Anti-capitalist protesters camped outside St Paul’s Cathedral have been asked to leave by a frustrated Bishop of London.
The camp has been occupied for 11 days and on Friday led to the closure of the cathedral on health and safety grounds.
As a result the catheral is losing up to £20,000 a day (something that probably won’t worry the protestors) and held its Sunday services in private for the first time since 1940.
However, members of Occupy London Stock Exchange (OLSX) said they intended to remain at the site for as long as possible.
The OLSX activists say they are protesting at “corporate greed and inequality”.
The bishop, the third most senior cleric in the Church of England, said: “This demonstration has undoubtedly raised a number of very important questions.
“The St Paul’s Institute has itself focused on the issue of executive pay and I am involved in ongoing discussions with City leaders about improving shareholder influence on excessive remuneration.
“Nevertheless, the time has come for the protesters to leave, before the camp’s presence threatens to eclipse entirely the issues that it was set up to address. Protest camp Protesters denied claims that several tents were unoccupied overnight
“The Dean and the Chapter, who are responsible for St Paul’s, have already made it clear that the protest should come to an end and I fully support that view.”
The closure of St Paul’s was the first time it has closed its gates since World War II.
Meanwhile, demonstrators denied claims that several tents were unoccupied overnight.
The group said it has a “sign in/sign out system” in place to keep “vacancy to a minimum”.
Earlier a City of London councillor, Matthew Richardson, claimed several empty tents were revealed by a thermal imaging camera used by City of London Police to monitor the camp.