London police listed ‘Occupy’ protesters as potential terrorists
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]