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U.K. business secretary has sympathy for ‘Occupy London’

By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, November 13, 2011 10:19 EDT
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LONDON — U.K. Business Secretary Vince Cable said Sunday he sympathised with the feelings of anti-capitalism protesters camped outside St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Cable said the camp reflected the feeling that a small number of people had done “extraordinarily well” in the economic crisis, while many more were suffering to make ends meet.

“I have sympathy with the emotions that lie behind it,” Cable, a member of the Liberal Democrat junior coalition partners, told BBC TV.

“Some of their recommendations aren’t terribly helpful, but that’s not the point,” he said.

“I think it does reflect a feeling that a small number of people have done extraordinarily well in the crisis, often undeservedly, and large numbers of other people who’ve played no part in causing the crisis have been hurt by it.”

Campaigners began pitching tents outside the cathedral on October 15 in an offshoot of the Occupy Movement, which began in Wall Street in New York.

The camp, which has swelled to around 200 tents, has sharply divided the authorities of the London landmark.

Planned legal action against the activists was suspended and the head of St Paul’s, Dr Giles Fraser, resigned rather than see protesters forcibly evicted.

Prime Minister David Cameron has said erecting tents in the middle of a city was not a “particularly constructive” way to protest.

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