Even the Prime Minister believes in the right to protest, but the one taking place in City of London seems to be a protest taking place with people lying down instead of standing on their feet. However despite the base the protestors have made at St Pauls Cathedral they may be on the verge of moving provided their demands are met.
The Occupy London protest which has seen protestors camped outside St Pauls Cathedral have put forward plans to the City of London corporation which provided they are accepted will mean the demonstrators will have no reason to remain in semi-permanent residency near the cathedral area.
Protestors are asking that there should be more transparency to the practices banks employ, in an attempt to stop a repeat of the crisis which the country is engulfed by at present. The campers have already agreed to move further away on Friday to stop any disruption to the Remembrance Sunday commemorations, but if everything goes to plan they may just leave.
A document coming from Occupy London’s general assembly is the first lot of agreed demands, and it has opened up the possibility of re-establishing discussions which had previously broken down.
At the start of the week protestors voted for demands which if accepted would mean that the corporation, the local authority for the area housing UK’s financial centre would be exposed to more criticisms. Those that were present revealed that around 200 people voted in favour of the document in which corporations were requested to open themselves up to the freedom of information.
This would mean that they would be publishing its accounts going back to 2008 and release details of its financial involvements. The third proposal is for a commission which would work on reforming the corporation, and it has been suggested that the archbishop of Canterbury will be asked to chair it.
‘Unconstitutional and unfair’ institution
The statement from the Occupy movement says that democratic reform is urgently required for an ‘unconstitutional and unfair’ institution. It is expected that Prime Minister David Cameron will be responding to accusations from those demonstrating and the Labour party that the government is not doing enough to help the ‘other 99%’.
The Occupy movement has been seen across the world, with London showing their support to the first wave which started in New York. Rome was one of the regions affected by the most violent riots with Occupy Oakland also seeing a firm hand used by the police force.