Occupation in London enters fifth day
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
In solidarity with the London on Saturday, and they plan to remain indefinitely. The protest thus far has been described as "largely peaceful" by a police spokesman.and other , activists set up camp outside in
On Saturday, an estimated thousand or more people attempted to protest in Paternoster Square, the site of the Julian Assange from Wikileaks also joined the protest to address the activists. A flag flies over the occupation showing the ' ' logo of a headless man in a black suit., but were blocked by police enforcing a High Court judgment.
At around 9:30am Wednesday, many campers were still asleep, but around 30–50 people were listening in solidarity to trade union representatives from the, while 20 to 30 officers from the City of London police watched on. On the steps of St. Paul's Cathedral, the speakers spoke about a variety of struggles including strikes by electricians that started in August against , one of Britain's largest construction firms. Solidarity was expressed with the travellers at , and speakers described how the media and others were trying to "divide" workers, students and elderly people. One of the speakers said that while today they are occupying the square in London, "tomorrow we will be occupying universities and colleges" and spoke of the suspension of Vik Chechi, the Unison branch secretary who has been suspended by . By 9:45am, the trade union talks had finished and the sound system was reactivated and reggae music started playing.
After the talks peter out, activity begins to resume on the site: people sorting out tents and serving food, under signs and banners playfully mixing politics ("The London Stock Exchange: Britain's Biggest Casino") with Internet memes (acartoon man depicted saying "Y U NO JOIN US?").
- "Unison branch secretary Vik Chechi suspended: Urgent solidarity needed!" — , October 18, 2011
- Peter Walker. "Occupy London Stock Exchange camp 'organised and good natured'" — , October 17, 2011
- "Occupy London: Protest continues for third day" — , October 17, 2011
- Hannah Smith. "Anti-capitalist protesters occupy stock exchanges worldwide" — , October 17, 2011
- "Day 2 of Occupy London" — , October 16, 2011
- Dan Bergin. "St Paul's Cathedral Canon 'happy for people to demonstrate peacefully'" — , October 16, 2011
- Julian Assange joins London anti-corporate rally" — , October 15, 2011 . "
- "News from Occupied London" — , October 15, 2011