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Occupy London activists stage St. Paul’s protest

Four women activists of the Occupy movement protested while chained to the pulpit inside St. Paul’s Cathedral in London as preparations for evensong took place on Sunday.

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Four women activists of the Occupy movement protested while chained to the pulpit inside St. Paul’s Cathedral in London as preparations for evensong took place on Sunday.

LONDON — Several supporters of the anticorporate Occupy movement chained themselves to the pulpit of St. Paul’s Cathedral during a service Sunday in an action marking the anniversary of its now-dismantled protest camp outside the London landmark.

The Dean of St. Paul’s, David Ison, said he was taking an evening prayer service when four young women dressed in white chained themselves to the structure.

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‘‘It will be a long, cold night if they want to stay there,’’ he said.

City of London police said officers weren’t trying to remove the demonstrators.

Protesters against capitalist excess and social inequality set up camp outside Christopher Wren’s domed landmark on Oct. 15 last year after they were stopped from demonstrating outside the nearby London Stock Exchange.

The camp was dismantled in February after the protesters lost a court battle.

A statement read by the protesters and posted online by the movement accused cathedral authorities of neglecting their Christian duty by siding with the rich and powerful.

‘‘In the fight for economic justice, Jesus threw the money changers out of the temple, but you invited them in and instead evicted us,’’ it said.

In a statement, the cathedral said it disagreed ‘‘with the way in which some protesters are continuing to pursue the agenda or conflict with St. Paul’s, rather than consulting with us about how together we might better achieve the reforms which many people including Occupy are looking for.’’

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