London restarts legal action to clear St Paul's camp

15th November 2011, Comments 0 comments

London authorities said Tuesday they will resume legal action to clear an anti-capitalist camp outside St Paul's Cathedral, after New York police took down a similar camp.

The City of London Corporation said in a statement it had voted to continue with litigation to clear dozens of tents at the cathedral in the capital's financial district after talks with activists failed.

"We paused legal action for two weeks for talks with those in the camp on how to shrink the extent of the tents and to set a departure date -- but got nowhere," said Stuart Fraser, the authority's policy chairman.

"So, sadly, now they have rejected a reasonable offer to let them stay until the New Year, its got to be the courts."

The move comes despite the fact that the management of St Paul's said earlier this month that it had unanimously agreed to suspend action against the demonstrators, amid a split in the church hierarchy over the issue.

© 2011 AFP

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