Four women chained themselves to the pulpit of St Paul's cathedral to put pressure on the clergy to fight inequality
Four Occupy London protestors performed a Pussy Riot-style stunt at the pulpit of St Paul’s Cathedral last night (October 14).
Members of the Occupy London movement, which camped outside the cathedral for four months last winter, interrupted last night’s (October 14) evensong by chaining themselves to the base of the pupit.
While the choir sang, four women dressed in white shouted their own sermon to mark the anniversary of the start of the Occupy camp outside St Paul’s, accusing the cathedral authorities of colluding with banks and failing to help the poor, The Guardian reports.
Activist Alison Playford shouted: “Your collusion with the City Of London Corporation led to our violent eviction on your doorstep. You testified against us which acted to uphold injustice and inequality that is growing by the day. St Paul’s Cathedral, you must stand up and be counted at this great trial of history.”
The women later cut their chains and have since declared the action a success. In a statement issued today (October 15), one of the activists, Siobhan Grimes, an Anglican who works for an environmental charity, said: “I chained myself to the pulpit in St Paul’s Cathedral in protest about women’s economic inequality. As a Christian, I know that my faith teaches through the example of Christ’s radical action to protect the poorest and most vulnerable members of society.”
During the group’s occupation of St Paul’s Cathedral a year ago, a raft of musicians including Billy Bragg, Kate Nash and Enter Shikari turned out to support the movement.