy Wall Street camp last night in New York, and the news that the City of London is restarting legal action against the St Paul’s camp, Occupy London organised a solidarity protest today. The plan was to meet on the steps of St Paul’s at 2pm and march to the US Embassy for 3pm. @jonniewilks lets us know the action as it unfolds:
It is a fairly empty scene outside the Embassy at the moment. According to one policeman, the march is on its way. Some streets are cordoned off and the police presence is notable – enough to make you think things are expected. A few riot vans are positioned around Grosvenor Square, which has been emptied and locked up as a precaution.
Ok. It’s starting. Four or five protestors are talking to the police inspector. Two Americans want access to the embassy to speak to the ambassador. The inspector wants them to step into the protestors’ pen to conduct their protest. The protestor says it’s his right to enter his embassy and he’s claiming already that the police are blocking entry. Seems willfully antagonistic on the protestor’s part. The policeman seems to be trying hard to stay calm.
It hadn’t been a great afternoon for the protestors. This is the size of it. They’re chanting. It’s a bit embarrassing. ‘If you really hate the system occupy…’ The capitalist bankers must be shaking in their silky socks.
Dan, a Londoner who didn’t want to be photographed, said, ‘I came down protest my right to protest’. He thought that the reason that the protest today was so poorly attended was because protesters in New York had been allowed to return to Zuccotti Park, so he felt that this might be ‘job done’. Some protestors were talking about calling it a day. The few still here seem to be waiting to hear from the American protestors who entered the embassy.
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