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‘Occupy London’ protesters take over new building

By Agence France-Presse
Saturday, January 21, 2012 13:31 EDT
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Occupy London protesters on the steps of St. Paul's via Flickr
 
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Anti-capitalist protesters said Saturday they have taken over a large building in the City of London financial district.

‘Occupy London’ activists entered the nine-storey Roman House building in the Barbican earlier this morning, the group announced.

“Occupy London this morning publicly repossessed Roman House, an abandoned nine-storey office building in the Barbican in the City of London which previously housed companies from the financial service industries,” read a statement posted on the group’s website.

Campaigners vowed to remain at the abandoned block until the City of London Corporation — the local authority for the financial district — publishes full details of its City cash accounts.

“The Corporation has undermined our democracy through the power of its lobbyists and must submit to public scrutiny,” said supporter Bryn Phillips, 28.

“If the City agrees to publish its City cash accounts, future and historic, we will leave the building immediately. If it does not, we will take appropriate action until such time as it does.”

The latest occupation comes just days after London’s High Court approved a bid by authorities to evict protesters from outside Saint Paul’s Cathedral.

The activists — who have been camped outside the landmark church since October 15 after taking their lead from protesters in New York’s Wall Street — plan to appeal against the decision on Thursday.

The City of London Corporation had started legal action against the Saint Paul’s protest camp in November.

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