“We expect political democracy. Why not economic democracy too?”
I’m keen to avoid getting too political in this post, particularly as I don’t feel I’m terribly clued up about what the Occupy movement is all about and thus, airing my views about economic equality isn’t going to be useful to anyone. So, I simply present these photos as a way of documenting my visit to the OccupyLSX camp that is currently sat outside St. Pauls Cathedral in London.
I was impressed by how well organised the camp was. As you’ll see in my photos, the protesters have gone to great lengths to make themselves comfortable as well as making the camp as inviting as possible for curious visitors. There were people from all walks of life reading the posters and leaflets, taking photos and listening & engaging in (sometimes heated) debate. It was obvious to me that one of the camper’s aims is to disseminate their opinions. Judging by how many people were wandering around, at least this part of their campaign could probably be consider a success.
As well as in Info Tent where passers-by were encouraged to go in and learn about the Occupy movement, the campers had set up a kitchen and, directly opposite a branch of Starbucks, StarBOOKS a library of fiction books and campaign literature.
While I wandered and snapped, I noticed well-known human rights activist Peter Tatchell posing for photos before recording an interview. He was interrupted part way through by the bells of St Pauls. Despite early nonsensical reaction from the Church of England, it’s now business as usual at London’s most famous cathedral.