Occupy London under pressure


This video from Britain is called Occupy London (Occupy LSX) – St Paul’s Protest 15 October.

From daily The Morning Star in London, England:

Canon fires himself

Thursday 27 October 2011

by Rory MacKinnon, Corporate Affairs Reporter

The canon chancellor of London’s famous St Paul’s cathedral quit on Thursday amid pressure to turf out the anti-cuts occupation at its gates.

Reverend Giles Fraser, who backed the protest, announced his departure via Twitter early on Thursday morning, saying: “It is with great regret and sadness that I have handed in my notice at St Paul’s Cathedral.”

Activists have held St Paul’s Square for nearly a fortnight under the Occupy London banner after police barred them from private land directly outside the exchange – but the cathedral has repeatedly called for them to leave altogether.

Representatives said in a statement the reverend’s resignation had left them “deeply moved.”

Canon Fraser had defended their rights from the outset and ensured St Paul’s remained a sanctuary for peaceful protest, they said.

“He is man of great personal integrity and our thoughts are with him.”

Many of the campers have held Evensong and Sunday services in the square since the cathedral closed its doors last Friday, with a “sermon on the steps” scheduled for Saturday morning.

But Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams – the worldwide head of the Anglican Church who has publicly criticised the Con-Dem cuts – has yet to publicly comment on the occupation.

A spokesman for the archbishop said he had no plans to make any comment at this time.

But Dr Williams appeared to urge his clergy to action in an address to Manchester University in March, describing the Church as a “citizen’s assembly” where worshippers argued about what was good for the human race.

“Christianity is not an opting-out of politics but a living-out of another kind of political identity and vision,” he said.

“It’s not removing people from civic responsibility. It is saying you learn the deepest kind of civic responsibility and civic virtue in this community.”

At times this had brought Christians into “deadly collision” with the political expectations of the state, he said – but such conflicts were the stories of Christian martyrs.

The Christian gospel was about motivating “a grass-roots politics and activism of generosity and mutuality.”

“The only justification for the public presence of the church in British life or the life of any society is in its God-given capacity to keep that argument alive.”

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