Today, Occupy London protesters were evicted after a long court battle.
The #Occupy movement has stormed into political debates in countries across the world. As testament to their influence, look at that last line at the bottom of the picture: “all 1300 news articles.” Take a look at the Guardian’s #Occupy topic too.
The Reverend Giles Fraser, who resigned as canon chancellor of St Paul’s in support of the protesters, said:
“This is a sad day for the Church. Riot police clearing the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral was a terrible sight.”
John Christensen, director of the Tax Justice Network, said:
“You cannot understimate the achievement of #Occupy. They have opened up a debate globally which many the rich and powerful would do everything to close down. Evicting them from St. Paul’s will not close down this debate. Their influence can only grow, as the crisis deepens.”
The Tax Justice Network will be dedicating the next edition of its flagship newsletter Tax Justice Focus to the theme of Occupy. And the Occupied Times – in which I had an article recently – will continue.
“This morning, the City of London Corporation and St Paul’s Cathedral have dismantled a camp and displaced a small community, but they will not derail a movement.
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This is only the beginning.”
And I am excited to see them adding this:
“The natural question to rush to in these moments is “what next?” In the short term, there will be a GA at 7pm on Tuesday by the steps of St Paul’s. In the medium term, it is only right that people will need time to rest, reflect and recharge, to take stock and learn the lessons of the past four and a half months. But be assured that plans are already afoot: plans of some ambition, employing a diversity of tactics and delivered with the aplomb you would expect from us. All will be revealed in time. May is one of our favourite months.”
I am honoured to have been allowed to play a small part in this.
Farewell this phase of Occupy LSX. Long may Occupy LSX prosper.