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Occupy London Moves Into Empty Office Building in City

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Jan. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Occupy London anti-capitalist protesters said they have moved into an abandoned office building in Britain’s main financial district until the City of London Corporation publishes its finances.

The protesters have occupied Roman House in the Barbican area of London, they said in an e-mailed statement today. The City of London Corporation oversees Britain’s main financial district in the U.K. capital.

“The Corporation has undermined our democracy through the power of its lobbyists and must submit to public scrutiny,” supporter Bryn Philips said in the statement. “If the City agrees to publish its City Cash Accounts, future and historic, we will leave the building immediately. If it does not, we will take appropriate action until such time as it does.”

The City of London is “disappointed” by the protests, a spokesman said.

A spokesman for Berkeley Homes, which owns the building, said the occupation was “potentially dangerous” and urged the protesters to leave the site as quickly as possible, according to a report by the Press Association news agency.

“It is not safe for public use, there are holes in the floors and we are in the early stages of asbestos removal,” the spokesman said in the PA report.

Berkeley Group Holdings Plc owns Berkeley Homes.

To contact the reporters on this story: Ambereen Choudhury in London at achoudhury@bloomberg.net; Adam Haigh in London at ahaigh1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Edward Evans at eevans3@bloomberg.net; Andrew Rummer at arummer@bloomberg.net

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