2011年10月23日 星期日

'Occupy London' start camp in Finsbury Square

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倫敦反資本主義抗議者在倫敦金融城的Finsbury Square開闢第二戰場。 此前因抗議者連續多日在聖保羅大教堂外安營扎寨,教堂被迫對公眾關閉。 倫敦的示威者以美國佔領華爾街的示威者為榜樣,給自己的行動起名為「佔領倫敦」。 他們說,約二、三百人已經在Finsbury Square ...

Finsbury Square

Finsbury Square is a 0.7-hectare (1.7-acre) square in central London. [1] It was developed in 1777 on the site of a previous area of green space to the east of London known as Finsbury Fields, in the parish of St Luke's and near Moorfields. It is sited on the east side of City Road, opposite the east side of Bunhill Fields. It is approximately 200m north of Moorgate and 400m south of Old Street. Nearby locations are Finsbury Circus and Finsbury Pavement.

It is served by bus routes 21, 43, 141, 271, 214 and 274.

[edit] History

Past residents of the square include Pascoe Grenfell Hill, Thomas Southwood Smith and Philip Henry Pye-Smith. It has also been the site of the bookshop of James Lackington and the first home of the rabbinical seminary that became the London School of Jewish Studies (1855–81), of the Greek Orthodox church of Saint Sophia and of the Roman Catholic Church of St Mary Moorfields (1820–1900). The Square's Guildhall is still the HQ of the City of London Yeomanry. More recently, on 22 October 2011, Occupy London protesters began to camp on the Square.[2]

[edit] Recent improvements

On October 22 Finsbury Square was upgraded to membership of the global occupy movement.

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'Occupy London' start camp in Finsbury Square

The BBC's John Brain says the protest outside St Paul's is costing the cathedral £16,000 a day in lost tourism revenue

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Anti-capitalist protesters have started a second camp in London - as a demonstration outside St Paul's Cathedral entered its seventh day.

About 30 tents have been put up in Finsbury Square in London's business district.

The move came as up to 300 protesters from Occupy London Stock Exchange (OccupyLSX) refused to leave the front of St Paul's.

The cathedral has been closed since Friday amid safety concerns.

Protester A protester lies in her tent in Finsbury Square

OccupyLSX said it had been working "to accommodate the cathedral's concerns".

The group says it is protesting against "corporate greed".

Although the cathedral was closed to tourists, a planned wedding did take place on Saturday.

Rather than using the cathedral's grand entrance, bride Natasha Ighodaro, an account manager for a PR company, entered through a side door.

The bride smiled broadly as she left the service, saying: "It's been amazing. There hasn't been any disruption at all - it's been wonderful, really amazing."

Meanwhile, some of her guests offered support to the activists.

John Giles, from Godalming in Surrey, said: "I think there are valuable comments being made and it seems to have been done in a peaceful way.

"They have a democratic right to protest."

A spokesman for the cathedral - which costs £20,000 per day to run and draws between 2,000 and 3,000 worshippers each Sunday - said it would lose about £16,000 in visitor donations for every day it is closed.

City of London Police said it would not comment on how many officers were attending the protest.

Bride at St Paul's Bride Natasha Ighodaro arrives for her wedding at St Paul's Cathedral

A police spokesman said "dynamic policing" was in place.

"We are communicating with protesters, the cathedral and local businesses to ensure sufficient policing response to facilitate peaceful protest," he said.

Senior staff at St Paul's Cathedral are continuing to meet City of London Corporation (CLC) officials over the decision to close to the public - for the first time since World War II .

One CLC member called on them to disband in a peaceful manner.

The action by the cathedral authorities and the Dean, the Right Reverend Graeme Knowles, follows appeals to the group whose numbers have grown during the week.

In a statement published on the cathedral's website, Dean Knowles said they were left with "no lawful alternative" but to close St Paul's.

The decision had been taken "with a heavy heart" but it was "simply not possible to fulfil our day to day obligations to worshippers, visitors and pilgrims in current circumstances".

"With so many stoves and fires and lots of different types of fuel around, there is a clear fire hazard," the letter said.

OccupyLSX protesters said they had tried to answer such concerns, reorganising their camp "in response to feedback from the fire brigade".

The area around St Paul's Cathedral
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