- Occupy London follows occupation movements from across the world
- Police ask Julian Assange ‘to remove mask’ he was wearing
- Protesters had wanted to ‘take’ Paternoster Square – but it has been closed
- Tents now being put up in the Square Mile
- Protests contained within City area and currently not spreading
- Two arrests made for ‘assaults on police officers’
Protesters inspired by the growing ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement in the U.S have today taken over the City of London.
Thousands have descended on the area known as the Square Mile – under the banner ‘Occupy the Stock Exchange’ – for a ‘peaceful protest’ against the global financial system.
They had planned to take Paternoster Square, where the Stock Exchange is located, but police cordoned off the area prior to the protest.
A notice was put up stating the square is private property and access would be restricted. Police sources said a High Court injunction had been taken out to prevent members of the public from accessing the square.
Unite! A woman holds a flag during a protest against the global financial system outside St Paul’s Cathedral
Angry: Protesters hold placards as they stand on the steps of Saint Paul’s Cathedral