Friday, 14th October , 2011 , 04:05 [am] | International
Wall Street Protests Inspire London Offshoot
The Occupy Wall Street protests are spreading to London.
A group of activists said they expected several thousand people to gather in front of the London Stock Exchange on Saturday. Mirroring protests in New Yorkâ€™s financial district and elsewhere in the United States, the London activists said the planned event, called OccupyLSX, â€œaims to highlight the social and economic injustice in the U.K. and beyond.â€
â€œMore than a million people have lost their jobs and tens of thousands of homes have been repossessed, while small businesses are struggling to survive,â€ Laura Taylor, a supporter of OccupyLSX, said on the groupâ€™s Web site. â€œYet bankers continue to make billions in profit and pay themselves enormous bonuses.â€
The organizers, which include UK Uncut, a campaign against Britainâ€™s austerity measures, said they expected about 4,000 protesters to assemble at noon on the square in front of the London Stock Exchange in the financial district. A Facebook page dedicated to the protest has more than 12,000 fans and almost 3,000 people follow OccupyLSX on Twitter.
â€œAs protests on Wall Street capture the imagination of the world, with people taking to the streets to hold the global financial system to task, a diverse group of Londoners is coming together to launch a peaceful occupation,â€ the group said on its Web site.nytimes, Voice of a Nation