Just over two years ago, Paternoster Square in London spent the night of May 1 under the peaceful occupation of 50 to 100 Occupy activists. Though quickly removed by police, it marked a significant victory for the protesters: they had occupied the area outside the London Stock Exchange, something a larger demonstration in 2011 failed to do.
However, a new ruling will now classify Paternoster Square as a “city walkway,” granting police the power to immediately clear the square without first having to obtain a court order. Expected to come into force in autumn, the ruling must first be approved by London’s Planning and Transportation Committee and signed by the town clerk.
The increased protection for the square, which contains one of the country’s most important financial buildings as well as several banks, is seen by some as a continuation of actions favoring the interests of financial institutions over public need.
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