City’s cathedral green becomes a protest site

CAMPING Kitty McGrath and her daughter Izzy , three, in their tent.  Picture: Malcolm Wells (120419-8817)
CAMPING Kitty McGrath and her daughter Izzy , three, in their tent. Picture: Malcolm Wells (120419-8817)
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PROTESTERS gathered outside Portsmouth Cathedral in a bid to fight corporate greed.

Around 30 political activists braved the cold to make their points heard at the Occupy Portsmouth event on Saturday and Sunday, with around a dozen camping over on the cathedral’s grounds. One of the organisers Tim Dawes said: ‘We want to raise the issues that were brought up at St Paul’s, in London, with the local community here in Portsmouth.

120419-8762  CATHEDRAL OCCUPY (SM) MRW 4/2/2012''The Occupy Portsmouth Group set up a temporary camp outside of Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral in Old Portsmouh from Saturday morning until Sunday evening ''''Picture: Malcolm Wells (120419-8762)

120419-8762 CATHEDRAL OCCUPY (SM) MRW 4/2/2012''The Occupy Portsmouth Group set up a temporary camp outside of Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral in Old Portsmouh from Saturday morning until Sunday evening ''''Picture: Malcolm Wells (120419-8762)

‘We’re living in a completely corrupt world, full of rich people who are determined to make themselves richer, and they don’t care if they ruin the economy to do that.

Speeches were made by the cathedral’s clergy at the event who spoke about the church’s involvement in social justice issues. Dean of Portsmouth Cathedral, The Very Rev David Brindley, said: ‘We were glad we could meet the people behind this in advance. We’re sympathetic to some of what they stand for, but we don’t agree with all of it. In particular, we find it strange they should choose to stage an event outside our cathedral when the Church of England in this area supports many who find themselves marginalised or thrown into poverty.

‘But we’re always happy to debate the issues, and enjoyed chatting with participants throughout the weekend.’