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St Paul's Occupy camp prepares for threatened eviction

Patrick Ward reports from tonight's Occupy London general assembly at St Paul's cathedral

Issue No. 2291

Activists at the Occupy London St Paul's cathedral camp held their first general assembly tonight (Wednesday) after this morning's court ruling that the camp was to be cleared.

City of London authorities have inflamed anger by refusing to state when an eviction might take place. But Occupy activists are defiant. Some say they will leave before any eviction. But the majority vowed to peacefully resist.

It was also decided that a general assembly would be held at 7pm following any eviction. This will take place at St Paul's if possible. Otherwise it will be at Parliament Square, with Westminster Abbey as a back-up plan.

Occupy activists are now placed around the St Paul's area carrying whistles. They will use these to alert the camp to any move from police or bailiffs to evict.

A representative from the Anonymous group told the assembly that a planned national general assembly, set to meet in Liverpool this weekend, would now meet in London as a gesture of solidarity.

Occupy London has vowed to continue its occupations of Finsbury Square and at the School of Ideas on Old Street. Working groups and general assemblies will continue to take place, as will publication of the Occupied Times newspaper.

One activist told the assembly, 'We will find infinite silver linings from the cloud that is this infinitely unjust court decision.'

It is important to mobilise solidarity for the St Paul’s camp whenever an eviction takes place. Supporters are encouraged to follow events on Twitter with the hashtag #OccupyLSXSOS

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