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Occupy London can 'make a big difference'

by Siân Ruddick and Dave Sewell
Published Tue 18 Oct 2011
Issue No. 2274

The people’s assembly outside St Paul’s Cathedral  (Pic: http://www.guysmallman.com/Guy Smallman )

The people’s assembly outside St Paul’s Cathedral (Pic: Guy Smallman)


More than 3,000 people protested in the City of London against the greed of the banking system last Saturday.

They gathered outside St Paul’s Cathedral, after police and security prevented them from reaching London’s Stock Exchange.

Many were still camped there as Socialist Worker went to press. Giles Fraser, the cathedral’s canon, has supported their right to camp outside it.

Emily has just graduated from Goldsmiths college in London. She told Socialist Worker, “I’m unemployed and feeling pretty desperate.

“It’s a huge injustice that the banks have been bailed out and we’re all left to stress and struggle. I am scared about my future, but it’s not inevitably going to be bad. We can make a big difference.”

Becky, from Portsmouth, said, “I’m training as a teacher, but they’re making us pay more into our pensions, get less out and work longer.”

Dani added, “You sometimes feel like the only one—then you come out here and see there’s thousands of us.”

A people’s assembly took place on the steps of the cathedral. Activists discussed ideas and where the movement should go next.

The assembly then broke into working groups that discussed specifics like food, shelter and communications.


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Tue 18 Oct 2011, 18:59 BST
Issue No. 2274
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