Occupy London Protesters Meet Clergy About St. Paul’s Eviction

Occupy London protesters met with clergy members on the steps of St. Paul’s Cathedral today to discuss a peaceful resolution to their campaign, which has seen hundreds of people pitch tents around the centuries-old church.

The dean of St. Paul’s, Graeme Knowles, and the bishop of London, Richard Chartres, held a public assembly to answer protesters’ questions about their possible eviction by police, according to an e-mailed statement from the group, which says it’s campaigning against economic injustice. The meeting followed a decision by St. Paul’s to join the City of London Corporation in pursuing legal action against their three-week occupation of the area around the church, the e-mail said.

“The Bishop of London and the Dean of St Paul’s must 100 percent guarantee that police violence won’t happen in their name,” the group quoted one of its supporters, named Lucy, as saying in the e-mail. “We’ve been working hard and co-operating with the cathedral all this while.”

St. Paul’s and the City of London plan to seek separate High Court injunctions to evict members of the group who have erected about 200 tents around the Cathedral, the Press Association said today. The protests mirror similar campaigns in the U.S. and elsewhere against income inequality, joblessness, government austerity measures and capitalism.

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