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Occupy London activists protest on anniversary

Protesters wearing masks at the demonstration
Protesters wearing masks at the demonstration Credit: Twitter/@OccupyLondon

Campaigners are marking first anniversary of the beginning of the Occupy London movement by staging a demonstration outside St. Paul's Cathedral.

Occupy London is marking its first anniversary
Occupy London is marking its first anniversary Credit: Twitter/@OccupyLondon

Last year hundreds of people set up camp outside the cathedral after they were prevented from entering nearby Paternoster Square, where the London Stock Exchange is located.

A performance poet speaks to demonstrators outside St. Paul's Cathedral
A performance poet speaks to demonstrators outside St. Paul's Cathedral Credit: Twitter/@OccupyLondon

Occupy London activist Ronan McNern said, "Today really is not about disrupting normal people but letting normal people know a certain class of society are benefiting off the back of them".

Occupy protesters back at St Paul's

Crowds outside the occupy London
Crowds outside the occupy London Credit: @dropthedebt

Anti-capitalist protesters from the Occupy movement have begun an new protest in the City of London.

It is part of a global day of action which will see thousands of people rally in cities including Moscow, New York, Athens and Madrid say organisers.

Several hundred protesters are outside St Paul's Cathedral in London Credit: @dropthedebt

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Occupy protesters promise 'very long spring'

Those who remained within the square after the half hour police warning were told they faced arrest if they refused to leave the area immediately.

Activist Tanya Paton, 40, from Halstead in Essex, walked away from the protest some minutes earlier saying protesters were "delighted" to have briefly set up camp in Paternoster Square.

As long as the Government continues to serve the super-rich, we are going to continue to fight and try and change things.

Musician Denis Fernando, 36, from Wembley, north west London, promised further action, adding: "We are the first green shoots of what's going to be a very long spring."

Most demonstrators were cleared from the square at around 10.30pm. A group remained sitting on the ground surrounded by police.

Majority of protesters leave London Stock Exchange

Protesters had camped out at Paternoster Square earlier today.
Protesters had camped out at Paternoster Square earlier today. Credit: ITV News

Protest group Occupy London spent the afternoon setting up tents and hanging banners and posters across Paternoster Square: the area outside the London Stock Exchange.

City of London Police have now cordoned off the area, and only a handful of protesters remain inside.

Others were given 30 minutes to remove themselves, or face arrest.

Occupy London protesters hung banners and posters around the London Stock Exchange this afternoon and evening.
Occupy London protesters hung banners and posters around the London Stock Exchange this afternoon and evening. Credit: ITV News

Protesters told to leave or face arrest

Protesters outside the London Stock Exchange have been told by police they must leave Paternoster Square as they are "causing a serious disruption to the life of the community" and their continued presence is against the law.

If they remain on the square they will be in breach of section 14 of the Public Order Act, according to police.

Our reporter Martha Fairlie is at the scene and says several protesters are now sitting down, whilst others have started to evacuate.

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