Today I visited the camp set up by The Occupy London Stock Exchange movement. The protesters who have been inspired by events in the US are campaigning against the greed of the banking industry and the way the general public are paying for the mistakes of the banks.
The completely peaceful protest started last weekend and were prevented from setting up their camp outside the London Stock Exchange in Patternoster Square as planned. The Dean of St Paul’s gave them his blessing to camp outside the cathedral.
This afternoon I was shown an open letter from the Dean (photo below) stating that the cathedral had been advised to close for health and safety reasons. He also went on to ask the protesters to now leave peacefully.
In the camp you could see evidence of complete respect for the church and it’s visitors. Posters urged protesters to keep noise to a minimum during services and prayer. Another poster (pictured below) asked the public to visit the church and donate money.
After being issued with the open letter the protesters were keen to state that there problem is not with the church. An emergency meeting amongst the protesters has concluded that they will remain outside St Paul’s for now. Where they go from here remains to be seen. Further problems could be avoided if they were permitted to camp in their intended spot.
Whether or not you agree with the protest it is undeniable that they have respect for the church and are committed to peaceful protest.