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Protestors occupying the Haymarket in Norwich to get their message across about the grievances they hold with the government. Camping out Flo Weston and Jayne ( no surname ) next to their tent. Photo: Steve Adams
Monday, October 17, 2011
Protesters descended on Norwich this weekend as part of worldwide demonstrations against corporate greed and cutbacks.
Between 100 and 200 people gathered in Norwich’s Haymarket at 2pm on Saturday before marching to City Hall as part of the protest, dubbed Occupy, voicing anger and frustration at economic and social injustice.
Similar events were in hundreds of cities across the world, including London, where more than 1,000 protesters gathered outside St Paul’s Cathedral before trying to enter Paternoster Square, the home of the London Stock Exchange.
The Norwich protest was largely peaceful and good natured with about 15 to 20 people remaining at the Haymarket until just before 3am yesterday.
A presence at the Haymarket remained yesterday as people pitched tents with some intent on staying for weeks or months to come.
Phil Grimes, 52, from Thurton, near Loddon, attended the event on Saturday and returned yesterday. He said: “I was there really just showing solidarity. I think its something which is tremendously important. People are just so fed up with the way things are going with the unfairness and inequality and people want change.
“It’s not something that’s been directed from the right or left, it’s just people coming together with a voice and showing that enough is enough.”
Ben King, 28, a father-of-one from the Golden Triangle area of Norwich, was one of those to attend the protest and said it will continue in some capacity until the end of the year.
He said: “We had homeless people down there on Saturday night and their stories are heartbreaking - they are the innocent victims of a society that places uppermost importance on productivity and profit over human needs.”
A spokesman in the Norfolk police control room said two police units watched the protests but added that no offences had been committed and it was “very peaceful”.
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