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UK cathedral protest talks

Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 01:34

Oct.30 - Anti-capitalist protesters open talks on the possibility of leaving their camp at St Paul's Cathedral in London. Paul Chapman reports.

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Christian groups join forces with anti-capitalist protesters camped outside London's landmark Saint Paul's Cathedral. It's part of a plan to protect the London branch of the U.S-based Occupy Wall Street movement by forming a ring of prayer against any police moves to shift them by force. The Cathedral has unveiled plans to take legal action to remove the protesters. The demonstrators are in talks about moving on of their own accord after some religious leaders voiced backing for their cause. SOUNDBITE: Reverend Paul Nicolson saying (English): "My sermon is directed at the Bishop of London and the Dean of St Paul's because I don't think they understand the enormity, the magnitude, of the economic injustice that has happened and is happening now." SOUNDBITE: Reverend Canon Paul Oestreicher saying (English): "Of course the church needs to be alongside. That doesn't mean these campers are right about everything but we have got to be with them, searching for the right answers and we've got to the politicians understand how they should change their policies." The camp was blamed for the closure of the Cathedral to worshippers for the first time since the Second World War as authorities branded it a health and safety risk. It re-opened on Friday after losing around 35, 000 dollars a day in revenue...and an unholy row among the clergy over the Cathedral's stance on the protest. Paul Chapman, Reuters

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UK cathedral protest talks

Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 01:34