October 28, 2011
The City of London Corporation and St Paul’s Cathedral will seek injunctions to evict the anti-capitalist protest camp from the grounds of the historic building, as clergy prepared to celebrate its reopening with a lunchtime service.
A statement from St Paul’s, issued moments before it opened its doors to the public after a week’s closure on health and safety grounds, said legal action against the Occupy the London Stock Exchange camp had “regrettably become necessary”.
“The Chapter has previously asked the encampment to leave the cathedral precinct in peace. This has not yet happened and so, following the advice of our lawyers, legal action has regrettably become necessary. The Chapter only takes this step with the greatest reluctance and remains committed to a peaceful solution.
“At each step of the legal process the Chapter will continue to entreat the protesters to agree to a peaceful solution and, if an injunction is granted, will then be able to discuss with the protesters how to reach this solution.”