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15 Oct – Occupy London

Between 4000 – 5000 people gathered in London’s Square Mile to voice their anger at the social and political inequality in the UK and beyond. OccupyLSX held its first General Assembly near St Paul’s, despite police refused to allow protesters onto Paternoster Square. The assembly was open to all, allowing attendees to voice their opinions as well as taking decisions. Together they decided the future of this occupation while some activists worked together to set up toilet’s kitchens. There are plans for workshops, talks and teach-ins.

Jane McIntyre who was planning to stay at Occupy LSX for as long as possible said:

 Whilst the illigitmate 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.

OccupyLSX supporter, Ronan McNern, said:

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.

Vlad Teichberg, member of the Occupy Wall Street media collective said:

London – welcome to the revolution! What’s happening around the world with the spread of occupations is the beginning of a global conversation based on the principles of equality, unity and mutual respect about the future of our society. Let’s get together and we can all be part of this.

The Australian publisher, journalist,computer programmer, internet activist and editor in chief of WikiLeaks, Julian Assagne, was present and gave a generic support speech. He was welcomed by the majority of the protesters but, also, there was a significant number of those who disagreed with his presence, claiming that this is a genuine direct action from below.

Julian Assange speaking to the assembly

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Sources: Occupy Britain, People’s Assemblies

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