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Occupy London protesters lose eviction appeal bid

LONDON — Anti-capitalist protesters on Wednesday lost their bid to challenge orders to evict them from outside St Paul’s Cathedral in London, leaving authorities free to clear the site. England’s Court of Appeal dismissed the demonstrators’ application for permission to challenge last month’s High Court ruling that they must disband…

London police launch anti-terrorism hotline, solicit informants

LONDON — With just over five months to go until the Olympic Games, police in London launched a new anti-terrorism hotline Monday to persuade residents and visitors to shop potential attackers. “Terrorists live amongst us. We want you to tell us about anyone or anything you see which is out…

‘Occupy London’ vacates building after brief stay

Anti-capitalist protesters of the ‘Occupy London’ movement have vacated a building in the city’s financial district less than a day after entering it, they said on Sunday. ‘Occupy London’ activists entered the abandoned nine-storey Roman House building — formerly used by finance companies — in the Barbican arts and conference…

25,000 troops and police to protect London during Olympics

LONDON — Around 25,000 troops and police officers will be deployed in London during the Olympic Games to prevent attacks, a Scotland Yard official told AFP on Thursday. “The whole purpose of our policing operation is to try and deter terrorists, to deter those wish to do ill to the…

Man stabbed to death during post-Christmas rush in London

A man was stabbed to death on London’s Oxford Street on Monday as bargain hunters crowded into the post-Christmas sales on one of Britain’s busiest shopping thoroughfares, police said. Police made a number arrests after the man, believed to be in his late teens or early 20s, was killed near…

Occupy London protesters and church in harmony at Christmas

Anti-capitalist protesters camped outside London’s St Paul’s Cathedral on Saturday prepared to ring in Christmas along with the church as previous squabbles were put firmly to one side. Spirits within the Occupy Londoon camp were “perfect” after a High Court judge hearing the case for their removal said Friday he…

Judge tells Occupy London no eviction for now

LONDON — Anti-capitalist protesters camped outside London’s St Paul’s Cathedral will spend Christmas under canvas after a judge hearing the case for their removal said he would not reach a verdict until next year. The City of London Corporation — the local authority in London’s financial district — urged judge…

London argues Occupiers are a ‘magnet’ for crime and untreated addicts

The anti-capitalist camp outside St Paul’s Cathedral is a “magnet” for crime, drunks and drug addicts, the High Court in London heard at the start of a four-day hearing over eviction proceedings. The City of London Corporation — the local authority in London’s financial district — is arguing that unless…

London protesters open ‘bank of ideas’

Anti-capitalist activists formally opened their third London site Saturday, in a ceremony marking the transformation of a building owned by Swiss financial giant UBS into a “bank of ideas”. Three-year-old Hali and grandmother Tina Rothery cut a red ribbon, cheered by activists from the Occupy London Stock Exchange Movement and…

Looking at the whys is not optional

Camila Batmanghelidjh has a powerful piece in The Independent about the social underpinnings of the riots in London and elsewhere in England, and how the collapse of the social contract made this violence inevitable. Quoted at length for brilliance: Working at street level in London, over a number of years,…

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