Occupy London encampment cleared by City of London

Protesters at the Occupy London camp outside St Paul’s Cathedral were given five minutes to clear the site after a high court decision gave the City of London the right to remove their emcampment. Dozens of baliffs and riot police attended the scene but by 4am, no protesters or camping equipment remained in the square


Police versus protesters in downtown Oakland, during the anti-Vietnam “Stop the Draft Week.” October 20, 1967. Photograph by Bill Crouch. Courtesy of the Oakland Museum of California.

With police brutality at Occupy Oakland all over the news, it’s worth remembering that Oakland has a rich history of protest. On October 20, 1967, four thousand people marched through the streets, blocking Army buses, clashing with police. This was the biggest demonstration against the Vietnam War up to that point. At a sit-in at the Oakland Army Induction Center, even Joan Baez got arrested. Then, as now, police violence turned the streets into a warzone. In the 1960s, however, the Oakland mayor didn’t have a Facebook page where people could leave thousands of angry comments.

Interesting bit of history on the Occupy Oakland protests. In London, protesters outside St Paul’s Cathedral have been told they will be evicted as the church opens up for the first time in a week. Follow the news live here.


"It will be non-violent, but I will still be protesting as they drag me away," he said. "The only way we’ll move is by force. We won’t be violent. It is our right to protest."

With him was 32-year-old Chrissy Bethke, who has been at the cathedral since Saturday. She was sceptical about the reasons given by the cathedral dean, saying: “It doesn’t feel honest. We’ve made space for fire engines. It just feels like they want us to leave.”

Occupy London potesters react to the news that St Paul’s Cathedral staff want them to leave their protest site


We’d like to point out that surprisingly, the police here in Frankfurt have been nice to us. We exercised our democratic right to get together and protest - all we did is called the Frankfurt municipality and there is a guy there whose job it is to register all protests. The police then gave it the green light. The police have constantly maintained close contact with us to say we shouldn’t do anything “surprising” - but they have said that they are “with us”.

In Berlin the situation was almost the opposite. The people couldn’t camp because the police drove them out using violence. The demonstration was registered with the authorities there but they didn’t get the permission to camp outside the Reichstag because it’s within a special no-protest zone called the “Bannmeile”. They are still gathering there every day but they can’t camp.

Protesters from Occupy Wall street, Occupy Frankfurt and Occupy London discuss and debate the movement. You can join in here.