Private spaces are stifling protest | Anna Minton | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

Occupy London’s struggle to find a public space for protest reflects the increasing private control of our towns and cities.

The argument over whether the Occupy movement should camp outside St Paul’s and the subsequent closure of the cathedral has served to distract from the main issue facing the protesters, which is that political protest is banned in the vast majority of the City’s public places. The protesters did not intend to camp outside St Paul’s but they found they had nowhere else to go if they wished to remain in the City – which is the focus of the protest. Continue reading…

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