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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Riot police storm London's 'occupy' camp

ANTI-capitalist protesters were evicted from outside St Paul's Cathedral in London today, more than four months since their occupation began.

City of London police said 20 people had so far been arrested.

Bailiffs and police arrived at the site early this morning -- five days after Occupy London was refused permission by the Court of Appeal to challenge orders evicting protesters.

Many protesters had begun dismantling the equipment before bailiffs moved in.

Gary Sherborne (50) said: "We haven't got any choice and I'd rather protect the tent for another day without it being destroyed by the bailiffs."







Defiant

However, a group of protesters remained defiant, waving flags on top of a makeshift wooden structure facing the cathedral.

However, this platform was eventually dismantled by bailiffs after police in riot gear surrounded it.

An Occupy London spokesman said its School of Ideas in a disused school in Islington had also been evicted.

Supporter Kai Wargalla, a 27-year-old student from Germany who has been camping at St Paul's since the occupation began, said: "It's really sad but I think we can be proud of what we've achieved."

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