London police listed ‘Occupy’ protesters as potential terrorists

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, December 5, 2011 19:24 EDT
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The City of London Police listed “Occupy London Stock Exchange” (OLSX) as a domestic terrorist threat in a bulletin sent to businesses, according to The Independent.

The protesters have been camped outside St Paul’s Cathedral in London’s financial district since October 15, as part of a global wave of demonstrations against political and economic inequality.

The bulletin, “Terrorism/Extremism Update,” listed the protesters along with al Qaeda, the Colombian revolutionary group FARC, and Belorussian terrorists.

“It is likely that activists aspire to identify other locations to occupy, especially those they identify with capitalism. City of London Police has received a number of hostile reconnaissance reports concerning individuals who would fit the anti-capitalist profile. All are asked to be vigilant regarding suspected reconnaissance, particularly around empty buildings,” it stated.

A spokesman for City of London Police confirmed the document was authentic, but said it was poorly worded and did not intend to label “Occupy London” as a potential terrorist threat.

[Ed note: This article was edited after publication]

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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