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pampango Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 06:49 AM
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St Paul's Cathedral canon resigns over plans to forcibly remove Occupy London ...
St Paul's Cathedral canon resigns
Giles Fraser quits over plans to forcibly remove Occupy London Stock Exchange protesters from outside cathedral


The canon chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral, the Rev Dr Giles Fraser, has resigned in protest at plans to forcibly remove protesters from its steps, saying he could not support the possibility of "violence in the name of the church". Speculation grew in the last 24 hours that Fraser, a leading leftwing voice in the Church of England, would resign because he could not sanction the use of police or bailiffs against the hundreds of activists who have set up camp in the grounds of the cathedral in the last fortnight.

Fraser quickly became a hero figure among the Occupy the London Stock Exchange (LSX) movement, clearing police officers off the steps of St Paul's and supporting the group's right to peaceful protest after a court injunction stopped it from setting up camp in nearby Paternoster Square. He also delivered a Sunday sermon decrying corporate greed, which was seen as another sign of his endorsement of the protest.

Occupy London said it was "deeply moved" to hear of his resignation.

"He is man of great personal integrity and our thoughts are with him. He respected our right to protest and defended it. For that we are very grateful, as he ensured that St Paul's could be a sanctuary for us and that no violence could take place against peaceful protesters with a legitimate cause challenging and tackling social and economic injustice in London, the UK and beyond."

A spokeswoman, Naomi Colvin, added: "Courage like that is really very inspiring. It reassures us that what we're doing is important. The people who have a bit of integrity, it's becoming more obvious who those people are. I hope we can do well enough to justify their sacrifices."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/oct/27/st-pauls-cathe...

Kudos to one church leader. Great that he took such a principled stand in this case.
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 06:53 AM
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1. Wow...
That's surprising and impressive.
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:42 AM
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2. Thought this deserved a kick. (nt)
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