ECONOMIC protesters who set-up a tented ‘village’ outside Sheffield Cathedral on Saturday say they have no time limit for how long they will stay.
Occupy Sheffield appeared after campaigners marched over ‘poverty and capitalism’ to a spot they declared ideal as it faced banks and Cutler’s Hall, a symbol of business power.
Ben, a 35-year-old joiner, said: “A lot of people like the idea of poking at the church a bit and getting a reaction. They’ve been unwelcoming.
“We want them to act a bit more Christian and support us. We don’t know if we’ll be evicted, but the hope is we’ll stay as long as possible.
“It’s not about issuing demands, it’s about provoking discussion. It’s a global movement. We are sick of the richest few per cent having too much control. We should have more of a say in how wealth is distributed.”
Dean of Sheffield, the Very Rev Peter Bradley, said: “The protesters do not have permission to use the churchyard. The Cathedral does, however, respect the right to make their voice heard. Some of what they are saying is very important.
“For over 20 years the Cathedral has worked to give a voice to the most vulnerable people in our community. ”