Photos from the last remaining Occupy camp in London - Finsbury Square

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

Occupy London protesters evicted – St Paul’s Cathedral has been accused of “betraying” Occupy London activists after giving the City of London police permission to remove protesters from its steps and end the four-and-a-half month camp. Follow the latest on the live blog here.

At the autumn peak, about two dozen Occupy camps existed, from Edinburgh to Plymouth, Norwich to Belfast. A handful lasted into winter, but even those are now packing up. The few activists remaining on Exeter’s Cathedral Green left last week.

The camp on Bristol’s College Green, at one stage numbering 60 tents, was cleared after the final, solitary protester gave in. Occupy Edinburgh finally finished last week, while Sheffield must quit on Monday after a court order.

That leaves just Nottingham, where campers are discussing an “exit plan”; Norwich, where campers have agreed to leave their city-centre site; and the slightly incongruous-sounding Occupy Thanet, which set up camp outside the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate, Kent, just over a fortnight ago.

Then there is London, where the flagship outpost – the sizeable if slightly diminished encampment in the lee of St Paul’s Cathedral – also faces a possible visit by bailiffs and police from Tuesday. Once that is cleared, all that will remain is a lower-profile offshoot on Finsbury Square, just north-east of St Paul’s, and a squatted former court building.

It is a similar story worldwide.

Naomi Wolf answers questions on the future of the Occupy movement

  • Longrigg asks:
  • Does Ms. Wolf think that it'd be a good idea for one of the key questions that the Occupy Movement to ask more focefully is whether, on a finite planet, the goal of society (both left and right) should be continued economic growth?
  • Naomi Wolf responds:
  • I think they (like any citizen) should ask whatever they wish but THAT is a radical and crucial question in my opinion. And even MORE than most needs good explainers.
  • JKMarsters asks:
  • One of the main problems Occupy faces is public perception. On forums, discussion threads, even radio shows, the main image of Occupy appears to be that they're a bunch of unwashed, lazy benefit scroungers and trustafarians. This image, of course, is not correct and slightly unfair, but so long as the general public believe this to be the truth, it's easy to not take the movement seriously. With that in mind, should one of the first steps forward be to show the public that Occupiers come from all different backgrounds, cultures, ages, and different levels of education and employment?
  • Naomi Wolf responds:
  • Hooray for this great question too! In an electronic world appearance affects reality and yes this 'image'is not ideal. That is why if you have hundreds or thousands of trained spokepeople we will see -- the housewife, the military guy, the retiredperson etc etc and the scruffy hippie...the face of everyone. But also the civil rights movement told marchers to wear suits and the ladies dresses, gloves and hats for a reason -- it is important to communicate respect for the chance to protest and respect for the chance to speak to one's fellow citizens. People can be "themselves"while still presentig themselves in a way that does not let their opponents write them off. Act Up often wore suits when they disrupted FDA hearings and it was a better visual than torn jeans.

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Occupy London takes over empty UBS bank

"View from ‘roof garden’ of building. Block opposite also empty and being used by them”

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Now is the winter of our discount tents

And other slogans… outside St Paul’s Cathedral, London, as it reopened to the public after one week’s closure due to the Occupy London protest camp outside.


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.