St. Paul's Cathedral raises doubts over protesters

AP News
Posted: Oct 19, 2011 3:55 PM
St. Paul's Cathedral raises doubts over protesters

St. Paul's Cathedral says it may be time for the Occupy London Stock Exchange protesters gathered outside the iconic church to leave.

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the London landmark over the weekend as part of the global Occupy Wall Street protests.

Many have since hunkered down outside the cathedral, pitching tents and setting up a makeshift kitchen, toilets and an information center.

Until now, church staff have allowed the protesters to remain. But in a statement released late Wednesday, St. Paul's said that the "increased scale and nature" of the camp could make it more difficult for the cathedral to stay open for worshippers and tourists.

The statement asked: "Is it now time for the protest camp to leave?"