Occupy movement sets up camp on Royal Crescent green in Bath
Members of the Occupy movement have set up camp at one of the UK’s most exclusive addresses.
The group is now protesting on the green opposite the multi-million pound homes on the Royal Crescent in Bath – a World Heritage site.
They are campaigning against government and council cuts as well as tax-dodging multi-nationals.
Protesters chose the picture postcard location after Bath and North East Somerset Council locked up a number of nearby parks and greens.
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Dave Stephens, a 26-year-old University of Bath student, said they hadn’t experienced any negative reactions from locals and revealed a resident from the crescent had even joined them.
He added: “Initially we were thinking about going back to Queen Square because that is the place we have made our own in the past, but then we found out it, and other places, had been locked.
“That is the council preventing freedom of assembly and freedom of expression, while at the same time blocking those public spaces for other members of the public. We just want to get people talking and debating, even if they don’t agree with us.”
A statement made from Occupy Bath said: “The Occupy movement worldwide may have been out of the media lately, but the issues which brought it about are as urgent as ever.”