Occupy London, part of the global movement for social and economic justice, is welcoming local people visitors joining them for New Year’s celebrations.
The protesters and campers outside the landmark St Paul's Cathedral on the edge of the UK capital's financial district say that they are optimistic about the continued impact of grassroots pressure for radical change - despite continued threats of eviction from the City of London Corporation.
The Occupiers await a court judgement on their future on 11 January 2011, but say that even if this goes against them, "the struggle is far from over".
Highlights of Occupy London's end-of-year celebrations have included an adaptation of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol by Timberlake Wertenbaker on steps of St Paul’s, introduced by John Cooper QC and a stellar cast line up including Tim Pigott-Smith (aka Creedy in V for Vendetta).
Also on show has been the Trials and Tribulations cabaret at the newly occupied courthouse – Occupy Justice.
New Year’s Eve at St Paul’s sees international speakers from protest movements in Iran, Congo and Syria, plus cabaret & music from some of the UK’s best DJs including Engine-Earz Experiment, RouT (Enter Shikari), Dan Le Sac, The Last Skeptik and Get Cape.
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