Occupy Protest Inside St Paul’s Cathedral

Protesters marked one year since Occupy London pitched up on the steps of St Paul’s by chaining themselves to the pulpit during a service yesterday.

Four women read a ‘prayer‘, which included the lines

Your collusion with the City of London Corporation led to our violent eviction on your doorstep.
You testified against us which acted to uphold injustice and inequality that is growing by the day.

Cathedral staff said they were happy for the quartet to remain, but when City of London police turned up and warned the protesters they could be arrested, they cut themselves free.

Quite what this was meant to achieve, other than keeping Occupy in the media, is a bit lost on us. St Paul’s was never the intended target of the protesters (it was, in fact, the London Stock Exchange, but as it’s built on private land the owners were able to keep the tents out). The church did get itself into a real mess about how to deal with the camp but we wonder how focusing ire on their perceived lack of help in the battle against cuts is supposed to help the 99%.

Photo of pre-eviction protest by World of Tim 2 from the Londonist Flickr pool

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  • Oliver

    A little research on your part would have helped with this uncertainty. Shoddy coverage is shoddy:

    “Quite what this was meant to achieve, other than keeping Occupy in the media, is a bit lost on us. St Paul’s was never the intended target of the protesters (it was, in fact, the London Stock Exchange, but as it’s built on private land the owners were able to keep the tents out)”

    • http://londonist.com/ Rachel Holdsworth

      Hi Oliver, can you elaborate? I’ve read the Occupy ‘prayer’, but it seems to me that targeting St Paul’s isn’t going to help anyone much. The London Stock Exchange was the original target of last year’s protest, but because Paternoster Square is private they weren’t able to get anywhere near. Just because they accidentally ended up on the doorstep on St Paul’s doesn’t mean there’s much point going back and protesting there again; surely the main target is still large corporations and the banks?

  • Kay

    Well, the church got itself in one massive tangle last year which led to the resignation to Giles Fraser. They got in bed with the City and did everything they could to make sure Occupy was evicted (I was there!), St Paul would not have been proud, having been persecuted himself for his beliefs.

    Occupy to need to re-align their goals, I’ve told them this since day one, they’re in disarray. They went from wanting to occupy the LSX (which they eventually did … briefly) to occupy Anil Kapoor’s house for no logical reason whatsoever. I’ve always stressed that the battle is with the banks, lobbyists, corprotocracy promoters, tories who fund and protect dangerous behavior such as tax dodging billions, money that belongs to the British public but is instead locked up in offshore accounts in the Cayman islands so that the likes of Bob Diamond, George Osborne and Nick Clegg can buy yet another Spanish villa while people’s houses where being re-possessed.

    They lost the plot, so many deserted them. It could have been a glorious day to go back down to the capital and relaunch Occupy, yet instead, 4 women weren’t even bold enough to keep themselves chained in the face of the police.