Occupy returns to St Paul’s 15 October 2012
Four women chained themselves to the pulpit in St Paul's cathedral yesterday in a demonstration marking the first anniversary of the anti-capitalist Occupy protest that took over the cathedral square last autumn and winter.
The women had been invited to read a prayer during Evensong but instead chained themselves to the pulpit during a sound-check before the service and shouted out a list of grievances against the cathedral. The women, part of a group called Occupy Faith, which aims to build relations between Occupy and religious groups, cut themselves free after about six hours.
Protestor Siobhan Grimes, 25, said her Christian faith drew on "Christ's radical action to protect the poorest and most vulnerable members of society."
The Dean of St Paul's, Dr David Ison, said: "After working constructively together with Occupy Faith on this act of worship, we regret the abuse of the cathedral's hospitality and its daily worship."
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