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Police presence: Were these law guardians persuaded by the threats to their own well-being - all allegedly part of current government plans - listed on the banner?

Police presence: Were these law guardians persuaded by the threats to their own well-being – all allegedly part of current government plans – listed on the banner?

If you’ve been reading Vox Political lately, you’ll know that an organisation called Occupy Democracy has been enjoying a frosty relationship with the police in Parliament Square, Westminster, ever since last Thursday (October 17).

The idea was that people who are disillusioned with the depth to which our democracy has fallen – with only the voices of the rich and powerful being heard – would begin a fight for a real democracy, transforming the Square into a civic space where attendees could re-envision what our society could be like, with talks, workshops, community assemblies, music and theatre.

Unfortunately, certain people, possibly including London Mayor Boris Johnson, had other ideas and the police were sent in as political tools to clear the Square in order to allow the erection of metal fencing around it, on the grounds that this public space is private property. Nice!

Yesterday, members of the Occupy movement responded by linking up in a human chain around the fenced-off Square. Here’s what happened, in pictures tweeted by those who were there:

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Hopefully we’ll have more coverage tomorrow.

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