- Posted October 15, 2011 by
London, United Kingdom
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Occupy Wall Street
Occupy the London Stock Exchange with Assange
- jmsaba, CNN iReport producer
London's first Occupy the London Stock Exchange protest:
While I can't say that I'm full surporter of what the protesters are demanding, I nonetheless felt I should check it out to see what they are all about.
Contrary to what I was expecting, the roughly 1,500-2,000 people there were fairly relaxed (as were many of the police officers) and were essentially sitting/standing around chanting peacefully. Some even brought their children.
And probably unsurprisingly, some were pitching their tents and getting organized to spend the night there as they already had a list of food banks to contact to request support.
A surprise to most protesters was the appearence of a special guest, Julian Assange, (picture 6 - sitting down in front of his bodyguards) who addressed the crowd.
As someone who firmly believes in the right to freedom of expression, I hope that the protest remains peaceful and I'm very interested to see whether this can grow beyond today as it has been growing in NYC.