Protesters remain outside St. Paul's Cathedral in London

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Protesters are being allowed to remain outside St. Paul's Cathedral in London, as long as they don't get in the way of tourists.

Around 500 demonstrators gathered outside the cathedral over the weekend as part of the global Occupy Wall Street protests. And it appears they're prepared for a long stay. They've set up tents around the cathedral, along with a makeshift kitchen, toilets and an information center.

Police tried to move protesters away yesterday, but a senior priest said they were welcome to stay and asked police officers to move instead.

A spokesman for the church says they just need to keep access for tourists and pilgrims.

Police say they can't remove the protesters as long as they have the landowner's permission, but will arrest anyone who commits a crime. Eight people were arrested nearby over the weekend, but police said the protests had been mainly peaceful.

The cathedral is near London's financial district. Protesters had planned to demonstrate outside the London Stock Exchange, but they were turned back.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)

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