For those living under a rock for the past two weeks, let me update you on the Occupy London protest near the Stock Exchange.
1) Protesters try to camp in Paternoster Square, but Capitalism's security guards move them along.
2) So they pitch their tents outside St Paul's Cathedral.
3) Initially, St Paul's welcome them with open arms, but soon the money-changers start complaining that the tourists aren't coming in and paying their £14.
Now, the Canon of the Cathedral - Rev. Giles Fraser - has resigned as the church and police plan to forcibly evict the protest camp. Yes, you read that correctly, the church is colluding with the police to remove peaceful protesters from their camp. Where are we going as a society?
Now, I stopped believing in protest when I realised that those in charge just carry on regardless (Iraq, Tuition Fees, Cuts, to name a few), but the right to protest is still an essential right in every free society. We demonise protesters in the media, and turn a blind eye when the police forcibly remove them, how does that leave the UK's standing in the world? How can we preach to Libya, Syria and China about human rights and civil liberties when our own reaction to protesters is "get a job"?
When we start clamping down on legitimate protest, where does it end?