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Police and bankers show support for Occupy Finsbury Square

12:45 04 November 2011

Protesters in Finsbury Square

Protesters in Finsbury Square

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Policemen and bankers showed their support for Occupy Finsbury Square last week – despite the protest’s criticism of capitalism and the government.

Although one banker said he was forbidden from commenting on the protest and many were reluctant to give their name, 12 bank employees who work near the occupation said they supported the demonstration.

A 36-year-old financial services employee, who would only be identified as John S, said: “They’ve got a point in some ways – I do think the world is divided between the haves and the have-nots”.

Another banker who only wished to be known as Omer said: “It’s good to stand up for what you believe in. I think many people today are too greedy.”

According to Kurt Stallwood, who works in the camp’s makeshift kitchen, several bankers have made significant donations, often contributing shopping bags or whole trolleys filled with food.

Ariel, a 25-year-old young offenders worker and independent filmmaker, said that many bankers make their donations in secret. “One guy came in today with a trolley of food but said he was worried about losing his job and left immediately,” she said.

Even though the Occupy movement blames capitalism for the recession and inequalities in society, protester Ben Seven said he felt no animosity towards bankers themselves. “They’re just people trying to support their families”, said the 25-year-old music teacher.

The policemen monitoring Finsbury Square are said to often share tea and meals with the protesters. One policeman, who asked not to be named, said on Thursday: “We’ve seen democracy in action. A speaker’s corner was set up here this afternoon, I thought it was very good.”

Islington Council have not yet issued an eviction notice to the protesters, who say that they plan to stay until Christmas.

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