The clean up at the former St Paul’s Occupy LSX site was well underway this morning as workmen blasted the streets with high powered hoses, washing away the graffiti and aftermath of five months of camping. The operation to clear the protesters began a little after midnight this morning (February 28) and aside from the 20 arrests, it was for the most part peaceful. So much that the Guardian’s headline this morning read, ‘It could have got a lot nastier’.
This morning also saw the eviction of the Occupy London School of Ideas in Islington which had welcomed protesters in the run up to the St Paul’s eviction. With the demolition of the disused school brought forward, and the former LSX encampment now fenced off, protesters were expected to move to the smaller Finsbury square camp in Islington where a separate camp has existed for several months now.
In a statement issued this morning, the Occupy press team stated ‘the City of London Corporation and St Paul’s Cathedral have dismantled a camp and displaced a small community, but they will not derail a movement’. Meanwhile St Paul’s have neither confirmed or denied whether they permitted police to clear protesters off the Cathedral’s steps in the early hours of this morning- a decision which has angered the former residents.
Whatever your view of the protest itself there was something poetic about an idealistic encampment on the steps of this enormous Wren Cathedral but the site was always an untenable one. We are sure this won’t be the last we hear of Occupy LSX. Didi Mae Hand
For the latest info, see occupylsx.org.